EVENT: The Next Kingston BETA is on November 13th, 2014

kgnbetaNoV2014TECH EVENT- Are you an aspiring or current entrepreneur, designer, developer, college student or tech enthusiast, investor, potential mentor- join the longest running Tech Startup Community Meetup in the Caribbean– we want to see you at the next KINGSTON BETA -Jamaica’s Tech Community Meetup on Thursday November 13th, 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 6:30 p.m-9:30p.m, Community Contribution is $500.

This is event is produced by us here at Silicon Caribe and ConnectiMass Foundation!

PITCH YOUR IDEA or STARTUP

Get your pitches ready! Your fellow tech/startup community members as well as investors are waiting to hear from you. Have a great idea/Startup to pitch?  send your name, brief description to ingrid @ ConnectiMass.com. And have a read of our guidelines here. We welcome Skype Video pitches from Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurs in the region and the Diaspora as well.

And yes, this year marks the 7th anniversary of ConnectiMass Foundation staging Kingston BETA. Over 50 events, 5000 attendees and 250 Jamaican/Caribbean entrepreneurs are come to our events. Entrepreneurs and the event itself has been awarded and also featured in local, regional and international media and events and we’ve only just begun.

JOIN US: Follow @Kingstonbeta  @connectimass in the meantime!

Node420, a Young Jamaican team wins AgriHack Talent Caribbean contest at 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture

agrihack-carib-logo-greenICT4AG - And the winner is… Node420, from Jamaica. The team’s application, also called Node420, offers real-time weather analysis and automatic yield forecasts for farmers. The AgriHack Talent Caribbean contest, organised by CTA and partners, came to a close during the 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture, held this week in Paramaribo, Suriname. The winning teams designed agricultural apps that can forecast crop yields, improve pest management and put farmers in touch with market outlets.

Second prize went to CropGuard, from Barbados, an app that seeks to enhance food security by helping farmers to protect their crops through pest diagnosis, monitoring and control. Third prize was awarded to UNICODE, from Suriname, with an application called Agri-Kari, designed to help farmers manage their land and sell their products.

ISOC Latin America & Caribbean gathers tech experts in Trinidad

internet-societyTechnology experts from across the region will this week gather in Trinidad for a two-day meeting at the Telecommunications Authority (TATT) office.Shernon Osepa, manager of regional affairs for the Internet Society (ISOC) Latin America and the Caribbean, will moderate the two-day meeting, which is called INET T&T. ISOC is the global organisation behind the local meeting, which takes place on October 8th and 9th.

ISOC executives Raul Echeberria and Sebastian Bellagamba, as well as Rupert Griffith, Minister of Science and Technology, are expected to speak at the meeting’s opening session.

The event will bring together representatives from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the T&T Network Information Centre (TTNIC).

On the two-day agenda will be a look at the disruptive impact of the Internet on the telecommunications operators’ traditional business. Experts will consider how the regional telecommunications operators can adapt their business model, as Caribbean citizens’ appetite goes further and further beyond the scope of traditional voice-call networks to encompass more broadband Internet-based services.

Caribbean experts to focus on family farming, technology for agri

CWA-websitebannerPARAMARIBO, Suriname, Oct 6 (CND).-Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2014 (CWA2014) kicks off here on Monday with a heavy focus on family farming and the use of technology in agriculture, according to top officials.

Executive Director of the Caribbean Agriculture and Research Development Institute (CARDI), Dr. Arlington Chesney said a hackathon (Agri Hack) scheduled for Thursday would see youths from across the region showing off applications (apps) that can benefit the region’s agriculture sector. “Agriculture is changing and is no longer land and labour but it is primarily knowledge and information,” he said. Youths are also expected to attend the several workshops that have been planned for CWA scheduled for October 6 to 12 under the theme “Transforming Caribbean Agriculture through Family Farming.”

Experts agree: Telecomm infrastructure upgrades key to regional development

DSC_0165Many Caribbean livelihoods are made and lost around seasonal fluctuations in foreigners’ travel. For much of the region, tourism, an all-too-inefficient form of intraregional human traffic, is economic lifeblood. But for one group of Caribbean islands, a different kind of traffic is generating a new model for intraregional economic partnership.

