VYBZING 2016

Rushane Jones is the People’s Choice!

The people have spoken and chosen Rushane Jones as their monarch in the 2016 VYBZING Jamaica Animated Music Video Challenge. 

The 27-year-old’s submission titled, ‘Public Service Announcement About ICT Awareness’ captured 240 votes. Voting was conducted online via the VYBZING Facebook page during the period May 2-13, 2016. Rushane will receive a special prize of USD250.00

Rushane is twice in winners row, having also received the judges nod earlier in the week to capture the third place prize of USD1,250.

Rushane and fellow winners, Ikem Smith and Leighton Campbell will be officially presented with their prizes at the Closing Ceremony of the Caribbean Development Bank’s 46th Annual Meeting on May 19, 2016 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.


Winners announced for VYBZING Animated Music Video Challenge

The winners of the top three prizes in the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) 2016 VYBZING Jamaica Animated Music Video Challenge have been announced!

Ikem Smith is the first place winner of USD2,000 in the Challenge for his ‘Funky Beam School Band‘ submission. The second prize of USD1,550 was awarded to Leighton Campbell for ‘ICT Force,’ while Rushane Jones’ ‘Public Service Announcement About ICT Awareness‘ captured the third place prize of USD1,250.

The winners will be officially presented with their prizes at the Closing Ceremony of the Caribbean Development Bank’s 46th Annual Meeting on May 19, 2016 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

There is still time to vote for your People’s Choice winner in the VYBZING Animated Music Video Challenge. Voting ends May 13, 2016 @ midnight (-GMT 5). The People’s Choice winner will received USD250.


Eight finalists selected in VYBZING Animated Video Challenge

Eight of the 20 submissions to the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) 2016 VYBZING Animated Music Video Challenge have received the judges’ nod and advanced to contest the People’s Choice Award.

The eight finalists are: Ikem Smith, Kev Bec, Leighton Campbell, Michael Gordon, Ramon Nichols, Rushane Jones, Shawn Haughton and ‘Super Mario.’

Online voting for the People’s Choice Award opened on May 2, 2016 and is currently underway on the VYBZING Facebook page. Voting closes May 14, 2016 @ 1:00 a.m. (GMT -4:00). The creator of the winning submission will received USD250.

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Young animators were asked to create a two-minute video on the theme, “Beam Me Up with ICTs.” The videos explore how information and communication technologies can transform the cultural, economic, social and educational lives of youth in Jamaica.

The VYBZING Animated Video Challenge is one of the three activities held under the VYBZING programme this year. The others were a youth forum which took place in April, and a youth presentation to take place at the CDB’s Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors on May 18-19, 2016 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

2016 VYBZING Jamaica is in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Culture.


 

‘JahMi! Studio’ presents winning business idea

The group JahMi! Studio received the judges nod when they presented their business idea on the final day of the 2016 VYBZING Jamaica Youth Forum in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The team which comprised of Bryan D’O rnellas, Matthew Layne, Karlashay Wilson, Stephane Nelson, Nicko Johnson and Tijani Christian, business idea focussed on using animation as a platform for education.

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The group described the JahMi! Studio business concept  as “a creative community that focuses on locally produced and industrial design animation.” The aim of JahMi! Studio is to be an “innovative think lab that transform and translate our culture through animation.”

Second place in the business challenge was awarded to the group, ‘iSpeek‘ for creating a platform for Caribbean youth and for creating a business that can integrate the region, while ‘Trash to Treasure‘ and ‘Waterloop‘ tied for third place. The judges also recognised Trash to Treasure with the Social Enterprise Award for their business concept for an event planning firm that uses recycled materials as décor for events. Waterloop is a solution for water management.

The award for Most marketable went to ‘Agri Connect‘ for their idea which partners supply and demand by proposing a produce delivery service tasked with ensuring that the plentiful food in Jamaica reaches those most in need.

