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2018 Blue Flame Hackathon Challenge



The Blue Flame Challenge is one of the signature segments of the upcoming Innovate Barbados Conference to be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Center, November 7 – 8, 2018. This highly successful conference is in its third year, and the over 300 attendees of 2017’s programme generally agree that we have created a phenomenal gateway to innovation in Barbados.

This year’s Blue Flame Challenge will be a fast-paced marathon of technical creativity and business acumen in the form of a Hackathon’, where participants will work together in teams to solve the real-life challenge of connecting Barbados’ products and services with the Diaspora.  This solution will be considered by the BIDC as the platform of our ‘BajansConnect’ export marketing initiative.  We are happy to have partnered with IBM, which affords participants the opportunity to receive hands-on training and mentoring as they innovate a solution on the platform of the IBM Cloud, artificial intelligence and data science.  

BajansConnect is an integrated marketing campaign ultimately aimed at increasing Barbados’ foreign exchange earnings.  The three challenges entrants will face are:

  1. Challenge #1 – Increasing awareness of and engagement with Bajan products: What if Barbadians anywhere could find their home country products with one tap on their mobile phones?
  2. Challenge #2 – Exploring online vs offline behaviors of diaspora consumers: What if Barbadian businesses could access real-time data on what diaspora consumers are searching for and use this information to grow their exports exponentially?
  3. Challenge #3 – Optimizing shipping and logistics for export of Bajan products: What if every small Barbadian business with hopes of exporting could market their high-quality goods and services through a portal that links directly into diaspora communities around the globe?

Attached please find the poster detailing the event and allowing persons to visit the webpage and register.  The deadline for application is June 30th and persons can register as individuals or teams of up to 5 persons.  A team will consist of at least 1 software engineer, 1 graphic designer and 1 project manager/business person.  Individuals not entering as a team will be assigned in the final selection of registrants.  

If you have any queries or concerns, do feel free to communicate with us.  Queries may be directed to Mr. Jason Cadogan at Tel: 427-5350, or email