The SlashRoots Foundation ("SlashRoots") is a civic tech non-profit that leverages technology to create solutions to social problems endemic to the Caribbean region. SlashRoots works with governments, development organizations and civil society to improve public service program design and delivery, with a focus on open innovation and user-centred design.
SlashRoots also works to develop the regional technology ecosystem, facilitating the emergence of a technology industry that employs best practices, engages in global discourse, and is responsive to the Caribbean environment of which it is a part.
Written by SlashRoots Team September 24,2013
A team of core SlashRoots Executive members has been working behind the scenes to define a vision for SlashRoots’ future as both an organization and a community....
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Varun has been involved with the SlashRoots Developer Community from its very inception. He is excited to see SlashRoots continue to grow and become an innovative driving force for social change. Though holding a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and Engineering, Varun is actually a blend of both the right and left side of the brain. When not programming, Varun spends most of his time immersed in his photography and videography. Varun believes that one reason SlashRoots is so exciting is because as the Caribbean we are starting to explore more indigenous solutions to problems we face.
Tamaisha holds a bilingual degree in International Studies from York University’s Glendon College. Having also attended a United World College in India, Tamaisha believes in the necessity of citizen involvement in global change. An enthusiast for Caribbean change through youth empowerment and innovation, Tamaisha loves getting involved in innovative new projects that are geared towards regional development in education, the arts and cultural revitalization. Tamaisha directs all SlashRoots communications, and is the energy behind our social media presence.
As Programme Manager, Afifa is the overseer of the Code for Caribbean Pilot Program. Afifa completed her PhD in ICT and Development at the Institute for Sustainable Development at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Afifa's extensive logistical experience and her solid theoretical foundation make her an essential asset to the team and the work we do. Afifa believes that the Caribbean can become an area that believes in being inclusive, diverse, and guaranteeing social and economic justice for all. Afifa is also an DJ who enjoys an eclectic variety of sounds, and strives to mix different sounds and genres when playing at events. Afifa believes in being active and critical and serving your community.
Founder and Executive Director Matthew McNaughton is the heart of this organization. As a technology and philosophy enthusiast, Matthew believes in the opportunities technology can create for improving social development, policy, all things open source and social justice. He currently splits his time with the World Bank ICT Unit, as an Open Innovation & Development Consultant, where he develops strategies and programs for democratizing innovation and access to information utilizing openness, user-centric design approaches and beneficiary feedback loops to improve public service design and delivery, with a focus on local capacity building and tech ecosystem development. He received a Bachelors of Arts at the College of Wooster, with a Major in Philosophy and Minor in Computer Science. In his spare time - well, there isn't much of that - he is an avid lover of Liverpool FC.
Craig is the member of the SlashRoots team that makes us truly regional. Based in Trinidad & Tobago, Craig holds a BSc.(e) Electrical and Computer Engineering and MASc. Electrical and Computer Engineering (Control Systems). Craig's drive for bettering the Caribbean through technology is present in his work as the Regional Coordinator of the "Developing the Caribbean" event, his position of Chairman of the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for Trinidad and Tobago, and Fellow of the Caribbean Network Operators Group. Craig's interest in SlashRoots lies in his hope to impact technological and social change in the Caribbean. Craig believes that SlashRoots will become the ‘Epitome of tech for the world’ and that the Caribbean can become a regional leader in social change through technology. Craig is a lover of all things music and supports the team FC Barcelona.
Danielle graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Political Science, with special focus on international development and the means by which local actors can promote global change. Danielle believes that creating increasingly open channels of communication and engagement between government and the citizens they are elected to serve will allow for on the ground needs to be better addressed. On a more personal level, Danielle hopes to continue her grandmother's work in promoting literacy throughout the Caribbean, by transforming the region’s libraries into socio-technological development hubs. A self-confessed bibliophile, Danielle is responsible for all SlashRoots research and publications. Danielle proudly supports the greatest football team in the world - Manchester United FC.
David Soutar is the team member who makes all our stuff "look good". A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, David holds a BFA in Graphic Design, and is on his way to attaining a MSc in Computer Science at the University of the West Indies. David is currently a Lecturer and Coordinator at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communications at UWI and is Assistant Chief Examiner in Digital Media at the Caribbean Examinations Council. A true designer at heart, David’s current research interests include Design Thinking, Media Research, Digital Ethnography, Interactive Media, Algorithmic Animation, Open Source Manufacturing and Civic Technology. David believes that SlashRoots is the perfect opportunity to bridge the world of technologists and the world of change.
Leanne first joined Slashroots as a conference organizer for the inaugural Slashroots Developer Conference, now known as Developing the Caribbean, held in 2011. After taking two years to concentrate on obtaining her legal degree, Leanne rejoined the team in 2013 as a general consultant in the areas of written communication, organizational structure, I.P. protection and funding. Holding a B.A. in Music from Pomona College, and on her way to attaining a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, Leanne brings an eclectic background to the Slashroots Team.