Why is Technology Important?

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are in very high demand. According to Cisco systems:


Projected job growth for STEM careers is nearly double Non-STEM

Higher Pay

Top 10 highest paid careers are STEM careers


60% of US job openings require STEM literacy
42% require advanced STEM knowledge


The advance of the Internet of Things will increase the need for a STEM-ready workforce

The research into and applied use of STEM have been pre-requisites of the advancement of all human societies. As in the fields entertainment and sports, where the Caribbean competes globally and effectively, the Task Force feels that the region can do the same with STEM.

Focus Area

Palisadoes will initially focus on the field of software engineering as knowledge of it has become an expected skill in all STEM areas.

  • The barriers to using it are relatively low compared to other areas of the discipline such as electronic, electrical, civil and mechanical engineering.
  • Software engineering was also selected as a natural extension of the Caribbean region’s success in the call center service sector.
  • Recent developments in software engineering have made participation in the field significantly easier than in the past with the increasing maturity of the Open Source movement.
  • Open source software is free to download, access, modify and use which significantly lowers the barriers to adoption encountered when working with traditional proprietary systems.
  • All the world’s largest websites actively use and contribute to the Open Source movement, and often require their new engineering employees to have in depth knowledge of its core projects.

Long Term Expectations

Though the short term focus is to encourage participation in the Open Source movement, the longer term goal is make Palisadoes participants globally recognized innovators, academics, entrepreneurs, and executives.


The first Palisadoes program is The Calico Initiative which promotes interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses by offering stipends to students wanting to contribute to the open source community. The aim is to progressively expand the Palisadoes programs as the availability of resources increases and our experience in the process matures.


We feel that the Palisadoes Initiative is just the first of many to help improve Jamaica’s competitiveness in non-traditional markets.

We fully expect Palisadoes to include participation from the diaspora of other Caribbean nations for the promotion of software engineering in the region. The Calico project will eventually be expanded to support this.

Our aim is to sponsor 20 students each year

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The Palisadoes Foundation
P.O. Box 518
Cupertino, CA, 95015, USA

Non-Profit Status
The Palisadoes Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.
Your donation is tax-deductible.
IRS EIN: 81-1271871

60% of US job openings

require STEM literacy

20 students each year

our sponsor goal

Top 10 highest paid

careers are STEM careers