Talking Caribbean Tech in St Lucia

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - March 13, 2015

Above: Google IT Expert, Arturo Servin speaks at recent CaribNOG event in Trinidad (Photo: Caribbean Network Operators Group)

By Gerard Best
CJ Contributor

St Lucia will be the backdrop to the highly anticipated gathering of the men and women responsible for securing and administering computer networks across the Caribbean.

From April 27 to May 1, the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) will hold their ninth regional meeting, a significant forum that has been playing a key role in coordinating and equipping the region’s technical community.

“CaribNOG plays a unique role in the region’s technology ecosystem. It is a volunteer-based community dedicated to strengthening the Caribbean indigenous capacity to address the rapidly evolving  technology landscape,” explained Bevil Wooding, one of the CaribNOG founders and a main organizer of the event. “Computer network engineers and technology specialists from across the region and around the world take the time to share their knowledge and experience with the colleagues at CaribNOG.”

Founded in 2010, CaribNOG has been steadily building its reputation as the Caribbean’s most influential and solutions-oriented forum for network engineers and computer technology professionals.

The group has also built strong connections with other Network Operator Groups from around the world, including Latin America, North America and as far as the Pacific.

“CaribNOG members benefit immensely from exposure to experts from around the region and across the globe,” said Jamaican-born Stephen Lee, another CaribNOG founding member and CEO of ArkiTechs Inc., a US-based technology firm.

“Topics range from protecting local networks from hackers and cyber-criminals to deploying broadband and the future of the Internet,” he said.

Network security, Internet exchange points, cloud computing and global network trends are among the topics to be addressed at CaribNOG’s 9th regional meeting.

“Saint Lucia is really looking forward to hosting this important meeting,” said Simon Alexander, local organizer and IT Manager at the Organization for Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission.

“The previous CaribNOG gathering in Curacao drew over 100 persons from more than 15 countries. The international nature of gathering affords us the opportunity to showcase Saint Lucia and the OECS   to the world as a significant technology-enabled destination.”

This ninth event comes on the heels of 2014 meetings in Dominica and Curacao.

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