Grand Bahama

Silicon Island – Your Digital Paradise.

About The Event

The Office of the Prime Minister, Grand Bahama was given a mandate by the Bahamas Government in May 2017 to focus on the development of Freeport as an offshore technology hub similar to Silicon Valley. 

As a result of this mandate, in November 2017 a call went out to local and international key industry stakeholders to CONNECT – EXPLORE – INVEST. This became the genesis of the GRAND BAHAMA TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT

This event is designed to establish and grow the technology industry sector in Grand Bahama similar to that of the Tourism and Financial Services sectors. 

CONNECT – The Grand Bahama Technology Summit connects Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Investors, knowledge professionals, service providers, Executives, Tech Enthusiasts, Policymakers and others in one place building relationships. 

EXPLORE – The Grand Bahama Technology Summit encourages the exploration of existing policies, legislation and skills capacity of our workforce. Further it causes us to explore avenues to create entrepreneurial opportunities. In addition, the Summit invites our visitors to explore the digital paradise and experience our rich culture. 

INVEST – Grand Bahama Island is indeed open for business and with the recently enacted Commercial Enterprises Act and the establishment of the Grand Bahama Investment Unit within the Office of the Prime Minister, the ease of doing business just got better. Grand Bahama’s geographical position approximately 60 miles off the coast of Florida, with a world-class infrastructure, stable Government and other exciting investor friendly amenities makes it an ideal home for innovators, high-growth high impact start-ups and businesses that are expanding both at home and abroad. 

Grand Bahama Island, the gateway for innovation and technology is establishing it’s footprint in the global ecosystem as the Silicon Island of the Caribbean.

Summit Highlights

  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Forum on Artificial Intelligence, IoT and Smart Initiatives
  • BH1 B Visa Forum
  • Exhibitors Hall
  • Cultural Festival

Our Speakers

Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Official Opening by
Dr. The Hon. Hubert Minnis
Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas

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Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Remarks by
Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Registration

1:30pm – 5:30pm

Artificial Intelligence In Action

7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Welcome remarks
  • ITU Remarks
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Thank You
  • Photo Session​

7:30 – 8:30

Registration

8:30 – 9:30

Session 1: What is AI and its future – Artificial Intelligence Enabling Technologies

9:30 –10:30

Session 2: ITU-T Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence for Health Care

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30

Session 3: Machine Learning for Future Networks including 5G

12 :30 – 2:00pm

Lunch  

2:00- 3:00

Session 5: Digital Financing

 (panel): Bahamas electronic payments DFS development

3:00-4:00

Session 6 (mini presentations): Developing Mobile Financial Services in Bahamas

4:00 – 4:30

Coffee Break

4:30 – 5:45

Session 3 (mini presentations): Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Caribbean perspectives

8:30 – 9:30

Session 1 : BDT: Regulations in a Futuristic World

9:30 – 10:30

Session 2: Proactive Policies

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:45

Session3: Regulatory Approaches and Frameworks

12:45 – 2:00

Lunch

2:00 – 3:00

Session 4 : Overview of experiences

3:00 – 4:00

Session 5 : Session 3: Cyber Security

A. How can we ensure Artificial Intelligence is safe and secure

4:00 – 5:00

Session 6: Spectrum Management for 5G

11:45 – 12:30

TBD

Close of Day

8:30 – 9:30

Session 1: BDT

9:30 – 10:30

Session 2: Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:45

Session 3: Regulatory and Ethical Frameworks for Robots

12:45 – 2:00

Lunch

2:00 – 3:00

Session 4: Ethical Considerations for Big Data in Smart Cities

3:00 – 4:00

Session 5: Panel Discussion

Close of Day

Event Schedule

Please note that the following is a draft schedule, and is subject to change prior to the event.