The other groups’ business concepts were:

 

  • Live Jam – a mobile app which uses gaming to teach non-Jamaicans about Jamaican culture
  • Healthwiz – transforming illness into wellness
  • Dliver iT – a mobile app and website that gives persons in Jamaica the ability to get their desired products delivered
  • Yaad Canvas – online marketplace selling Jamaican arts in its various forms – visual, performing, culinary
  • Jade Wealth Management – financial advisor for small and medium size enterprises

 

 

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The Journey from Mind to Market – The VYBZING Pitch Competition

There were just over 60 young emerging entrepreneurs who rose with the sun at the Jamaica Pegasus for day three of the VYBZING Youth Forum. The 11 teams had worked until late in the night to refine their business pitch presentations which would be delivered before the judges in a few hours.

The teams had been advised about the parameters for the judging process.  Specifically:

Duration – Each Pitch presentation should be a maximum of four minutes.

Presentation structure – Five slides should be included in each presentation as follows: 

  1. logo/website landing page
  2. value proposition – 30 word idea
  3. business model canvas
  4. finance information
  5. demo/visuals of product

 A Q & A session from the judges after each presentation.

Judging criteria –   The four categories of 25% weight each

  1. Originality of idea
  2. Fluidity of presentation
  3. Relevance of the idea to the stated problem
  4. Suitability of the budget

Prize categories

  1. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
  2. Most marketable product/service
  3. Most socially focused product/service

The morning was spent doing timed pitch rehearsals in front of the workshop Facilitators and getting last minute feedback to finally refine their presentations. Feedback ranged from notes on presentation style format and language, content of their presentation deck, to defining the financial data and value propositions for each business.

Facilitator David Thorpe commented that he was quite pleased with the work that the teams had done overnight. “They are a very smart group of young people. Even though none took up the offer to reach out for help while they worked overnight, I was quite pleased with what they had done,” he said.   He further revealed that he recognized that some teams had two particular challenges – putting together and speaking about the financial aspects of their proposals, and their confidence. “They need to be able to present with confidence,” said Thorpe. “Venture capitalists want confident people behind their business investments.”

The Honourable Floyd Green, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information came by to view the teams doing their pitch rehearsals. He was delighted by what he saw. “I hope you see this is an excellent opportunity. It is not about what you are going to be judged upon or who comes out the winner. It’s about what you learn,” he said. “Hopefully all of you will leave here and will go out to form some business.  We need more entrepreneurs.  We need more people who are going into business.”  The Minister encouraged them to reach out to his office for help with their business ventures. “I hope when you are finished here you will touch base with me because you want to know how the Ministry can help you on the idea you have.”  He gave the workshop participants some advice on preparing their elevator pitches and about networking in order to create and take advantage of opportunities to share their business ideas with influencers who can help them develop their enterprises.

After lunch, it was time for the real deal. Each of the teams had worked hard for 2 days leading up to this seminal moment in the workshop – pitching their business propositions to a panel of  judges in a real world simulation.

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One of the groups making their presentation to the judges

The Judges were Dr. Kadamawe Knife, UWI Lecturer; Shamoy Hajare, Youth Empowerment Office at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and Founder of Jamaica School of Social Entrepreneurship and Dr. Andrea Barrett, Lecturer at the Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership at the University of Technology, Jamaica.

As each team delivered their presentations, the judges were unrelenting in challenging them with questions, forcing the young entrepreneurs to think on their feet and demonstrate that they had carefully thought through all aspects of their propositions.  

As the judges took the time to deliberate on the presentations, the group was entertained by popular Jamaican singer G-Whizz whose song “Life” was very relevant as its words say that with hard work and perseverance “life soon sort out.”

Soon, Dr. Knife came forward to speak on behalf of the Judges and deliver the results. He prefaced his comments by commending the teams for their work in developing a business model in 2 days. He thanked the participants and the Caribbean Development Bank for facilitating the process. 

