• iGovTT celebrates its 10 year anniversary.

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    iGovTT celebrated its 10th Anniversary by hosting an Interfaith Service last Friday 19 July. Employees, stakeholders and other specially invited guests gathered at the Government Campus Plaza to mark this special milestone which saw remarks from Chairman, iGovTT Ms Esther Le Gendre and an address by Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Administration, Mr Maxie Cuffie who praised the company’s efforts in bringing to life the Government’s vision for sustainable national development and meaningful uptake of ICT within the Public Service. Mr Cuffie also commended iGovTT on the company’s ongoing contributions to providing a high quality of life for all citizens through the use of ICT.

  • iGovTT at The University of Trinidad and Tobago’s Teaching and Learning Technologies Symposium

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    The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) hosted its symposium on teaching and learning technologies in education yesterday at NAPA. iGovTT’s CEO Kirk Henry, was part of the panel discussion which focused on the need for all stakeholders to understand the challenges and complexities that come with digital transformation and the need for all elements of an academic or administrative system to become integrated into an eco-system kept alive by a virtual workflow of digital information.

    Other panel members included Mrs Joan Mendez, PS in the Ministry of Public Administration, Dr Camille Samuel, VP for Student Affairs, COSTAATT and Dr Leroy Hill, Dean, School of Distance Education, USC.

  • Demystifying Document & Content Management – A workshop hosted by iGovTT and Hyland

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    Today, iGovTT partnered with Hyland, to host a workshop on Enterprise Content Management. Hyland is the developer of the enterprise content management and process management software suite OnBase. The session addressed planning and implementing Enterprise Content Management, records and information management and information governance projects. Over 60 participants within GoRTT attended the event today.

  • iGovTT at Caribbean FutureScape – an event hosted by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union

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    iGovTT was proud to collaborate with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)  on Caribbean FutureScape.

    As part of its 30th Anniversary Celebrations, the CTU hosted FutureScape –  a simulated technology immersion experience that demonstrated the speed, efficiency, transparency, resilience, facility and simplicity of life in a fully integrated digital Caribbean.

    The event ran from April 30 to May 1 at the Trinidad Hyatt Regency.

  • International Girls in ICT Day 2019

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    International Girls in ICT Day, an observance established by the International Telecommunications Union, the lead United Nations agency for information and communications technology, is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April. The initiative aims to encourage and empower girls and young women to consider studies and careers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.

    iGovTT celebrated this special day by exhibiting at CANTO’s Girl in ICT Day entitled “Tech Savvy Girls!” at TATT’s office, Barataria. Form 3 and 4 female Information Technology students from San Fernando East, San Fernando Central and Pleasantville Secondary Schools gained hands-on experience in Coding and Artificial Intelligence by developing their tech-savvy skills in building and programming a Google Toolkit (a basic version of Amazon Alexa).

  • IT Sector Meeting – Power BI vs Tableau – A Data Analytics Duel.

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    On Wednesday 24th April 2019, iGovTT hosted its IT Sector meeting entitled “Power BI vs Tableau – A Data Analytics Duel”. The event was attended by IT directors and managers within GoRTT. The data analytics duel was a comparison of Tableu and Power Bi, both of which are data visualisation and analysis tools. The discussion was centered around the efficiency, easy of use, platform integration, accessibility and pricing of both tools. Leslie Lee Fook, Director of Incus Services Ltd presented on Tableau while Darryl Ramdin of 7d3 Analytics focused on Power BI. Overall, we called the Power BI vs Tableau duel a draw.

  • Launch of HackTT

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    Last evening saw the official launch of iGovTT’s inaugural hackathon event – HackTT. Held at the University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus, this signaled the start of the competition which will see 22 teams from various tertiary institutions across the country, competing to develop solutions aimed at addressing ICT challenges and needs identified by Government Ministries, Divisions and Agencies.

    Professor Edwin Ekwue, Dean of Engineering, in his address to those in attendance, expressed his appreciation for the partnership between iGovTT and UWI. He stressed the importance of collaborations like these as they afford tertiary level students with a valuable opportunity to develop and implement solutions that can impact Trinidad and Tobago. Deputy CEO, iGovTT, Charles Bobb-Semple, briefed the students on the format of the competition and then assigned the teams their problem statements. The competition will run from March to September and culminate in a live demonstration of the solutions presented, with an award giving function.

