At CARIRI our flagship development known as the Centre for Enterprise Development (CED) is aimed at facilitating not only Research, Development and Innovation capacity building but also the fostering of business creation and expansion through the use of ICT. Through this medium, the Centre can potentially enhance CARIRI’s contribution to Government’s enunciated goals of economic transformation, employment and income generation and the achievement of sustainable development.

On Friday 10th February 2017 one of our more prominent entrepreneurs Mr. Brian Benoit launched his book and interactive website Panimation- Legends of Panerica that utilizes Steel Pan characters to tell stories of the Steel Pan evolution. The Steel Pan is the most revered instrument in our twin islands as it holds a treasured place in our culture, society and history. Its rhythm is synonymous with our Carnival spirit in Panorama and greatly impacts Trinbagonian culture.

CARIRI's first encounter with Brian would have been through the Idea to Innovation Programme in 2014 where CARIRI's role was to provide ongoing technical, procurement and project monitoring support toward the year long journey to proof of concept for Brian's Panimation project. During this period, illustrations of the characters, storyboard and the script for the first episode were completed for the animated series, as well as, a 30 second trailer. While proof of concept was achieved, the question still remained, how will Panimation reach the market? The projected production cost for the pilot episode was not financially feasible for Brian and his team. The project was stuck at this point and there was uncertainty in Brian's mind as how to move forward.

In May 2016, Brian submitted his project via CARIRI's Idea Advisory Service (IAS) platform and now nine months later; his product is ready for the market. It was established that based on market research that the more practical initial next step would be to develop and launch a storybook with an interactive website.

CARIRI has recognized that there are many persons like Brian with innovative ideas but simply do not know how to take their ideas forward. CARIRI has also recognized that many great ideas are not commercialized because of a disconnect between the idea, what the market wants and how the product or service is evaluated by the market. The Idea Advisory Service provides a platform where anyone (regardless of age, religion, job status, etc) can submit their ideas and we work with them to move their ideas forward to market.

The IAS team confidentially assesses the inventor's ideas by determining novelty of the idea and provides advice on which intellectual property tool would be most relevant in securing the idea. In this regard, we work very closely with our Intellectual property office. In the case of Panimation, the pan characters used in the storybook and interactive website were trademarked.

The IAS Team evaluates market demand and identifies and strengthens the benefits of the idea to the target market. For the Panimation animated series, market research was conducted with over 200 persons who indicated that it was a fantastic idea to educate children by using animation, given that the target audience is 6 - 9 year olds.

The implementation of an interactive website would provide an opportunity for children to be introduced to Steelpan in a more creative, interactive and innovative way, as well as make the Pan Academy more easily accessible digitally. With assistance from CARIRI, an interactive website and animations were developed by Lab 206,The storybook will later on be aided by a mobile application with augmented reality technology and will serve as a prequel to an animated TV series.

Through creative storytelling, the children will also be taught how to be a good friend, obey their parents and elders and the importance of education.   The vision for Panimation is not only to teach about steel pan and culture but also eventually be used to teach kids basic math and language skills. 

The IAS team once satisfied with the proof of business offers two pathways to commercialization either via business start-ups or licensing. In Brian’s case he chose to expand his product line of his existing business and in that regard CARIRI’s Business Incubator programme offered Brian and his team an enabling environment to benefit from our full range of business support service to aid in development and to transition his business.

Mr. Brian Benoit has found a way to embody the watchwords of CARIRI, “Innovation is Creativity being Implemented” with his local innovation Panimation- Legends of Panerica. The series is extremely appealing to youths and can enhance their interest in our National Instrument the Steel Pan. It is also very educational in nature and imparts life lessons on morals and perseverance which will serve as an inspiration for the youth of Trinidad and Tobago to become “all that they can be.”  With this cultural book he shines a spot light on Steel Pan and brings it alive in many creative ways using animation.

CARIRI provides a wide range of services and facilities available to the inventors. At our Centre for Enterprise Development, Freeport we have our Microsoft Innovation Centre and MCentre to assist with app related ideas. Our 3D Printing lab provides 3D Modelling, 3D Scanning and 3D Printing services for the development of a pretotype. Our offices at St. Augustine and Macoya are equipped with product development, calibration and testing equipment needed to serve a wide range of industries. Furthermore, CARIRI has existing networks within our reach including the World Association of Industrial and Technical Research Organizations (WAITRO) of which CARIRI is a founding member.

Over the past 20 months, the IAS Team has screened 165 ideas from various sectors - household, manufacturing, entertainment, health, mobile apps, agriculture, services and we continue to work with our inventors in moving their ideas forward.  As part of CARIRI's thrust to foster innovation and entrepreneurship, we are encouraging persons to submit their ideas to our Idea Advisory Service programme. There is no cost attached to the submission of ideas for screening. We know that our nation has many innovative creative minds like Brian and we ask these people to come forward. 

