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Got Digital Influence!? Then getLISTED in the Silicon Caribe’s Blog Directory

Got Digital Influence!? Then do more with It! Do you regularly create stunningly useful and engaging digital content? Do you have an audience that lives for every video, podcast, picture and post your make? Want to Work with Brands from around the World? Let them find you easier. Register your blog on SiliconCaribe's Caribbean Blog Directory. Whether you are Caribbean, or Caribbean descent or write on about the Caribbean- you will be glad you did. Caribbean Bloggers Week starts in  25 Days on December 5th-10th, 2016. Want to know more about the schedule of activities plus the Blogger Meetups we're having in Kingston, Port of Spain, New York and London?

The Women Behind SiliconCaribe’s Caribbean Bloggers Week

Five women, living in four cities spanning the Caribbean and Diaspora USA and Europe, who has a collective online influence of just over 5 million people, are the ones behind SiliconCaribe.com’s first annual Caribbean Bloggers Week. Being staged from December 5th to 10th, 2016, under the theme “ The Power of Digital Influence," the six days of scheduled activities, will celebrate and showcase the power of Digital Influencers of Caribbean + Caribbean descent who are Bloggers, Podcasters, Instagrammers, YouTubers and other types of Digital Creatives. The event which is staged 90% online, will profile and interview emerging and rockstar Digital Influencers; publish educational how-to and how-I-did articles from expert bloggers;  release The Status of Caribbean Blogosphere Trend Report; launch an Official Caribbean Blog directory plus host two Twitter Chats. The week will culminate with Blogger Meetups hosted by top Caribbean Bloggers in Kingston, Port of Spain, New York and London. Caribbean Bloggers Week is founded by Ingrid Riley, publisher and editor of the 9 year-old SiliconCaribe.com Caribbean Tech blog. She is is an award-winning  tech entrepreneur, blogger and pioneering tech evangelist based in Jamaica. “Caribbean Bloggers Week is our newest event and our intention is that it inspires the increased development, marketing and distribution of more original Caribbean Digital Content. You see, it is of great value that more of us, come to understand the value and opportunity of owning a blog, an independent digital media platform, for which you can set your own agenda. A platform where you can produce text, audio, photo

The Mission Behind Caribbean Blogger’s Week 2016

Stop right now and name off the top of your head, 5 Caribbean Food Bloggers, how about Caribbean Sports Bloggers, Caribbean Business Bloggers, ok maybe you better in naming some Caribbean Fashion + Style Bloggers or Caribbean Music Bloggers? Then when you're done with that for the Caribbean, drill down and and ask those same questions about the Caribbean country you are from, then mosey on over and do that for the Diaspora also. By now your face should be crinkled as you’re trying to recall names and using your fingers to count or maybe you are scratching your head, from what you didn’t just find on Google. Added to that, let me ask you this - is there a central and definitive Caribbean Blog directory to find a list of Caribbean blogs and Caribbean bloggers so you can connect, collaborate and do business with them? Do you know who was the first Caribbean Blogger to turn their blog into a published book? Do you know which Caribbean Bloggers are making money on their content and how they are doing it? Do you know why more than any other time, why it's important that Caribbean Women Blog? Are you aware of the history of Caribbean Blogging? Ever heard of CUBlogz.com or Cariblogger.com or Blogoria.com? While they all are in the deadpool now, they are still part of our history and I wrote about them here on SiliconCaribe.com from as far back as 2009. All of those questions and context I just spoke

Why “The Power of Digital Influence” is the Theme for our Caribbean Blogger’s Week 2016

