#ICYMI: 5 Caribbean Tech Stories to Know Now

1.Digicel Play passes 10,000 subscribers in Jamaica

Digicel Play has announced that it has surpassed the 10,000 subscriber mark in Jamaica just a few months after launch. With this milestone being reached well ahead of schedule, the company said this is a testament to the quality and strength of the service. Digicel Play is the new frontier in home entertainment in Jamaica offering customers an unparalleled experience with the fastest fibre in the region and access to world-class content at the touch of a button across multiple devices. The service is jam-packed with cool features, making it the most attractive home entertainment experience around. More


2. Jamaica’s Transport Ministry’s website hacked

The Cyber Emergency Response Team is conducting an investigation to determine who is responsible for hacking the website of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing on Saturday.The website that has been temporarily taken off-line,was hacked by a group of Muslims who say they are spreading the truth of Islam.

The group called itself Team Emirates.

Several government web-sites were hacked last year, including the Houses of Parliament and the Jamaica Information Service. More


3. PitchIT Caribbean targets veteran software developers for mobile app programme

PitchIT Caribbean, the UWI Consulting Project concerned with app development across the region, is targeting veteran software developers for its multi-phased programme designed to strengthen the mobile app ecosystem in CARICOM.

According to the organisers of the World Bank Group-executed project, which recently issued a call to app developers and innovators, members of this veteran group are being specially identified because they have the knowledge, skill and experience that are ideal to make it through the start-up life cycle. More


4. Bahamas Social Media Summit coming to Freeport April 5th, 2016

Bahamas Social Media Summit 2016 has just been announced during a rotary tour by experienced speaker and seminar promoter Mitch Carson and David Mackey, creative director and president of Mackey Media Ltd. The event is scheduled to take place April 5th, 2016 at Grand Lucayan. Under the theme, ‘ Maximizing profits through Social Media,’ Bahamas Social Media Summit 2016 is a partnership between Mitch Carson and Mackey Media Ltd. The April 5th event is the first of four events planned for Grand Bahama Island during 2016. MOre

“Cuban Twitter” Might Hold Key to Cuba’s Reluctance in Telecom Talks
Shortly after President Obama announced the normalization of relations with Cuba in December 2014, his administration created exemptions around the embargo for U.S. telecommunications companies to invest in Cuba. More


5. Call for Regional Tech Startups to attend Regional Bootcamp and Investment Matching

World Bank Group in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank and OECS Commission along with local and regional implementing partners have all come together to offer a Pioneering coding “Bootcamp” for Techstartups in the Caribbean.

Bootcamps are very short 3-4 days immersive events which focus on teaching people very specific Entrepreneurship Skills to deliver actionable sales and product development strategies to generate repeatable sales.  Bootcamps also create an opportunity for teams to networking with like-minded entrepreneurs and investors from across the Caribbean.

Interested Startup Teams from the OECS Member States and Barbados are invited to apply to any one of the series of Tech StartUp Boot Camps, scheduled to be held in Bridgetown, Barbados from February 14 – 17th 2016 and Castries, Saint Lucia February 21 – 24th 2016.

Implementing the Tech Startup Series of Boot Camps is Devlabs, a California based Accelerator, which provides business development & product development support to early stage software start-ups they identify & invest in outlier entrepreneurs solving big problems to expand into global markets. Devlabs assists companies who have a valuable product need to scale from a few customers to hundreds of customers to sales in the 100,000’s within 6 – 12 months and they also invest US$25- 75k into companies that have a run rate of 1 million making them more attractive to other investors. More