ConnectiMass continues its Kingston BETA Meetup Series on Thursday April 24th 6:30pm at The Pegasus Hotel.

KgnbetaAprilFlyer2014EVENTS – If you are an aspiring/current entrepreneur, designer, developer, college student or tech enthusiast, investor, potential mentor- join the fast growing Tech/Entrepreneurial Community – we want to see you at the next KINGSTON BETA Jamaica’s Tech Community MeetUp on Thursday April 24th, 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 6:30 p.m-9:30p.m.

Entry is still only $500 | US$5.

WHO’S TALKING

ConnectiMass in association with SiliconCaribe.com presents another in our series of HOW I DID IT! Where our host Ingrid Riley does a one on one interview style. This time around we have Stephen Spence, Founder and CEO of SMS Communications.

A 5 year old company in the Mobile Sector that’s come from launching in Jamaica to operating in 9 Caribbean countries and has won him many Jamaican and Regional awards. Hear his Entrepreneurial Journey and come with your questions and 5 friends. You won’t want to miss this.

BETA PITCHES

Get your pitches ready! Your fellow tech/startup community members as well as investors are waiting to hear from you. Have a great idea/Startup to pitch? send your name, brief description to ingrid @ ConnectiMass.com. And have a read of our guidelines here. We talk Skype Video pitches from Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurs in the region and the Diaspora as well.

And yes, this year marks the 7th anniversary of ConnectiMass Foundation staging Kingston BETA. Over 50 events, 5000 attendees and 200 Jamaican/Caribbean 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: Follow @Kingstonbeta @connectimass in the meantime!

HackPR’ Links Companies With New Tech Talent

atTECH NEWS- The second edition of Puerto Rico’s biggest student-run hackathon, “HackPR,” took place over the weekend in Mayagüez, allowing technology amateurs and professionals showcase their skills before big name companies like Microsoft and Google, and also to local start-ups that are in the lookout for new talent that can satisfy their technological needs.
Company representatives got a first-hand look at participants working on either a free topic project or a specific problem that each corporation proposed to be solved. This platform also served as a place where the enterprises could display their own technological developments so contestants could use them during the competition.

The teams could either make something new with the products or better them. If company representatives liked what they saw, they could buy the end results or employ the developers to implement the ideas for them. More

St Lucians to benefit from major grant to support ICT incubator

internetsign copyThe government of Saint Lucia, through the Caribbean Regional Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP), will officially launch an EC$2.5 million grant instrument to support ICT business incubator services and training. The launch will take place on Tuesday April 8, 2014.

Funds allocated for the business incubator services component will support government’s efforts to nurture local innovation by providing financial support to technology- based small to medium sized enterprises. The goal is to develop a more sustainable entrepreneurial base by providing financing for business development activities aimed at promoting the creation of an ICT-enabled industry. More

Jamaica’s Agriculture getting Data Rich

Slashroots.org

Slashroots.org

TECH NEWS -CLIP enables users to send text messages to an automated system to ascertain whether agricultural produce was purchased from farmers registered with RADA and Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS). A receipt number is sent via text message to a server that queries the database and immediately pulls up information on a farmer.

NOW OPEN FOR PITCHES! Kingston BETA – Networking Mixer and Startup Showcase on February 27th

Kingston BETA February 2014

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!

JOIN : Follow @Kingstonbeta @connectimass in the meantime!

 

6 Tips to Using the Internet to Fund Your Startup Idea

crowdfundingIn 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.

Florida-based mobile app company mulls Jamaican-based BPO outfit

sg3TECH 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.

Haiti wants to use more ICTs in its public administration services

haitianflagTECH 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.

A Burgeoning Hacker Culture in Haiti?

haitianflagTECH 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.

The Hackathon for Cuba — in Miami, not Havana

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Hackathon for Cuba

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

Trinidadian Startup to launch social and commerce platform F1RST.com on February 1

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f1rst.com – Caribbean Startups

STARTUPS – So what do you get when you take the best or most popular features of FourSquare, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Groupon, Facebook, Online Yellow Pages and Google Search?….. a mashup of a social and commerce platform called F1RST.com – that was hatched in Trinidad by a team of Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurs.

This is how they describe themselves “From Caribbean Food, Shopping & Nightlife, to big Deals & Discounts, www.F1RST.com connects you to Caribbean experiences you LOVE and NEED. Our first product is a web and mobile app that easily allows you to access anything your looking for, from a nearby gas station to your favourite local restaurant.”