Day 1 – Monday 28th October 2019

7:00 – 8:30

Registration

8:30:00 -10:00

Opening Ceremony

Master of Ceremonies - TBC

  • National Anthem
  • Prayers
  • Welcome remarks:  (5mins)   (URCA)
  • Major Sponsor : ( 8 mins) TBC   
  • Major Sponsor :  (8 mins) TBC  
  • Speaker:  Minister of  Sen. The Hon J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama  (15 mins)     
  • TU Remarks: (TBC) (8 mins)
  •  Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hubert Alexander Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas
  • Thank You: (URCA) (5mins)
  • Close of Ceremony

10:00 – 10:30

Photo Session and Coffee Break

Sponsored by:

AI for Health, Education and Agriculture

10:30 – 11:30

Session 1: What is AI and where is it headed - Artificial Intelligence Enabling Technologies”

“AI will have the greatest impact when everyone can access its benefits. On the other hand, every government, company, university, international institution, civil society organization and every single one of us should consider how best to work together to ensure AI serves as a positive force for humanity," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. Therefore this session seeks to bring a basic understanding of what AI is and the potential impact for the Caribbean.

Moderator: TBC

Speakers:

Feature Speaker 1  : (20 mins): Keni Simola, Board of Executives keni.simola@hundred.org or keni@hundred.org

2 Sponsors     : (20 mins):

Discussion panel with speakers.

11:30 –12:30pm

Session 2: Youth Innovation : A conversation with the Minister

ICT enabled skills, services and applications play an important role in improving youth's socio-economic status. Furthermore, youth are 'early adopters' of ICT based technologies and are viewed as driving growth and innovation in the sector. This session is a platform where some Bahamian youth innovators engage with the minister and discuss the issues of innovation in the country, the challenges and opportunities.

Panel Discussion:

Minister of  Sen. The Hon J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama

Speakers: TBC

12 :30 – 2:00pm

Lunch

Sponsored by:

2:00- 3:00pm

Session 3: Youth Innovation

ICT enabled skills, services and applications play an important role in improving youth's socio-economic status. Furthermore, youth are 'early adopters' of ICT based technologies and are viewed as driving growth and innovation in the sector. This session is a platform where some Bahamian youth innovators discuss the issues of innovation in the country with some leaders in the industry.

Moderator: TBC: Ministry of Education Representative.

Speakers:

Speaker 1  : (10 mins): Sandra Cortesi, Fellow and Director of Youth and Media Berkman Klein Centre for Internet & Society at Harvard University scortesi@cyber.harvard.edu

Speaker 2  : (10 mins) Shlomy Kattan, Senior Director, Learning and Human Potential Impact Architecture (xPrize) shlomy@xprize.org

Speaker 3: Bahamian Youth Innovator (10 mins):

Speaker 4: Bahamian Youth Innovator (10 mins)

Discussion panel with speakers.

3:00 – 4:30pm

Session 4: AI and Education

The world is changing dramatically, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming more integrated into society and work. As such, approaches to education are being reimagined. This session will discuss ICT’s use in education in the Caribbean region and how AI can be leveraged to improve education.

Moderator: TBC: Maria Luciana Axente, AI Programme Driver & AI for Good Lead (PWC) Maria.axente@pwc.com

Speakers:

Feature Speaker 1  : (20 mins): TBC - Shlomy Kattan, Senior Director, Learning and Human Potential, Impact Architecture   Sholmy@xprize.org

1. Sponsor     : (10 mins):

Ministry of Education Representative: (10 mins):

Discussion panel with speakers.

4:30 – 5:00pm

Coffee break

5:00 – 6:30pm

Session5: AI and Health

This session seeks to provide an overview of the activities of the ITU’s Focus Group on AI for Health, and how AI and machine learning can revolutionize healthcare in the Caribbean region. The session would also involve discussions on the relevant SDGs, challenges and opportunities for the health sector using ICTs.

