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Cgf summary ict

  1. 1. Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Objective  To present the concepts of ICT-led innovation, creativity and economic growth focusing on: (a) the factors sustaining an innovation culture in the region, (b) the relationship between the Government, private sector and academia as key for a successful innovation strategy, (c) the initiatives in Open Data and Open Government that might help governments in the Caribbean develop robust innovation economies and (d) the mobile technology and social channels that promote better business, economic growth, and systemic change -- all powered by the public through crowdsourcing. Key messages to the participants    Innovation eco-systems thrive when platforms for promoting collaborative partnerships are established. If governments are active partners in an ecosystem - willing to invest, experiment and even fail (on a small scale) – they will see real innovations spring from their Open Government and Open Data efforts. Let’s structure economic payoffs to favor innovators and innovating firms in order to drive sustainability, flexibility and competitiveness, and let’s expand and infuse creative thinking, creative problem finding and solving within schools, universities and firms. Whether for emergency response or civic affairs: crowdsourcing is happening, and we have best practices to allow us to do it smarter. Let’s harness crowdsourcing to improve public services and entrepreneurship. Key take-aways from the participants' interaction    Selected innovation instruments and policies from other countries (e.g. from Finland and other leading innovating economies) should be studied and applied to the Caribbean - in particular lessons learned from creating a viable Government-Private Sector-Academia partnership in creating an IT-led innovation economy. Some regional Open Data and Open Government initiatives have been initiated by academia, and there is much interest in bringing governments on board. A major challenge in the region that could benefit from crowdsourcing applications is natural disaster prevention and post-disaster recovery efforts.

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