App marketing for cash-strapped developers

caribbean startups

caribbean startups

STARTUPS – With millions of apps and hundreds of thousands of app developers out there, it can be difficult for any developer to get their app noticed.

Today’s app developer has to have a clear marketing plan if they are to gain visibility amidst the clutter in the app stores. Although a decent advertising budget can bring more exposure, not all developers have the luxury of budgets or cash flow for a marketing campaign.

The Inter-American Development Bank Launches its Open Data Portal: Numbers for Development

opendataTECH NEWS – The Inter-American Development Bank announced today the launch of its new open data portal Numbers for Development, which allows users to explore, visualize and download data from Latin America and the Caribbean. The data comes from diverse research analysis and sources used by the Bank to generate knowledge for its development interventions.

Operators ink MoU to create first IXP in Belize

ixpsTECH NEWS- Telecoms operators in Belize have signed a Memorandum of Understunding (MoU) to create the country’s first local internet exchange point (IXP), Trinidad Guardian reports. Participating companies include Alliance IP, Belize Telemedia, BroadBand Belize, Centaur Communications Corporation, Network Solutions, NetKing Solutions and Speednet. IXPs in the Caribbean are located in Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, St Maarten, St Lucia and the Dominican Republic. More

Jamaica And The Internet: Where Are We Now?

ID-100172648OPINION: On Wednesday, April 15, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published the 2015 edition of the Global Information Technology Report (GITR), which features the latest iteration of the Networked Readiness Index. This assesses the factors, policies and institutions that enable a country to fully leverage information and communication technologies (ICT) for increased competitiveness and well-being.

DevCa winners point the way for Caribbean entrepreneurs

TECH CONFERENCE - THE top-placed team in the Developing the Caribbean (DevCa) 2015 Code Sprint Competition has developed an application to help potential entrepreneurs access information and resources critical to their development.

Nicholas Williams and Akua Walters of ‘Team Ambisie/Ambition’ proudly presented their ‘App’ at an awards ceremony at Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM), University of the West Indies (UWI), on March 23.

The competition was held during the DevCa regional technology development conference, March 5-6 at the UWI.

The conference was hosted by DevCa and Caribbean Mobile Innovation Programme (CMIP) — a part of the US$20-million Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) funded by the Government of Canada and executed by InfoDev/World Bank.  More

Top Teams in Jamaica’s Hacking Generation Y


The Winning Team: Shumba Brown, Gavin Smith, Howard Johnson and Dane Edwards

TECH NEWS - Four students from the Jamaica College (JC) emerged winners of the first Hacking Generation Y hackathon held in Jamaica, with their creation of an app, which aims to simplify the career selection process for students.

The students: Shumba Brown, Gavin Smith, Howard Johnson and Dane Edwards of the team, Code Veterans, were the leaders in the 30-hour hackathon organised by Jadan Johnson, CEO of the Vybz Media Group, which took place at Start-Up Jamaica, located in the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) offices in downtown Kingston, between April 11 and 12.

Dominican SMEs to benefit from Banco Popular and PayPal partnership

PayPal-logo-onlyMOBILE PAYMENTS -  Banco Popular, Dominican Republic’s biggest bank and online payment leader PayPal on Monday announced an agreement aimed at promoting competitiveness among Dominican SMEs, which can now withdraw payments received in their PayPal account.

The partnership, the first in the country between a bank and the online payment service, brings SMEs and other Dominican companies closer to consumers around the world, with a cheap, simple and secure mechanism to directly deposit in a Popular account in pesos or dollars, the funds obtained through the PayPal platform.

Until now Dominican users in the country had to have a US bank account to make international transfers and withdraw funds from PayPal. More

Airbnb launch in Cuba: Sign of American tourism ‘gold rush’

airbnbTECH NEWS - Americans traveling to Cuba won’t yet find a Marriott or a Hilton for their stay on the communist island – but starting Thursday they can book a room in Cuban homes through Airbnb.

The announcement by the budget, in-home lodging site is the latest sign of the rush of interest by Americans in the long-off-limits Caribbean island. Prior to President Obama’s announcement in December of intentions to normalize relations with Havana, Cuba was mostly a no-go destination for American tourists. Mr. Obama’s opening to Cuba has triggered something of a tourism gold rush among Americans intrigued by the prospect of a peek at Fidel Castro’s Cuba. More

Jamaican tech entrepreneurs head for training in Jordan

JamaicaStartupBootcamp1The Vine List A social Shopping Startup formed at the First Startup Weekend Jamaica event staged by tech entrepreneurship non prfot ConnectiMass in October 2013, before heading to the government led accelerator Startup Jamaica – is one of three “local start-up technology companies have been selected to benefit from a US$90,000 ($10.3 million)-investment and a trip to Jordan-based accelerator company Oasis500.”

Last year, Oasis500 inked a deal with the Government and the World Bank to invest up to US$30,000 in the tech entrepreneurs under the Youth Employment in Digital and Creative Industries (YEDCI) project. The three start-up projects, RevoFarm, CrimeBot and the Vinelist, were selected from a pool of 60 potential entrepreneurs who participated in a 45-hour intensive boot camp with Oasis500 last September, dubbed Start-Up Jamaica. The camp provided the entrepreneurs with the necessary tools, concepts and skills to create and manage successful companies. More

Caribbean Startup Bitt Secures Seed Round USD$1.5 Million in Capital to Bring Digital Currency Financial Services to Emerging Markets

bitcoin1STARTUPS: Founded in 2013 by Gabriel Abed and Oliver Gale, Bitt is a digital asset exchange, remittance channel, and merchant-processing gateway based in Barbados. Bitt, Inc. has partnered with Avatar Capital to expand operations in the growing cryptocurrency industry. This latest partnership has firmly established Bitt as the frontrunner in the Caribbean’s burgeoning cryptocurrency ecosystem.

Powered by AlphaPoint’s state-of-the-art technology designed byveteran Wall Street traders, Bitt’s trading platform is a highlypowerful, user-friendly exchange that allows clients to tradesecurely and seamlessly. Bitt facilitates international Bitcointrading in 11 major fiat currencies, such as the US Dollar (USD),Great Britain Pound (GBP), Canadian Dollar (CAD), Euro (EUR), andBarbadian Dollar (BBD).  More

Caribbean needs to strengthen its Internet infrastructure

internetsign copyInternet Security expert Bill Woodcock speaks at a cyber security workshop at Grenada ICT Week, St Georges last week.Electronic security threats levels are on the rise globally, and the stakes are getting higher.

Kaspersky Lab’s Global IT Risks Report (2014) estimated that, after a data breach, small and medium sized business could spend up to $22,000 on staffing, training, and systems. Larger enterprises could potentially spend up to an additional $59,000 on staffing, $35,000 on training, and $75,000 on systems, the report said.