Tech Pioneer. Entrepreneur. Award-winning Blogger. Tech Evangelist. Digital Nomad. I think, blog + speak on .

Ingrid Riley is the Founder of SiliconCaribe is Caribbean Tech Media and Events Company that’s been chronicling and showcasing how the Caribbean does Tech since 2007.

On the blog SiliconCaribe.com – every month over readers from primarily the Caribbean and US read the blog  that covers news, trends and opinion on Caribbean technology, innovation, startups, social media, mobile, digital business and digital culture.

SiliconCaribe is also the leading producer of Caribbean technology events and have produced  more Caribbean Tech Events for Caribbean Startups, Caribbean Businesses and the Caribbean Tech Industry and Diaspora than anyone else. We’re done over 80 Meetups+ Pitch events, 3 Caribbean Tech Conferences, 3 Caribbean wide Hackathons, a few Mobile App Competitions, Online Twitter Chats and  Startup Weekends. We now have Caribbean Bloggers Week and we will stage the first Caribbean Women in Tech in 2017.

SiliconCaribe.com is focused on our emerging #DigitalCaribbean and our inevitable success in the Global Digital Economy.

A big believer in #DigitalCaribbean and its limitless possibilities for the Region, Ingrid is a Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) 50Under50 Business Leader Gamer Changer Awardee + TechLink Game Changer Social Entrepreneurship Awardee. She was  awarded for her work in kick starting Jamaica’s Tech Startup Community in 2007 and pioneering work in helping the development of the Caribbean Startup Ecosystem.

She currently serves as Board Chairman of Startup Jamaica, the Technology Accelerator and the National ICT Advisory Council which advises the Jamaican government’s Minister of Science, Energy and Technology.

Ingrid is also an award-wining tech blogger and has been a Dow Jones syndicated and Newspaper technology columnist who has written over 1,200 articles on topics ranging from Startups, Startup Ecosystems, Social Media, Digital Culture and Trends. She also speaks on Caribbean Innovation, Tech Entrepreneurship and Startup Ecosystems, Social Media, Digital Culture and Digital Business Trends. She is also a known Super Connector.

Life Ambitions

To continue to do what I love to do each day and that it leaves a little dent in the universe, leave the Caribbean especially, a better place than I found it – and that it all makes a significant and positive impact on the lives of people it all touches. To continue to live my life on my terms, having time, money and travel freedom, then to gracefully exit at a very, very old age with a smile on my face, knowing that I lived my very best life.

Beliefs
Challenge the Status Quo, Always.
Be mindful of your intentions.
Meditation solves almost everything. 🙂

An Entrepreneurial + Tech Industry Snapshot

  • Been in the Internet/Tech Space since the mid 1990s.
  • Been blogging since 2005.
  • My first startup published Jamaica and the Caribbean’s first Internet Guide – iGuide Jamaica
  • Co-founder of the Caribbean’s first online advertising network – Caribclix.
  • Launched and ran a niche social network and learnt a lot.
  • Worked for an American dot com in the mid 90s, even owned stock but then the bubble happened.
  • Co-founded one of the most successful web development agencies in the Caribbean- Dutchpot Interactive and only one in the Caribbean led by two women.
  • Launched the Caribbean’s first and longest running Technology Blog in 2005 – SiliconCaribe.com
  • Angel invested in 3 startups in the early 2000s, and that was an adventure.
  • Kickstarted the Jamaican Tech Startup Scene in 2007 with the Caribbean’s first meetup Kingston Beta, followed by the Caribbean’s first tech entrepreneurship conference in 2011 – Caribbean BETA.
  • The only digital marketing strategist in Jamaica that’s crafted a digital strategy blueprint for an entire country (Jamaica Tourist Board and the Visit Jamaica Brand), hired, trained and led a team to execute.
  • SXSW Startup Accelerator Event Board Member
  • Board Chairman of Startup Jamaica Tech Accelerator.

A Few Awards

  • Named a Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica/Jamaica Gleaner 50 Under 50 “Game Changer “ Business Leader Awardee in 2012
  • TechLink Game Changer’s Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
  • Named by CaribJournal.com, one the Caribbean’s 25 Most Interesting newsmakers for the year who made a difference in the region.
  • Won Blog of the Year and Best Technology Blog for SiliconCaribe.com by the Jamaican and Caribbean Blog Awards.

Trivia

  • I LOVE to travel and do it a lot.
  • Even as my iPad is full of e-books, nothing gets me excited like a bookstore with a great stock of international magazines and unique non-fiction and poetry.
  • I used to be a performance poet.
  • I once owned a bar and was a successful Party promoter.
  • I love cafes for hot chocolate and working.
  • I love Red Wine.
  • I am a yogini.
  • I recently got back into bicycling, a long time love.
  • I have a thing for Vespa Scooters and Harley Davidson bikes.

My Social Networks of Choice

Facebook – I am on often.
Twitter – I am typically part firestarter and part curator.
Instagram– I use this as my space of inspiration
LinkedIn – I am regularly now.
FourSquare – I use this a lot when traveling
Quora– I barely use this, though I think I should be there more.
Google+ – I am not there much at all.
Klout – I like to see my score every now and again

Contact me

ingrid at connectimass.com.

 

Keynote Speech + Fireside Chat at Black Tech Week, Miami Florida

Featured in a SiliconValley TedxTalk by Gary Whitehill

Topic: Stop making excuses. Create your own reality: