Trinidad & Tobago Government considering $45 US computer for all students?

According to a article In a Saturday December 17 2011 Trinidad Express newspaper article "Kamla considers laptop for every pupil"

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar said there is a $45 US computer and has asked educators to determine whether such computer would be suitable for the nation's schools.
"That means I can give every child, not just every form one a laptop. I'm not making that a promise, it depends if the computer has the capacity in the way that we want it to work for our schools," she said.  

The $45 US computer is likely to be the "Aakash" or Sky tablet launched by the India Government and the Datawind company in October 2011. 

Here's a video from Al Jazeera's Prerna Suri on the launch of the Aakash tablet:

According to Datawind's press release, the Aakash is a 7" resistive touch screen tablet at 800×400 resolution running Android OS v2.2 ("Froyo") with a 366Mhz CPU, 256 RAM, 2GB internal storage, expandable to 32GB via a microSD slot, 2 USB ports, 3.5mm audio in and audio out jacks, and includes WiFi (802.11 a/b/g) connectivity.

However, the commercial variant of the Aakash tablet called the Ubislate 7 is expected to be available in early 2012. There are reports that this features several upgrades such as a faster CPU, Android v2.3 and built-in GPRS connectivity.

Summary of TTCS meetings in 2011

Wednesday January 19 2011

Held at Pizza Hut, Valsayn

Wednesday March 2 2011

Topics discussed at Pizza Hut, Roxy:

Sunday March 27 2011 – open leadership positions in #ICANN

Held at ENCO, the focus of this meeting was to give an overview of the various leadership positions available at ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (See http://www.icann.org/en/about/ for background information about ICANN) presented by the ICANN’s Nominating Committee (NomCom) Associate Chair, Jacqueline Morris.

 

Thursday April 14 2011

At Pizza Hut, Roxy, we talked about :

Wednesday 27 April 2011 – Wii Whiteboard

Held at ENCO, we At this meeting, we will be attempting to update the Nintendo Wii Remote Interactive WhiteBoard setup that we demonstrated in 2008, but using two remotes instead of one.

 

Wednesday May 18 2011

At Pizza Hut, Valsayn, we talked about

 

Wednesday June 8, 2011 – AGM

See https://www.ttcs.tt/blog/general-meeting-and-election-of-trinidad-and/ and
https://www.ttcs.tt/blog/announcing-the-trinidad-and-tobago-computer-s/ on the outcomes.

Wednesday July 13 2011

Held at Joe’s Pizza, St. Augustine

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) will be having its pizza lime on Wednesday July 13 2011 at Joe’s Pizza, St. Augustine from 7 to 9pm.

Come join us as we discuss various computing and ICT topics including :

August 8-11 2011

Several TTCS members participated, including being a rapporteur and moderator for one of the sessions at the 4th regional Preparatory Latin American and Caribbean Internet Governance Forum

Wednesday September 14, 2011

At Joe’s Pizza, St. Augustine, we talked about:

Wednesday October 12, 2011

Held at Martin’s Piano Bar, Port of Spain, we talked about:

  • Apple’s Future without Jobs
  • Cheaper School Laptops
  • Broadband for all in T&T?

Wednesday November 9 2011

At Joe’s Pizza, St. Augustine, we talked about:

  • Discussion of latest ICANN meeting in Senegal in October
  • Teleios CodeJam and local ICT Education initiatives
  • The recent BlackBerry Outage
  • Free Internet / Wi-Fi

Saturday November 19 2011 – Tablet showcase

Held at Room 413, 3rd floor, Natural Sciences Building at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, we looked at the feature set of several tablets on hand

  • Apple iPad 2 ;
  • Apple iPad
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1”
  • Archos 7 Internet Media Tablet

Saturday December 10th, 2011

Held at Asian Buffet, Trincity Mall, we chatted about

  • Cell Phone Tracking
  • Customs Charges
  • Local Coding Competitions (OpenData, ImagineCup)
  • Device usage affecting In Flight Electronics

 

 

 

Rules for the TTCS discussion list

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has a discussion list where members where can discuss computer / phone / telecommunications related topics and other TTCS matters/activities. It’s a great way to find other people who are interested in the same kinds of technology topics as you are, and to find other viewpoints you may not have considered before.

