Calico Challenge Participant Featured in Jamaican Newspaper

Javier Bryan, a 2019 participant in our annual Calico Challenge was featured in the Star Newspaper in Jamaica. He created a prototype healthcare monitoring tool in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more about his experience here.

You can hear Javier and his team discuss their Calico Challenge project management mobile app in our YouTube presentation below. Once named Quito, the app has been renamed Talawa and one of two primary projects for the 2020 Calico Challenge. Four four students with their mentors are working on making it a feature rich, stable mobile app for use by churches, and businesses by the end of the year.

Calico was conceived by The Palisadoes Foundation in conjunction with the Jamaica Diaspora Technology Task Force. There has been close technical collaboration between the Foundation; the University of the West Indies (UWI) Department of Computing, Mona; the UWI Computing Society; and the University of Technology IEEE Students Branch to identify open source projects, student sub-projects and mentors.

About the Jamaica Computer Society (JCS)
Founded in 1975, The Jamaica Computer Society’s mission is to provide leadership in the promotion of the efficient and effective use of Information Technology in Jamaica. JCS conferences have been distinguished by the participation of presenters and attendees from across the globe including the Caribbean, USA, Canada, UK and Europe

About the Palisadoes Foundation
The California based Palisadoes Foundation aims to provide new avenues to promote Jamaica’s technology businesses and talent using a series of programs aimed at creating increased awareness of the island’s abilities in the global marketplace.

About the Jamaica Diaspora Technology Task Force
The Jamaica Diaspora Technology Task Force is a group of expatriate Jamaicans interested in assisting in the continued development of new and existing technologies in Jamaica. It is a member of the Jamaica Diaspora Movement.