Key Factors for Competitiveness & Innovation in the Caribbean :: Mariana Castro

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Key Factors for Competitiveness & Innovation in the Caribbean :: Mariana Castro

  1. 1. Key Factors for Competitiveness & Innovation in the Caribbean Mariana Castro General Manager, Latin America New Markets
  2. 2. ADD COLOR FIELD Our mission: to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential
  3. 3. The Kinect Effect Gaming was only the beginning Today, the Kinect sensor and Natural User Interface technology is being used in the areas of health, education, arts and sciences. www.xbox.com/en-US/Kinect/Kinect-Effect
  4. 4. Competitiveness & Innovation = IQ+ IP A well-educated and skilled population, in combination with strong IP incentives—what we call “IQ+IP”—is key to helping drive the kind of innovation that society needs.
  5. 5. Caribbean: Competitiveness & Innovation WEF: GCR, some indicators for BA, T&T, JA, BE Competitive advantages: Enablers to be developed • Education : BA, T&T • IPR protection (all) • Math& Science Ed: BA, T&T • • • Availability of latest tech. • BA, JA • • Broadband: T&T, BA • • • Education: BE, JA Math& Science ed: BE, JA Availability of latest tech: BE, T&T Capacity for innovation (all) University-ind. collab R&D Broaband (BE, JA) Venture Cap. availability (all)
  6. 6. Fostering Education & local innovation Several Imagine Cup winners have come from the Caribbean since 2005, empowering young people to take their creativity, passion and imagination towards technology on a national and global level. DigiGirlz programs in Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica unite young girls together who are interested in learning more about careers in technology.
  7. 7. BizSpark assists start-ups In the Caribbean: Providing skills and technology to close to 30 startups in the region. We gained access to technology, software and IT experts it would have otherwise cost us millions to acquire without Microsoft BizSpark In the case of SA Ltd. we able to deliver a mobile commerce technology using development tools BizSpark gave us access to and not to mention the countless other projects we have worked on - Damion Daley, CEO Software Architects

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