When we first published our intention to stage our first annual Caribbean Blogger's Week in December 5-10th, 2016, we shared that this year's theme is "The Power of Digital Influence." And so what is Digital Influence? Techopedia defines Digital Influence as " the ability to create an effect, change opinions and behaviors, and drive measurable outcomes online. Digital influence is largely a phenomena of social networking. The everyday Internet user is subject to a barrage of noise and content." additionally... "Simply defined, individuals with online influence are “digital tastemakers.” Through social media or content marketing strategy, influencers act as an impetus to their audience and define future trends."  - LA Times Personally, I've been blogging here at SiliconCaribe.com for just over 9 years myself, and one of the things that I truly love about blogging and social media in general - is the ability to create great content, build an audience and become an authority- the foundation of digital influence. Through our upcoming, scheduled Twitter Chats, Articles right here on SiliconCaribe.com, in our Caribbean Blogger Profiles and at our Meetups in Caribbean and Diaspora Cities- we will explore and discuss how this shift of influence to new and unexpected people and their audiences - because of The Internet, the Mobile phone, Blogging and Social Media. Plus, how do we measure it this influence. We will examine how Digital Influence is growing in the Caribbean and Diaspora, the current trends, who are some of rising and leading digital influencers; who and what makes them so powerful ( their

SILICONCARIBE TO STAGE 1st ANNUAL CARIBBEAN BLOGGER’S WEEK IN DECEMBER

We here at SiliconCaribe will stage the first annual Caribbean Blogger’s Week across the Region and Diaspora, from December 5th to 10th, 2016. It will celebrate and showcase the power of Digital Influencers of Caribbean + Caribbean descent, who are Bloggers, Podcasters, Instagrammers, YouTubers and other types of Digital Creatives. The event which is staged 90% online, will profile and interview emerging and rockstar Digital Influencers; publish educational how-to and how-I-did articles from expert bloggers;  release The Status of Caribbean Blogosphere Trend Report; launch an Official Caribbean Blog directory plus host two Twitter Chats. The week will culminate with Blogger Meetups hosted by top Caribbean Bloggers in Kingston, Port of Spain, New York and London. “Caribbean Bloggers Week is our newest event and our intention is that it inspires the increased development, marketing and distribution of more original Caribbean Digital Content. You see, it is of great value that more of us, come to understand the value and opportunity of owning a blog, an independent digital media platform, for which you can set your own agenda. A platform where you can produce text, audio, photo and video digital content, build an engaged and loyal audience and achieve amazing things, including a profitable business,” said Ingrid Riley, Founder of SiliconCaribe. SiliconCaribe is the multi award-winning Caribbean Tech Blog that’s been chronicling and showcasing how the Caribbean does Tech by covering Caribbean Technology News, Startups, Mobile Trends, Digital Culture and Digital Business since 2007. The Media entity has also staged  over 90 different type of

Jamaican Government is Pro Net Neutrality. Period.

Jamaica's Technology Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley is unapologetically standing firm on his Government's stance to support for net neutrality, which is the principle of equal access to Internet content and applications. This comes in wake of increased complaints over the past two years, especially on social media, by mobile phones users who were blocked from WhatsApp calls and before that the Viber App by both Telecom Providers - Digicel and Lime. Dr Wheatley has repeatedly said that phone providers should reassess their business models and become more innovative in this fast changing global technology space. He has also said  that, for Caribbean countries to become greater producers of technology, there must be an open environment for innovation, creativity and freedom of expression. Now while nations around the world, have taken different positions on the matter of net neutrality, Dr Wheatley added that each Caribbean country must determine how best these rules work for their economic goals. A deeper definition of Net neutrality Net neutrality (also network neutrality, Internet neutrality, or net equality) is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet the same, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication. The term was coined by Columbia University media law professor Tim Wu in 2003, as an extension of the longstanding concept of a common carrier.[1][2][3][4]

What are the 5 Caribbean Countries With The Highest Cell Phone Subscriptions ?

When it comes to mobile cell phone subscriptions, 5 countries in the Caribbean outnumber others, according to the latest data from the ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Database. Here is the Caribbean’s Top Most Mobile Connected Countries : 1: Dominican Republic In the number one spot is the Dominican Republic with a whopping 8.7 million subscriptions as of 2015 out of a population of 10.4 million. 2: Haiti Haiti was second with 7.4 million mobile phone subscribers at the end of 2015 out of a population of 10.2 million. 3: Puerto Rico Third on the list is Puerto Rico with 3.2 million subscribers as of 2015 out of a population of 3.5 million. 4: Jamaica In the fourth spot is Jamaica. Even though the island has 2.8 million people, they had more than 3.1 million mobile phone subscribers as of 2015. 5: Trinidad & Tobago And rounding out the top 5 is Trinidad & Tobago. The twin-island Republic has a population of 1.3 million but as of last year had some 2.1 million cell phone subscribers. GLOBALLY Let's put this Caribbean Mobile Penetration phenomenon in a global context -By end 2015, there were more than 7 billion mobile cellular subscriptions globally, corresponding to a penetration rate of 97 percent,  up from 738 million in 2000.

