Shamar Ward

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Organization: University Of The West Indies Cave Hill Campus
Affiliation: NextGen@ICANN
Stakeholder Group(s): Academia
Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
Country: Barbados


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Shamar Ward is currently a PhD Candidate in Computer Science at The University of The West Indies, Cave Hill Campus (UWICHC) and is a Demonstrator/Graduate Teaching Assistant. He is also a Programmer at the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) the leading examination body in the Caribbean.

Career History

Ward has given multiple talks at the ACM Special Interest Group for University and Colleges Computing Services (SIGUCSS) Conference. He is also the first NextGen @ ICANN from the English-speaking Caribbean countries. Mr. Ward formed Simply Smart Technology Lab to solve simple problems with simple and cost-effective solutions and has implemented and published research in this regard. Mr. Ward is a former IT Specialist at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) responsible for IT under a USAID funded Project (BRCCC). With CIMH he has led many tutorials and training sessions across the Caribbean region. These talks include those on the use and implementation of Smart Board systems and online teaching platforms. Shamar is Barbados` Male Youth Ambassador to CARICOM (CYA). His research interests lie in computerized automation using low-cost devices and personal efficiency systems where he has implemented smart campus systems at UWICHC such as the campus shuttle tracker. He also has experience in data analysis having worked for and international company which provides multimedia services to millions across the world.


  • 2017 – Present The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus Ph.D. Computer Science
  • 2014 - 2017 The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus M.Phil Computer Science (Upgraded)
  • 2011 - 2014 The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus B.Sc Computer Science (Double Major) (Hons)


(1) S. Ward and M. Gittens, "Building useful smart campus applications using a retired cell phone repurposing model," 2018 Third International Conference on Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, Clean Energy and Green Computing (EBECEGC), Beirut, Lebanon, 2018, pp. 43-48. URL:

(2) Shamar A. Ward and Mechelle Gittens. 2016. Monitoring and Analyzing Wi-Fi Availability and Performance on a University Campus Using Recycled Cell Phones to Aid Students in Selecting Study Areas. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM on SIGUCCS Annual Conference (SIGUCCS '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 147-152. DOI:

(3) Shamar Akio Ward and Mechelle Gittens. 2015. A Real-time Application to Predict and Notify Students about the Present and Future Availability of Workspaces on a University Campus. In Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Annual Conference on SIGUCCS (SIGUCCS '15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 67-74. DOI=