Our discussion list is a two-way list (if one person sends mail to the list, everyone signed up to the list receives it).

You can sign up for our list by sending a request to: secretary at ttcsweb.org

The mailing list guidelines for the TTCS discussion list are as follows, as approved by the TTCS executive on December 10, 2011:

This mailing list is a place for the members of the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) to have respectful dialogue about ICT matters that are of interest to the community. We want this list to be a fun and relaxing place to discuss ICT related issues, to share and to learn.

To this end, we expect members to comply with the following rules:

Members must observe an acceptable level of decorum and should therefore:

  • refrain from personal attacks, insults or slander
  • refrain from offensive or discriminating language
  • refrain from making threats, including threats of legal action, on-list or off-list
  • refrain from excessive and repetitive posting

Inappropriate postings to the TTCS Members list include:

  • Unsolicited bulk e-mail
  • Excessive publicity for businesses or personal interests – you can include your blog, business info etc in a footer to your message, but messages advertising your business to the TTCS membership en masse are inappropriate
  • Discussion of subjects unrelated to the TTCS mission and objectives
  • Unprofessional or discourteous commentary, regardless of the general subject

In addition to the foregoing,  Admins may take action if:

  • we observe sequences of messages by one or more participants that cause the TTCS mailing list to become a hostile environment
  • Any other behaviour that the TTCS Executive deems counter to our stated objectives
  • Any member contacts the admins regarding any post they find offensive.

If you find any post to be objectionable, please contact [email protected], or [email protected], including a copy of the objectionable email and your reasons for objection.

 

TTCS Lime, Asian Buffet, Trincity, Saturday December 10th at 11.45am

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) will be having its next lime on Saturday December 10th, 2011 at Asian Buffet, Trincity Mall from 11:45am to 2.15pm.

Come join us as we discuss various computing and ICT topics including :

– Local Coding Competitions (OpenData, ImagineCup)
– Device usage affecting In Flight Electronics (https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!topic/ttcs-members/xduYxG05Crg)

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend. Lunch at Asian Buffet  costs $150 and their Buffet-style menu is available online at: http://www.theasianbuffet.com/

**Advance notice is required so please RSVP by responding to this Calendar Invitation or by sending email to [email protected] .**

Address:
The Asian Buffet
Trincity Mall
Level 2. Trincity

Detailed Directions:
Ideally, you should park in the South carpark of the mall and enter the South entrance. Take the escalator to go up to the 2nd floor and Asian Buffet should be on your left.

TTCS meeting on Saturday November 19 2011 at Room 413, Nat Sci Building UWI – Tablet showcase

Dear All,

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society will be having a meeting on Saturday November 19 2011 from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm at 

Room 413, 3rd floor, Natural Sciences Building at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine.
The Natural Sciences or Nat Sci Building is Building #61 on the UWI map

Come join us as we discover the many uses that you can get out of the:
  • Apple iPad 2 ;
  • Apple iPad
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1”
  • Archos 7 Internet Media Tablet
This meeting is FREE FREE FREE! Food is available for purchase at the UWI Food Court.

See you there!

How to join the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society

How to join the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society

Membership in the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society is open to anyone interested in computers regardless of the level of their computer experience or the type of hardware or software they use.

We have regular meetings, mailing lists, podcasts, and our website and presence on Facebook and onTwitter . We also hold membership in several international organisations and advise on technology issues in Trinidad and Tobago and the region.

