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Smith… invited to speak at PyCaribbean 2016 in the Dominican Republic


Computer science student addresses regional conference

OSWALD SMITH, THE third-year computer science student responsible for writing a computer programme which has been making life easier for scores of Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) commuters, was invited to present his work at a conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Smith spoke on the final day of PyCaribbean 2016, a two-day technical conference aimed at users of the Python programming language within the region.
He shared technical details about the Google Transit project, which he executed for the JUTC, during his presentation which was entitled, “Python Parsing for Public Passengers”.

Since last year commuters have been able to better plan their routes using Google Transit on Google maps, thanks to Smith’s efforts. The UWI, Mona student used data he collected from the government-owned bus company and converted it to a format that could be used by Google Transit, a free service that provides bus stop routes, schedule and fare information for more than 800 cities worldwide.

The conference, which was held from February 20 to 21, was sponsored by the Python Software Foundation, official stewards of the Python programming language.

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