Trafficking in Trinbago mobile app seeks to curb human trafficking in Trinidad

traffickingintrinbagoappMOBILE NEWS - The Caribbean Umbrella Body for Restorative Behaviour (CURB) this week launched a smartphone mobile app to drive prevention of human trafficking in Trinidad and Tobago and throughout the Caribbean Islands.
The free app, built using the AppMakr4NonProfits DIY mobile app builder is entitled Trafficking in Trinbago. The app educates users on the extent of human trafficking in the region, including: how to identify, prevent and most importantly, report it.

Startup Transcel pushing to bring Mobile money closer to reality in Jamaica

transcelllogoMOBILE NEWS – Local mobile money facilitator, Transcel Limited has moved closer to bringing its service to the Jamaican market. The company recently closed a successful round of investment, securing capital to implement its service launch in Jamaica and to expand to other Caribbean markets.

ConnectiMass continues its Kingston BETA Meetup Series on Thursday April 24th 6:30pm at The Pegasus Hotel.

KgnbetaAprilFlyer2014EVENTS – If you are an aspiring/current entrepreneur, designer, developer, college student or tech enthusiast, investor, potential mentor- join the fast growing Tech/Entrepreneurial Community – we want to see you at the next KINGSTON BETA Jamaica’s Tech Community MeetUp on Thursday April 24th, 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 6:30 p.m-9:30p.m.

Entry is still only $500 | US$5.


ConnectiMass in association with presents another in our series of HOW I DID IT! Where our host Ingrid Riley does a one on one interview style. This time around we have Stephen Spence, Founder and CEO of SMS Communications.

A 5 year old company in the Mobile Sector that’s come from launching in Jamaica to operating in 9 Caribbean countries and has won him many Jamaican and Regional awards. Hear his Entrepreneurial Journey and come with your questions and 5 friends. You won’t want to miss this.


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 @ And have a read of our guidelines here. We talk 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 200 Jamaican/Caribbean entrepreneurs are come to our events. Entrepreneurs and the event itself has been featured in local, regional and international media and events and we’ve only just begun.

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

The Caribbean region and the global Internet: David and Goliath 2.0

Albert Daniels, ICANN Manager, Caribbean

Albert Daniels, ICANN Manager, Caribbean

Caribbean societies remain severely underrepresented at international meetings where decisions are being made concerning the development and governance of the global Internet. And for a region already burdened with a number of complex, deep-rooted and interrelated issues, the consequences of that chronic under-representation could be dire.

“The Internet presents wonderful opportunities for social and economic development,” said Albert Daniels, Caribbean-area manager for the Stakeholder Engagement Team of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

“But if global Internet Governance policies continue to be developed without the input of the Caribbean, then we will not recognise those wonderful opportunities or know how we can exploit them.”

Engineering Institute hosts Internet Governance forum at UWI St Augustine

imagesEVENTS - Regional technology experts will share their insights on global Internet Governance issues, from a Caribbean perspective, at an upcoming forum hosted by The University of the West Indies (UWI). Internet governance deals with the development of shared principles, policies and programmes that shape the use and evolution of the Internet.


“In the global, multi-stakeholder Internet Governance model, the Internet is seen as a borderless resource belonging to no single entity. Instead, it is managed by a global community of governments, corporations, technologists, academics, civil society and individual end users,” said Patrick Hosein, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Technology at UWI, St Augustine.

ICANN Roadshow comes to Trinidad and Tobago

Albert Daniels, ICANN Caribbean-area Manager, Global Stakeholder Engagement
EVENTS - Local and regional technology experts will gather in Port of Spain, Trinidad later this month to share their knowledge with participants in a roadshow organised by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

The roadshow will be the first such ICANN event in the Caribbean and it is expected to attract a wide cross-section of participants ranging from academia and technical communities, to corporations, government representatives, civil society and end users.

“We are extremely proud to break new ground in bringing the LAC-i-Roadshow to Trinidad and Tobago,” said Albert Daniels, Caribbean-area manager for ICANN’s Global Stakeholder Engagement team.

Doing Good is Good Business-The Business Case for Caribbean Corporate Social Responsibility and the Tech Industry (Part 1)

JamaicaStartupBootcamp1OPINION- Technology can turn a cause into a movement, faster than ever before. Yet, in an Internet-enabled world of social networks, mobile payments, virtual learning and crowdsourcing, most firms’ approach to social giving remains stuck in the corporate dark-ages. So how do companies go about unlocking the true potential of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives? Changing leadership thinking, not technology, holds the key.

Companies around the world are waking up to the fact that throwing dollars at social causes is not sufficient to bolster a brand. It is also not the most effective way to drive social change. That’s why progressive companies are fundamentally re-thinking their approach to charitable efforts. They are moving from handouts and grants to more strategic social investments. There is no good reason why responsible businesses in the Caribbean should do otherwise.

Caribbean World Rankings in Networked Readiness Index show Greater divide in use of ICT ?

caricomTECH NEWS- As the scope of technology continues to expand rapidly, so too does the digital divide between countries making effective use of tele­communications. According to a report published by the World Economic Forum entitled Global Information Technology: Living In A Hyper-Connected World, Barbados is ranked 39th out of 142 countries in its Networked Readiness Index. The only other Caribbean territories that feature among the Top 100 are Trinidad & Tobago (72), Jamaica (85) and Guyana (100).

Reacting to this development, LIME chief technical officer Glenn Thorpe, noted that “in the decade or so, Barbados, and for that matter Barbadians, have been successful in leveraging information and communication technologies”. “Collectively, we have demonstrated our competence in the use of technology in the enterprise of business,” he said.

Spain is ranked 38th and Oman 40th in the list that was topped by Sweden and Singapore. Among other countries in the Top 10, the United States ranks eighth and Britain tenth. The report compares the availability and use of technology in 142 countries and focuses on what the authors describe as “the transformational impacts of ICT on the economy and society”.


Exploring Trinidad & Tobago’s Digital Divide (Part 1)

trinidad-flagTECH NEWS – Data collection in the Caribbean has traditionally been a clunky exercise, heavily dependent on phone calls and focus groups – but ever since mSurvey (a mobile surveys company which started in Kenya) set up shop in Trinidad and Tobago, the region has started to experience data collection very differently.

Bahamian Lyford Cay International School set to launch STEM Initiative

bahamianflagTECH NEWS -When grade six Bahamian students are discussing how to get mobile devices into the hands of school age children across The Bahamas the impact of a school with a strong Information and Communications Technology (ICT) curriculum becomes apparent. An 11 year old student will be leading a discussion with attendees at the upcoming Nassau Educational Technology Conference (NET.2) at Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) with the topic “Why One Device Per Child is Important and How to Make it Happen”. The student will be introducing affordable digital educational tools to the 400 educators in attendance as she shares her own personal experience as a “one-to-one student” at LCIS.

Children from St Vincent and the Grenadines to benefit from 12,500 free laptops

stvincentflagTECH NEWS – More than 12,500 children from the tiny Caribbean nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines will be given brand new laptops in an effort to encourage the island’s economy.

The scheme sees Acer, Microsoft and Trend Micro come together to give all secondary school children in the country laptops, in a deal brokered by Dennis Publishing. The computers will come from Acer with Microsoft providing a range of software. All the laptops will also have security software from Trend Micro preinstalled. The programme will see more than 12,500 computers delivered in the next ten weeks.