The Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) launched the Creative Tech Lab
& Tobago (CTL TT). This initiative, powered by Banj, aims to connect creatives
and stimulate innovation and creativity that will lead them to the creation of
dedicated to offer new online experiences of the Trinidad & Tobago carnival.
Carnival is one of the key pillars of Trinidad and Tobago’s economy. It is estimated
2016 total carnival visitor expenditure was approximately 51 million USD.
COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have a severe impact on this industry. The Prime
T&T recently announced that carnival 2021 has been canceled. It is with this
challenge in mind
that the Creative Tech Lab will focus on the challenge of making online Carnival
available all year long to foster the digital economy while respecting restrictions
due to COVID-
The Creative Tech Lab Trinidad & Tobago (CTL TT) is seeking software developers
in forming teams in collaboration with creatives to create solutions that could help
offering a set
of fun and sustainable TT carnival experiences available online all year long.
The general public is invited to submit their inputs to CTL TT by completing a
survey to help the
participants of the Lab better understand how to shape online experiences for an
of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.
Anyone who has experiences in software development in fields including
Blockchain, enhanced Reality, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Data
Age or gender does not matter. Youths and women are encouraged to apply.
A shortlist of 20 creatives selected by Cariri, IDB and Banj that consists of
level influencers that represent the current carnival, creative and tech ecosystem
in Trinidad and
Tobago that committed to being available and to contribute to the challenge and
results that will come out of it. These creatives are champions that will be
piloting the creation of
the first series of Virtual TT Carnival products to the world by serving as
trainers and mentors to help guide the work of the developers during the Creative
General Audience: Anyone
interested in filing a 3 minute survey to provide insights into TT
carnival that can help better frame the products that will come out of the CTL TT.
SURVEY ON TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CARNIVAL
The Creative Tech Lab TT will be held from March 22nd, 2021 to June 30th, 2021
starting with an official launch with the creatives and developers. The purpose is
to start the
process of creating teams of developers and to continue to inspire them on potential
they could focus on creating. First, the developers and creatives and influencers
will be in one
room together, then distributed into rounds of Zoom Rooms with smaller numbers of
more direct ways to connect and share.
After the networking day, a set of online live training sessions will be presented
experts or the Creative Dream team to make sure every participant and the public is
with the right set of technical tools and knowledge to engage in building successful
the creative world leveraging technology to take the TT carnival online.
Participation is based on interest but each participant is required to attend at
least 4 workshops.
After 2 days of online training, selected technologists will have 48 hours to submit
ideas and team list with 3 people to continue engaging with the program. The 5 most
teams will be selected for the build days (Prototype construction) Mid May 2021 and
with a closing event in June 2021 during which the teams will share their prototypes
public. These prototypes will then be made available on the CTL TT website that will
platform for the general public to come enjoy unique experiences of the TT carnival
The deadline for submitting applications and/or to fill the survey is April 15th, 2021 at 11:59
The Creative Tech Lab Trinidad & Tobago is not a competition betweens
participants but aims
for collaboration, visibility and the creation of solutions that can elevate the TT
experience online. This initiative will allow participants to :
Enrich the creative industry in Trinidad and Tobago, while exploring the
Leverage the workshops to gain in knowledge and advise to properly conceptualize
evaluate their creative ideas while gaining visibility on the local and
Create meaningful connections with champion creatives and other developers with
common motivation to advance the carnival industry in Trinidad and Tobago
Ability to be available online and in person when needed during the month of
April to work with
technologists and participate in all activities of the Workshop program.
Must be passionate about the idea of taking the TT Carnival online and be
willing to provide
some of their time and network to support the projects that will come out of the
the timeframe of the workshop.
Must be passionate in supporting the creation of a virtual carnival experience
for Trinidad and
Must fill out the application form which requires:
Online link(s) to previous projects you created or worked on
Online link to personal website or CV outlining your work
A Statement of Interest and ideas on how to contribute to elevate the
carnival experience of
TT by taking it online.
At least two years of experience in software development
Must have experience working with languages such as Java, PHP, Python, R
Technologists should apply as individuals.
Age or gender does not matter. Youths and women are encouraged to apply!
Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) is a widely recognized centre of
excellence owned by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. They are
dedicated to the industrial and economic development of the region by becoming a
regional focal point for technology and innovation while playing a leadership role
value added technological solutions to the manufacturing and service sectors as well
sector entities, designed to enhance efficiency, competitiveness and viability,
foster new business
creation, improve the quality of life and promote sustainable economic development.
houses multimillion dollar, modern laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and
trained specialist professionals, technologists, technicians, consultants and
researchers and have
thus been able to provide solutions to Caribbean industries, businesses and small
while making great strides in keeping the environment safe.
BANJ is a
coworking space, entrepreneurship hub and business accelerator powered by Google
in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It's the go-to place for networking and growing tech
strengthens the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the capital by connecting and offering
workspaces capable of stimulating creativity and creating results-oriented
entrepreneurs from all social backgrounds wishing to increase their visibility and
entrepreneurial journey to the next level. Banj offers a set of quality events,
business innovation programs to accelerate learning and exchanges in Haiti and with
the rest of
the world through local and international partnerships.
Organized by CARIRI powered by Banj
in partnership with Loop TT, Trini Jungle Juice, TTT, IDB Lab, Facebook, Syntax Studio