Antigua and Barbuda Innovation Centre tackles real world problems

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The recently established Antigua and Barbuda Science and Innovation Park (ABSIP) is beginning to make an impact on the country’s economic, social and cultural development.
Chief Executive Officer of ABSIP, Winston Williams, said, “ABSIP is positioned to empower and advance the skills of talented Antiguans and Barbudans through skills training and providing a business incubator service for entrepreneur startups. 2021 is slated to be a productive year for ABSIP and its growing international partners.” ABSIP’s current initiatives include answering the call to develop a National Contact Tracing mobile application.

Williams swiftly pulled together a team of local developers and supporting visionaries to design the application and connected wearable device for monitoring and tracing. Leading the local team of developers are Mako S. Williams and Andrea Andrew. The digital solution is designed to provide automated dashboard updates, manage COVID-19 data for locals, returning nationals, visitors, provide rapid tracing and maintain communication between the Ministry of Health and the Royal Police Force. Among other things, the app will have the additional capacity to provide support to the Immigration Department. Once completed, the Ministry of Health will implement a framework which will make the app and the connected wearable device one of the most secure and advanced protocols available.

Meantime, Williams’ schedule includes several training and skills development programmes for Antigua and Barbuda’s youth population. Together with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), one of its international partners, ABSIP will host the fourth Hackathon which will focus on building start-ups to address local problems. The ABSIP Project Advisor, Ambassador Aubrey Webson, Antigua and Barbuda’s permanent  representative at the United Nations, has confirmed that the solution of access to high quality technical training and access to capital and international startups will develop
innovative thinking among the youth population and will be invaluable toward the future of Antigua and Barbuda’s participation in the knowledge industry and the emerging global market.