Lettre d’actualités 2/2018 –  Innovation-driven prosperous Curaçao

Lettre d’actualités 2/2018 – Innovation-driven prosperous Curaçao

Curaçao made an excellent job in the period of establishing its innovation strategy. Particularly it was great job of organizing consultations via multiple working groups consultation work for each sector of importance for the economy and the wide society of Curacao. Innovation strategy and policy have been developed afterwards. Currently, Fiona Curie, Innovation Director of Curacao, is making successful progress moving from innovation strategy and policy to the Innovation action plan of Curacao.

Meeting Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath was a great opportunity to talk about the issues of innovation and development and about Smart Island, migration, social inclusion and social innovation. Implementation across all sectors including education, capacity-building both human capacity in general and particularly government capacity-building, wide involvement of the population and Curacao people ownership of building their future were discussed. All of these in a larger context of having an innovation-driven prosperous Curaçao.

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Lettre d’actualités 1/2018 – Curaçao

Lettre d’actualités 1/2018 – Curaçao

How to propel innovation? How innovation to interweave in the economy? How to progress in establishing innovation ecosystem? How to develop optimal innovation supporting instruments? How to implement innovation across all sectors? How to enhance true public private partnership? How to secure sustainability? How to establish priorities? How to use opportunities on the most efficient way? How to optimize use of available knowledge and expertise? How to deal with brain drain? How to optimize capacity building via different ways of blended learning? How to deal with lack of capacities? How to protect heritage? How to use and how to protect natural resources? So many questions and issues to progress with.

In the light of some of these questions and issues, different opportunities and actions are discussed with Ms. Fiona Curie, Innovation Director and with key Curaçao innovation stakeholders this week. Curaçao is one of the best OCTs progressing with innovation policy action plan. Meeting with Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath will be a crucial step to consolidate the action plan.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 3 / 2017 – Curaçao

OCTA Innovation Issue 3 / 2017 – Curaçao

Curaçao is an island strategically situated in the Caribbean Sea just off the coast of the South American mainland. A polyglot society, it boasts more than 60 different nationalities, living and working harmoniously on a 171 square-mile territory. As part of the erstwhile political entity the Netherlands Antilles, the island became an Overseas Country of the European Economic Community in 1964. Historically a trade enclave, today the island’s economic mainstay is centered around tourism, oil refining, financial services and ship repair.

As acting Representative of the Government of Curaçao to the European Union for the past two years and a member of OCTA’s Executive Committee, Ann Philipps, has been advocating a vision of an internationally focused future for her island. This makes the most of Curaçao’s natural assets; a multi-ethnic and multi cultural population speaking several languages and a good strategic position for trade. At the same time, it recognizes the need to forge strong international partnerships and improve the quality of its human capital through an internationally-oriented educational system. This vision for the future was reflected in the theme of Curaçao’s OCTA chairmanship, ‘building strategic partnerships for sustainable development’.

 

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Street Art Skalo – BIC Award nominee

Street Art Skalo – BIC Award nominee

 

This highly creative project, nominated for an OCTA Innovation BIC Award, is all about turning the Scharloo Abou, home of Creative Lab Curaçao, into a space where the island’s creativity can flourish. Both local and international artists will use the 30-40 available walls, parks and street locations as their canvas to make murals, installations and sculptures. The overall message of Street Art Skalo is that art and creativity have entrepreneurial and economic value and bring people together in social activity. The innovative project is also organising events such as a kids’ workshop to be held in 2017. Fundashon Rebiba Skalo Abou and Creative Lab Curaçao represented by Marcel Dennert, Nicole van Beusekom, Sander van Beusekom, Gonneke van den Kieboom are the project’s initiators.

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Curaçao Innovation Award – BIC Award nominee

Curaçao Innovation Award – BIC Award nominee

 

The Curaçao Innovation Award has itself been nominated to receive an OCTA Innovation BIC Award. Granted annually by Curaçao’s Innovation and Technology Institute, the Curaçao Innovation Award is an inspiration for innovation. It draws attention to the business or organisation whose recent innovation has added most value to Curaçao’s economy and/or society. “The winner is not only innovative for its own purpose, but also forms a source of inspiration and an incentive for others to innovate,” reads the award’s website. There are also also categories acknowledging Business Innovation, Junior Innovation, Social Innovation and Sustainable Innovation as well as a People’s Choice Award.

