KINGSTON, Jamaica – The tech industry in the Caribbean is growing rapidly.
Countries like Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia and Jamaica are making great strides to grow the sector, which will improve their economic position and enrich the lives of their population.
The region’s tech ecosystem is comprised of entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators, incubators and policy makers who have made it their mission to create an environment that fosters innovation, opens access to new markets and creates exciting new opportunities for the Caribbean and its people.
Companies like Jamaica’s ListenMi Caribbean– a startup company that has developed a series of apps to help children with literacy, using animated and interactive word gameplay- are leading the charge.
A new global tech conference, to be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica from Dec. 1-3, aims to take this goal a step further.
Tech Beach Retreat is designed to connect the Caribbean’s tech ecosystem with the rest of the world, creating an international community of like-minded individuals who meet in the region.
The conference is the brainchild of Jamaican entrepreneur Kirk-Anthony Hamilton.
Hamilton has been celebrated as one of 75 Emerging Global Entrepreneurs by U.S. President Barack Obama, and was also selected as one of 50 under 30 Global Shapers from around the world to participate in the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, for his work with “The Destination Experience.”
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Hamilton on some media outreach for Tech Beach Retreat, and conversing with him about his overall vision for technology in the Caribbean.
I am beyond excited to see his ideas come to fruition! Tech Beach is only the beginning; the best is yet to come!
Ruthie A. Thomas
Founder and Owner of Birds of Paradise Public Relations