A PNG Student Takes Part on the 4th APEC Business Advisory Council Meeting Held on November 14 in Port Moresby

TechInPacific – The 4th APEC Business Advisory Council Meeting was held on November 14, 2018, in Port Moresby. Coming as a representative of KopKop College was a Grade 11 student, Chelsea Sailas. Sailas attended the event with Local Internet Infrastructure start-up project, Blockchain Pasifik and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). They would be presenting the “Outlook of Internet Development in Papua New Guinea”.

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The presentation came from a PNG-based case study conducted by RMIT. RMIT had the data from Blockchain Pasifik while the data consisted of several development meetings—called Hack-a-ton’s—collected by some students from the National Capital District, including Kilakila Secondary, Port Moresby International School, Don Bosco Technical Secondary School, and Kopkop College.

Sailas said that to find solutions for national issues, it needs to involve youth, especially when it is about developing technology.

“I have the knowledge necessary to design the solution, all I need is means to begin working on it,” she said.

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The students’ project was mentored and supervised by Nou Vada and Rex Paura. The system they would be presenting was the Birdwing designed by Kopkop Colleges where it is alike to the NID system. The system aimed to dismiss the “middleman” and would highly increase security once it is applied to the Government systems.

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