Spotlight Cap4inno in the Caribbean

Date: 20 September 2017

Related Project: Knowledge transfer capacity building for enhanced energy access & efficiency in the Caribbean

The  (Cap4inno) project, implemented by the University of Alicante with Chalmers University of Technology, University of technology in Jamaica, the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Repiblic and The University of the West Indies, aimed to provide a solution to the challenges of energy access and efficiency by building the capacities of Caribbean Higher Education Institutions to promote knowledge transfer and to offer relevant training programs to students and professionals of the sector.

After 3 years of implementation, the project has achieved the following results: 211 academics, researchers & managers have been trained in knowledge transfer, innovation, entrepreneurship and Intellectual Property Management; 3 strategies have been developed for Integrating Innovation, Knowledge Transfer, IPR Management & Entrepreneurship Learning Contents into Caribbean partner HEIs’ Curricula; 6 new pilot courses for students on Intellectual Property, innovation, knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship have been delivered and 5 pre-existing course outlines have been revised to integrate the new competences; 3 pilot courses for professionals have been delivered in collaboration with the National IP Offices; over 150 students and 75 professionals in the energy sector have been trained and an on-line training platform with 5 modules has been developed.

Caribbean partner HEIs conducted 3 National Round Tables on energy access and efficiency with key stakeholders in the energy field to facilitate dialogue about how to best promote increased energy access and efficiency with enhanced technology and capacities in knowledge transfer.

Students at the graduate and undergraduate levels of all partner institutions were encouraged to participate in CAP4INNO challenge on developing an innovative idea on how to save energy. The winners of the competition were invited to the final CAP4INNO conference in Trinidad to present their innovation idea  “Thermo-electric air conditioning Solution – A Personal solution for staying cool”.

The project final conference “Applying & Developing Renewable Energy Technology for the Benefit of the Caribbean” was hosted by the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus and aimed to promote region-wide up-take of the project results and facilitate regional cooperation. There were over 70 participants in attendance, with more than 40 viewing the live stream. The Conference was a joint activity of the CAP4INNO and the “Empowering Knowledge Transfer in the Caribbean through Effective IPR & KT (IPICA)” projects.

Two individuals have been chosen by the CAP4INNO project to talk about their experiences of the project. Natasha Corbin and Paul Ivey. 

Spotlight: Natasha Corbin, Certified Project Management Professional, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

Spotlight: Paul Ivey, Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies, Research & Entrepreneurship at University of Technology, Jamaica

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