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
Emojis are being taken to the next level by three Haitian Americans, with the latest evolution of the emoticon apps.
Lingoji, a new emoji app that interjects cultural sayings with expressive charactertures was developed by Patrice V. Gervais, David-Georges Renaud, and Gerald Brun.
By Fabiola Jean
AfroCrowd, a new initiative aimed at increasing black participation in crowdsourcing, kicked off Black History Month, with a weekend dedicated to Wikimedia crowdsourcing. The kickoff event, held at the Brooklyn Public Library, was sponsored by the Haiti Cultural Exchange, Haitian Creole Language Institute, Afro Latin Project, Port Academie, Garifuna Nation, Yoruba Cultural Institute and Afro Diaspora.