CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
First Caribbean Mediathon: How Can Science, Technology and Innovation Boost Caribbean Development?
Bridgetown, Barbados – November 22-23, 2016
The Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Compete Caribbean to generate original media projects to promote the use of science, technology and innovation in the Caribbean. Compete Caribbean is a private-sector development program funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government of Canada and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), and executed in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
Compete Caribbean is inviting journalists, communicators, designers and media students to propose ideas and co-create media projects around the theme, ‘How can Science, Technology and Innovation boost Caribbean Development.”
During the two-day event participants will engage with regional and international experts (including from MIT) as they collaborate to produce state-of-the-art media projects. (See the attached Agenda)
Participants are being offered the following prizes:
1st Place: Participation in a science, technology and innovation communications event overseas (TBD) – up to a total cost of US$ 5000 for the winning team and
Three mentoring sessions with MIT’s Opino to implement the winning project
2nd Place: Three mentoring sessions with MIT’s Opino to implement the presented project.
In addition, the winning project will have the opportunity to be transmitted throughout the Caribbean, North America and the UK on CBU affiliate, Caribvision. 
Bursaries to cover air fare and accommodation, will be offered to participants whose organizations are CBU members in good standing. To be eligible for the bursaries, participants must be:
– Practising media professionals
– Interested in developing a media project related to science, technology and/or innovation
– Interested in learning about new technologies applied to media
– Actively engaged with media content, including, but not limited to:
o Print/ broadcast/ digital news and current affairs including photography, videography and editing
o programme production: producing &/ or writing &/or videography &/or editing
– Able to work in teams
Application Closing Date – Friday, October 21, 2016
To apply, complete the attached application/registration form, and send it to Shonnell DeCamp at email@example.com no later than Friday, October 21, 2016.
Space in the event is limited, so completed applications will be accepted on a first come-first served basis. Successful applicants will be notified by email from the Compete Caribbean team.
For further information go to http://competecaribbean.org/news/mediathon/.