Moderator: TBC

Speakers:

Feature Speaker: (20 mins): ITU-T Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence for Health Care   - Mr. Thomas Wiegand, Executive Director, SG Chairman

Sponsor     : (15 mins): Dr. Soumya Swainathan, Chief Scientist (WHO) swaminathans@who.int

Speaker 2 : (5 mins)

Discussion panel with speakers

End of Day


Day 2

Digital Financing, Youth Innovation and Cybersecurity

7:00-8:00am

Registration

8:00- 9:30

Session 6: Digital Financing

Nearly half the world’s population do not have access to financial services, and most of those people live in remote, rural or isolated communities. Digitalization presents tremendous opportunities for these people. Bahamas has taken some bold steps to transform the way it does business. This session seeks to understand the Bahamian experience in digital financing as a possible blueprint for other Caribbean countries.  (Repeated in session 6 and 7 summary)

Moderator: Gevon Moss (IADB)

Presenters (5 mins each):

TBD (Central Bank of Bahamas)

TBD (Government)

Suzanee Pattusch (Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association)

Dr. Donovan Moxey (MyMobileAssist)

(Panel): Bahamas electronic payments DFS development

9:30-10:45

Session 7 (mini presentations): Developing Mobile Financial Services in Bahamas

Nearly half the world’s population do not have access to financial services, and most of those people live in remote, rural or isolated communities. Digitalization presents tremendous opportunities for these people. Bahamas has taken some bold steps to transform the way it does business. This session seeks to understand the Bahamian experience in digital financing as a possible blueprint for other Caribbean countries. 

Moderator: Dr. Donovan Moxey (MyMobileAssist)

Panelist (10 Mins each):

TBD (Digicel MMG representative from Guyana)

Barry Malcolm (Suncash)

Harvey Morris (Omni Financial Group)

TBD

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

Sponsored by:

11:15 – 12:30

Session 8 (mini presentations): Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Caribbean perspectives

Nearly half the world’s population do not have access to financial services, and most of those people live in remote, rural or isolated communities. Digitalization presents tremendous opportunities for these people. Bahamas has taken some bold steps to transform the way it does business. This session seeks to understand the Bahamian experience in digital financing as a possible blueprint for other Caribbean countries. 

Moderator: Shiva Bissessar (Pinaka Consulting)

Presenters( 5 mins each) :

TBD (Central Bank of Bahamas)

TBD (ECCB)

TBD (Central Bank Curacao & St Maarteen)

12 :30 – 2:00pm

Lunch 

Sponsored by:

2:00- 3:30pm

Session 9: AI and Agriculture

Emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been particularly promising in tackling agricultural challenges such as lack of expertise, climate change, resource optimization and consumer trust. This session seeks to discuss the issues mentioned, applications, proposed solutions and many others that are facing the Caribbean region. 

Moderator: TBC

Speakers:

Feature Speaker   : (20 mins): David Huges, UN Fellow, Plant Production and Protection Division (FAO) David.hughes@fao.org

Speaker 1  : (5 mins):

Speaker 2  : (5 mins):

Discussion panel with speakers.

3:30 – 4:00pm

Coffee Break

Sponsored by:

4:00 – 5:45pm

Session 10: Cyber Security :

With cutting-edge technologies, the impact is not always good for all users. There is a growing fear concerning, not only security, but that governments, companies and other agencies may be gatherings and monitoring users’ data and information. Many are therefore asking for instance how can we ensure Artificial Intelligence is safe and secure? Also, what are the Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy use of technologies. This session seeks to address these and other ICT related security questions.

Moderator: TBC

Feature Speaker : Mr. Marco Obiso (ITU)

Speakers :

  • Speaker 1 : (10 mins): Mr. Mustapha Benjillali
  • Sponsor    : (10 mins): TBC
  • Speaker 2: (10 mins) : Mr. Patrick Hosein ,University of the West Indies

Discussion panel with speakers

End of Day

Day 3

Regulations in a Growing “Intelligent Environment” and Smart Initiatives

7:00-8:00am

Registration

8:00- 9:00

Session 11: The Future of ICT Regulations

AI, IMT-2020 and other developments are expected to be rolled out as of 2020, with 5G trials and pre-commercial activities already underway to support drones, applications such as smart homes and buildings, smart cities, 3D video, work and play in the cloud, remote medical surgery, virtual and augmented reality, and massive machine-to-machine communications, to name a few. With these opportunities come some challenges for ICT regulators with spectrum; stability, security and reliability. This session seeks to share on some important ICT policies and regulations that the Caribbean region needs to consider in this new ecosystem.

