JMMB Group is the First Local Company to Sponsor Calico

Santa Clara, CA: The Palisadoes Foundation, is pleased to announces the JMMB Group as the first local Jamaican company to sponsor Project Calico.

“Joint sponsorship from local and overseas companies and individuals is a key component to the success of Project Calico. In addition to the nation building goals, it introduces sponsors to each other and creates closer ties between Jamaicans locally and abroad. I can think of at least two continuing conversations between local partners and sponsors in the US.” stated Peter Harrison, President of the Palisadoes Foundation. “This is a an important component of the industry’s development.”

Project Calico was launched on February 18, 2016 by The Palisadoes Foundation in association with the University of the West Indies Mona Computing Society and the University of Technology student branch of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is launching ‘Calico’, a program to offer Jamaican students a stipend to write software code for various international open source software projects during the summer holidays.

Calico is a program modeled on Google’s Summer of Code which offers post-secondary students around the world a chance to earn money by writing software code and learning about open source development, while being guided by a mentor. All Calico projects have a Jamaican connection. The total stipend for students participating in Calico is USD $500.

About the JMMB Group

The JMMB Group is one of the leading financial groups in the Caribbean, serving approximately 220,000 clients in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic combined. The JMMB Group provides a broad range of financial solutions including: investments; banking; remittances; and insurance brokering, to individual, corporate and institutional clients.

About the Palisadoes Foundation

The 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.

Photos From the 2016 Project Calico Launch

Here are our photos from the 2016 Project Calico launch. There was a great deal of interest with peak attendance being between 120 to 150 students. The agenda included:

  • Radcliffe Robinson, UWI Student: The Google Summer of Code 2016
  • Peter Harrison, President, The Palisadoes Foundation: Project Calico 2016
  • Otto Akama, Krys Nuvadga; Google Summer of Code Participants, Cameroon: Experiences and Advice on the Google Summer of Code.
  • David Bain, CEO Alteroo: Real Jamaican Experiences and Advice on the Google Summer of Code
  • Cat Allman, Stephanie Taylor; Google Program Managers: Google Summer of Code Talk

Our photos tell more of the story. Take a look!

 

Project Calico Launch, 2016

Project Calico was launched on February 18, 2016 at the UWI Computing Lecture Theater. Here are photos of the presenters, the organizing student committee and the attendees.

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Radcliffe Robinson, UWI Student, giving his presentation on the Google Summer of Code

 

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Peter Harrison, President of The Palisadoes Foundation outlining Project Calico for 2016

 

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David Bain presenting on his experiences with the Google Summer of Code

 

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Cat Allman from Google talking to students about Google Summer of Code.

 

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(L to R) Alex Nicholson, Public Relations Officer, UWI Mona Computing Society; Shane Richards, President, UWI Mona Computing Society; Jordan Jones, Head of the UTech IEEE Student Branch.

The UWI and UTech Attendees

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Silicon Valley Execs Visit for Mona Computing Society Launch

The Palisadoes Foundation was featured in the Jamaica Observer today in an article titled “Silicon Valley, Google execs coming for Mona Computing Society launch“. You can download the PDF version here.

About the Palisadoes Initiative

The Palisadoes initiative 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.

Project Calico Launches on February 18th, 2016

Santa Clara, CA: The Palisadoes Foundation, in association with the University of the West Indies Mona Computing Society and the University of Technology student branch of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is launching ‘Calico’, a program to offer Jamaican students a stipend to write software code for various international open source software projects during the summer holidays.

Calico is a program modeled on Google’s Summer of Code which offers post-secondary students around the world a chance to earn money by writing software code and learning about open source development, while being guided by a mentor. The total stipend for students participating in Calico is USD $500.

The launch takes place at a Google Summer of Code meetup scheduled for February 18 from 2:00PM – 4:00PM hosted by the UWI Mona Computing Society at the Computing Lecture Room in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the UWI Mona campus.

The presence of Google and Palisadoes’ Jamaican Silicon Valley executives on February 18th is an extraordinary opportunity for students to interact with individuals from leading global computing environments. The initiative of the students in opening doors to highly accomplished Jamaicans in Silicon Valley is affording them career opportunities and stipends for deepening their competence that until now have been completely absent in Jamaica.

The Google Summer of Code meetup is a part of a series of efforts aimed at increasing student awareness of viable career paths nationally and internationally. The meetup follows a symposium on open source software held on February 11. There is also a series of workshops for students interested in Calico to be held throughout February.

Public Relations Officer of the UWI Mona Computing Society Alexander Nicholson commented, “We are hosting this information session with Google so students can hear about the different learning opportunities that exist for student software developers, including the Google Summer of Code and Calico. We are confident that once students know about these opportunities they will take advantage of them and kick-start their careers.”

“Project Calico will play a vital role in incorporating Jamaica in the international work force in software development. The opportunity it brings to the students and the developer community is paramount to furthering the ICT sector as well as the level of experience of the average Jamaican developer.” noted Student Branch Section Chair IEEE UTech Jordan Jones

“The time has finally come to create a lasting collaboration between the Jamaican Diaspora and university students in the fields of pure and applied sciences. The Jamaican students’ success in attracting the attention of Google, and the creation of a parallel homegrown initiative in the form of Project Calico, is a striking example of the rewards of taking the lead.” said Palisadoes Foundation President, CTO and Co-founder of Colovore, Peter Harrison. “This is a bold leap by Jamaicans in expanding our role as creators, versus consumers, of internationally recognized software.”

Applications to Calico open on March 14 and are open to Jamaican students residing in the country for the duration of the program. The application deadline is March 25.

About the Palisadoes Initiative

The Palisadoes initiative 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.

Calico Project Featured on Jamaica’s Power 106FM

Santa Clara, CA – November 28, 2015: Power 106FM, Jamaica’s first 24/7 all-talk radio station featured Palisadoes’ Calico project on the Jamaican Diaspora Live Online show with host Dr. K’adamawe K’nife.

“Palisadoes is a diaspora software initiative aimed at creating a close relationship with Jamaican partners including business, academia and students,” mentioned Kimone Gooden, member of the Jamaican Diaspora Technology Task Force, “A key goal is to have student involvement, where they can gain the practical experience and skills that are in international demand, by proving their capabilities with visible contributions on the Internet.”

Calico is Palisadoes’ starter project where students will be paid a stipend over the summer to create open source software under the guidance of personal mentors. Stipends are incrementally paid on achieving milestones, with each of the 20 expected participating students earning up to US$1,500 over the summer. Palisadoes is working with both local and diaspora sponsors, individuals and companies to achieve this goal.

“Open source software is developed by volunteers. It’s free to download, free to view, free to analyze and change. It’s not new, the Chrome web browser and Android mobile phones use the open source model” stated Peter Harrison, another Task Force member, “Google, Facebook and others assign engineers to contribute to these projects and often financially sponsor them too. Most importantly, Jamaica has open source projects too”

The Calico project’s operating committee regularly meets with inputs from UWI and Utech representatives, members of Jamaica’s open source community, and the Diaspora Task Force. A software engineering advisory team including Jamaicans at Google and LinkedIn provide additional guidance.

Shane Richards, President of the UWI Computing Society was also interviewed. “It is a significant step for students, not just at the University level, but high schools too. There has a great deal of support from the UWI faculty too, and there are plans to see how the curriculum could include participation in Calico” he stated.

Calico will focus on Jamaican open source projects. Student registration for Calico opens in early 2016.

About the Palisadoes Initiative

The Palisadoes initiative 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.