The Mona School of Business recently brought together a range of stakeholders from the Jamaican Sports fraternity at an Ideation session to "think aloud" about common problems and challenges in sports development, administration and innovation, in order to generate ideas about the potential use of ICT in finding indigenous solutions to these challenges and opportunities. This was in preparation for the upcoming Digijam 2.0 SportsHackathon event being hosted by the Ministry of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, in collaboration with The World Bank, and other local and international development partners.
At the upcoming event on June 28th, close to 150 software developers from schools, colleges and the local tech community are expected to converge on the Jamaica Conference Centre to compete in the 24-hr "codesprint" to build the best Jamaican Sports Apps.
Participants at the Ideation session included: Major Desmon Brown - Independence Park Ltd, Hubert Lawrence - Sports Historian & Commentator, Prof Neville Ying - Jamaica Diaspora Institute, Edward Shakes & Maurice Westney - GC Foster, Mr. Terrence Richards - Social Development Commission, Grace Jackson - JAAAs, Carole Beckford - The Business of Sports, Marva Bernard & Herman Athias - Jamaica Netball Association, David Riley - Wolmers Head Coach, Strathan Palmer - KLAS Sports Journalist, Sylvester Falconer - INSPORTS, Leighton Walters - Brawta Sports, Olive McNaughton - The Queens' School Alumni. Members of the World Bank coordinating team, Ivan Gonzales and Ingrid Riley of Connectimass were also in attendance at the session.
Among the range of Sports Apps ideas generated from the animated and vibrant discussions, were the following:
- Champs School Online Registration & notification system
- Crowdfunding APP for Jamaican High Schools
- Sports Social Networking App
- Sports Career Advisor
The details of these ideas and others can be found at: http://sportsjam.data.org.jm.