Tech Pioneer. Award-winning Entrepreneur and Tech Blogger. Tech Evangelist. Speaker.
A big believer in #DigitalCaribbean and its limitless possibilities for the Region, Ingrid Riley was dubbed the “Caribbean Tech Queen” by regional media back in 2012 for her pioneering work in the Caribbean Tech Industry and Tech Startup Ecosystem. She received both a Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) 50Under50 Business Leader Gamer Changer Award + the TechLink Game Changer Social Entrepreneurship Award, in 2012 and 2013 respectively. She was recognised for her work in kick starting Jamaica’s Tech Startup Community in 2007 and pioneering work in helping the development of the Caribbean Startup Ecosystem. Ingrid was also featured in a SiliconValley TEDx Talk given by Futurist Gary Whitehill.
Over the past 10 years, she’s built her influence and leadership in the Caribbean tech space further, by also writing over 2,000 articles on topics such as Caribbean Startups, Startup Ecosystems, Social Media, Digital Culture and Trends. Ingrid has executive produced over 80 Caribbean Technology events; listened to and judged over 1,000 startup pitches from 10 Caribbean countries; and has been a keynote speaker on Caribbean technology, startups, innovation and entrepreneurship across the Caribbean, USA, Europe and Africa.
She is very passionate about technology and entrepreneurship and how the Caribbean is leveraging it all, for success in the Global Digital Economy.
Ingrid also currently serves as Board Chairman of Startup Jamaica, the Technology Accelerator and is a member of the National ICT Advisory Council which advises the Jamaican government’s Minister of Science, Energy and Technology.
An Entrepreneurial + Tech Industry Snapshot
- Been in the Internet/Tech Space since the mid 1990s.
- Been blogging since 2005.
- My first startup published Jamaica and the Caribbean’s first Internet Guide – iGuide Jamaica
- Co-founder of the Caribbean’s first online advertising network – Caribclix.
- Launched and ran a niche social network and learnt a lot.
- Worked for an American dot com in the mid 90s, even owned stock but then the bubble happened.
- Co-founded one of the most successful web development agencies in the Caribbean- Dutchpot Interactive and only one in the Caribbean led by two women.
- Launched the Caribbean’s first and longest running Technology Blog in 2005 – SiliconCaribe.com
- Angel invested in 3 startups in the early 2000s, and that was an adventure.
- Kickstarted the Jamaican Tech Startup Scene in 2007 with the Caribbean’s first meetup Kingston Beta, followed by the Caribbean’s first tech entrepreneurship conference in 2011 – Caribbean BETA.
- The only digital marketing strategist in Jamaica that’s crafted a digital strategy blueprint for an entire country (Jamaica Tourist Board and the Visit Jamaica Brand), hired, trained and led a team to execute.
- SXSW Startup Accelerator Event Board Member
- Board Chairman of Startup Jamaica Tech Accelerator.
A Few Awards
- Named a Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica/Jamaica Gleaner 50 Under 50 “Game Changer “ Business Leader Awardee in 2012
- TechLink Game Changer’s Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
- Named by CaribJournal.com, one the Caribbean’s 25 Most Interesting newsmakers for the year who made a difference in the region.
- Won Blog of the Year and Best Technology Blog for SiliconCaribe.com by the Jamaican and Caribbean Blog Awards.
My Social Networks of Choice
Facebook – I am on often.
Twitter – I am typically part firestarter and part curator.
Instagram– I use this as my space of inspiration
LinkedIn – I am a regular.
FourSquare – I use every now and again when traveling
Quora– I barely use this, though I think I should be there more.
Google+ – I am not there much at all.
Klout – I like to see my score every now and again