To join, please fill out our membership form

TTCS Lime on Wednesday November 9th, 2011 at Joe’s Pizza, St. Augustine from 6:00pm to 8.30pm

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) will be having its next lime on Wednesday November 9th, 2011 at Joe's Pizza, St. Augustine from 6:00pm to 8.30pm.

Come join us as we discuss various computing and ICT topics including :

-Discussion of latest ICANN meeting in Senegal in October
-Teleios CodeJam and local ICT Education initiatives
-The recent BlackBerry Outage
-Free Internet / Wi-Fi

Anyone interested in computing and ICT are welcome to attend. A contribution of $50 is expected towards the food bill.

Address:
Joe's Pizza
#5-6 Emerald Plaza
Eastern Main Road, St Augustine

Detailed Directions:
Heading East on the Eastern Main Road after UWI, just before St. John's Road (the road with Scotia Bank), look for Emerald Plaza on your right. Take the second entrance on your right.

#ICANN Meeting in Dakar, Senegal October 23-28 2011 ; how you can participate remotely

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting in Dakar,Senegal will formally begin on Sunday
October 23 2011 to Friday October 28 2011. The meeting schedule can be found at
http://dakar42.icann.org/full-schedule

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) is an accredited ICANN At-Large Structure (ALS) and a founding member of the Latin American and Regional At-Large Organisation (LACRALO), comprised of 37 At-Large Structures in 15 out of 33 countries in the Latin American and Caribbean Region. At-Large is the name for the community of individual Internet users who participate in the policy development work of ICANN. There are several representatives from TTCS participating in ICANN At-Large.

Each meeting on the http://dakar42.icann.org/full-schedule has a separate meeting page (for example, the ALAC and Regional Leadership Working Session 1 meeting at http://dakar42.icann.org/node/26789 ) has remote participation details and the agenda.

The audio of many of the ICANN At-Large meetings are streamed in English, Español, Français and Português.

The ICANN Dakar At-Large Meeting wiki page can be found at https://community.icann.org/x/LQChAQ

Note there is no UTC/GMT offset in Dakar, Senegal. This means that the time of the meetings on http://dakar42.icann.org/full-schedule are in
UTC. For persons in Trinidad and Tobago, Dakar, Senegal is 4 hours ahead of the time in Trinidad and Tobago.

Kind Regards,

Dev Anand Teelucksingh
Chair, Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society
 

ISB’s ICT Conference & Exhibition – October 25-26, 2011 in Barbados

The Information Society of Barbados (ISB ; http://isb.org.bb/) is hosting an ICT Conference and Exhibition from October 25-26 2011 at the
Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Barbados.

The two day ICT Conference and Exhibition brings Barbadian, Caribbean and international ICT providers and experts face-to-face with CIOs, CEOs, customers, Government officials, corporate buyers, channel resellers, ICT professionals, enthusiasts and the general public.

The Conference Schedule at http://isb.org.bb/events/schedule features keynote presentations, panel discussions and break-out seminars in multiple tracks with

  • keynote speakers from Google, Salesforce.com and the United States Government Services.
  • international speakers from Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Navigant, KPMG, McAfee and Salesforce.
  • over 20 regional Speakers from ICT companies in the Caribbean

You can find out more information about the conference, including how to register to attend or to be a exhibitor/sponsor at 
http://isb.org.bb/events

ICT related aspects of the 2012 #Trinidad & #Tobago Budget Statement

Minister of Finance, The Honourable Winston Dookeran presented the National Budget for 2011-2012 in Parliament on October 10 2011.

The following are excerpts from the Budget Statement 2012 at http://finance.gov.tt/content/Budget-Statement-2012.pdf

Under "III. Strategy for Economic Transformation", "Claiming New Economic Space"
Page 13:

"I turn now to the strategy for economic transformation.  Over the years, a consensus has
emerged among economic analysts and practitioners that there are limits to the expansion of economic
activities, in a small open economy such as ours, largely due to the constraints of limited physical space,
small population, and few natural resources."  