Is your smartphone already becoming obsolete?

Smartphones have experienced explosive growth over the past 10 years. However can it be sustained? Is the device on its way out? The Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus; the Samsung Galaxy S7; the Sony Xperia Z5; the LG G5. These are some of the most coveted smartphones on the market today. However, by this time next year, most, if not all of them, will all be replaced by newer, and supposedly better, models. Over the past seven to ten years, more manufacturers have entered the market, resulting in stiff competition for market share, and product release cycles getting shorter to drive continued sales. However, thanks to this wave of competition and innovation, smartphones have transformed how we live and do business. Further, devices are available at a broad range of price points, thus widening the pool of ownership to around 2.6 billion worldwide in 2014, or 36% of the world’s population. By 2020, 70% of the world’s population, or 6.1 billion people will use a smartphone. However, although smartphone take-up is projected to grow considerably in the coming years, there is a concern that the bottom may already be falling out of the market. Here, we highlight some signs that suggest that the smartphone may already be becoming obsolete. Innovation has slowed down Although we, as consumers, might still get excited when a new flagship smartphone is released, experts and techies alike have observed that the most recent releases now tend to just have incremental improvements over previous versions. Further, and almost similar to

A 2016 update on the state of Caribbean Telecoms Industry

An update of fixed-line, mobile/cellular and fixed-broadband Internet take up, plus a new entry, mobile/cellular broadband Internet take-up, across select Caribbean countries, as at the end of 2015. We have been anxiously awaiting the release of the latest telecoms statistics from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which we use every year to examine the state of development of  Caribbean telecoms – in terms of subscriptions density – across the Caribbean. Table 1 lists the countries that were included in the exercise. Since our 2015 review, we have added Puerto Rico, to bring our total to 23 countries. Again it should be noted that Bonaire, Curaçao and Sint Maarten have not been included, as the needed data does not appear to be publicly available for those countries. Approach The results presented in rest of this piece were drawn from data published by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), and comprised the following for countries across the Caribbean: density of fixed-line telephony subscriptions density of fixed broadband Internet subscriptions density of mobile/cellular telephony subscriptions density of mobile/cellular broadband Internet subscriptions. It ought to be noted that both the ITU and GSMA depend on either the government or the telecoms firms to supply the data that is eventually published. Hence it is not clear the extent to which they corroborate or otherwise validate the data published, and neither have any explanations been given for any anomalies that might be evident. The per capita Gross National Income (GNI) was drawn from databases managed by

Making Business Deals on Social Media – Now The Digital Culture Norm

Here's how it all went. You just did a post on Instagram for one of your brands, like you usually do daily. Then this happens. Follower in Your DM: Hi there I'd love for to promote my company in your feed. You: Ok cool. What's the product? And is it on our IG feed only or on our website as well. Follower: Both, we are part of an event coming up in two weeks and want to start in a couple of days. You: Cool, how long do you want to run it for and what's your budget. With a couple more quick exchanges- the price, start time, a quick exchange of names and a promise to send a followup email with an ad contract follows and a time to pick up the cheque.  The deal is done. You: Did I just sell a week of online advertising for my website and Instagram channel with someone I am yet to meet. That's kind feel backwards doesn't it? The deal making processes used to be, you figure out who you want to do business by doing some research, you may make a cold call, send a proposal by email, ask for a meeting to further discuss and negotiate, then, there would be some waiting before a deal is closed. But closing deals on the platforms where you are connecting and going about doing your business, is becoming more the norm in doing business in the digital age. Before, making business deals was done primarily from on the golf course,

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