TECH NEWS - Vice president of Icons Company Ltd Tarquin Joseph says more needs to be done in T&T to improve the standards of cybersecurity. “I think the standard in T&T, and this is based on speaking with customers we have, the standards in the way we approach security needs to be improved. “You can listen to some of the things you hear in the news about information leaked and things like that. There is a need for greater cybersecurity standards and being able to address those concerns is important,” he said.
CONNECTiMASS, the triple award-winning media and events non profit that’s been empowering the next generation of Caribbean technology and business leaders through it’s media initiatives and community and capacity building events- kicks off Kingston BETA its 2014 Tech Startup Event series on Thursday February 27th 6 30pm at The Pegasus Hotel. $500jmd
ON THE AGENDA will be the Startup Weekend Jamaica winner showcase; Slashroots ICT4AG Showcase; Announcement about Caribbean Startup Week 2014. We will also have the Technology State Minister Julian Robinson speaking: and the stars of the event in our Idea Pitch Segment…followed by Drinks and Powerful Networking as usual.
NOW OPEN FOR PITCHES! Want to Pitch your Tech related Idea/Startup? Email Ingrid@connectimass.com with your name and a paragraph on your idea/startup. We accept pitches from the Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora by Skype as well.
If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, developer, college student or tech enthusiast, we want to see you at the next KINGSTON BETA MeetUp. This year marks the 7th anniversary of Kingston BETA and us growing a community. We have held Over 50 events, 5000 attendees and 200 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 for the kick off of our 2014 series! Come to Be Inspired, Learn, Network!
TECH NEWS – The Barbadian software developers who have made it past the first phase of one of the Apps competition in Digital Jam 3.0 “Caribbean edition” have been given some guidance as to how they may put themselves in a better position to win the USD $10,000.00 grand prize.
The advice came during a coaching session with Digital Jam 3.0 “Caribbean edition” Mentors; Barbadian Economist Jeremy Stephens and Jamaican Software Developer Damion Daley. This session was also attended by Lisa Harding, Investment Officer at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
TECH NEWS – Outgoing president and Chief Operating Officer of Flow and Columbus Business Solutions, Michele English, believes that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) will be one of the most important components in the establishment of Jamaica’s Logistics Hub.
In working with entrepreneurs and startups around the region, by far the main grievance aired is that they are not enough options to raise money to fund their startup dreams. Many have been burned or even given up entirely on the traditional banking avenues. That does not leave many local alternatives for someone ripe with raw creative talent, but limited in access to the capital and investment vehicles needed to translate ideas into sustainable businesses. But where local options are limited, the Internet now provides a world of possibility through crowdfunding.
TECH NEWS -Jamaica has the third-largest English-speaking population in the Western Hemisphere and is in the same time zone as the US East Coast, making it an attractive outsourcing destination, reckons David Mullings, the executive chairman of Apptitude that is evaluating the business processing outsourcing industry.
TECH NEWS - During a recent press conference, Jean Marie Altéma,, Coordinator of the unit e-governance in the Office of Prime Minister, explained that in order to ensure transparency in public administration, and improve services and living conditions of the population the government is convinced that the use of Information Technology and Communication (ICT) is essential to improve the quality of services offered to the population.
TECH NEWS - Haiti’s first hackathon ever took place only one year ago, in February 2013, but since then students at the Ecole Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haiti (ESIH) have held two more hacking events and are even now forming a coding club called Enjoy.code. More than 100 students have applied to be a part of the new club. In an interview with techPresident, the Directeur Général of ESIH Patrick Attie talked about the burgeoning hacker culture in his school.
TECH NEWS — Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell, says countries in CARICOM are looking to adopt Jamaica’s successful telecoms model, including the financing of the Universal Service Fund (USF).
Speaking at the official opening of the Michael Black Business Resource Centre in Rose Town, St Andrew on Wednesday Paulwell said that at a meeting of CARICOM Technology Ministers in Grenada last week, an examination of the model developed by Jamaican was discussed. He said that “major” talks are expected to take place at the CARICOM Inter-Sessional meeting slated for February 24 and 25 in St Vincent, as the countries move forward in adopting Jamaica’s model. More
TECH NEWS – There will be a two day Hackathon for Cuba in Miami starting with a reception the evening of January 31 and getting down to work on February first. (The event is organized by the Miami Beach-based nonprofit Roots of Hope and with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and they hope to repeat it in New York and San Francisco.)
The Hackathon goal is to develop prototype programs that are well suited to Cuba — software for a nation with slow, expensive wire-line connectivity and second generation cell phone infrastructure. For example, there are smart phones in Cuba. They cannot be used for modern Internet access, but they can be used as stand-alone computers, perhaps connected to external peripherals. The Hackathon might produce some innovative stand alone applications for smartphones. More
MOBILE -The Government of Jamaica and the World Bank are collaborating to launch a mobile applications (apps) competition. Julian Robinson, Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining, announced on Tuesday that the competition, to be launched shortly, will be for competitors to develop mobile apps, which can be used on tablet computers which are to be distributed to primary and secondary schools. More