TechCamp Bridgetown

Connecting Crisis Communications Changemakers

Participants from

Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas, The; Barbados; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago


The United States Embassy in Barbados along with other U.S. Embassies in the English-speaking Caribbean, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs are hosting a Crisis Communication TechCamp. This initiative is bringing over 30 journalists, government information officers, disaster management professionals, and social media influencers from countries throughout the Eastern Caribbean with the aim of providing familiarity with digital tools and training, to decipher disinformation in crisis situations such as natural disasters, communicate within and between agencies more efficiently, as well as share information to the general public after a natural disaster.


TechCamp Day 0 (February 7th) 
Morning Trainers and participants arrive throughout the day
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Trainer Meeting - Hotel Lobby
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dinner Reception (Trainers - Hotel) // Participants (Free Evening)


TechCamp Day 1 (February 8th)
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM  Participant Check-in
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Welcome Remarks (U.S. Embassy / CDEMA (Virtual Welcome))
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM What is TechCamp? (JB and Sam)
9:30 AM - 9:35 AM Speed-Geeking Explanation (JB and Sam)
9:35 AM - 10:00 AM Speed Geeking (Auditorium)
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Coffee Break
10:15 AM - 10:25 AM Training Session Instructions
10:25 AM - 12:30 PM Interactive Training Session 1

Choose one topic from the table below

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch (Hotel)
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Interactive Training Session 2

Choose one topic from the table below

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Coffee Break
3:45 PM  - 4:00 PM Challenge Statement Brief
4:00 PM - 4:55 PM What’s Your Challenge? Brainstorming Groups

Pick a topic below and work as a group to brainstorm/discuss challenges in the field:

4:55 PM - 5:00 PM End of Day Announcements
7:00 PM Hosted Dinner (Hotel)


No. Topic Trainers
1 Project Management for Sustainable Growth Gia Castello
2 Open Data and Mapping Daniel Joseph
3 Finding the Truth in a Rapidly Changing Environment Sonia Schott
4 Understanding the Role of the Media Communicating the Disaster Management Cycle Clive Murray
5 Communicating quickly and effectively in a crisis: a roadmap for best practices Karelia Pallan


TechCamp Day 2 (February 9th)
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Participant Check-in
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Morning Announcements
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Challenge Statement Development
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Challenge Statement Read Out
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM  Coffee Break
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Explain “Solution Model Canvas”
10:30 AM- 12:30 PM Project Groups Develop “Solution Model Canvas”
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch (Hotel)
1:30 PM- 3:00 PM Project Groups Finalize Presentations
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM Coffee Break
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM Project Groups Deliver Presentation
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM Surveys and Continued Engagement Announcement
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Closing Remarks & Award Ceremony


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