Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Tech Summit Oversubscribed

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – As excitement and anticipation is growing for the first Grand Bahama Technology Summit, the two-day event is currently oversubscribed, said Harcourt Brown, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama.

 
           
Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, was in Nassau and could not attend the press conference.
           
The Grand Bahama Technology Summit will be held from November 9 to 10 at the Grand Lucayan Convention Centre. Guest speaker for the event will be Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis.
 
During the press conference in the Port Lucaya Marketplace, Mr. Brown added that “One of the most exciting aspects of it is that we have up to about 10 students from all of the high schools, so we’re looking for all of the high schools to be represented at the Tech Summit tomorrow, including the University of The Bahamas.
 
“You know, this is all about the future. The future of Grand Bahama and I think involving the young people as well is an important element in terms of what we’re seeking to do. This will be the first in what we anticipate will be a number of such summits to take place.”
 
           
Personal Assistant to the Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama, and Co-ordinator of A Taste of Port Lucaya, Raquel Beneby-Hart noted that the summit will be the first of its kind to be held in Grand Bahama. With some of the presenters already on the island, she encouraged those who have not already registered, to do so.
 
It was thought that about 400 people would be interested in the event, however, there are currently over 500 people registered. “It has grown tremendously.” People, particularly from Nassau, have expressed an interest in attending. An interest, she continued, has also been expressed internationally.
           
“The message has gone out that Grand Bahama will be the next offshore technology hub.”
           
For those concerned about parking, Mrs. Hart said that the area adjacent to UNEXSO, Lighthouse Point, Memories Parking lot and Royal Palm Way. Additionally, there will be shuttles to transport guests to and from the parking areas to the Grand Lucayan Convention Centre.  Registration begins tonight in the foyer of the Convention Centre.
           
“We want to encourage persons to come out and be a part of the Grand Bahama Technology Summit. As we know, it’s a conversation, it’s a dialogue that will begin to shape policy of technology as another industry here in Grand Bahama Island.”
           
One of the presenters, Gadryn Higgs of Silicon Valley, said he was pleased to be on island. He said it is an exciting time to be in Grand Bahama, and when looking at those who will make presentations, both Bahamian and non-Bahamian, it is something that he is looking forward to.
           
The closing of the two day event will coincide with the closing of A Taste of Port Lucaya, an initiative started on August 3 to stimulate business for the vendors in Port Lucaya. The event, said Mrs. Hart, has grown in terms of driving business in the area. “We will be doing a bit more”, she added, but Minister Thompson will make that announcement later.
When the event has closed, said Hart, she hopes people will continue to support the vendors.
           
Also present for the press conference were Sanique Culmer, manager, groups and events at the Ministry of Tourism; Kimberly King-Burns, Briland Modum Fund and Convergence Solutions.
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