  • MOU signing between iGovTT and UWI for HackTT

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    The National Information and Communication Technology Company (iGovTT) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the West Indies (UWI) to facilitate the provision of technical advice, selection of students and the usage of classroom facilities for iGovTT’s inaugural student hackathon, HackTT. HackTT is a competitive event in which students from tertiary institutions across Trinidad and Tobago, will formulate and develop software solutions, aimed at addressing ICT challenges and needs identified by Government Ministries, Division and Agencies. The solutions developed will be used by the Government for the benefit of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

  • iGovTT’s CEO Kirk Henry at bmobile’s Connect Conference

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    iGovTT’s CEO Kirk Henry was a panelist at bmobile’s Connect Conference recently  held at the Hyatt Regency,  Port of Spain.
    He was joined by Andre Mills (NAGICO), Dr Wayne Frederick (Howard University) and Ronald Hinds (Teleios) to speak on the topic “Building a Digital Mindset for Future Innovation”
    The panel discussion was moderated by Lorenzo Hodges (Plain White Table).

  • MOU Signing – Ministry of Social Development and Family Services and iGovTT

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    Members of the public will soon have the ability to access social welfare services at any of the seven ttconnect Service Centres located across Trinidad and Tobago. This new arrangement was sealed when the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services and iGovTT formalised their mutual interaction through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at the Ministry’s Head Office, St Vincent Street, Port of Spain on January 28th, 2019.

    Among other things, this new arrangement will seek to improve service delivery and access to social welfare services through traditional and non-traditional service delivery channels. These channels include ttconnect’s online portal, mobile portal, service centres, express buses, a toll-free number 800-8826, email services, self-service kiosks and LiveChat opportunities via ttGovChat and the soon to be introduced ChatBot. Users will therefore benefit from accessing timely and accurate information at their own convenience.

    During the brief ceremony, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry, Jacinta Bailey-Sobers and iGovTT’s Chief Executive Officer, Kirk Henry, both expressed their intention to continue their longstanding relationship to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to new and existing clients of both entities. According to PS Bailey-Sobers, the initiative, though long in coming, will help to ensure that there is an improvement in service delivery as the Ministry seeks to become a customer-driven, high performing organisation through service excellence. iGovTT’s CEO, Kirk Henry, indicated that the MOU aligns with iGovTT’s strategic plan which seeks to further the national ICT plan by adding value and improving the livelihood of citizens.

    The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Ministry’s Deputy Permanent Secretary (Ag.), Vijay Gangapersad and Head of ttconnect, Edson Eastmond, who indicated that he looks forward to working with the Ministry to ensure that the services are available to clients both in-person and online.

    ttconnect Service Centres are located within seven communities, namely, Arima, Bon Accord, Tobago, Chaguanas, Curepe, Princes Town, Sangre Grande and St. James. Deputy Director of the Social Welfare Division, Christine John-Guy, and ICT Director Alvin Dain were among other key staff of the Ministry also present at the signing.

  • iGovTT’s ICT Symposium 2018

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    “Transforming ICT in a changing landscape” was the theme of our 2018 Symposium.

    Held on October 19, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Port of Spain, the Symposium brought together leaders in business, government and academia to impact economic and social development through the exchange of policies and ideas on technology. The initiative promoted and brought awareness to the role of Information and Communications Technologies in the transformation of Trinidad and Tobago into a knowledge-based economy.

    The feature speaker was  Dr. Arvo Ott, a digital government expert from Estonia, the most advanced digital economy in the world. Other speakers included Mervyn Eyre, President & CEO of Titanium sponsor Fujitsu Caribbean; Enrique Gutierrez, Microsoft Digital Crime Unit; PwC’s Behram Faroogh, Asif Qayyum and Zia Paton; Rakesh Goswami, TSTT; and Dr. Auliana Poon, founder of Tourism Intelligence International.

  • Microsoft Enterprise Agreement signing

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    iGovTT Chairman, Esther Le Gendre speaks with Microsoft T&T Country Manager, Frances Correira and Public Administration and Communications Minister, Maxie Cuffie at the signing ceremony for the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. The Ministry of Public Administration and Communications (MPAC), iGovTT and Microsoft signed a new three year Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (MEA) to provide Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies with access to the Microsoft Office suite at a reduced cost. The new agreement includes a Microsoft Home Use Programme which will allow public officers to obtain the Microsoft Office suite at a onetime discounted price of USD 9.99, instead of the original cost of USD 399.99.