Winners

  • 1st PlaceJahMi – for the focus on a critical imperative for the region – education – and using animation as a platform for education
  • 2nd PlaceiSpeek – for creating a platform for Caribbean youth and for creating a business that can integrate the region
  • 3rd Place – a tie – Trash to Treasure and Waterloop
  • Social EnterpriseTrash to Treasure – for addressing the waste management problem.
  • Most MarketableAgri Connect – a very useful idea that brings together supply and demand – while there is no shortage of food in Jamaica, it is not reaching those who need it and Agri Connect could do a good job of getting food to those who need it.

For his final exhortation, Professor Cardinale Warde encouraged the participants saying, “Don’t let these projects die. Keep the fire burning. Your job is to go out into your community and bring these projects to life.” He also thanked the Facilitators, Jeremy Stephen, Chris Harper, David Thorpe and Ayanna Sammuels.  He revealed that the process had been a bold experiment for them. “It’s a learning experience for you and a teaching experience for us,” he said. “”You all did really, really well.  We expect you to go back to your communities, to follow the advice we gave you to build a successful enterprise.”

The participants were effusive in their expressions of gratitude to the CDB, the Facilitators, the Judges, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and all who contributed to delivering an amazing learning experience for them.

In her closing comments, CDB’s Yvette Lemonias Seale, Vice-President (Corporate Services) and Bank Secretary commended the participants for what they had achieved. “How pleased I am at what has transpired here over the past three days. I am completely blown away. While I expected to be inspired by the creativity and enthusiasm, I was also humbled by your courage. In the face of the challenging questions from the judges, you were tenacious and didn’t back down,” she said. “This augers well for the future of our countries. You are a credit to your institutions, your country and the region. This is but just a first step of many. Never give up. You are our future and the region needs you. Jamaica needs you.” She concluded by encouraging the participants to use their ideas and creativity to give back to their communities.

Everyone who was involved in any aspect of the three days of VYBZING 2016 Jamaica Youth Forum left feeling inspired and motivated. Everyone looks forward to the 60 plus participants taking the knowledge and information gained to transform their lives to become change makers for their communities, their country and the region.

 

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Youths share business ideas on Day 2 of VYBZING Forum in Jamaica

The day opened with a review of the overnight homework assignments. Groups had been formed and named, and worked assiduously for long hours brainstorming and selecting their business idea, preparing the Business Model Canvas and their business pitch.

During the opening session, the teams shared insights into some of the challenges they encountered in completing their assignment and how they were able to overcome them.  After a few minutes of open discussion, the facilitators spent a few minutes with each group to provide specific guidance and insights.

Commenting on the morning’s discussion, Ayanna Samuels said she found that the participants were inspired and gave a lot of thought to their ideas. The Business Canvas was strongly employed to refine how the projects can make money and to define the future growth plan.

She said that one of the issues revealed was that most participants believe that making a profit is evil and Jamaica is suffering nationally because of the mind-set that has been ingrained – that money is the root of all evil. The teams want to do social good, yet they feel that the goal is not to make a profit – we need to shift that thinking. Ayanna also revealed that the teams feel that investors will be turned off if their goal is stated as being to make a profit.

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Facilitator, Jeremy Stephen highlighted the key financial reports and how to prepare a budget for the business.

The first instructional session for the day was “Attracting Investors /Financing Options for Startups” presented by Jeremy Stephen. The teams learned some essential principles about financial attributes and indicators of interest to potential investors, about the key financial reports – balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement, and how to prepare a budget for the business.

Before breaking for lunch, the training on building a website that was started on Day 1 was concluded.

The feature presentation of the day followed lunch when Ayanna Samuels discussed “Gender Equity in ICT.” Her presentation helped the participants to understand the difference between Equity and Equality, understand the relevance and importance of the issue and provided insights into the barrier to gender equity in the ICT sector. Ayanna’s presentation included many real life examples from her own experience and knowledge.

One participant Sadie said, “I learned that gender doesn’t matter once you are motivated to do something you can push forward.”  She and others in her group revealed that they learned that one shouldn’t be constrained or feel the need to conform to traditional gender roles, biases and expectations.

