Communiqué on the Social Good Summit 2017

Oct 6, 2017

Mr. Romaine Gordon, Faculty of Engineering and Computing (FENC) student and one of the lead robotic system developers in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) UTech Jamaica Student Branch showcases his Obstacle Avoidance Robot to Ms. Kristina Otiz, Acting Public Affairs Officer, US Embassy. The robot is able to navigate its way in a room and avoid collisions with objects. It’s a flexible platform which can then be modified for several applications. Lecturer, FENC, Dr Dave Muir, a roboticist, IEEE senior member and lifelong advisor to the branch looks on. The robotics display formed part of the booth set up at the Social Good Summit by UTech, Jamaica showcasing technology and innovation.


The University of Technology, Jamaica was proud host of The UNDP’s Social Good Summit 2017 held at the Alfred Sangster auditorium on September 28. The Social Good Summit is an annual conference organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to examine the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world.  

Focusing on the theme, “We can unlock technology’s potential to make Jamaica a better place,” participants from government, public and private sectors, civil society, academia including university students and other youths through speeches, exhibitions and discussions sought to explore and initiate ways to increase awareness on the Social Development Goals among Jamaicans and on the impact of technology in development.

UNDP Resident Representative, Mr Bruno Pouezat in his opening address said, “UNDP urges governments to encourage innovation by allocating more financial resources and establishing enabling environments through policy, legislation and programmes.”

Professor Stephen Vasciannie, UTech Ja President in his address outlined a number of social outreach initiatives undertaken by the University and indicated that he welcomed the opportunities beyond the Summit, to further partner with the UNDP “to enhance our shared interest in advancing a social good culture in Jamaica.”

A panel discussion on the theme #2030 Now: Global Goals and the Technology that will Help Achieve Them” followed the opening ceremony.  Panellists were Mrs Lisa Face-Shaw, Senior Lecturer, School of Computing and Information Technology, UTech, Ja., Mr Craig Perue, Research Fellow, University of the West Indies, Mona/PitchIT Training Manager, Mr Patrick Lafayette, Member, Board of Directors, Combined Disabilities Association, Miss Dainalyn Swaby, Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2017, Mr Raymond Price,  student – MSc., Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, Faculty of the Built Environment, UTech, Jamaica and Mr David Allen, President, Fletcher’s Land Management Benevolent Society.


The Social Good Summit 2017 Technology Innovation Competition was launched at the event. Go HERE for details

Contact information

Corporate Communications Unit
Advancement Division
University of Technology, Jamaica

October 3, 2017
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