SiliconCaribe.com announces media sponsorship for StartupJam Series

startupjamseriesOur Caribbean Tech News Site, announces our media sponsorship of the Startup Jam workshop series in association with the US Embassy, the Mona School of Business & Management, UWI and Slashroots Foundation.

The first workshop of the Startup Jam Series, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. in the Executive Seminar Room, Faculty of Law, 3rd Floor, UWI Mona. The theme of this inaugural event is “Run Lean” and will focus on how entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs can apply lean startup methodology to solve problems, specifically products and services they want to deliver.

Caribbean Internet Peering

ixpsThe inaugural Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Connection Forum (CarPIF), held in Barbados last April, quietly marked the opening of a new chapter in the development of the Internet in the Caribbean.

Such gatherings, called peering forums, are designed to bring together senior decision makers from internet service providers, cloud providers, content delivery networks and other related entities in a neutral environment to discuss the interconnection of their networks. Peering forums are commonplace in other regions, from Europe and North America, to Africa and Latin America.

Startup Weekend Jamaica to kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kingston

swja2015newdateConnectiMass, the social enterprise that’s been creating Content, Community and Events for Aspiring and Current Innovators in the Caribbean Tech Industry for the past 8 years, will stage another Startup Weekend Jamaica to kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kingston on November 13th-15th, 2015.

 

Who is Startup Weekend Jamaica for?
Anyone who has an idea that uses the internet or mobile platform and wants to know if their
idea is viable,want learn more about how to launch their own startup. It is open to aspiring and
current entrepreneurs, senior high school and college students, young professionals, developers,
designers, marketing and business minds, startup enthusiasts, in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

Join our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter  @jamaicasw to get updates.

Grenada government gives hands-on help to grant-funding applicants

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada—Technology-enabled businesses applying for government funding will get a helping hand this month.

A series of workshops in June, hosted by the Grenada government, will help businesses to apply for funding under the World Bank-funded Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program, more commonly known as CARCIP.

Sessions will help local ICT or ICT-enabled businesses and startups to prepare the grant fund application form. 

Grenada launches business grants for innovators and entrepreneurs at CARCIP Awareness Day

CARCIP Awareness Day

CARCIP Awareness Day

Innovators and entrepreneurs in Grenada will soon benefit from a suite of new grant funding opportunities.

The Grenada Ministry of Communications, Works, Physical Development, Public Utilities, ICT and Community Development will launch the business grants and outline the application process at an event called CARCIP Awareness Day.

“Innovative firms and individual drive new products, processes and services that create growth and employment. Innovation boosts productivity, which is the key to faster economic growth and rising living standards,” said Alice Bain, who coordinates the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (CARCIP) in Grenada.

Google, Netflix to join Caribbean Internet service providers for historic gathering

internet-03If you live in the Caribbean, you don’t need to be a computer expert to know that the region’s Internet services need to improve.
If your connection falters so often that you’ve long since stopped calling customer service for redress, then you’ve got a pretty good idea about the challenges of regional connectivity.

Or if you’ve ever tried to launch a web-based startup, but have found yourself at a competitive disadvantage simply because download or upload speeds aren’t cutting it, then you have already have a decent grasp of why the region needs more robust Internet infrastructure.

No further expertise needed.

Of course, fixing the underlying issues that cause those problems is another matter, requiring technical expertise, commerce negotiations and a healthy dose of good old-fashioned collaboration.

App marketing for cash-strapped developers

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STARTUPS – With millions of apps and hundreds of thousands of app developers out there, it can be difficult for any developer to get their app noticed.

Today’s app developer has to have a clear marketing plan if they are to gain visibility amidst the clutter in the app stores. Although a decent advertising budget can bring more exposure, not all developers have the luxury of budgets or cash flow for a marketing campaign.

US mobile company launches Cuba phone service

boost-mobileMOBILE NEWS – The US-based Boost Mobile telecommunications company, which is part of Sprint Corp., has launched a pre-paid phone service plan for US customers who want to call or send text messages to Cuba, following steps by Washington to ease restrictions on the Caribbean nation.

Last month, another US-based company, IDT Corporation, reached an accord with Cuba’s ETECSA Telecommunications Company to offer direct long-distance phone services.Boost Mobile is offering a pre-paid mobile phone plan without the need for a long-term contract, Cubadebate reported.

The plan costs $50 dollars, which the company described as being the lowest minute-based tariff for pre-paid operators to call Cuba, including unlimited text messages. More

The Inter-American Development Bank Launches its Open Data Portal: Numbers for Development

opendataTECH NEWS – The Inter-American Development Bank announced today the launch of its new open data portal Numbers for Development, which allows users to explore, visualize and download data from Latin America and the Caribbean. The data comes from diverse research analysis and sources used by the Bank to generate knowledge for its development interventions.

Operators ink MoU to create first IXP in Belize

ixpsTECH NEWS– Telecoms operators in Belize have signed a Memorandum of Understunding (MoU) to create the country’s first local internet exchange point (IXP), Trinidad Guardian reports. Participating companies include Alliance IP, Belize Telemedia, BroadBand Belize, Centaur Communications Corporation, Network Solutions, NetKing Solutions and Speednet. IXPs in the Caribbean are located in Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, St Maarten, St Lucia and the Dominican Republic. More

Jamaica And The Internet: Where Are We Now?

ID-100172648OPINION: On Wednesday, April 15, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published the 2015 edition of the Global Information Technology Report (GITR), which features the latest iteration of the Networked Readiness Index. This assesses the factors, policies and institutions that enable a country to fully leverage information and communication technologies (ICT) for increased competitiveness and well-being.