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YES, the tech innovation scene is alive and kicking in the Caribbean! But…

This is a response to Michelle Marius blog post from her blog ICT-Pulse.com, where she asked - Is the tech innovation scene is alive and kicking in the Caribbean? As someone who has been an 8 year pioneer in helping to build the Jamaican and Caribbean Startup Ecosystem, I can say categorically that YES, the tech innovation scene is very much alive and kicking. It is still very much emerging like that of Africa, so while we have begun the process, and progress has been made, we have a long way to go and this is going to be a process that is beyond political election cycles, beyond the length of international development agency contracts and programmes. If we are seeking to do it right and I believe we are, it will require a clear vision, all hands on deck and the grit, to play what is, a long game. Through my organisation Connectimass we kickstarted Jamaica’s Startup Movement and Scene in February 2007, with the first every tech community meetup in the country and the Caribbean- it’s called Kingston BETA. Since then, we’ve had over 60 events, over 6000 attendees from 5 Caribbean countries, guests from Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley plus over 200 aspiring and current entrepreneurs have pitched their ideas on its stage.  Through our 8 year old Caribbean Tech News Blog SiliconCaribe.com we also have been a platform of information, connection, helping to chronicle the who has been doing what across the Caribbean Tech and Startup Ecosystem. So my

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