The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to Pitch Rehearsals and preparation for final judging of the business proposals.  The Facilitators provided detailed feedback to help the teams hone their presentations to “elevator pitches” – they learned that entrepreneurs must be ready at a moment’s notice to present their idea in 30 seconds or less and be ready at all times to pitch their business in any scenario.

The teams presented their business ideas and for the first time we learned the company names and concepts they had developed for homework:

  • Live Jam – a mobile app which uses gaming to teach non-Jamaicans about Jamaican culture
  • JahMi – an industrial animation studio specialising in educational material, with the ability to produce other local content
  • Waterloop – a solution for water management – reduce, reuse and recycle water
  • Trash to Treasure – an event planning firm that uses recycled materials as décor for events
  • Healthwiz – transforming illness into wellness
  • Golden Field Food – using local ground produce to make flour as an alternative to wheat flour
  • Yaad Canvas – online marketplace selling Jamaican arts in its various forms – visual, performing, culinary
  • AgriConnect – a produce delivery service – delivery to consumers and businesses
  • iSpeak Productions – producers and providers of original local content to local and international media

Judging criteria for the final presentations on Day 3 were revealed to be: Originality of the business idea; Fluidity of the presentation; Relevance of the idea; and Suitability of budget.

To close Day 2, the Facilitators all concurred that the participants were doing a great job. They reminded the group of budding entrepreneurs that the expected outcome of their participation is that they will have learned skills and feel empowered to go back to their communities to implement their ideas.

The teams departed the workshop venue making their plans for how to approach the task ahead for the evening. The overnight homework assignment given to the teams is to continue to refine their business idea and prepare their presentations for judging on the final day.

At the end of Day 2 many admit that the workshop has exceeded their expectations. Roxanne White said the best part was the pitch rehearsal process and getting the feedback from her peers and the Facilitators. 

 

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VYBZING Jamaica Off to a Great Start

Youth challenged to develop entrepreneurship opportunities with a community focus

60 enthusiastic young Jamaicans representing all 14 parishes of the country gathered early Wednesday morning at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston for the first day of the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) 2016 VYBZING Youth Forum – a three-day workshop on ICT Entrepreneurship.

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The diverse group of participants include freelance graphic artists and animators, teachers in service and in training, technicians, and office administrators.

The diverse group of aspiring entrepreneurs ranging in age from 17 to 29 years old, included many who are not currently employed or in school as well as freelance graphic artists and animators, teachers in service and in training, technicians, and office administrators.

Yvette Lemonias Seale at VYBZING 2016 Opening

Yvette Lemonias Seale, Vice-President (Corporate Services) and Bank Secretary, CDB reaffirmed the mission of the CDB to reduce poverty by promoting new industries that bring significant growth opportunities to the region.

At the Official Opening, Yvette Lemonias Seale, Vice-President (Corporate Services) and Bank Secretary for CDB reaffirmed the mission of the CDB to reduce poverty by promoting new industries that bring significant growth opportunities to the Region. She reiterated that a key rationale for the VYBZING Youth Forum is to achieve sustainable development by a focus on promoting youth development.

“This is a commendable gesture by the Caribbean Development Bank in several ways. In Jamaica unemployment among youth is more than twice the national rate which hovers around 14 per cent. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is very pleased to be associated with the staging of this forum which seeks to empower provide a group of Jamaican youth to change the economic trajectory of their lives, using Information Communication Technology (ICT) to create opportunities,” said Brittany Singh, Youth Advisor in Jamaica’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and guest speaker at the Official Opening.

Cardinale Warde at VYBZING 2016 Opening

The three-day VYBZING Forum is being facilitated by a team from the Caribbean Science Foundation led by Professor Cardinale Warde, Interim Executive Director.

