Sunday 13 October, 2019

Watch: Animae Caribe is revolutionising the C'bean digital landscape

Nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, blockchain technology, robotics 3D printing are all relatively new concepts, and all are certainly on the educational agenda in global learning spaces.

Exponential technologies are those which are shaping our industries in a rapid accelerated manner which in turn are creating a major impact on our lives. Not only is it allowing rapid solutions to modern day challenges, but it is also creating solutions that are becoming cheaper and more accessible to the public.

In keeping with the imperative to develop and diversify the economies of the region, a number of sectors have been identified, animation being on top of the list.

From November 19 to 24, Animae Caribe Festival will give a voice to the youths to tell their stories, express their frustrations and give their input as to what the Caribbean future should be as far as technology. 

 

For that, the ‘Caribbean Digital Youth Forum’ will create a contemporary modern platform to engage youths of the region.  Youths from Barbados, Jamaica, Suriname, St. Lucia, Guyana, and Trinidad & Tobago will be all represented.  This will be facilitated through the support of the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA).

Subjects and workshops on the agenda include topics like ‘The Future of Caribbean Education’; ‘The Caribbean Digital Economy’; ‘Crypto Currencies and Its Effects on the Future’ and ‘Youth and Social Activism in the Caribbean’ The intended outcome of this initiative is to allow the young audience to collaborate and suggest policy to create a shift in our approach to the future. 

The structure of many Caribbean state and government organisations is often based on post-colonial constructs that haven’t taken exponential technology into account. Founder of the Festival Camille Selvon Abrahams stated, “If we do not address our curriculum we are going to be progressing to outdated systems, only to have to catch up again once the bureaucracy gets us to that point.”

Also high on the agenda at the festival is local and regional animated content. At the moment, there is little content on the local, regional or global stage that speaks to stories of the Caribbean. Animae Caribe will be following up with the Great8 Project as the second Phase will take four of the eight projects forward to be pitched at the International Kidscreen Expo in Miami Florida in February 2019.

The initiative will support artists, animators, storytellers, and designers by giving them a platform to create animated ideas for development. This will encourage innovation as it will create a dynamic value chain that will allow collaboration between creatives. It will also fill a gap for other employable skills for this industry.

As Animae Caribe celebrates its 17th year, in collaboration with partners, the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) First Citizens Bank and FilmTT, it's set to be bigger and better than ever. 

The festival runs from November 19 to 24. For more the full schedule and more information, visit www.animaecaribe.com

 

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