In this spotlight series brought to you by the Haiti Tech Summit (HTS), founder Christine Souffrant Ntim discusses how the Diaspora and local Haitians can work together to bring a better and brighter Haiti through technology and more. Video Courtesy Haiti Tech Summit. Advertisements
A recent wave of Haitian migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border was triggered by a chain of Facebook and WhatsApp messages (an app co-developed by Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum). When migrants began to enter the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status after Hurricane Maria, they messaged their Haitian friends and family in other countries. This group also messaged other friends and family, leading to roughly 17,000 Haitians migrating to the bordertown of Tijuana seeking asylum.
Haitian Times tech contributor Henry Beaucejour interviewed Dr. Jean-Jacques Rousseau who serves as a Technical Advisor in Innovation, Science, and Competitiveness to President Jovenel Moise. Dr. Rousseau is helping launch ‘Alpha Haiti’ in the Spring of 2018, a Haitian government initiative aimed at taking a new approach to economic development. He says the tech incubator will be an innovative platform to “develop solutions for persistent local problems.”
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…