2011 The Year Mobile Took Over ( Video)

In a YouTube video by Mobile Future, there are stunning statistics about mobile’s growth world wide in 2011.  For example

- Texts: 8.8 trillion texts were sent this year, up 1.1 trillion from last year. Interestingly, most of them were sent by a 14-year old from Minnesota named Megan who sent 1,095 texts per day.

- Apps: While just 5 billion apps were downloaded in all of 2010, 1 billion apps were downloaded worldwide each month in 2011. Social companies also saw a massive increase in mobile usage including a 166% increase in Facebook Mobile users in the first half of 2011 alone and 1 billion Foursquare checkins total.

For more fun mobile facts to get you excited.

New Web TV Show ./roots/TV launches with an interview with Exterbox, the mini-google growing in Jamaica


In the inaugural episode of ./roots/TV we talk to Rohan Smith, co-founder of Exterbox. Smith’s self-described “mini-google”, develops both embedded solutions and web sites. Their current marquee product is a laser fencing system that helps to guard against praedial larceny. Tune in to hear more about Exterbox, embedding solutions, and the accidental benefits of blogging!

./roots/TV is every Wednesday on SiliconCaribe.TV. Hosted by Matthew McNaughton.

Why Saving Energy + Social Networking = Welectricity.com


SiliconCaribe.TV - Marrying the act of Saving Energy + Social Networking to build a web app, a business that generates interest from 72 countries worldwide, wins global competitions and is poised to do business with Europe- all from ST Vincent and the Grenadines. Listen to founder Herbert Samuel tell you why he started, what he’s achieved and what’s next for Welectricity.com, in one of our original shows we call CaribbeanTECHSTARS. Every Thursday there is a new one.

SiliconCaribe TV goes to Silicon Alley for a FourSquare Hackathon


SiliconCaribe TV went to Silicon Alley. FourSquare had a Hackathon in New York recently and we we there. Meet the founders, the team, a few developers, feel the vibe and get inspired.

SiliconCaribe TV is Internet Television Covering the Caribbean Tech Scene and the Tech World. We Cover the People, Companies and Events driving the Caribbean Tech Scene and how it’s impacting the World. We call it the Innovation Station of the Caribbean.

Our goal is to inspire, inform and introduce the next generation of digital movers and shakers of the Caribbean and Latin America to the world. We officially launch this video section of SiliconCaribe.com on March 10, 2011.

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Are You Game for The Code Sprint Competition @ Slash Roots Developers Conference ?


What is a code sprint? A more politically correct term for a Hackfest with a legal and noble mission? This is the second in a series of 3 interviews with Matthew McNaughton, Founder of Slash Roots Developers Conference which is  on February 24th-25th, 2011, explains for those in the know and others who are uninitiated. Using our FLIP Cam and generously hosted by Susie’s Bakery & Coffee Bar, Matthew tells you what and why of this developers conference is about.

But In essence, the main highlight of the ./roots Developer Conference 2011 will be the staging of a 24 hour developer competition.Teams of 3 developers will have a 24hr window in which to build value-added applications and visualizations that demonstrate the possibilities that arise from increased data access. The subject of their application will be a RESTful agriculture API that will be launched at the conference.

Get details of entry rules, feels and the prizes. Watch the video, then enter here. Watch for the final video on Wednesday this week.

*disclosure* Matthew McNaughton is my nephew and I’ve also been asked to sit on one of the conference panels.

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What is Slash Roots Developers Conference and who is it for ?


This is the first in a series of 3 interviews with Matthew McNaughton, Founder of Slash Roots Developers Conference which launched it’s event at Kingston BETA last month and stages its inaugural conference on February 24th-25th, 2011. Using our FLIP Cam and generously hosted by Susie’s Bakery & Coffee Bar, Matthew tells you what and why of this developers conference is about. Watch for the follow up interviews on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

*disclosure* Matthew McNaughton is my nephew and I’ve also been asked to sit on one of the conference panels.

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Memories of the Last Jamaica Pegasus Tweetup ( VIDEO)


The Next Jamaica Pegasus Tweet up is this Friday, February 11th, 2011 dubbed “Tweetheart” and yes if you’re reading this with your mouth wide open because you forgot to sign up. It’s sorta late. The First 200 invites went within minutes and the new issues of 50 invites each are all gone. For those of you who attended the last one check the video, you may be in it.

Here’s What to Expect and a Few Tips for Making it Memorable and Meaningful by Jamaica Pegasus

How We Did it: Digicel, the Caribbean Brand with the largest FaceBook Fan Page Community


Digicel the seven year-old company which joined the Telecom game in Jamaica and the Caribbean as the mouth-watering buffet in front of a starving man, is now the Caribbean Brand with the largest Facebook Fan Page Community. They achieved the 100,000 Fan milestone on Tuesday March 16, 2010.  They celebrated by running a full page ad in the newspapers and of course more giveaways as thanks to their fans.

Now in an environment where internet marketing professionals and entrepreneurs push to sell Caribbean brands on the validity and value of social media specifically and generally the necessity of having an internet marketing strategy and plan, Digicel with its achievement will no doubt drive the fan rush and social media push in Jamaica and the Caribbean. At least we hope so.

We spoke to Marketing Communications Manager, Tshani Jaja about Digicel, Social Media and the Caribbean.Share your comments or ask questions when you’re finished watching.

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Dale-Kurt shares his views on social media marketing used by commercial brands in Jamaica. Those that got it right and those who did not. Check out what he says about Island Grill, Restaurant Week Jamaica and two financial institutions he believes is doing it all wrong.Join in on the conversation.

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SiliconCaribe TV: Cliq – the mobile app from Jamaica’s Software Architects


This SiliconCaribe TV video blog is an exclusive prelaunch demo. It’s about a Jamaican startup called Software Architects that has built a mobile phone app that works with even the most basic phone on the market and does things like this:
- allows you to top up on your prepaid minutes from you chosen mobile service provide -LIME, Digicel and send some to a friend too
-allows you to transfer funds between bank accounts
-allows you to pay your bills.
and more to come.
We caught up with them at the entrance of the Digicel Electronics Show weeks go. They were not exhibitors just curious attendees like ourselves. We’ll have more on this Jamaican startup led by CEO Damion Daley pretty soon.