OCTA Innovation Issue 12 / 2017 –  Innovation

OCTA Innovation Issue 12 / 2017 – Innovation

The pilot projects are part of the OCTA support for the implementation of the most promising and innovative ideas, innovative modalities of organization, and implementation of the advanced innovative technologies in the OCTs. The OCTA Innovation pilot projects are immensely important as one of the first actions in the implementation of the OCT innovation strategies. Keeping the innovation momentum, and securing these early steps have been funded by the European Commission.

Five pilot projects are already well progressing in their activities and monthly reports present great collaborative work in propelling innovation in territories. Four more pilot projects have been contracted and kick-offs are ongoing.

Smaller innovation projects (SIP) are currently under development to be contracted in the coming period. We are very proud with the high intensity actions as this period is simultaneously full filled with different innovation initiatives, innovation studies, innovation workshops, events, trainings and missions. Visit our web site for more news, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Milan Jezic von Gesseneck

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Statia Blue: Innovation towards Sustainable Fisheries

Statia Blue: Innovation towards Sustainable Fisheries

The project is on the world wide level an highly innovative project for developing sustainable fisheries, particularly in Sint Eustatius and Caribbean islands. Due to the small population of Sint Eustatius and the abundance of fish and other marine life in the reef in the marine park, fishermen in Sint Eustatius have to date avoided overfishing in the area. The pilot project, called Statia Blue, will create sustainable practices for fisheries in Sint Eustatius. The proposed solution is a mobile application that puts buyers of fish in touch with suppliers of fish on a “real-time” basis. A key component of Statia Blue is to ensure that fishermen increase compliance with the principles of sustainable fisheries and thereby play an active role as stewards of the protected reefs, parks and species which are the fragile natural endowments of the island and its people.

The proposed solution involves the engagement of fisher-folk in education on pricing and the market mechanism and support of that education using mobile application technology for creating a real-time market place for fish and seafood. The application will be used for ongoing education, supporting market clearing prices and monitoring and evaluation of catches to encourage sustainable practices such as fishing a safe distance from protected zones and management of the invasive species.

Working with a small group of fishermen, the project proposes to provide them a mobile app (“Statia Blue”) and waterproof mobile phones. As fish are caught, the fish is identified and described (size and weight) and reported back to a central database. At the central database the price of that fish and the total catch is estimated based upon the fish caught by all fishermen on that day. Prices are reported back to the fishermen so that they can make informed decisions about the harvesting of those fish. Fishermen can continue or stop fishing depending upon their satisfaction with the price estimated on the market. A pricing mechanism will be used to signal to fishermen which fish are in demand. The app will also have an educational element, administered by Sint Eustatius National Park (STENAPA) who will also raise the credit lines on fishermen’s access to the STENAPA credit card as an incentive for participating in the pilot project. Statia Blue will also have a consumer interface, reporting on which fish are advisable for eating during the season based upon data on the stock of fish in the Statia’s waters. The pricing element will also be present to reduce adverse selection.

The project is expected to benefit fishermen in primarily Sint Eustatius as well as Saba and St. Maarten and the closest off shore markets for fish- St. Kitts and hoteliers in Sint Maarten, as well as to other Caribbean islands. The successful deployment of this project in Sint Eustatius has benefits for the fishing grounds around the neighbouring islands. In addition, the innovation can be a best practice for all OCTs trying to develop their fisheries.

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Start-up Launch Pad for Smart Communities in Curaçao

Start-up Launch Pad for Smart Communities in Curaçao

Curaçao aims to become smarter as a nation by investing in innovative solutions to existing problems and improve people’s well-being. The Curaçao Pilot Project “Start-up Launch Pad for Smart Communities program” will increase the success rate of start-ups that develop solutions for Small, Safe and Smart Communities.

Curaçao aims to achieve a more export oriented future and improve its potential for economic growth by focusing on the wider world. This requires Curaçao to advance to the levels of a digitalized society/ Smart Nation. Smart communities use technology to solve problems and improve people’s well-being. Curaçao aims to become smarter as a nation by investing in innovative solutions to existing problems.

A smarter Curaçao as a nation to contribute to the promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all by investing in innovative solutions, improving the success rate of SME’s and increasing employment in Smart Nation related jobs and industries.

Participants in the Start-up Launch Pad for Smart Communities have improved access to knowledge, finance and support for start-ups and through the increased use of technology and innovation, will create products and services that contribute to Curaçao becoming a smarter and safer community.

