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At SiliconCaribe.com we track the people, businesses and trends driving Caribbean Tech, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and their intersection with key industries such as money and finance, travel, health and wellness,creative industries, sports, media, food and cannabis.
Through our weekly articles and web show, we serve up insights on what’s new and what’s next in our emerging #DigitalCaribbean, for business-decision makers, entrepreneurs and tech and business professionals and enthusiasts.
Articles are written by founder Ingrid Riley.
SiliconCaribe Media – is a media and events company that covers and connects the people and business driving Caribbean Tech, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and their intersection with key industries such as money and finance, travel, health and wellness,creative industries, sports, media, food and cannabis.
Through our digital media content and events, we help business-decision makers, entrepreneurs, tech and business professionals and enthusiasts, to stay informed about what’s new and what’s next in our emerging Digital Caribbean. We’re share with our readers, viewers and event attendees our Caribbean stories and the compelling possibilities and opportunities of this Digital Age.
SiliconCaribe was founded in 2007 by Ingrid Riley award-winning entrepreneur and Caribbean Tech Ecosystem pioneer, tech blogger, tech events producer and keynote speaker.
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This Week in Caribbean Tech ( TWICT) – Live – Our Weekly Web Show on our Facebook page is a snackable 20min show that gives you the latest Caribbean tech news, interviews with startups and businesses driving Caribbean Tech, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It’s Thursdays at 1 p.m JA time. #twict #digitalcaribbean
SiliconCaribe Trend Reports – We produce and sell quarterly reports on Caribbean Digital trends and insights covering Caribbean Tech, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and their intersection with key industries such as money and finance, travel, health and wellness,creative industries, sports, media, food and cannabis. It’s a great resource for brands doing business in the Caribbean and Diaspora.
SiliconCaribe is the leading producer of Caribbean Technology events. We’ve done over 80 Meetups+ Pitch events, 3 Caribbean Tech Conferences, 3 Caribbean Hackathons, a few Mobile App Competitions, Online Twitter Chats and Startup Weekends. We have also co-produce and provide content programming for many others tech related events.
Our Signature Events and meetups bring out thousands of people to connect, learn, do business and have fun with a broad cross-section of the tech and business community.
Kingston BETA is the Caribbean’s first and longest running Tech Startup Event. It is bimonthly Jamaica-based Tech Community Meetup that kickstarted the Jamaican Startup Movement in 2007. Since then, there has been over 80 events, 8,000 attendees and over 300 entrepreneurs from 5 Caribbean countries plus Diaspora USA and UK, have pitched their technology ideas.
Caribbean Women in Tech Summit is a both a one day event and a movement that celebrates, educates and inspires Caribbean women in the technology industry and help pave the way for other women and girls to want to enter the industry.
Caribbean Bloggers Week is a festival of live events across Caribbean and Diaspora cities, showcasing and celebrating the best of our Caribbean bloggers, vloggers, content creators, digital influencers whilst providing networking, social, learning and business opportunities.
Best Technology Blog 2011 (Jamaica Blog Awards)
Best Technology Blog 2010 ( Jamaica Blog Awards)
Blog of the Year 2010 ( Jamaica Blog Awards)
Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica Game Changer Award ( 2012)
Techlinks Caribbean Innovators Game Changer Award ( 2013)
OUR DIGITAL MEDIA + EVENT AUDIENCES
The readers of SiliconCaribe, are primarily Caribbean Millennials in the region and Diaspora, over 60% of my audience and the remaining 40%, are Generation Xers.
From what we have seen from our analytics and comments across social media channels— they are interested in knowing what’s new, who and what’s next in Caribbean technology, innovation, tech entrepreneurship, mobile, social media as well as digital business and digital culture.
More than half of them read from their mobile devices and are the connecting primarily from Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Bahamas, United States and Canada.
KICKSTARTED A Tech Startup Community and Movement – by Founder Ingrid Riley
As a tech entrepreneur and who had both a media and marketing brand at the time, it certainly wasn’t my intention to kickstart a tech startup community or champion a Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Movement, I just wanted to bring together people who loved the Internet and Technology like I did, in a single place and regularly so we could share our stories to inspire and learn from each other. That spawned Kingston BETA event series and our vision and mission for SiliconCaribe evolved from doing that.
We wanted to continue to connect people and information from disparate parts of the tech industry, creative and business community – to build a community and make a difference — there were zero technology industry meetups, blogs, tech resources and publications— we had to start somewhere — something had to change. We became passionate about catalyzing this change. We saw how important it was to have more individuals in technology and in business as entrepreneurs, developers, creatives, corporate executives, mentors and investors talking to each other, sharing their stories and also encouraging others to take advantage of the opportunities of the Digital Age.
So it started as a passion project — we ( my then business partner Susan LeeQuee) , started by hosting our first networking meetup called Kingston BETA in January 2007 – which had 90 attendees, from 4 Caribbean countries. After a few years years, mostly operating as a passion project for me, being pulled by the momentum of the growing community, partnerships and connections, and teh rise of Digital Caribbean, we have grown Kingston BETA into the first and longest running and highly impactful tech startup community event in the Caribbean.
I have been credited and awarded with kickstarting the Jamaican and Caribbean Startup Movement and that has led to me working with governments, universities, international development agencies, large corporate brands, youth groups on various initiatives and we’ve only just begun.
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