"There are new areas of economic potential that remain undeveloped across the landmass of Trinidad and
Tobago, places like the North Coast, South-Western Peninsula and North-East of Tobago as well as in the
missing sectors that must be developed in areas like shipbuilding and repair, information and
communication technology, sports and medical tourism….."

"…Mr. Speaker, as noted, the structure of the economy has not fundamentally changed despite the emergence of the dynamic
petrochemical and gas sector, what has changed however, is the skill set of this country.  Trinidad and
Tobago now has more human resource capabilities in areas such as public  administration, education,
health, business, financial services and information and communication technology."

Page 14:

"We will accelerate the use of  Information and Communications  Technology across the Public
Service to improve decision making and to deliver quality service to the citizens of Trinidad and
Tobago.

On Page 15, under "Improving the Regulatory Environment for Private Sector Activity":

"Mr. Speaker, the Computerized Customs Management System, ASYCUDA system will come into effect in
fiscal 2012. This will be integrated with the Single  Electronic Window which will improve the ease of
doing business in Trinidad and Tobago and our competitiveness."

"…The Government will introduce in fiscal 2012 an e-payment system for the payment of taxes and duties on
both incomes and goods."

"The Joint Select Committee of Parliament will report on the Procurement Act, and appropriate legislation
will be laid in Parliament. Within 3 months of the passage of the legislation the regulations and guideline
will be approved and the new structure will be geared to encourage e-tendering and web site availability
for the processing and awarding of tenders."

Under "Health Services" Page 17:

"Mr. Speaker, the accountability and quality of healthcare will be  further enhanced with the soon-to-be
established Accreditation Council to  certify best practice standards. We will also implement the Health
Information Management System throughout the health sector to ensure the rapid transmission of patient
information while preserving confidentiality."

Under Part IV. Strategy for Growth, Trade and Investment, "Our Investment Platform"
Page 28

"..Mr. Speaker, the 2012/2014 Investment Platform for Trinidad and Tobago is predicated on new
investments in:
• Traditional energy
• Downstream industries
• Alternative and Renewable Energy
• Maritime Economy
• Urban development
• Infrastructure
• ICT Platforms
• Environments promoting business competitiveness
• Capital Market Development and
• Creative Industries

Page 34:
"Broadband Infrastructure"

"Mr. Speaker, the country wide deployment of Information and Communications Technology is a key
enabler of sustainable economic and social development in Trinidad and Tobago. This has been identified
in two of our seven pillars proposed for sustainable development, namely the quest for a knowledge
intensive economy and access to Information and Communication Technology."

"Mr. Speaker, the Government will ensure that the un-served and under-served communities in Trinidad
and Tobago get the required access to the Internet. For this reason, citizens of Trinidad and Tobago need
a modern, accessible and affordable broadband platform to facilitate the use of ICT Services such as eGovernment, e-Health and e-Commerce."

"Mr. Speaker, the Government in collaboration with the World Bank is preparing a strategic map to roll
out a nationwide high speed broadband network within two years. This project would require a financing
plan for the backbone infrastructure, the details of which are still being negotiated."

* Communications Infrastructure

"Evolving Technologies and Enterprise Development Company has completed the construction of the
communications infrastructure for a modern data centre which will serve Trinidad and Tobago and the
South-Eastern Caribbean. A strategic foreign investor is expected to commence construction on these
high-tech facilities within a month."

Under Part V: Fiscal Measures,
Page 44

"6. Tax Administration"
* Changes in online filing and the payment of Taxes

Mr. Speaker, the Value Added Tax remains a strong source of our non-oil revenue and we will preserve
its importance by increasing the ease of filing and reporting, and also by monitoring VAT receipts.  
Given advances in the field of technology, the Board of Inland Revenue will be given the legal authority to
issue and utilize electronic invoicing, subject to the proclamation of the Electronic Transactions Act, 2010.

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