Miami Hack Week, Haitians in Tech,
Right: Software engineer Getro Naissance. Top left: Haitian-American techies in a hackathon during Miami Hack Week in January 2022. Bottom left: Haitian-American techies during Haitians in Tech's mixer in November 2021. Photo credit: Haitians in Tech/ Onz Chery/ Design by Leonardo March

Tech Thursday is an occasional series that looks at how Haitians are faring in tech, a sector that offers more money, caché and potential to drive change to a new generation of Haitians and Haitian-Americans. This is the first installment.

FORT LAUDERDALE ― Back in 2015, as Getro Naissance studied to take his law school entrance exams, a former roommate told him he could become a software engineer in three to six months. Naissance, then 26, could not believe it, but he did find himself taking long breaks on his parents’ balcony to learn about computer programs in between logic problems.

Fascinated by what he was learning, Naissance soon forgot about becoming a lawyer, which would have taken seven years, and joined a six-month coding bootcamp. Two weeks later, he was employed as a technologist.

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.