    Under the new agreement the Microsoft prices will remain constant regardless of any increases in retail price by the company, thus resulting in significant cost savings by the Government. Our line Minister, Minister Cuffie emphasized, “this price freeze facility is a source of significant national cost savings as the last three year Microsoft Enterprise Agreement cost US$40 or TTD 272 million more than the current one. This saving could fund the full development programme of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development for a year.” The MEA will result in an annual savings of $25million a year for the duration of the agreement.

    The agreement will permit 7,781 named users to install and use the Office software on five PCs or Macs, five tablets, and five smartphones for use on their devices, with the Government’s administrative approval and oversight. Minister Cuffie noted that the Government plans to fully leverage the major information communication technology developments that are unfolding globally to deliver effective, end to end public services.

  • New iGovTT Board of Directors

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  • Launch of WEF Global Information Technology Report (GITR) 2016

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  • IT Managers Meeting – November 2015

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  • MOU Signing Ushers in Free WiFi on Select PTSC Buse

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    Travelling on the bus just got more interesting. Imagine surfing the internet on your smartphone, tablet or laptop while commuting to work or school on your favourite PTSC bus….This will shortly become a reality thanks to the agreement signed between the National Information and Communication Technology Company Limited (iGovTT) and the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) to provide free WiFi to the travelling public on select buses.

  • Caribbean TIDE Conference – DAY 1

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    The Caribbean TIDE (Technology and Innovation for the Digital Economy) Conference 2015 is primarily about two very important things in this, its inaugural year – ‘Open Data’ and ‘Broadband’.

    DAY 1

    “This conference is being used as a catalyst for our own involvement in this phase in the rollout of the broadband strategy.” – Larry Howai – Ministry of Finance and the Economy. Mr. Howai was referring to the two Phases of the National Broadband Strategy (see more in smarTT – the National ICT Plan 2014-2018).

    The first day hosted a number of TIDE talks, in the tradition of TED talks. Accessibility to the internet is still elusive to so many persons – this fact was brought to light, in more than one of the TIDE talks that discussed broadband innovation, in the form of OneWeb and Outernet.

    OneWeb provides satellite-powered low-latency terminals that emit LTE, 3G and WiFi providing high-speed internet access for everyone. According to their website, “This project is large and challenging. Collaboration is the key to its success. OneWeb is everyone’s network. It belongs to us all. And it needs all of us to take action.” That’s tweetable by the way. Click here to help OneWeb spread the word!

  • WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report

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    iGovTT CEO, Trevor Libert delivers sponsor’s remarks at the launch of WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report. For a second consecutive year, Trinidad and Tobago has placed 89 out of 140 countries in the Global Competitiveness Report. The Index, released on September 30 at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (ALJGSB), shows that the country’s score dropped slightly from 4 to 3.9. iGovTT partnered with the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and was one of the sponsors for the release of the report.

    Competitiveness is defined as the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity. The level of productivity, in turn, sets the level of prosperity that can be reached by an economy. Since 2005, the World Economic Forum has based its competitiveness analysis on the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), a framework that measures the microeconomic and macroeconomic foundations of national competitiveness.

    The level of productivity in a country is what takes it forward but according to the 2015-2016 Global Competitiveness Report, Trinidad and Tobago has a major problem with the work ethic of the labour force and also with corruption.

  • ICT for Seniors – San Fernando

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    The Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Ministry of the People and Social Development, hosted its fourth ICT for Seniors Programme on Wednesday 22nd July, 2015 at Skinner’s Park, San Fernando. This Programme is part of the Ministry of Science and Technology’s thrust to ensure that all citizens are included and are provided with greater access to information and communication technology (ICT) and can use these technologies to improve their quality of life.

    This Programme follows successful programmes which were held last year in Port of Spain, Couva and Valencia. iGovTT and ttconnect were well represented as an interactive presentation and discussion was held with video material and workbooks for participants as well as a fully equipped ttconnect booth to disseminate information and material on ttconnect services.

    The Ministry of Science and Technology believes that ICTs can become an effective tool to allow seniors to play a greater part in society. This session introduced the senior citizens to communications tools such as email, Skype, Facebook and showed them how to access government services via the ttconnect platform and electronic banking services. There were also dynamic presentations from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service on cybercrime, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago on consumer protection and other interactive displays and sessions from state agencies and private sector companies.

    Dr. the Honourable Rupert Griffith, Minister of Science and Technology underscored that the programme helps to foster a more seamless movement of seniors into the digital life. He affirmed “What the ICT for Seniors programme really does, is provide an important avenue to support active ageing. The use of ICTs is an opportune means of promoting life-long learning while creating benefits across different generations, bringing young people and seniors together and tackling the “digital divide.”

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