Internet traffic—data packets that move across telecommunications networks—is opening new economic possibilities to countries with a historical dependence on tourism. The governments of Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines are now working together to update their on-island Internet infrastructure, as part of a wider project to upgrade the data networks across the region.

The Caribbean Telecommunications Union has been tasked with stewardship of the project, called CARCIP, the Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program. Funded by a US$25 million-dollar allocation from the World Bank, the project has had some success in reducing the gaps in regional broadband connectivity, in order to foster technology-based innovation.

Snapshot: actual Internet download speeds from across the Caribbean, September 2014

atNEWS – An update of actual Internet download speeds in 27 Caribbean countries and a comparison with results recorded in May 2014.

Just over four months ago, May 2014, we launched a new Snapshot that presented actual (real life) upload and download speeds from across the Caribbean. In that exercise, data for 28 countries was highlighted, which also established a baseline for future comparison.

Three Jamaicans vying for tech start-up funds reach semi-finals of global contest

atTECH NEWS - Out of an initiai pool of 500 global applicants, three Jamaicans who are competing for US$15,000 ($1.6 million) are semi-finalists in the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Tech-I competition. They are among a field of 67 contestants. Jermaine Henry, Dmitri Dawkins and Sheldon Duncombe hope to change Jamaica’s economic landscape by creating efficiencies and reducing operation costs in various sectors.

Dawkins is pitching a technology, research and development firm which practises lean start-up methodology to create solutions for businesses and government entities in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. More

The 2nd Annual Development Bank of Jamaica Venture Capital Conference kicks off on Sept 9th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 11.12.50 AMWith the theme, TOWARDS A DYNAMIC ECOSYSTEM – linking capital, innovation, entrepreneurship for growth, The Development Bank of Jamaica and its partners will host the 2nd Annual Venture Capital Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Downtown Kingston, Jamaica.

Here is what DBJ Promises!
The content:  At the 2014 Venture Capital Conference you will have the opportunity of participating in eye-opening discussions on the business and practices of venture capital and private equity.  Substantive conversations focus on the opportunities for investment, the business of investing, knowing when your business is VC ready and choosing the right opportunities in these rough economic times.  The topical issue of women entrepreneurs, their successes, opportunities, obstacles and challenges for growth through VC financing will be focus of one of our panel discussions.

Eight Caribbean partners selected to participate in the Agrihack Talent Caribbean competition

agrihack-carib-logo-greenICT4AG - Eight Caribbean Technology and Innovation Hubs have been selected to participate in the Agrihack Talent Caribbean competition, which seeks to support the development of ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture by young tech talent. The event is being staged by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with institutions including the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and ConnectiMass Hub (cHub).

Toward a Single Caribbean ICT Space – Part II

JamaicaStartupBootcamp1Implementation Keys to the Single Caribbean ICT Space

In 1989 the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME) was announced as an initiative “to deepen the integration movement and to better respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by globalization.” In the proceeding years, both the challenges and opportunities for the Caribbean have increased. As the potential of globalization evolved into a new global reality, Caribbean economies and Caribbean society have undergone unprecedented transformation.  Today, the question of deeper Caribbean integration is not just an ideal, it is an imperative for the region’s survival.

Towards A Single Caribbean ICT Space Part 1

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In the face of the mounting economic and social challenges, the Caribbean urgently needs to tap into new sources of growth. Across the region, the search is on for areas that will create new job opportunities, improve its competitiveness and drive innovation. Creation of a Single ICT Space in CARICOM is expected to provide tremendous benefits, if the region can muster the collective strength to make it a reality.

Cautious Optimism
On the global stage, strategic use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is widely acknowledged as a critical pillar for sustainable and inclusive growth. However, the Caribbean lacks a genuine single market for electronic communications. Seeking to address this, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government recently announced plans to establish a CARICOM Single ICT Space.