Haiti, Tech

Summit Leads Haiti Disruption in Tech Industry

By Vania Andre and Fabiola Jean

Haiti is known for many things; its art, its food, its music. But one group of social entrepreneurs are looking to add another category – tech.

Over 500 people came together at the Royal Decameron Indigo Beach Resort & Spa for a two-day technology summit with the hopes of adding another chapter to Haiti’s narrative.

Founded by Christine Souffrant Ntim, the Haiti Tech Summit featured nearly 100 speakers from Facebook, Google, Uber and Airbnb. The reps discussed topics like launching a startup, branding and marketing tips, and more. High-profile attendees included former Haitian Prime Minister Michèle Pierre-Louis, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ben Horowitz, Vicky Jeudy from Orange is the New Black, and Haiti President Jovenel Moise.

“The goal of the summit is to transform the narrative around Haiti’s brand as a nation,” Ntim said. “Over the next 13 years, I want to catapult Haiti forward through innovation, tech and entrepreneurship.

“We know Haiti can actually transform itself, be a new global case study for what happens when you actually get the right influences in the room to transform a nation.”

Although Ntim was met with skepticism about the inaugural event and her ability to pull speakers from the tech space, she did not let that deter her. In the end she prevailed and her proved to her detractors that Haiti was indeed “open for disruption” and her team of millenials is leading the way.

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June 30, 2017

ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “Summit Leads Haiti Disruption in Tech Industry”

  1. CARL HEBINCK says:

    If Haiti is really SERIOUS about advancing technology in Haiti–in being a LEADER in something important in the Tech area then they need to put out feelers to grab those ideas in the high tech area that can be installed in Haiti to make it happen. For example: following the earthquake I volunteered to help put up some high tech homes for needy people that are considered the BEST technology to resist the forces of nature like earthquakes and hurricanes. I was so impressed with the houses we put up [with Steel Structural Insulated Panels–Steel SIPs] that I began seeking out Investors to invest in this technology. The SSIPs we imported were great but very expensive and difficult to import. But despite the high cost and hassle to get them over 100 such structures were built in Haiti–proving that they new a good product when they saw it. BUT if a factory to make these SSIPs were installed in Haiti to make them. They these High Tech panels can be had for 1/4 the cost of importing them. I am one of four volunteers to Haiti, with over 16 years of work there who has studied and researched the feasibility of installing such a factory in PaP to make the High Tech panels. The full cost of purchasing all the equipment, installing it, training personnel is but $287,899. Our group would hope to find Haitian investors to fund [and totally own] such a plant. We don’t know how to get their ear though to present the business plan and financials to convince them of this opportunity. Our interest is simply to help facilitate this happening. Wouldn’t it be great to have Haiti as the LEADER of this high technology in the Caribbean? Or is Haiti to go back to rebuilding everything with the stuff that failed so terribly in the earthquake?

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