It is with great pride today that I officially present the second Grand Bahama Technology Summit, which will take place from November 14-16 under the theme “The Future Is Now”.

The Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas has been focused on achieving our goal of making technology the third pillar of our economy.
It has been our vision to establish and grow the technology industry in the Bahamas to be a key contributor to our economy similar to tourism and financial services.
We believe that Grand Bahama Island is uniquely suited to become an internationally recognized Science, Technology and Innovation hub, and as such have set out to establish Grand Bahama as this region’s Silicon Valley. 
The very first Grand Bahama Technology Summit, which took place in November of last year, was essentially our island’s announcement that we are open for business.

Bringing together local and international stakeholders, policy makers, executives and innovators, the first Grand Bahama Technology Summit was an opportunity to network, share ideas. It was also the starting point in strategic planning process of building our Silicon Island. Based on discussions and ensuing recommendations from the first tech summit, the government has taken significant steps to implement our policy to make our tech hub a reality.

This year, we are delighted to once again welcome international business representatives to dialogue with our local policy makers and business community. This year’s Technology Summit will once again be a networking hot-spot for executives and professionals in the technology industry and an avenue to dive into and discuss the latest advancements in various sectors of technology.

At the second Grand Bahama Technology Summit we also look forward to showcasing our education programs and highlighting the efforts and achievements of the Government & Grand Bahama Technology Hub Steering Committee in the last year.

In particular, we will highlight the Ministry of Education’s ICT plans for ours schools which recently signed a deal for technology upgrade and to provide tablets for teachers and students. We will also highlight BTVI ICT courses and certificates which are now offered to Bahamians free of charge. And we will will see the first ICT trained high school students who completed the first phase of their summer certification course along with our new program with the YMCA to provide coding certification to 100 young Grand Bahamians. This also includes promoting investment in Grand Bahama in Texas, Washington, New York, North Carolina and Atlanta.

We are extremely excited to welcome a series of high-caliber international speakers and panelists to Grand Bahama to participate in this conference, and assure you that this is an experience you definitely do not want to miss.

We are very pleased to announce that we will have John Padgett, the Chief Experience Innovation Officer at Carnival Corporation, the operator of cruise lines like Princess Cruises, Holland America, Seabourn, and more—where he leads a team with diverse skills to create game-changing guest experiences.

Mr. Padgett is known for the development of Disney’s MyMagic+ technology and the Ocean Medallion the first-of-its-kind wearable device that creates an interactive guest experience. Mr Padgett also has 31 patent registrations and 92 trademarks to his credit. He has also various innovation awards for wearable devices, experience itinerary scheduling, and optimization, and digital experience interaction platforms.

Eugen Winschel the Global Vice President, Head of Product Management SAP CoPilot - Enterprise Artificial Intelligence SAP is a multinational software corporation which has over 88,000 employees and over 4 billion in net income with offices in 180 countries.

Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of this year’s Tech Summit is the unique opportunity for registered participants to take part in certificate courses offered by high-level international technology companies. Availability for these courses will be limited based on prerequisite training as well as class size capacity. To this end, I encourage all who are interested to visit our website for details and register as early as possible.

We will be hosting executives from tech giant CISCO Systems, which is another global technology company with over 70,000 employees. We will have the benefit of CISCO Networks Academy Training Modules which will provide training in the area of Networks and Programming.

In addition, we will also have a team from Comptia which is The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a non-profit trade association, issuing professional certifications for the information technology (IT) industry. It is considered one of the IT industry's top trade associations. They will be providing Training modules in Corporate Digital Transformation and CyberSecurity.

We are further pleased to partner with local title sponsors ALIV and GIBC, Our special Innovation partner sponsor Grand Bahama Power Company and our gold sponsor the Grand Bahama Port Authority.

Our Exhibitors are Fowlco Logistics, Buckeye Bahamas Hub, Hutchinson Ports: Freeport Container Port, Grand Bahama Airport Company, Freeport Harbour Company, Seagrape Inc (Nassau), Unified Technologies (USA). We have very limited space and if you want to exhibit your company we need you to urgently contact us.

I am particularly pleased that we will hear from our Innovation Partner GB Power Company who will unveil their renewable energy plan for Grand Bahama and will highlight and showcase the use of electric vehicles on Grand Bahama. I also take this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of the Tech Hub Steering Committee who is also represented here today. On behalf of the Government, I extend my regard to this hard-working team for the integral role you play in the development of the technology industry.

In addition to the local and international business communities, we hope to engage the diaspora of Bahamian professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs across the US and other international regions, as well as those here at home.

With a changing economy, I encourage Bahamians to remain keen on global advancements, and venture into the technology industry with the intent of establishing yourselves and your businesses here in the Bahamas.

The second Grand Bahama Technology Summit will be a dynamic three-day experience: an epicenter for cutting-edge technology and an opportunity to be a part of Bahamian history.

Registration is open NOW. Log on to grandbahamatechsummit.com and visit our official Facebook Page, Grand Bahama Technology Summit for updates in the coming weeks.
We look forward to seeing you November 14-16 at the Grand Lucayan Convention Center.