May 14 2014

Kacific offers Vanuatu Students a chance to “Touch the Sky”

Kacific Broadband Satellite today announced a competition to mark World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD-2014) in Vanuatu. Kacific is offering school pupils and tertiary students an opportunity to attend the launch of its new satellite in 2016.

To enter students must say, in 300 words or fewer, what difference access to high speed internet would make to them, their family or their community.

Entries can be written in English, French or Bislama via this page :

The competition will run over a four week period. The final timing will be determined after consultation between Kacific and the Vanuatu Ministry of Education.

The competition will be promoted to schools, churches and community groups through radio, email and social media.

A selection of comments from entries will be presented on Vanuatu radio and television stations over the period of the competition and on the Kacific website,

“The team at Kacific wants the people of Vanuatu to share their excitement about the possibilities that fast broadband brings,” says Kacific CEO, Christian Patouraux. “We think that offering students the chance to witness the launch of a satellite that will help change their nation is a way of making those possibilities more real.”

The entries will be judged by an Advisory Board comprising representatives of Kacific Broadband Satellites together with representatives from the government of Vanuatu and non-governmental agencies working in Vanuatu. The Board will base the selection of winners on their demonstrated understanding of the benefits of fast internet, their logic and clarity of expression. Consideration will be given to the age of the entrants.