Ingrid Riley

Silicon Caribe to stage first Caribbean Bloggers Week

cbwdigitalinfluenceblog-690x509SiLiCON CARiBE the award-winning Caribbean Tech Media and Events brand, will stage the first annual Caribbean Blogger’s Week across the Region and Diaspora, from December 5th to 10th, 2016. It will celebrate and showcase the power of Digital Influencers of Caribbean + Caribbean descent, who are Bloggers, Podcasters, Instagrammers, YouTubers and other types of Digital Creatives.

The event which is staged 90% online, will profile and interview emerging and rockstar Digital Influencers; publish educational how-to and how-I-did articles from expert bloggers;  release The Status of Caribbean Blogosphere Trend Report; launch an Official Caribbean Blog directory plus host two Twitter Chats. The week will culminate with Blogger Meetups hosted by top Caribbean Bloggers in Kingston, Port of Spain, New York and London.

Caribbean Bloggers Week is our newest event and our intention is that it inspires the increased development, marketing and distribution of more original Caribbean Digital Content. You see, it is of great value that more of us, come to understand the value and opportunity of owning a blog, an independent digital media platform, for which you can set your own agenda. A platform where you can produce text, audio, photo and video digital content, build an engaged and loyal audience and achieve amazing things, including a profitable business,” said Ingrid Riley, Founder of SiliconCaribe.

SiliconCaribe is the multi award-winning Caribbean Tech Blog that’s been chronicling and showcasing how the Caribbean does Tech by covering Caribbean Technology News, Startups, Mobile Trends, Digital Culture and Digital Business since 2007. The Media entity has also staged  over 90 different type of Caribbean Tech events for Entrepreneurs and Creatives.

Under this year’s theme, “The Power of Digital Influence,” Caribbean Bloggers Week is on a mission to raise the visibility and viability of Caribbean Content Creators, Tastemakers and Marketers and increase the understanding and collaboration between them and Caribbean and Global brands.

I’ve been blogging here at SiliconCaribe.com for just over 9 years myself, and one of the things that I truly love about blogging paired with social media, is the ability to create great content, engage and build a loyal audience and become an authority in your space, which is the foundation of digital influence,” says Riley.

Caribbean Bloggers Week online and in person schedule of activities, will also examine how Digital Influence is growing in the Caribbean and Diaspora, the current trends, who are some of rising and leading digital influencers; what makes them so powerful ( their reach, resonance and relevance); how they already are reshaping how entire industries work and how marketing budgets are being spent.

ABOUT SILICONCARIBE

SiliconCaribe is Caribbean Tech Media and Events Brand, that’s been chronicling and showcasing how the Caribbean does Tech since 2007. Every month readers from primarily the Caribbean, United States and Europe read the blog that covers Caribbean technology, innovation, startups, social media, mobile, digital business and digital culture.

SiliconCaribe is also the leading producer of Caribbean technology events for Startups, Caribbean Businesses and the Caribbean Tech Industry and Diaspora.  The entity has produced over 80 Tech Meetups+ Pitch events, three Caribbean Tech Conferences, three Caribbean Hackathons, Mobile App Competitions, Online Twitter Chats and one Startup Weekend.

Contact: Ingrid Riley : ingrid@getconnectid.com | 1 876 864 2440

Three OECS Tech Companies make Top 25 Startups to Watch in 2015

BRADES, Montserrat – Two Montserratian startups and one Dominican-based company have been included in SiliconCaribe.com’s Top Caribbean Startups to Watch in 2015.

Ingrid Riley of Jamaica is the founder of connectimass, a non-profit organisation which teaches tech entrepreneurship.
Ingrid Riley of Jamaica is the founder of connectimass and siliconcaribe.com

This is the first year that SiliconCaribe, a blog focused on Caribbean technology education is publishing the list. Curator and Tech Evangelist Ingrid Riley said “the list of startups was chosen through a process of submissions by on-the-ground Caribbean tech community leaders, innovation hub managers and startup experts. We also looked at the winners of key Caribbean wide competitions and of course there were a number of wild cards that we discovered.”

“The list represents what Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurs are thinking and some of the problems they are seeking to solve. Additionally, based on current and developing trends in the growth of the Caribbean’s Startup Ecosystem, we expect to see, more Caribbean startups overall over the next 3-5years, with a number of global contenders among them. As a result, this list is a snapshot of where things are now and a glimpse of the region’s bright future,” added Riley.

Lindsay George, CEO of ComeSeeTV of Dominica at work streaming the World Creole Music Festival. ComeSeeTV is one of three companies from the OECS which made the Top Caribbean Startups to Watch in 2015.
Lindsay George, CEO of ComeSeeTV of Dominica at work streaming the World Creole Music Festival. ComeSeeTV is one of three companies from the OECS which made the Top Caribbean Startups to Watch in 2015.

On the list is ComeSeeTV from Dominica. ComeSeeTV is the Caribbean’s largest portal for streaming original content. Over 11 million people annually access content created by churches, carnivals, governments and entrepreneurs. Clients can create free content, On Demand or Live Stream Pay Per View events.

“We’re very pleased to have been included in this list,” said Lindsay George CEO of ComeSeeTV. “The demand for services continues to increase and we want to be the platform delivering the best service rivalling YouTube, LiveStream and others. The secret is really the people around the region who are creating the content that friends and family globally want to see.”

eVisa (MOVA), an electronic visa application system which provides approval on requests within 24 hours. It also allows the government to collect revenue directly via credit card payments and eliminates the current practices of using consulates in various parts of the world which can take weeks and also does not provide local income. This product is from Lavabits a software development firm based in Montserrat.

Talypso is a voting software which cuts the wait time for results at cultural competitions such as calypso, soca and pageants. It gives real time information on a leader board as the show progresses and results can be announced within 20 minutes of the competitions ending. The team have also developed a Government document system which allows various departments to work on the same project and share documents while maintaining security. Talypso is a product of a Software startup Rovika, run by Manish Valeccha and Dennison Daley.

The Caribbean Tech Startups span the sectors of Internet of Things, eLearning, Online Media, Mobile Gaming, Mobile Surveys, eAgriculture, eHealth, Social Shopping and more.

See the full list at www.siliconcaribe.com.

Caribbean Startup Digest Coming in February 2013

The Caribbean now has its own Startup Digest as Ingrid Riley, founder of ConnectiMass  joins the organisation as the Caribbean Curator.    ConnectiMass a media company that offers content, community and events for aspiring and current Caribbean entrepreneurs in technology.

The 3 year old StartupDigest email newsletter currently reaches over 230,000 subscribers across 99 cities and 43 countries around the world. It was recently acquired by the global organisation Startup Weekend, the organization behind the weekend-long hackathons encouraging entrepreneurship. Startup Weekend has had over  300 events, across over 200 cities in 67 countries, with over 45,000 attendees. Continue reading