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Digital Jam confab set for this weekend

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Fifty teams from the Caribbean will be given the chance to impress global technology experts at the next Digital Jam conference set for Kingston this weekend.

The teams from Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica, Haiti, Antigua, Trinidad & Tobago and St Kitts, will pitch their mobile apps created for the competition, which offers a US$10,000 grand prize.

The two-day 'Digital Jam 3.0 - Caribbean Edition' brings together tech-entrepreneurs with global leaders in IT, says the World Bank, which describes the annual event as "a regional initiative to foster youth employment and position Jamaica and the region as the next global technology hub."

One of the sessions scheduled for Saturday will focus on crowdfunding and angel investing, as well as insights into monetising IT creations and ideas.

Digital Jam is a collaboration of the World Bank, Govern-ment of Jamaica, the Canadian government, and other development banking and private-sector partners.

Prizes for this weekend's competition are backed by Development Bank of Jamaica, Google, Jamaica National Building Society, LIME and Microsoft, the World Bank said.

Digital Jam is scheduled for March 1-2 at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies.