Opening Panel: “Igniting Possibilities: Empowering the Caribbean with AI & 5IR Innovations” [SDGs: 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure]

July 9, 2024

9:10 am – 10:50 pm

This panel discussion serves as a critical platform to explore the transformative potential of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Fifth Industrial Revolution (5IR) within the Caribbean context. The term “igniting” metaphorically represents the session’s intent to spark a vibrant discourse, catalyzing innovation and collaborative synergies among participants. The focus is on leveraging AI and 5IR technologies as key drivers for regional development, marking a significant stride towards a progressive, sustainable, and technologically advanced Caribbean.

The narrative of this panel is not merely informational but aspirational, charting a path towards a future where technological advancements are integrally woven into the fabric of the Caribbean’s socio-economic landscape. This dialogue aims to underscore the pivotal role of AI and 5IR in fostering industrial growth, innovation, and infrastructural development, aligning with the broader objectives of Sustainable Development Goal 9.

Professor Lloyd Waller

Chair of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Steering Committee and Head of the Digital Transformation Strategic Initiative

Senior Research Manager, META AI, London, England

MSE, PMP, Director, Learning and Implementation – Operations, Cox Communications, USA/Antigua & Barbuda