Innovation in one of the most remote places on Earth
OCTA Innovation’s Bruzz on 30th November 2016 puts the spotlight on innovation as a necessity in St Helena, one of the most isolated places on Earth. Niall O Keeffe, Chief Executive for Economic Development in St Helena, has initiated the event. He is working closely with the St Helena Government, the private sector and the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) to bring about the island’s economic transformation.
High-level speakers scheduled for the St Helena Bruzz are:
- Lisa Phillips – Governor of St. Helena
- Roy Burke – Chief Secretary of St. Helena
- Robert Midwinter – Director of Enterprise, St. Helena
- Kedell Worbys MBE – St. Helena’s Representative to the UK
- Janice Panton MBE – Head of OCTA’s Executive Committee and Montserrat’s Representative to the UK
- Jean-Paul Joulia – Head of Unit, DG Devco, European Commission
- Niall O Keeffe – Innovation Manager for St. Helena
St Helena’s isolation has been driving the need for sustainable living, self-sufficiency and innovative solutions. To live and to operate business in this unique environment requires significant energy, knowledge, innovation and creativity.
Innovation comes in many forms on St Helena. In waste management, renewable energy, community driven creativity, biodiversity, marine protection, transport improvements and tourism opportunities. An OCTA Innovation pilot project will build a bio-digester, converting agricultural and household waste into bio-energy.