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UISS heads to the NTRC iSquared Finals with Innovative Ideas

Two groups from the Union Island Secondary School have made it to the finals of the NTRC’s iSquared Competition in the Innovative Ideas Category to be held at the NIS conference room on Thursday January 19, 2017.

The i2 Competition is once again hosted by the St Vincent and the Grenadines, National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission. It is intended to give Vincentian youths the chance to change the world using their imagination and creativity and to showcase the young people’s inclination towards innovation.

Students from various Secondary, Technical and Tertiary level institutes from across the state students are challenged to develop and present projects in the form of Ideas and Mobile Applications that can facilitate the implementation of new systems or improve existing systems within the private sector of St. Vincent and the Grenadines so as to improve the delivery of their services to consumers.

The Union Island Secondary has participated for the past four years and has always made it to the finals and placed in the Ideas category.

This year two groups, the “UISS GEO 1” and “UISS GEO 2” under the mentorship of Geography Teacher, Abdon Whyte will be presenting their ideas at the Finals and Prize Giving Ceremony.

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Abdon Whyte – Geography Teacher and Mentor.

Radio Grenadines spoke to Whyte who gave an overview of the presentations.

The Group “UISS GEO 1” is represented by students: Jarius Pollard and Destiny Dallas. This group will be presenting “FIRE ALERT” an idea that will change the way in which St Vincent and the Grenadines deal with Fires.

The Second group “UISS GEO 2” is represented by students: Kyra Regis, Nikita Williams, Bianca Nanton and Rokenzia Bute.  UISS GEO 2 will be presenting “CRIME ALERT” an idea that will enhance the way that Crime handled in the country.

“Our two groups have made it to the finals so we are hoping to take the first and second places at the competition” – Whyte

At the Finals the Ideas category , the UISS will be up against four other schools: The Girls High School, Petit Bordel Secondary, Bishops College Kingstown and Mountain View Adventist Academy.

Whyte stated that in the future they are hoping to also participate in the App Category of the competition which will require them to present software applications.

This year three secondary schools will be presenting their “APPs” to the finals are: Mountain View Adventist Academy, Thomas Saunders Secondary and Troumaca Secondary School.

Whyte also mentioned that some of the students that he mentored last year that moved on from the UISS, also entered the competition from at Tertiary Level.

The NTRC through it sponsors for the competition will present Cash and other Prizes for the first 3 places.

In the Secondary School, Ideas Category:

1st Place  – $2,000. Plus 4 Smartphones compliments Cable & Wireless
2nd Place – $1,500.
3rd Place –  $1,000.

The School with the most entries will receive a cash prize of $1000. The Mentors of the winning team will receive prizes ranging from $500 – $700.

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