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Youth TechCamp starts

By MAIKELI SERU A six-day workshop gets underway at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay campus in Suva today. The workshop is about empowering youths in information technology
20 Nov 2012 15:32

By MAIKELI SERU

A six-day workshop gets underway at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay campus in Suva today.
The workshop is about empowering youths in information technology and internet governance. The event is organised by the United States Embassy in Fiji, Pasifika Nexus and BrightPath Foundation at USP.
US Ambassador to Fiji, Frankie Reid said the event would be the first of its kind in Fiji and the South Pacific.
“This is a US Department of State-sponsored workshop that encourages young people to engage and contribute digital networks and technologies in today’s interconnected world,” Ms Reid said.
“TechCamp will work with top local and international technology experts specialising in digital content creation, mobile applications, and social activism. The TechCamp is to enable these future leaders to contribute to policy and development, spur content creation and leverage connection technologies to make an impact in their communities and around the world.”
Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro, head of Pasifika Nexus, said the workshop would train close to 300 youths from throughout the Pacific Islands.
“We are lucky that we will have Bevil Wooding, an internet strategist and an internationally recognised technology and development expert from the United States. He is one of the only seven people in the world by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to hold keys to the internet,” Ms Tamanikaiwaimaro said.
“This can help make young people and young professionals make a difference and their voice heard in their community.”




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