Thursday, September 21, 2017

History of JCS Conferences

  • The Jamaica Computer Society (JCS) was initially formed by a small group of visionaries and pioneers who in 1973 sought to address the need for a forum for professional IT practitioners to network and to develop and extend their knowledge-base.
  • The JCS was legally incorporated in 1975.
  • The first President of the JCS was William "Bill" Phillips of CSP (Computer Services & Programming)
  • The first JCS conference was held in 1978 at the Shaw Park Hotel, Ocho Rios
  • The initial policy decision was to stage a conference every 18 months
  • The second JCS conference was held in May 1980 at the Hilton Hotel, Ocho Rios (property now known as Sandals Dunns River).
  • The third JCS conference was held in October 1982 at the Mallards Beach & Intercontinental Hotels in Ocho Rios (property now known as the Renaissance Jamaica Grande).
  • With an overwhelming endorsement from the membership, a policy decision was taken for JCS conferences to be staged annually.
  • The JCS staged 18 annual conferences between 1982 and 2001.
  • JCS membership went global with the establishment of the international chapters commencing with the Toronto Chapter in 1993.
  • As a consequence of organizational dislocations and looming National Elections, plans to stage the 2002 conference were scuttled.
  • The staging of annual conferences resumed in 2003.
  • In 2003, the JCS introduced The Lifetime Excellence Achievement Award. Winston Atkinson was the first recipient of that award.
  • The annual conference was re-branded as BizTech Forum in 2005.
  • The exhibition has been a feature of conferences since 1983.
  • In 2010 the JCS added the BizTech Knowledge Forum to its schedule of major events
  • JCS conferences have been distinguished by the participation of presenters and attendees from across the globe particularly the Caribbean, USA, Canada, UK and Europe