The introduction of Professor, Cardinale Warde, Interim Executive Director of the Caribbean Science Foundation, facilitators for the VYBZING workshop, was the first indication to the participants as to the impressive credentials of the professionals who would guide them through the workshop content.  Professor Warde gave the eager group insights into what they should expect for the next three days. “At VYBZING we are creating the environment for ICT entrepreneurship and collaboration to generate the next great ICT idea from Jamaica,” he said. Professor Warde reiterated that VYBZING would educate and equip the young Jamaicans to use ICT to create opportunities to transform their lives, their communities, Jamaica and the world.

After the formal opening, and following a short break the group were eager to get to the real business that brought them to the VYBZING Forum. The first presentation was delivered by Chris Harper who shared “Strategies for Breaking the Subsistence Barrier.” Ayanna Samuels followed with an introduction to social entrepreneurship titled, “Planet, Profit, People: Promoting the Triple Bottom Line.” The morning session concluded with the participants declaring their area of interest for the working groups that would create teams to develop a business idea. Participants picked project preferences from categories such as engineering, farming, retail. Educational services, health and wellness, arts & crafts, animation, web/internet services, arts and media, food services, event planning services, graphics and communications

VYBZING is fun and the work continued through the afternoon with the participants being introduced to the Business Model Canvas and the nuts and bolts of website creation. Chris Harper presented “Introduction to the Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup Concept” sharing the nine building blocks of the canvas used to define the business idea such as target market, distribution etc. The participants then worked with David Thorpe and Jeremy Stephen to learn about using WordPress to create the website for a business.

These two sessions were the precursor to the overnight homework assignment. With teams assigned, the participants were charged with working together to develop a community focused business idea. They are to use the define the business parameters using the Business Model Canvas, develop the website for their proposed business and prepare a pitch presentation for their new business idea. With this task, the participants are learning another lesson about the life of a successful tech entrepreneur – the hours of work and commitment needed to drive a successful business. Their labour will not go unrewarded as prizes are on offer for the best pitches delivered on the morning of Day 2.

Yes, it was a long day packed full of information. However at the end of the day, the consensus is that Day 1 was great, they learned a lot and everyone looks forward to the remaining sessions. A testimony to the participants’ commitment to the work, even after the formal sessions ended for the day, the teams remained at their tables wasting no time getting on with their assigned tasks.

 

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CDB’s VYBZING Programme announces Animated Music Video Challenge

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – March 3, 2016 – “Bring the vibes, bring the creativity” is the call from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) as it announces its 2016 VYBZING Animated Music Video Challenge to be hosted in Jamaica.

Under the theme, “Beam Me Up with ICTs,” young animators are being challenged to create a two-minute video which explores how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can transform the cultural, economic, social and educational lives of youth in Jamaica.

The Challenge which is open to residents of Jamaica ages 16 – 29, begins at 3:00 p.m. AST tomorrow, Friday, March 4, 2016 and concludes at midnight on April 24, 2016. Entries must be submitted via the ‘2016 VYBZING Challenge’ tab on the VYBZING Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CDBVYBZING. For the full terms and conditions, visit http://www.caribank.org/programmes/vybzing/vybzing-2016 or www.youthjamaica.com.

Prizes ranging from USD1250 to USD2000 will be presented for first to third place. There will also be a People’s Choice Winner, based on the submission with the most votes on the VYBZING Facebook page. Online voting takes place during the period April 25 – May 9, 2016. The highest voted animator will receive a special prize of USD250.

VYBZING Coordinator, and CDB’s Information Services Unit Manager, Angela Parris commented:  “We are really excited to see what the youth of Jamaica come up with for the VYBZING Animated Music Video Challenge. The winning submissions will be determined by a specially chosen judging panel who will assess submissions based on musical composition, message content and appropriateness to theme, originality, video presentation and impact.”

The winners will be announced on the VYBZING Facebook page and CDB website on May 12, 2016.

The Animated Video Challenge is just one of the three activities held under the VYBZING programme. The others include a youth forum and a youth presentation. 2016 VYBZING Jamaica is in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Culture.

For more details on the competition, and to enter, go to: https://www.facebook.com/CDBVYBZING.  


 

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Read the full Terms and Conditions to find out how to enter.

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