Regional and international technology experts are gathering in Dominica to address Caribbean technology challenges and to collaboratively derive solutions that are relevant to the region.
The Caribbean Network Operators Group, CaribNOG, is hosting its seventh regional meeting in Dominica’s capital city, Rousseau from April 28 to May 2. CaribNOG is a forum for network technicians and technology professionals from across the region to share experiences and participate in expert-led, high-tech training exercises and hands-on technical workshops.
“The Caribbean is at an interesting juncture with respect to its growing dependence on Internet-related technologies. The region is extremely vulnerable to cyber-attacks and has to take steps to develop its technical human resource capacity. CaribNOG is key part of the response to that challenge,” said Bevil Wooding.
Wooding, one of the founders of CaribNOG, cited examples from around the world where similar volunteer groups have emerged and now collaborate to help protect local networks against increasing threats, and to keep up with the pace of technology change.
CaribNOG 7 follows a series of workshops and training events held across the Caribbean in 2013, including two regional meetings in Barbados (CaribNOG 5) and Belize (CaribNOG 6). Sessions will focus on network design, mobile network infrastructure, cybersecurity, Internet Exchange Point management and cloud infrastructure.
Stephen Lee, CaribNOG’s program coordinator, described the work of the volunteer-based group as “invaluable for advancing the technical skills of ICT professionals in the region who design, manage or secure the network infrastructure.”
The CaribNOG meeting is being streamed via the Internet for remote participants. Participants are drawn from the Caribbean, Latin America and North America and as far away as Europe and Africa. CaribNOG 7 is being hosted by the Dominican National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) at the Fort Young Hotel in the capital city of Roseau.