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Curaçao Film Institute Signs Historic MOU With Fabien Cousteau

Curaçao Film Institute Signs Historic MOU With Fabien Cousteau

WILLEMSTAD – In its efforts to develop the local film, television, and digital media industry the Curaçao Film Institute (CFI) has signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding with the renowned filmmaker and ocean conservationist Fabien Cousteau to bring his oceanographic institute, the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center (OLC), to Curaçao.

Fabien Cousteau’s grandfather was the world-famous ocean explorer, filmmaker and conservationist Jacques-Yves Cousteau, inventor of the first aqualung and high-pressure underwater camera. Following in his family’s footsteps, Fabien has launched several exploration missions in order to conserve marine ecosystems. He has produced the CBS documentary Shark: Mind of a Demon and participated in PBS’ Ocean Adventures TV series. In June 2014, he descended off the coast of The Florida Keys to begin Mission 31 with the goal of surpassing his grandfather’s record of spending 30 days underwater to pay homage to his role model. After 31 days of underwater research, Fabien surpassed his grandfather’s record and managed to collect years worth of data in his time underwater. This experience led Fabien Cousteau to establish the Ocean Learning Center to raise awareness, educate, and inform all citizens of the world of ways to protect and preserve the planet’s waters and endangered marine habitats and marine life.

The Curaçao Film Institute, Fabien Cousteau, and Relativity Education have agreed to develop the Fabien Cousteau OLC Underwater Cinematography Program at the Relativity School Curaçao branch campus. Students in this program will have the exclusive opportunity to study the art of underwater filmmaking through the guidance of Fabien Cousteau. They will also have the chance to work on projects such as documenting OLC programs, generating visual content for both marketing and educational purposes, and collaborating on exciting documentary films that Fabien Cousteau is developing.

By utilizing the natural habitat surrounding the island, CFI believes that the combination of the Fabien Cousteau brand, the underwater cinematography school, and CFI’s planned above- and underwater studios, will firmly guarantee Curaçao’s place as an international leader in underwater media production.

(Curaçao Chronicle, Oct 21st, 2016)

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Curaçao’s Connecting the Dots Inspire, Innovate and Accelerate Business Conference is a fact!

Curaçao’s Connecting the Dots Inspire, Innovate and Accelerate Business Conference is a fact!

Curaçao organized the first edition of ‘Connecting the Dots Inspire, Innovate and Accelerate Business Conference’ from October 19 up to 22, 2016.

The conference is a continuation to the ‘Innovate your Business Now’ Innovation seminar for SME’s in Curaçao which was organized earlier this year in on March 23, 2016.

During the ‘Innovate your Business Now’ seminar in March several speakers from the Netherlands and the Caribbean region that have successfully applied innovation in their business (smart, creative and green) got the opportunity to share their story with around 200 participants. In the end, the participants indicated that they would like to hear more stories from local entrepreneurs and also receive more practical information that would help them innovate their business.

As a result, the organizing team came with a 3 full day business conference containing inspiring local and international keynotes in the morning, enlightening workshops in the afternoon and exciting networking events in the evening addressing the theme: Inspire, Innovate and Accelerate. The goal of the conference is to stimulate entrepreneurs of local SME’s and aspiring young entrepreneurs to be more innovative and also grow their business. Another objective is to promote more cooperation between the different stakeholders and connect initiatives.

The platform behind ‘Connecting the Dots’ consists of the Ministry of Economic Development of Curaçao, University of Curaçao, Curaçao Technology and Innovation Institute, Startup Curaçao, Curaçao Investment & Export Promotion Agency, National Platform for Youth Development and the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands in Willemstad.

The opening night of the conference and networking event themed “Our biggest screw ups” started with a bang and you could feel the level of excitement increase as the speakers shared their stories of failure in their entrepreneurial journey with the public. After the eloquent speech by the Minister of Economic Development, 3 local entrepreneurs each with a different story shared their lessons learned from passed mistakes in order to prevent others from making the same errors.

The following days of Inspire, Innovate and Accelerate featured surprisingly great speakers such as the local entrepreneur Ana Freitas Frias from Integra Natural, interactive workshops, creative processes (‘Effectual Idea Lab’ networking event), bonding (creation of a community), new topics like setting up a tech business, fintech, trends and trend watching, challenger marketing, wonderful examples of determination, execution and acceleration (Curaloe, ATECH), dialogue on the creative sector and food industry and new insights and tips like, how every successful entrepreneur needs a ‘hacker’, ‘hipster’ and ‘hustler’ (by Oscar Kneppers).

Curaçao looks back at a wonderful conference with great potential for further development.

For more information visit: www.connectingthedots.cw or https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingthedotsCuracao/

 

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