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World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) spearheaded by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be observed on Wednesday, May 17th 2017.  According to the ITU “The theme for WTISD 2017 is in line with ITU’s work highlighting the technological developments that have facilitated the emergence of Big Data, developing standards related to Big Data and identifying sources and uses of Big Data, including use of Big Data technologies for developing and monitoring improvements in information societies”.

To commemorate this occasion CANTO will stage its 11th Annual World Telecommunication and Information Society Day – Video Competition under the theme:  Technology and Me – Exploring the Possibilities of ICT”.   

Students from ages 15 to 18 are invited to create a three (3) minute video on any or all subsets of the theme.  Students are encouraged to use their creativity by identifying an industry or business within their country depicting  how  technology  can be employed to develop the industry or business.

The competition will be staged throughout the region among active member countries of CANTO. Entries received on or before May 1st, 2017 will be forwarded to a panel of experts in the field of telecommunications and education, to be judged on creativity, originality, message content and technical organization.  All finalists will be given an opportunity to gain up to ten percent (10%) of their final score from social media votes (Facebook).

The top three (3) videos (in order of points) will be selected and awarded the following prizes:


    • 1st Place:
      • Trip for 2 to attend CANTO 2017 in the Dominican Republic
      • Hotel accommodation – (double occupancy)
      • a tablet plus US$1000.00
    • 2nd Place: a tablet plus US$500.00
    • 3rd Place: a smartphone plus US$250.00

Winning videos will be posted on CANTO’s website on Wednesday May 17th, 2017.  Students are encouraged to visit www.canto.org/competitions/wtisd-video-competition/ for more information

CANTO – committed to bringing technology to the children of the Caribbean and Americas


CANTO is recognized as the leading trade association of the ICT sector for shaping information and communication in the Caribbean. Founded in 1985 as a non-profit association of 8 telephone operating companies, CANTO has now grown to over 128 members in more than 34 countries.  A Board of Directors appointed by the membership directs policy of the Association. This strategy is executed by the staff of a permanent Secretariat based in Trinidad and Tobago.