Saturday, July 16, 2016

Jamaican aviator to join Bahamian rocket scientist at Caribbean summer camp for STEM-focused youth

Barrington Irving
July 14, 2016 – The Hack<IT> and STEMBoard teams are pleased to welcome Barrington Irving as this year’s keynote speaker for this year’s STEM camp in Nassau, The Bahamas.

Irving, born in Jamaica, was the first Jamaican and the first black man to fly around the world by himself. He will address attendees on the final day of Hack<IT> 2016, scheduled for July 18-23 at the St. Andrew’s School in Nassau. The event begins at 10 a.m.

Irving achieved his solo flight in 2007, when he was 23, often working odd jobs in exchange for flying lessons to pursue his goal. As a senior aerospace engineering student at Florida Memorial University, he completed his 24,600-mile flight around the world in an airplane named “Inspiration.”

“The Caribbean contains limitless potential of talent, but the landscape must be broadened,” Irving said. “Through technology, data and entrepreneurship, so many are growing successful companies in these industries and it’s time we in the Caribbean capitalize on that growth.”

Hack<IT> 2016 will provide six days of free, hands-on STEM instruction for public and private Bahamian students in grades 9-12. With a focus on technology entrepreneurship, the camp will give each student an opportunity to select an engineering track, apply their knowledge to an issue of social impact within the Bahamas and compete for prizes

Aisha Bowe
The camp is the brainchild of Bahamian American Aisha Bowe, the first youngest Caribbean American rocket scientist to work with NASA before launching her company, STEMBoard.

The final day of Hack<IT> 2016 is open to the public. To register, visit


STEMBoard is a technology-solutions company that creates smart systems and software solutions for defense and large scale private-sector clients. With proven government subcontracting experience, the team provides high-quality, cost-efficient and strategically innovative solutions.

STEMBoard is also committed to closing the achievement gap by empowering historically underrepresented youth build transformational technologies. The STEMBoard team designs and delivers demonstration-based technical curricula for K-12 and college students that mirror real-world challenges.

STEMBoard is certified as Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) by the U.S Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

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For interview requests, please contact:

Arthia Nixon
Event Coordinator
The Ambassador Agency
Ph: 404-447-0476 (Atlanta)
242-225-6834 (Bahamas)

Kitt Grant
Director of Communications