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Bureau of Innovation hosted sold out Coffee Byte Session on E-Commerce in Aruba

Bureau of Innovation hosted sold out Coffee Byte Session on E-Commerce in Aruba

On 26th of April the Bureau of Innovation (BI) hosted their “Coffee Byte Sessions”, a small two-hour learning event on different topics in Aruba’s society in which BI invites experts in their respective fields to discuss and present their knowledge with interested people.

BI invited Mister Atwell Aniceta – Local Representative from CX PAY, to come and share his experience on CX PAY and e-Commerce in Aruba in general. This topic resulted in being a “sold out” event. The invitation shared with BI’s mailing list clearly stated limited seating available – which made everybody invited RSVP within no time.  

With the world changing and customer behavior changing with it, BI decided it was time to invite Merchants to hear what CX PAY can offer when it comes to e-commerce and to point out that there are indeed solutions within Aruba to keep up with the pace of change.

During this event Merchants, Bankers and even Economic Affairs came together and discussed their concerns, idea’s and insight on what would be needed to establish a secure way to e-commerce.

CX PAY is committed to assist the industry with the ultimate goal to maximize sales easily and effectively by creating a securely protected environment against fraud by using the highest level of secure transaction infrastructure available to their clients with a simple “local buying feeling experience”.

What stood out is the possibility to finally receive your money locally on your account within just a few days in a cost effective way. Also present at the Coffee Bytes, CMB / MCB Representative Annelien Tromp-Diaz showing their ongoing support in opening the market for those in need and being one of the steady partners with CX PAY. This way CX PAY presents you with local partners, who understand the market, language plus the supply and demand of customer and merchant. What became clear during this session is how other banks in Aruba have not yet shown their full support on this option, making it difficult for the Merchants to move forward as well.

Overall it was a very informative session, with a lot of different dynamics and the merchants being central in their need to move forward and to become innovative while looking for the right tools to do so.

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Smart Community Aruba

Smart Community Aruba


The nature of the project, Smart Community Aruba, Kibaima, is that of a living lab, where sustainable ideas can find a practical application while their viability is assessed.

Through real-life testing and demonstration, Smart Community Aruba will involve its residents in moving applied sustainable technologies from concepts to practical application.

The key objective is knowledge development relating to scalable technology solutions and business models to help make Aruba’s transition to sustainable energy a reality.



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Pacific Game Lab, projet calédonien nominé aux BIC

Pacific Game Lab, projet calédonien nominé aux BIC

Le besoin

En 2020, le poids du marché du jeu sérieux dans la zone Asie Pacifique est estimé à trois milliards d’euros avec une croissance de plus de 54%. Ainsi, le jeu sérieux représente un outil à fort potentiel de développement économique pour le territoire calédonien et la zone Asie Pacifique.

La solution

L’objectif du projet est d’offrir à la Nouvelle Calédonie son premier laboratoire dédié à la conception et à la commercialisation de jeux sérieux présentiels et virtuels et à la ludification dans le but de répondre aux enjeux liés aux sciences humaines et sociales et à l’innovation dans un contexte économique en pleine mutation.

Le projet

Le projet Pacific Game Lab a pour vocation de proposer des solutions d’intermédiation spécifiques à la Nouvelle-Calédonie pouvant être transposées sur d’autres territoires devant traiter de problématiques multiethniques.

Entré en incubation en 2016, Pacific Game Lab finalise actuellement le développement de son premier jeu basé sur le programme scolaire d’histoire des collèges de Nouvelle-Calédonie. Son contenu fera l’objet d’une validation par un comité d’experts locaux, composé d’acteurs académiques, associatifs et privés.

La sortie de leur second jeu est prévue pour la fin de l’année 2017.

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Pilot project for Aruba signed

Pilot project for Aruba signed


The European Commission has signed a pilot project for Aruba. By teaching electronic technologies to the next generation, OCTA Innovation’s EU-funded pilot project will assist in building the foundations of a knowledge-based economy in Aruba.

E-based equipment such as 3D printers, lasers and shape scanner will be bought for use in after-school clubs or other venues so that elementary and secondary school students can learn how to operate the equipment and be inspired. The project will be mounted by a project manager and two technical trainers.

The results of the project will be a disseminated through different communication channels such as newsletters, press releases, website and presentations. The aim is that others will draw inspiration from the project and eventually ‘copy’ it in other OCTs, or further afield.

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