Saturday 7 December, 2019

Facebook programme to support tech talents launches in Jamaica

DevC leads from across North America and the Caribbean convened with the Facebook team in Puerto Rico to discuss the vision for the regional tech ecosystem. Jamaica’s lead, Nicholas Kee is pictured third from the left.

DevC leads from across North America and the Caribbean convened with the Facebook team in Puerto Rico to discuss the vision for the regional tech ecosystem. Jamaica’s lead, Nicholas Kee is pictured third from the left.

Silicon Valley tech giant Facebook has announced plans to invest in building and growing the developer community in Jamaica through the launch of a local chapter of the global Developers Circle (DevC) from Facebook on August 9 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew.

Developers Circle from Facebook is a programme for developers all over the world to connect, learn and collaborate. Chapters are community-driven, free to join and provide a platform for members to share knowledge, build new ideas and learn about the latest technologies from Facebook and other industry leaders. Each circle is appointed a lead, who is tasked with finding unique ways to engage their local communities online and offline.

The Developers Circle launch will precede Coders Of The Caribbean, the annual 42-hour innovation marathon hosted by Next Gen Creators. Attendees will enjoy fireside chats and networking sessions with local talents and representatives from the Facebook team; they will also interact with the local DevC lead, Nicholas Kee.

“Coders of the Caribbean has been a starting platform for many of the young developers in our ecosystem today, so aligning our event with the DevC launch was a no-brainer,” Ja'dan Johnson, Head of Marketing and Partnerships at Next Gen Creators, said.

“Next Gen is 100 per cent committed to support emerging tech talent across our island and through this collaboration we can expose our community to the tools and technologies being used by one of the world’s leading tech companies,” he continued.

Next Gen Creators, a mission-driven organisation, joins DevC as a local community partner. Next Gen has been working to train and support the next generation of tech talents through a series of events and a Fullstack engineering coding program.

Jamaica’s tech ecosystem has been on show recently with Google and Salesforce also launching similar communities and a recent announcement by Next Gen Creators to launch a code training bootcamp in Kingston.

For more information about the Developers Circle Kingston, visit http://devckingston.com

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