“One major way that Guyana can grow is to become a bigger player in the computer technology industry.” At least this is the conviction of 27-year-old Jason Mars who is of the firm belief that this industry is in fact one of the biggest growing kind of industry in the world today.
He has vibrant plans to bring Guyana on par with the rest of the world given his observation that “other countries are way ahead of Guyana right now.” Mars is convinced that Guyana is laden with bright and talented individuals who can help to bring his plans to fruition.
“I think a lot can be done in leveraging that talent to contribute to eliminating problems that exist and thereby help Guyana become a bigger player in the world economy when it comes to technology.
“I want to find the individuals in Guyana who have some expertise in this kind of industry such as computer programming and proficiency with data base and so.”
However, he noted that there is a lot more that must be done when it comes to educating those who are likely to become a part of the ambitious effort to ensure that they have within reach “breaking edge knowledge” to help create products that can help Guyanese people.
This move, he said, can no doubt help to funnel money to Guyana and thereby help the economy even as he noted that the Technology Industry in Guyana is currently not blooming.
“The industry that I have noticed that are popular in Guyana are like Agriculture but there is not really a strong presence for the Tech Industry.”
According to Mars if one were to observe what is ongoing in countries like India, China and other developing countries, they are becoming successful because they are growing their Tech expertise and talent base and are providing those services to American companies.
He noted though that there is not a need for a large amount of persons to start to create very valuable products. “You just need a few people who are motivated and who have a vision…You can work with them and provide different things. At the end of the day a lot of the motivation is a passion for Guyana the country.”
Born to Guyanese parents, Perry and Joan Mars, who have both attained academic eminence in these parts and further afield, the 27-year-old Mars
has always had an inclination and burning passion to do something extraordinary in Guyana, despite the fact he was born in Jamaica.
He is of the view too that “Guyana is the most beautiful country in the Caribbean. Guyana is a gem and all it needs is a little bit of development.” He spent eight years of his life in Guyana before his parents migrated to the United States where he went through the school system. It was during this time that he developed a proclivity for Computer Science excelling not only at college but also at Grad School. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the field at the University of Virginia, United States.
As a part of his connection with Google, Mars is tasked with intense research oriented undertakings which he hopes to share with Guyana. “I look at how Google has improved the way it operates. It is an emerging computer domain that has a lot of opportunity for improvement and one big thing that Google want to do is to service a large amount of people with less computer resources and less power.”
He is working closely with his wife, Lingjia Tang, whom he met during Grad School. She, too, has been working in the same field at Google and plans to assist Mars in realising his vision.
Mars has for some time now been strategising about how to create a small business which can provide consulting services to organisations and businesses that want to become more technologically efficient. And financing for this endeavour will certainly not be a problem as according to Mars he has raised a lot of money with Google to fund different projects. “If there is something I can do to leverage some of those connections with Google to help with projects in Guyana that would be really interesting.” But the aim of this venture, Mars asserted, is not merely for making a big profit but rather just developing what already exist in order to germinate a presence in the Tech Industry locally. And he is in fact in a unique position to offer assistance in this regard given the fact that he has for some years now been working with the most modern of technology at Google.
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