Moderator: Mrs. Sofie Madden

Presenter: Mustapha Benjillali

Topics : Regulatory Approaches and Frameworks

             : Proactive Policies

             : Overview of European Experiences in ICT Regulations

9:00-10:30

Session 12: Caribbean Readiness for AI and Other Evolving Technologies Regulations.

Following from Session 10, this session is a panel discussion on the Caribbean’s current ICT policies and regulations, and its state of readiness for an evolving AI environment  

Moderator: Cleveland Thomas - ITU

Panelist (5 mins each):

Mrs. Bernadette Lewis – SG, CTU

Mr. Stephen Bereaux – CEO URCA

Mr. Sofie Madded – ITU

Mr. Cordel Green, Executive Director - Broadcasting Commission, Jamaica

Mustapha Benjillali

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

Sponsored by:

11:00 – 12:30

Session 13: What is IOT and Smart Initiatives and its future

(this session is administered by the TSB)

Moderator: TBC

Presenters:

TBC: Christopher Sciacca, Manager, Communications, Global labs (IBM) cia@zurich.ibm.com

TSB: TBC – Kenny Chen, Executive Director Co-Founder (Partnership to Advance Responsible Technology, (P.A.R.T)

12 :30 – 2:00pm

Lunch 

Sponsored by:

2:00- 3:00pm

Session 14: The Importance of Standardization- TSB

High-quality international standards; delivered using an efficient, inclusive standardization process; supporting ICT growth and innovation across a wide range of industry sectors; bridging development divides as well as gender divides – this is the ultimate aim of ITU standardization as indicated by Chaesub Lee Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau.

Moderator: TBC

Speakers:

Speaker 1  : (10 mins):

Speaker 2  : (10 mins):

Speaker 3  : (10 mins):

3:00 – 3:30pm

Coffee Break

Sponsored by:

3:30 – 5:00pm

Session 15: Storytellers: Connecting AI innovators & problems owners

The session recognizes the importance of and seeks to identify and discuss ways to bring together data science, international development, and storytelling to create structured data considering Caribbean cultures. Can storytellers capture their communities’ values and cultural heritage in metadata? Can AI preserve indigenous stories? Can endowing AI with a sense and understanding of culture bring machines closer to us as humans and make them easier to trust?

Moderator: TBC

Feature Speaker : Davar Ardalan, Founder and Storyteller in Chief at IVOW, davar@ivow.ai

Speaker 1  : (10 mins):

Speaker 2  : (10 mins):

Discussion panel with speakers

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Session 15: Why Invest In the Bahamas

This session is a panel discussion to highlight the new opportunities for investors in Grand Bahama and the progress of the work of the Steering Committee

Moderator: TBC

Panelist

Speaker 1  : (5 mins):

Speaker 2  : (5 mins):

Speaker 3  : (5 mins):

Speaker 4  : (5 mins)

Discussion panel with speakers

5:00pm – 5:30pm

Closing Ceremony

Closing remarks: Minister of  Sen. The Hon J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama 

Vote of Thanks: URCA

Venue

The event will take place at the Grand Lucayan Resort’s Convention Center. If you have any questions regarding the summit, feel free to contact us using the information below.

Grand Lucayan Convention Center
1 Seahorse Lane
Freeport, Grand Bahama
www.grandlucayan.com

1-242-350-8578/8599/8585

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Past Sponsors

We’d like to thank these organizations, for their valued contribution to making this event a reality.

For Sponsorship opportunities email raquelbenebyhart@bahamas.gov.bs

Title Sponsors

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Innovation Sponsor

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Silver and Bronze Sponsors

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Technology Partners

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