Digital Jam 2.0 because of its nature does not lend itself to a standard impact evaluation. However, these are some indicators to measure success:
-opening of a funding window for start-up companies coming out of the app competition by Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce;
-launch of a guarantee fund by the Development Bank of Jamaica for young start-ups in the app economy;
-8 internships for app winners at leading telecommunication companies in the Caribbean;
-2 MA fellowships at Howard University (USA) to app competition winners;
-winning apps showcased at Jamaica House at the London Olympics in August 2012;
-agreement with University of Technology for incubating app development start ups in collaboration with their Technology Incubation Center;
-MobileWorks to support the development of microwork applications;
-EFO with USAID for pilot project todigitalize Government records and employ 3000 youths;
-requests from Development Bank of Jamaica, Grace Kennedy Financial Group, Jamaica National Building Society, Microsoft for proposals to support the incubation of youth-ledapp development companies, facilitation of payment to microworkers via mobile-banking solutions, digitalization of government records for employment generation.
-Minister of Industry and Commerce brought 3 of the app competition teams into Parliament during budget discussions to underscore the importance of the agenda put forth by Digital Jam 2.0;
-From 2000 to 70,000 people per week reached via Facebook;
-18,600,000 sites mentioning Digital Jam 2.0 on Google.
It is too early to determine what impact Digital Jam 2.0 will have on direct employment of young Jamaicans using microwork and e-lancing platforms. However, we are partnering with the companies that participated in the event to monitor the volume of Jamaican users over the coming months.