Published On: Thu, Feb 14th, 2013

Minister Martina And Stimul-IT See Potential For Economic Growth Through Technology

Stimul-itWILLEMSTAD -- Recently Minister Martina (Economic Development) visited Stimul-It Curaçao Innovation & Technology Institute.

During this visit the Minister was informed about the projects and activities that Stimul-IT and its partners have initiated to create new business through technology.  Minister Martina supports the notion that there is potential for Curaçao to play a leading role in the region in this area.
The Ministry of Economic Development (MEO) has always supported Stimul-IT and this year have asked the foundation to pay special attention to possibilities for regional and international cooperation and the development of Curaçao as a regional Hub in the area of Cross Media , Content and ICT.
Curaçao’s infrastructure and use of technology is ahead when compared to the region and we should put our efforts into devising ways in which we can translate this into economic growth.
To realize all of this we need to pay attention to the creation of content. The Minister fully supported the idea that as a country, we have to be sure to create knowledge, information and content, instead of just using/consuming knowledge, information and content to the best of our abilities.
Stimul-IT and its partners have identified several projects: of which the “Future Lab” (a creative media & technology Lab) has recently had its soft opening. Minister Martina visited the Lab, which consists of 4 areas:  the multimedia corner, the Apple Corner, the android/open source corner and the Mini FabLab. The Lab was realized with the support of SLS, MEO and UTS.
In addition, the Cross Media program was launched last September with the Cross Media Conference “Creating New Business”, continued with “Apps4Curacao” part 1 and with Apps4Curacao part 2 in March.  In addition to the Ministry of Economic Development, this program is realized with the support of SLS and UTS, together with other partner’s iMMovator, Syntens, TNO and Verburg Consultants.
For more information on these or other Stimul-it projects visit: www.stimul-it.com.

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