Published by: Jamaica Gleaner | December 23,2016
Top three in the
competition show off their prizes. They are (from left): second-place winners
Hazel Wright-O’Connor and Eugenie Addisson (Microspex); first-place winner,
Danielle Tait (The InterviewJM); and third-place winner, Konrad Hylton (Get
(Source: Jamaica Gleaner)
A job preparation and
recruitment app loaded with interactive tests and training tools has been
awarded first place and a prize of US$5,000 for product development in the
United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) inaugural Technology Innovation
Danielle Tait, creator of
the winning app, which she branded The Interview JM. It is a suite of self-help
psychometric tests and training tools for job seekers and companies recruiting
staff, providing a platform for continuous
development and learning.
She is now under contract to UNDP to utilize her prize money to further develop
her web application into a full solution.
Second place and a prize of
US$3,000 were awarded to Hazel Wright O'Connor and Eugenie Addisson for their
innovation, Microspex, a device that monitors indoor air quality by detecting
pathogens and allergens that are detrimental to health. Third place and
US$2,000 were awarded to Konrad Hylton for a localized, customized app branded
Get There, which allows customers to book, pay for, and track taxis online.
Microspex and GetThere are also under contract to further develop their
innovations and to present them at the 2017 staging of the UNDP's Social Goods
The top three are Jamaicans
who were chosen from a field of 18 other competitors. They collected their
prize money, certificates, and trophies at a ceremony staged at the UNDP in
Kingston on December 12.
The prizes were handed over
by UNDP Resident Representative Bruno Pouezat and Deputy Resident
Representative Dr Elsie Laurence-Chounoune, culminating a two-month selection
process since the awardees presented their innovations in competition at the
second annual Social Goods Summit, held in Kingston on September 19. Pouezat
congratulated the awardees, noting their innovative solutions showcased
practical approaches to securing targets set under the UN's Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs). Laurence-Chounoune committed the continued support of
the UNDP over the next year, promising mentorship and product development
innovation, The Interview JM, illustrated SDG Goal Eight, which targets Decent
Work and Economic Growth; second-place Microspex focused on Goal Three, which
is about ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages;
while third-place innovation GetThere brought to life Goal 11, which aims to
"make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable".
"We are pleased by the
number of entries and the attempt to tackle some of the biggest problems faced
by Jamaica. We look forward to future years of the competition and await the
great innovations that will indeed materialize," UNDP Project Assistant
Jeffrey James remarked on behalf of the organizing committee. He said that the
top three were assessed to have demonstrated innovation at a practical level.
The Technology Innovation
Competition was created as a practical way to showcase local and innovative
solutions to advancing the UN's 17 SDGs.
It was partially funded
through the UNDP Innovation Facility and was launched during the Social Goods
Summit on September 19.
The Social Good Summit is a
flagship event for the UNDP that examines the impact of technology and new
media on social initiatives around the world. The event, which is recognized by
many countries across the world, unites a dynamic community of global leaders
and grass-roots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of
our time. In 2015, the Social Good Summit was used as a platform to launch the
SDGs, which have replaced the Millennium Development Goals.