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Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Jaeson Bowens – Computer Science Engineer

How would you define a techie?

From my point of view a techie is someone with great interest in technology, keeping update with technological advancements and finding ways to help improve his or her day to day routine or solve basic problems with the technological resources at their disposal.

Tell us about yourself (short bio).

My name is Jaeson Alonzo Bowens affectionately known as Papi Chulo by some and Pimp by others, nicknames that I got from my adolescent days as a young aspiring singer / song writer / actor, performing in various events in SVG. Besides having a past in the entertainment industry, I’m a computer programmer / software engineer / database administrator by profession with a degree in Computer Science Engineering. My love for programming came about from my affection for creativity; it’s amazing the stuff that can be created by writing lines of codes.

How has tech improved your life?

Tech has improved my life in many ways but the most outstanding; is that it has enabled me to help others by using my profession or talent to create Software or Information Systems that generates social, economic and environmental benefits for institutions and public organizations.

How can technology be used to improve St. Vincent and the Grenadines?

Technology can be used to improve many sectors in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In the health sector for example; an inventory system can be developed along with implementing certain protocols to help carry out a stock control of medicines and health equipment, resolving many problems at the General Hospital relating to its inventory; such as missing equipment as recently reported. Technology can also be used in the education sector to assist teachers in dictating lessons to students. Starting simple by using multi-media, videos, power points etc. in class or taking a step further by developing educational software with lessons incorporated to meet their needs.

How did you end up studying and living in Venezuela?

To be honest I have asked myself that question on many occasions while studying and living there smh loll. As we may know Venezuela present economic and politic situation is no secret but graciously I survived it all and accomplish my goal for going there. Now back to answering your question, I ended up studying and living in Venezuela because I took advantage of a scholarship granted by an agreement between the governments of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela. As we may all know a university education is not cheap, hence the reason why many students try to take advantage of scholarship opportunities and besides it’s way better than borrowing student loans and having to pay it back.

Do you think a country should tax online shopping?

I see no problem with a country taxing online shopping, once the tax on goods and services is not a huge percentage. The revenue generated, little or small can be used to invest in general public necessities.

Is CES becoming too mundane?

Maybe just a bit but recently I have observed that people are gaining more interest for CES as it gives start-up entrepreneurs a platform to showcase their products and to capture potential investors. It’s even becoming something more popular in the Caribbean. Maybe it’s just the Shark Tank effect loll nice show by the way.

What question would you ask yourself and how would you answer it?

How can I use my knowledge and abilities to positively impact those around me? I have thought of a million and counting ways. Maybe not the best answer but too much to write 😀

What has keys but no locks, space but no room and you can enter but you can’t go in side?

I believe it’s a COMPUTER or as Christopher Columbus would say; Una Computadora. (No relevance what so ever to the riddle lmaooo)

What tech would you like to own?

It would be nice to own a new laptop as my previous laptop got damaged. NB: Thou shall not eat or drink around an electronic device. Lesson well learnt lol.

Would you choose a million dollars or a year with Bill Gates?

As influential as Bill is, I would prefer to choose a million dollars as I can think of a million ways to invest it.

The best advice you have received?

“Stretch little and live long” – It’s a quote that I heard as a teenager, it means to do with the little that you have and make it work. It also stresses the importance of budgeting wisely.

Mouse or touchpad?

Mouse – it gives me more freedom using certain image and clip art editing tools.

What sports teams do you support?

Jamaican Athletics Team, Argentina Football Team, Barcelona and Manchester United.

What tourist things must I do when I visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines?

You must definitely go yachting or boat sailing in the Grenadines Islands; it’s to die for :D. Or go hiking at the Vermont Nature Trail or La Soufriere Volcano. You can also look out for the night limes at various venues on the weekends.

What tech event would you like to attend?

Any tech events with products and start-ups on display would be nice, once it’s not drawn out with long boring speeches.

How would you invest a million dollars?

I would invest it in something profitable, I would need to analyze the market before investing.

What future technology interests you?

Artificial Intelligence.

If you had to start a tech company what would you call it and why?

B-Tech – The B comes from my surname and Tech is short for technology (Bowens Technology). B-Tech can also mean Be Technological; Technologically Innovative.

What question would you ask the next techie?

How can you use technology to help benefit your community?

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