Jamaica’s Tech Community Meetup Kingston BETA is on July 3rd, 2014

kingstonbetaJuly2014EVENT- 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 July 3rd, 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, 6:30 p.m-9:30p.m, Entry is still only JM$500 | US$5.

WHO’S TALKING?

ConnectiMass Foundation in association with media partner SiliconCaribe.com presents another in our series Kingston BETA events for Jamaica’s Startup Community. We will have the Honourable Julian Robinson, State Minister of Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining.

WHO’S PITCHING?

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 take 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!

SPONSOR US: For more information on sponsorship packages and to discuss becoming a sponsor, please contact Ingrid Riley ingrid at connectimass.com

 

Caribbean Tech Startup launches new Bluetooth device worldwide with crowdfunding campaign

selfrPRESS RELEASE - Accutrak Labs, a technology development firm based between Kingston and Hong Kong, has created an innovative solution for these real problems that most of us face today world. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Selfr is the world’s first remote smartphone camera controller and smart Bluetooth locator tag combo that’s designed to fit on your key ring.

Selfr was created to enhance your life in ways you’ve never imagined possible.
Its an impressive little device that functions as a wireless camera shutter control for your smartphone, in addition to being a Bluetooth tag that alerts you as a means of preventing your keys, bags, tablets or other important valuables from ever getting lost.

How Slashroots Foundation’s Code for the Caribbean saved Jamaica’s Government and Agrisector millions of $$$

The SlashRoots Foundation (“SlashRoots”) is a civic tech non-profit that leverages technology to create solutions to social problems endemic to the Caribbean region. SlashRoots works with governments, development organizations and civil society to improve public service program design and delivery, with a focus on open innovation and user-centred design.

SlashRoots also works to develop the regional technology ecosystem, facilitating the emergence of a technology industry that employs best practices, engages in global discourse, and is responsive to the Caribbean environment of which it is a part.

Agrocentral: A Caribbean Startup Success Story in the making

Jermaine Henry, left, and Janice Mc Leod, two of the creators of Agrocentral at Gordon House, Jamaica

Jermaine Henry, left, and Janice Mc Leod, two of the creators of Agrocentral at the CMIP Launch at the UWI Regional Headquarters, Mona Campus, Jamaica

A beautiful thing about living in the Caribbean is being part of a Diaspora of developing nations, in which people are faced the same issues you contend with at home. Seen through the right lens, the so-called Third World transforms from an environment defined by limitation and constraint, to one in which you’re surrounded daily with opportunities to develop meaningful answers to complex, deep-rooted and inter-related problems, and you have a global market for any marketable solutions that you can deliver!

It’s all a matter of perspective. Somewhere in Jamaica, for example, there’s a farmer growing really high quality produce, but whose assured market is so small that she suffers perennial spoilage. Meanwhile, over in Trinidad and Tobago, there’s an agro-processor who insists he could make it big, if he only had a more consistent quality from his supplier. And up north, in the Bahamas, a medium-sized restaurant is on the verge of breaking through but needs assured delivery of agricultural produce.

Now, if some young, bright, entrepreneurial, innovative minds were to get together, surely they could design a system that allowed the farmer to get to market and find the best offers, and allowed the businessmen to access produce at competitive prices. Just ask 23-year-old Jermaine Henry, one of four thinkers behind AgroCentral, Jamaica’s new digital agricultural clearing house.

8 new and emerging Caribbean Mobile Apps

Photo: Siliconangle

Photo: Siliconangle

MOBILE NEWS - On Tuesday, 10 June, the World Bank’s infoDev team launched the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Programme (CMIP) in Kingston, Jamaica. The programme, which is part of the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), seeks to recruit and nurture the next generation of talented mobile/cellular entrepreneurs in the Caribbean by providing startup and incubation support.

Call for Caribbean And Latin American Startups by the IDB

IDB_withnameSTARTUPS -Do you have a startup that could change the world? Apply to be selected among the most innovative startups in Latin America and the Caribbean!

This year the IDB will be selecting a group of 15 startups, to participate, from December 1st to the 3rd, 2014, in one of the most innovative events at the IDB in Washington, DC. The goal is to raise awareness and connect innovative solutions, creative ventures from Latin America and the Caribbean to the world.

 

Selected candidates will:

  • Be exposed to the best disruptive content on innovation, interactive events, hands on workshops, inspiring talks, and find new ideas, connect, share experiences and learn from peers;
  • Present their startups to the audience of DEMAND SOLUTIONS, including investors, executives, journalists, industry references, university students and prospective partners. They will also be evaluated by a panel of expert judges;
  • Work two days under the modality “Fly Garage” a Mondelez International innovation incubator, to be part of a social, collaborative and creative experiment for their startups;
  • Be awarded a round trip airline ticket from their home country to Washington, D.C., lodging, and a stipend for food and local transportation. It is expected that selected innovators commit to participate in all the activities of the program prior to and after the event.

 

See if you qualify here

Caribbean School Creates Top Design in Cubes-In-Space International STEM Competition

northgate-cubes-in-space-banner-009[2] TECH NEWS- Trinidad-based NorthGate College Wins Global Award for Best Space Experiment

You wouldn’t normally expect to hear a conversation about “ionization in the earth’s atmosphere” happening between a group of twelve to fourteen year-old youngsters. But that conversation is exactly what led enterprising youth from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago to the top prize in the Cubes In Space global contest.

Seven students from NorthGate College, in Trinidad and Tobago, captured the 2014 Cubes In Space™ MPAC Group Top Design Award, for a science experiment that will be launched into space on June 26.

Building a startup ecosystem in barbados

Slashroots Foundation’s Code For the Caribbean Success Story Featured on BBC Radio

Slashroots.org

Slashroots.org

BBC radio’s Click highlighted the outputs of the Jamaican startup non-profit  Slashroots Foundation Code for the Caribbean’s Fellowship program this week. Listen to the above recording for the story of Jamaica’s use of technology to combat praedial larceny  – the theft of livestock and crops from agricultural farms. Listen to the Audio Interview here. http://bit.ly/1mZ8HZR

Call for Caribbean Mobile Apps for The World Summit Award Mobile

mobileplatformsMOBILE – There is a call for mobile Apps from the following Caribbean Countries Suriname, The Bahamas,Belize, St.Lucia, Haiti for the World Summit Award Mobile before the deadline of June 30th 2014.

Snapshot: 2014 update of Internet speeds and pricing across the Caribbean

internetsign copyA 2014 update of fixed Internet broadband speeds and pricing across the Caribbean, and a brief comparison with our 2013 results.

As the Internet becomes increasingly important across the Caribbean, the telecoms providers across the region are continually adjusting and refining their offerings in that market. Since 2011, we have been tracking fixed Internet broadband speeds and pricing across the Caribbean. This year is no different. Again, we are updating our findings, and highlighting some of the changes that have occurred since the 2013 exercise.