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PNG student part of Technology talk at APEC Business Advisory Council Meeting

By Elizah Palme – EMTV Online, Port Moresby

A Papua New Guinean student has presented today (November 14, 2018) with Blockchain and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology at the 4th APEC Business Advisory Council Meeting in Port Moresby.

Grade11 Kopkop College student, Chelsea Sailas represented her school, NCD-based Kopkop College, who with Local Internet Infrastructure start-up project, Blockchain Pasifik and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) to present on the ‘Outlook of Internet Development in Papua New Guinea’.

The presentation was based on the PNG Case study by RMIT  based on data provided by Blockchain Pasifik.

Part of the data collected was from development meetings, called Hack-a-thon’s, by several schools in the National Capital District like Kilakila Secondary, Port Moresby International School, Don Bosco Technical Secondary School, and  Kopkop College.

Ms. Sailas asked that solutions need to engage views from the youth when developing technology.

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

Kopkop College’s design is called the Birdwing, a similar system to that of the NID system.

The Block-chain Technology is touted as a centralized system of computers with saved volumes of data stored in several million servers around the world, now collectively known as the cloud, and can be accessed by a 2G Network.

The Supervisors of the project, Nou Vada and Rex Paura say the central database system will cut out the “middleman” and have heightened security when adopted into Government systems.


Picture Credits: Barefoot Photography



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