Meeting the local fishermen and discussing the development of the StatiaBlue fishing app

Meeting the local fishermen and discussing the development of the StatiaBlue fishing app

StatiaBlue is an EU funded innovation pilot project in Sint Eustatius, where the beneficiary and cofounder is St Eustatius Fundation (SEF). Statia has suffered from the effects of two hurricanes during the project execution, but the project team headed by Dr. Teresa Leslie (SEF) is doing its best to catch the time and to deliver project on time. Milan Jezic von Gesseneck (OCTA Innovation) and John Sandiford (Antonio Media) talk to local fisherman Reynaldo Redan about the issues related to development of the StatiaBlue fishing app.

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Meetings with the Director of the Chamber of Commerce Sint Eustatius

Meetings with the Director of the Chamber of Commerce Sint Eustatius

Chamber of Commerce Sint Eustatius is one of the key Innovation stakeholders on the island. Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, OCTA Innovation Team Leader visited Sint Eustatius from May 28-30, 2018. That was opportunity for having several meetings with the Director of the Chamber of Commerce Sint Eustatius Ms. Petronila Lara Reyes.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #17-2018 – Statia mission

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #17-2018 – Statia mission

During my mission in Statia, several opportunities and relevant features were recognised, including genuine and authentic culture and heritage, diving, tranquillity and security, tourism and music, especially gospel.
Definitely tourism agglomeration and particular niches of tourism such as diving, ecotourism and scientific tourism are of the highest potential for building sustainable economy for prosperous and inclusive society.

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Meeting Deputy Government Commissioner Mr. Mervyn Stegers in Statia

Meeting Deputy Government Commissioner Mr. Mervyn Stegers in Statia

Meeting on 28 May 2018 with the Deputy Government Commissioner Mr. Mervyn Stegers and Innovation Manager Anthony Reid was about the support for innovation in entrepreneurship for OCTs stakeholders.

Other issues discussed:

  • Education and competence-building;
  • The company PUM Netherlands senior experts which is a volunteer organisation committed to the sustainable development of small and medium-size enterprises in developing countries and emerging markets
  • Greenhouses: already initial projects developed in schools
  • Agriculture: Statia could eventually use cooperation for salt potatoes growing.
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Waste management plant in Statia

Waste management plant in Statia

St Eustatius is a small island with around 3500 inhabitants. An island on the verge of major developments that has been pending for so long. One of these developments was gifted to the island in 2014. A basic waste facility was built to introduce recycling to the island. For various reasons this recycling facility was never opened for full implementation of recycling.

Today they are celebrating the fact that the facility is open and processing the waste collected from the households, businesses and government offices on a weekly regular schedule. The Dumpsite is being covered and transformed into a large storing area for certain types of waste streams.

Some of the streams they have are: Green glass, Clear glass, Brown glass, Pet plastic, Hdpe plastic, Ldpe Plastic, PP Plastic, E-waste, Electrical waste, Tires, Cardboard, Green waste, Aluminum cans, Tin cans, Metal, Batteries (Lead), Used oils, Construction waste, Clean Styrofoam, and Appliances.

All waste material is weighed at the bridge and registered in the system. Then they monitor the trend of the recycling success. This information should give them a focus point on the areas that needs attention.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #11-2018

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #11-2018

The unspoiled queen, slogan of Saba, is reflecting very well its genuine beauty and charm. Saba is indeed a great place to admire the nature, to do diving, to do trekking to the top of the volcano, but also to enjoy in truly warm hospitality, the finest cuisine and exceptional atmosphere. Saba is one of the European Union Overseas Countries and Territories. This constitutional municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is at the same time the smallest Dutch Caribbean island and its highest point.

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OCTA Innovation Newsletter #10-2018 – Saba

OCTA Innovation Newsletter #10-2018 – Saba

Saba Innovation Manager, Menno van der Velde, is working on turning opportunities into the actions. Saba is gradually increasing its renewable energy sources and Menno is very proud stating that his island is moving to be 100% energy sustainable island. High tasks are including having hurricane proof buildings and having social housing on this hurricane prone island. However actions do not stop there as there are simultaneous actions on further recycling and waste treatment, activities in enhancing fishery, marine protection and diving, improving the transport and establishing Saba as favourite Caribbean Eco tourism destination.

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Mission en Polynésie française

Mission en Polynésie française

La mission du directeur du projet OCTA Innovation, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck, en Polynésie française et le travail avec les acteurs de l’innovation en Polynésie française sous la direction de Bran Quinquis a montré l’énorme progrès du renforcement de l’innovation en Polynésie française. La stratégie d’innovation et les nombreuses opportunités de travail dans le domaine de l’innovation ont été évaluées lors des réunions organisées par Bran Quinquis, directeur de l’innovation, qui est particulièrement actif dans le rapprochement des autorités publiques et des acteurs privés, dans l’utilisation de l’assistance technique de l’UE et dans l’implication dans les différents programmes de financement européens dans les domaines de l’innovation, de l’éducation et du changement climatique.

La Polynésie française a l’un des conseils d’innovation les plus actifs. Un soutien particulier dans le domaine de la recherche par la vaste expérience régionale de Pierre Labrosse à présent en Polynésie française et avec Jean-Pierre Meyer, la stratégie territoriale pour l’innovation présente très bien les efforts de renforcement de l’innovation en Polynésie française.

La Polynésie française a fait l’une des meilleures stratégies d’innovation de tous les PTOM. Actuellement les discussions portent sur la mise à jour de la feuille de route, sur l’actualisation des domaines de stratégies de spécialisation intelligente pour la Polynésie française en utilisant la vaste expérience de l’UE, y compris les meilleures pratiques des régions ultrapériphériques. Actuellement les objectifs ne sont pas seulement la mise à jour des spécialisations intelligentes de la Polynésie française, mais ils sont aussi de garantir la manière de mise en œuvre transversale de l’innovation à travers tous les secteurs, d’établir des partenariats public-privé efficaces et d’établir les politiques et les instruments les plus adéquats pour le soutien de l’innovation.

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Future of food – Workshop in Aruba

Future of food – Workshop in Aruba

Workshop given by OCTA Innovation expert Jacques Grysole in Aruba: Future of Food on March 6, 2018. This workshop on creativity in agriculture was organised by Varelie Croes, new Aruba Innovation director.

Main questions were:

How can we design a better food ecosystem of tomorrow that is:

  • Creative and triggers curiosity
  • Aligned with Aruba’s DNA (see “Cu Mira Pa Futuro” tourism report)
  • Sustainable
  • Supports the main ambitions in the Innovation Framework – Isla Innovativo report
  • Applies the latest break-through technology
  • Personalized (based on lifestyle, genome and microbiome etc.)
  • A new concept: From the ‘human body’ to table (‘on-demand’)
  • Taking into account the various trends/themes below
  • Does not require big investment to get off the ground
  • Attracts international partners to create centres of knowledge / R&D and/or a test-bed economy.

Other sub-questions that could be addressed during the workshop:

  • Is there a present and/or future niche in the Future of Food space that Aruba can own?
  • What is the role of creativity in the food space?
  • How do we motivate and empower the citizens to get involved? Would the creation of a digital platform be the first building block? Something similar to this: https://foodtechconnect.com/about/
  • What export markets should we be looking at in the next 2 to 5 years?
  • What would a collaborate platform look like? Where do we start?
  • If a Food Blockchain + AI is considered, who should lead this initiative?
  • What data can we gather or should we be gathering through the food supply chain?
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