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Panimation: Legends of Panderica

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Mr. Brian Benoit, Author of Panimation, Legends of Panderica

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From L-R: Mr. Damian Richardson, Culture Officer, Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Mr. Brian Benoit, Author of Panimation and Ms. Ethlyn John, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism

 

 

For more information please contact:

CARIRI’s Idea Advisory Service
Centre for Enterprise Development
Innovation Avenue, Freeport
Tel:(868) 299-0209 ext. 2210/2212
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Website: www.cariri.com

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On Monday 12th December, 2016, The Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) launched its newest service, Slip Resistance Assessment, to a full house at the Centre for Enterprise Development, Innovation Avenue, Freeport.

The occurrence of Slips, Trips and Falls within recent times in commercial spaces has grown rapidly and in speaking with persons in the construction sector, a common point of contention has always been the coefficient of friction, which is the measure of slip resistance of a tile. Almost every building, commercial or otherwise in the country has some percentage of its space covered by tiles.  This is a service that is needed in Trinidad and Tobago, and by extension the region, since it will provide users of commercial spaces with a measure of comfort over the safety of walkways and floors.

The Slip Resistance Assessment will ensure that Slips, Trips and Falls are minimized and that employers, employees, customers and the general public feel safe in the knowledge that these walkways and floors are ‘slip resistant’.   In addition to this, it could also help to reduce the cost of the company in the long run by ensuring that tiles that are in place are able to withstand the wear and tear of high levels of use as well as mitigate the company’s risk for lawsuits due to Slips, Trips and Falls.    

To assess a floor's slip resistance, CARIRI now has a reliable, thoroughly researched floor friction test method and the equipment necessary to conduct the assessment. CARIRI is mandated to provide value to the people of Trinidad and Tobago and by offering this new service, the Institute aims to ensure that they provide professional advice and testing that will go a long way in keeping the walkways and floors of commercial spaces as safe as possible.  As Ms Lisa Ramoutar, Unit Leader of the Industrial Materials Unit – Civil stated in her presentation “One of the biggest aspects of Walkway Safety is the Slips, Trips and Falls. We want to minimize these.”

It is with this objective in mind that the Industrial Materials Unit - Civil sought out the experts in this field and invited them to come to Trinidad to assist the staff at the Institute with training so that they would be better equipped to serve the market. 

The Substratum Group has been in existence for decades and has been able to establish itself as a leader in providing safer walkways and floors.  They have extensive background in the development and execution of floor care solutions for all facility types and they do use a standards-based approach to walkway safety and this was able to tie in nicely with CARIRI’s commitment to providing the best service to its clients. 

Mr David Collette, Managing Director of the Substratum Group personally came to Trinidad to conduct the training, and at the session, he endorsed the quality of the skills that the team at CARIRI now possesses in the area of Slip Resistance Assessment.  He was able to bring to light the importance of quality design, procurement and even maintenance in ensuring that Slips, Trips and Falls occur even less or not at all. 

The session was well received by a varied cross section of persons which included personnel from the banks, schools, regional corporations, groceries, government ministries, construction companies, architects, etc. 

CARIRI is now well established after having a number of staff trained in the area of Slip Resistance Assessment and are pleased and proud to be able to launch this service.  It is hoped that by providing this service they would be able to reduce risk and provide employers, employees and the general public with the confidence that they can freely conduct their day-to-day business without fear of Slips, Trips and Falls. 

Slip Resistance Assessment falls under the area of Quality and this is something that CARIRI takes very seriously.  Achieving quality standards is one of the most important issues in the
construction industry and the management of quality is an important factor in determining the competitive edge of any business.  Quality is built in to every aspect of this new service and it is vital that companies recognize the importance of a proper quality system since it begins with selection, sampling and storage of materials used in the construction of walkways and floors. 

As a certified and accredited testing facility, it is vital that CARIRI take the lead in bringing these key quality issues to the forefront.  With over 30 years of experience, the Civil Engineering Unit is the most advanced ISO-certified civil/construction engineering testing laboratory in the Caribbean. CARIRI’s team of experienced professionals has provided testing and consultancy services to government ministries locally and within the region and to the construction, energy and light manufacturing sectors, among others.

For more information on this service, please contact our Industrial Materials Unit – Civil at 285-5050 ext 3190 or email us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Ms Lisa Ramoutar, Unit Leader of CARIRI’s Industrial Materials Unit – Civil in the midst of her presentation

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Mr David Collette, Managing Director of the Substratum Group who came to Trinidad specifically for the launch of CARIRI’s Slip Resistance Assessment