Thursday, September 21, 2017

Recent Achievements

Recent Achievements (2012 - 2013)

  • Established Campus Chapter in Manchester (NCU), St. James (MBCC), Portland (CASE) and St. Andrew (UTech).
  • Staged two (2) Knowledge Forums aimed at sensitising ICT professional to topical issues as well as being certified.
  • Reassess the taxonomy of professionals in Jamaica and establish an ICT Professionals' register. Revised JCS membership structure to be more inclusive and comprehensive.
  • Staging Public lectures that were hosted the campus of the University of the West Indies and the campus of the University of Technology. The lecturers were Adam Cheyer and Ramon Bosch respectively. Continuing the focus of the JCS on member Certification.
  • Continued members meeting. Now held at Four Seasons every last Thursday at the end of each quarter. Participation by 30-50 attendees
  • Actively reconnecting with membership with emphasis on student membership. Target of 200 students set for 2013
  • Continued publication of the JCS magazine "Bits&Bytes" in its new form as an e-zine. 40th Anniversary Service held at Fellowship Tabernacle, Pembrook Hall
  • Repainting and revamping JCS building and grounds for Labour Day project. The project and accompanying Kalooki Rally was featured on Smile Jamaica on Labour Day 2013. Re-engaging with the MSTEM and JAMPRO (JCSI specially).
  • An ICT Jamaica professionals' profile survey is eminent and will be follow by a certification profile and needs survey
  • The 40th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Awards banquet is schedule for Oct 26, 2013. Tickets are being circulated and nominations are still open.
  • The revival of the marquee JCS event/conference: BizTech Forum and Showcase will be held Oct 24-27, 2013 under the theme: "Building ICT enhance productivity and competitiveness in a globalised economy" A college based coding and design competition "ICT College Bowl" to be held in Sept 2013. Revamping and rebuilding/modernising the JCS website as well as fully engaging social media Revived the special interest groups (SIGs) forums. A CIO Forum was held on May 24, 2013. The topic was: "The merits and hazards of locally developed and supported software."
  • Revived the special interest groups (SIGs) forums. A CIO Forum was held on May 24, 2013. The topic was: "The merits and hazards of locally developed and supported software." Educators' SIG (Trainer's Forum) was held on August 2, 2013
  • Signed MOU with Jamaica Information Technology Service Alliance

2010 - 2011

  • Clearing the $2mil VMBS mortgage which hung as a sword over every recent JCS administration. This operation was financed by a Promissory Note subscribed by members and supporters
  • Resuming the focus of the JCS on member Certification. We are now the Jamaican agency for CompTIA since Dec 2010. Potential earnings to the JCS of US$10k in year one.
  • Resuming the monthly members meeting. Now held at Four Seasons every last Thursday. Participation by 30-50 attendees monthly
  • Actively Reconnecting with membership. Members in good financial standing increased from 55 in 2009 to 90 in 2010. Increased target of 120 set for 2011
  • Publication of a 37th Anniversary Commemorative Special on the JCS in Jan 2011
  • Re-engaging with the MIIC and JAMPRO. We are currently seeking to re-start the MOU between the GoJ and JCS
  • Reaching out and collaborating with allied IT groupings; we offered official greetings to Mathew McNaughton’s /roots event in January 11, we supported ICT4D recent series of Break Out of the Box trainings, we spoke at MSB’s ICT Policy Conference, we have offered support to the KingstonBeta folks. JCS is a big tent which can accommodate the full range of ICT expressions and ideas.
  • Delivered a televised opinion piece on the recent WEF report on the fall in Jamaica’s ICT rating. (Smile Jamaica)
  • Resuscitated the national debate on the flawed policy of GCT on ICT equipment
  • Delivered a Parliamentary address to the PAAC on recommendations from the JCS on the Public Sector Modernisation (Sep 2010)
  • Audited, and about to file, back Accounts for JCS for periods 2001 to 2004. Our aim is to work to clear all and be current.
  • Mounted the 2010 BizTech event in Nov 2011 with IBM, Fujitsu, NCB support
  • Organising and Mounting the Caribbean’s first Knowledge Economy Conference in April 2011 via a newly formed affiliate the Knowledge Society Foundation(www.knowledgesocietyfoundation.com) .
  • Revamping and rebuilding/modernising the JCS website
  • Presenting a policy document on National IT Strategic Direction to the National Council on Science and Technology , OPM, Jamaica