Information Technology Professional, Business Analyst, Writer, columnist, and Researcher
Darren Wilkins is an Information Technology Professional, Business Analyst, writer, columnist, and researcher with over 11 years of ICT experience. His research interests cover Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D), Open Source Technologies, Broadband connectivity, Cloud Computing, and Green IT. Wilkins garnered international ICT experience and exposure after doing work in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (ICT4D- Haiti), and in Monrovia, Liberia (Smart Technology Project at B. W. Harris High School). He is a United Nations Online Volunteer, a member of the UBUNTU Linux community, and also founder of the Liberian Open Source Initiative (LIBOSI).
He has published several papers on his research in ICT including but not limited to: WINWILE (Windows Interoperability With Linux in the Enterprise, 2004) which investigated the interoperability of disparate systems (Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems) in the same environment. The paper was presented at an ICT conference in South Carolina and later published in the American Computing Machinery Database. Other research initiatives including: E-commerce in Developing Countries: The Case of Liberia, CENTINOL, and Cloud Computing in Developing Countries.
In his spare time, Wilkins likes to read, write, play basketball and golf, and watch movies explore new and innovative technologies. He enjoys reading philosophy, science fiction and politics. He spends most of his time monitoring ICT in developing countries and thinking of new ways to help bring economic development through Information and Communications Technologies. He is active in his high school alumni association in which he serves as 2nd Vice National Chairman and is passionate about bringing change to the Liberian educational system through Information and Communications Technologies. Wilkins is a member of the International Society for Technology (ISTE) in Education, Computer Science Teachers’ Association, Southwest Florida Linux Usergroup (SWFLUG), and Acting National Chairman for LICTPro.