The PTC Projects initiative provides both members and non-members the opportunity to develop and implement projects that promote the use of telecommunications and ICT to improve the quality of life in the Pacific region.

PTC ProjectsThe initiative’s goals are two-fold:

  • To help realize PTC’s vision and mission
  • To add to the value of PTC membership

For questions regarding the PTC Projects initiative, please email

Partners: Professor Ron Johnston, Executive Director, Australian Centre for Innovation; The Warren Centre; The University of Sydney; RedR Australia

The Professor Ron Johnston Humanitarian Innovation Hackathon was a weekend-long virtual hackathon program with webinar speakers, team interaction, facilitated mentoring, and exciting diversions that mixed up the digital competition with social engagement to fire up team creativity.

This unique event welcomed participation from undergraduate competitors studying at universities in Australia. Students worked collaboratively in cross-discipline teams to create innovative solutions for pressing humanitarian challenges. Participants identified practical solutions for real and current problems from an international humanitarian context.

A powerful partnership for empowering youth and community awareness of longer term environmental change.

Principal Investigator: Nicholas Rollings, Associate Professor, School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment, University of the South Pacific.

Partner Organizations: University of the South Pacific

This project’s goal is to deploy Information and Communication Technologies to provide a scientifically robust monitoring system for land and near shore environments in Pacific Islands for the regional context of climate change, to collect and record data. This project will provide a tool to raise awareness of what challenges will need to be addressed in the coming years.

Principal Investigator: Laura Hosman, Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University, USA

Partner Organizations: University of the South Pacific, Government of the Republic of Vanuatu, United States Peace Corps, Federated States of Micronesia

This project’s goal was to increase literacy and support education in all subject areas by providing access to books, videos, and other valuable educational content through an offline digital library, including content specifically curated for the Pacific Islands.

Principal Investigators: Dr. Julie Vonwiller and Chris Vonwiller

Partner Organizations: PTC Australia, RedR Australia, The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, Open Systems Education Trust, Vonwiller Foundation

This project’s goal is to develop and demonstrate proof-of-concept small, hand-held, easy to use devices that are capable of two-way speech-to-speech translation for deployment in emergency situations where the responder does not speak the language used in the disaster region.

Principal Investigator: Bruce Baikie, Director, Broadband Initiatives, Inveneo, USA

Partner Organization: Palau National Communications Corporation (PNCC)

This project helped extend broadband Internet access in Palau, one of the world’s most remote countries.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Laura Hosman, Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

The PISCES Project brought solar-powered Internet connectivity and laptops to a remotely located school in Chuuk, Micronesia.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Krishna Jayakar, Associate Professor, College of Communications, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

This project assessed the status of programs and policies that promote broadband access for persons with disabilities in the leading economies of the Asia-Pacific region.

Principal Investigators: Dr. Laura Hosman, Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA and Bruce Baikie, CEO & Founder, Green Wifi,USA

This study investigated the potential for a new generation of ultra energy efficient data centers to benefit the local economies in Guam and Palau initially and later possibly in Fiji, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu by collecting relevant data, reporting on demand forecast and possible scenarios, and assessing the potential impact for each country.

Principal Investigators: Dr. Mark Chun, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Applied Research, Graziadio School of Business & Management, Pepperdine University, USA and Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, Pepperdine University, USA

This research project, which was a joint collaboration that included CPCNet in Hong Kong and six universities across mainland China and Taiwan, investigated how the technologies and resources of telecommunications companies could help corporations in delivering e-learning initiatives (i.e., integrate face-to-face, online, and asynchronous learning) in the Asia-Pacific region.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Chun Liu, Associate Professor, Southwest Jiaotong University, People’s Republic of China

This project identified the best practices and lessons Sichuan’s experience offers for rural development in other Asia-Pacific communities or sub-national administrative units.

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