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UTT bests UWI in TSTT-powered debate

 
Trinidad and Tobago Express
Wednesday February 11th, 2009
 
Oil and gas weren't the only power sources generating heat on the opening day of the Trinidad and Tobago Petroleum Conference 2009, as dueling university students tackled a proposition on the nation's global competitiveness ranking. Team UTT's (University of Trinidad and Tobago) debating skills gave them the victory over Team UWI (University of the West Indies) at the event, as the action was streamed live over the South Chamber's and Blink Broadband's high speed network.
 
Brenton Davy, Randall Ballack and Patrice Joseph bested UWI's team of Nwoma Grant, Sherezz Grant and Sharane Simon, arguing against the statement: "Be it resolved that Trinidad and Tobago's decline in the global competitive index ranking should be an issue of concern." The judges scored it close - UTT 539, UWI 511 - but the winners won an overwhelming popular vote through the use of bmobile sms voting. UTT took over 80 per cent of the handset-delivered vote.
 
"Today we witnessed the future of our nation interacting with the future of communications technology," said Jay Alvi, TSTT's Executive Vice President of Enterprise Services. "Texting, live video streaming - when these students embark upon their professional careers they will be the commonplace productivity and efficiency tools that enhance their working lives. TSTT is very pleased to be part of this conference and to be given the opportunity to showcase our cutting-edge technology solutions.
 
Winners and the runners-up took home prizes courtesy TSTT, the runners-up received wheeled duffel bags and gift sets, courtesy of bmobile, while the winners received BlackBerry and Nokia handsets. The debate, which took place at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, was streamed at the Blink website (blinkbroadband.tt) and the website of conference hosts the South Trinidad Chamber of industry and Commerce.