blink | bmobile Donates 100 Samsung Galaxy Tablets to TechnoKids Camp

Excited to begin exploring a new world at Techno Kids 2014

“bmobile, bmobile, bmobile…” That was the chant of the 300 plus children who gathered for the opening day of the TechnoKids Camp 2014, hosted by the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training (MTEST), at the NESC campus, Point Lisas on Saturday.

The camp is the brainchild of the Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Training Fazal Karim, who was introduced as ‘Uncle Fazal’ to the kids as he launched the 2014 camp. The Minister thanked blink| bmobile and the other programme sponsors for their support, while explaining that while tertiary education is his purview, it is important to begin preparing kids for the education system as it will be tomorrow, as well as the jobs that will be available by the time they are ready to enter the work force.

The TechnoKids Camp is designed to teach children programming and computer technology in an enjoyable learning environment. At the camp children will be exposed to this new exciting world of technology which will hopefully encourage them to consider options such as software development and programming as possible career options. 
The blink | bmobile Foundation was one of the highlights at the opening ceremony of the camp, providing 100 Samsung Galaxy tablets for use in training at the camp as well as providing a mini-tech arcade for the young and young at heart during the launch event. As the audience of children aged 6-9, parents and teachers and other stakeholders, awaited the start of the opening ceremony, blink | bmobile ignited the excitement of the children with a surprise appearance by the bmobile mascot Batteryman and distributed foam sticks, which turned out to be a hit with just about every child. Batteryman got the energy pumping, prompting a spontaneous chorus of ‘bmobile, bmobile, bmobile’ chants. 

“blink | bmobile felt it imperative to contribute the tablets to the TechnoKids Programme, because we see the future of our nation in the children before us today,” explained Ronald Walcott, Executive Vice President Bmobile Services & Operations, who presented the tablets to Minister Karim. “Technological advancements are made everyday around the world, social media is used to drive businesses and technology is being used in new ways to revolutionize education. As the leading telecommunications company in the country, we believe that we must start preparing the future programmers and telecom experts from now. It is with great pride that we therefore hand over these tablets to MTEST, in hopes that it helps to paint a brighter technology tomorrow starting today,” said Walcott.

The camp continues until August 8th and runs daily from 8:30 am to 3:00 p.m. at NESC campuses in Point Lisas, Laventille, Debe and YTEPP’s Waterloo Centre and 14 other locations nationwide. The size of the camp has increased significantly, from less than 200 participants last year, to over 300 this year. Karim shared that this goal is to have even more kids involved next year, as well as open it to other Caribbean islands so that it becomes an international programme.

Even bmobile Battery Man got in on the excitement at the opening ceremony of Techno Kids 2014 

Ronald Walcott, Executive Vice President bmobile Services & Operations proudly presents Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Training, Fazal Karim and some of the delighted participants with Samsung Tablets for the start of Techno Kids 2014

The young camp participants had fun playing interactive games using Xbox One and Xbox Kinect set up by blink | bmobile at the Opening Ceremony of Techno Kids 2014