Silicon Caribe is a digital media company that tracks the digital trends and share stories, on how Caribbean people and brands, are using technology to innovate and change the way we live, work and play. We are focused on Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Caribbean and Diaspora.

Though our media and event platforms we inform, connect and inspire entrepreneurs, developers, business executives, CEOs, academics, innovators, investors, venture capitalists, tech enthusiasts and media- as we spotlight the possibilities of the Global Digital Economy and the stories emerging from the rise of Digital Caribbean.

We’re excited by the rise of #DigitalCaribbean and happily share with our readers, viewers and event attendees our Caribbean stories and the compelling possibilities and opportunities of the Digital Age.

SiliconCaribe was started in 2007 by Ingrid Riley, an award-winning entrepreneur and Caribbean Tech Ecosystem pioneer, tech blogger, tech events producer, digital strategist and keynote speaker.

OUR MEDIA

SiliconCaribe.com  – On the blog, founder Ingrid Riley and a curated crew of expert guest contributors connect the dots to comment, review, give unique insights, share interviews and stories on the who and what is behind the rise of Digital Caribbean, the digital trends, digital culture and how it’s changing the way we live, work and play.  The blog also provides widely used resources, such as listings of Caribbean Tech events, Caribbean blogs and Caribbean startups.

SiliconCaribe Digest – In the monthly email newsletter delivered fresh and free to your inbox is full of the most widely ready articles from the blog for that month and other sites, plus a list of recommended Caribbean tech events and job listings. Sign Up.

This Week in Caribbean Tech ( TWICT) – Live –  Our Weekly Live Show on our Facebook page is a snackable 20min show that gives you the latest Caribbean tech news of the moment on the people, businesses and trends that’s making things happen in the digital space. It’s Thursdays at 1 p.m EST. #twictlive

SiliconCaribe Trend Report – We produce and sell quarterly reports on Caribbean Digital trends and insights covering the intersection between digital and mobile, social media, travel, food and beverage, health and wellness, money and finance, agriculture, sports, education, arts and culture in the Caribbean. It’s a great resource for brands doing business in the Caribbean and Diaspora.

OUR EVENTS

SiliconCaribe is the leading producer of Caribbean Technology events. We’ve done over 80 Meetups+ Pitch events, 3 Caribbean Tech Conferences, 3 Caribbean Hackathons, a few Mobile App Competitions, Online Twitter Chats and Startup Weekends. We have also co-produced and provided content programme for many others.

Our Signature Events and meetups bring out thousands of people to connect, learn, do business and have fun with a broad cross-section of the tech and business community.

Kingston BETA is the Caribbean’s first and longest running Tech Startup Event. It is bimonthly Jamaica-based Tech Community Meetup that kickstarted the Jamaican Startup Movement in 2007. Since then, there has been over 80 events, 8,000 attendees and over 300 entrepreneurs from 5 Caribbean countries plus Diaspora USA and UK,  have pitched their technology ideas.

Caribbean Women in Tech Summit is a both a one day event and a movement that celebrates, educates and inspires Caribbean women in the technology industry and help pave the way for other women and girls to want to enter the industry.

Caribbean Bloggers Week  is a festival of live events across Caribbean and Diaspora cities, showcasing and celebrating the best of our Caribbean bloggers, vloggers, content creators, digital influencers whilst providing networking, social, learning and business opportunities.

AWARDS

Best Technology Blog 2011 (Jamaica Blog Awards)
Best Technology Blog 2010 ( Jamaica Blog Awards)
Blog of the Year 2010 ( Jamaica Blog Awards)
Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica  Game Changer Award ( 2012)
Techlinks Caribbean Innovators Game Changer Award ( 2013)

OUR MEDIA + EVENT AUDIENCES

The readers of SiliconCaribe, are primarily Caribbean Millennials in the region and Diaspora, over 60% of my audience and the remaining are Generation X.  They are entrepreneurs, developers, business executives, CEOs, academics, innovators, investors, venture capitalists, tech enthusiasts and media. From what we have seen from our analytics and comments across social media channels— they are interested in what the Caribbean people and businesses are doing regarding technology, innovation, tech entrepreneurship, mobile, social media as well as digital business and digital culture. More than half of them read from their mobile devices and are the connecting primarily from Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Bahamas, United States and Canada.

KICKSTARTED  A Tech Startup Community and Movement – by Founder Ingrid Riley

As a tech entrepreneur and who had both a media and marketing brand at the time, it certainly wasn’t my intention to kickstart a tech startup community or champion a Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Movement, I just wanted to bring together people who loved the Internet and Technology like I did, in a single place and regularly so we could share our stories to inspire and learn from each other. That spawned Kingston BETA event series and our vision and mission for SiliconCaribe evolved from doing that.

We wanted to continue to connect people and information from disparate parts of the tech industry, creative and business community – to build a community and make a difference — there were zero technology industry meetups, blogs, tech resources and publications— we had to start somewhere — something had to change. We became passionate about catalyzing this change. We saw how important it was to have more individuals in technology and in business as entrepreneurs, developers, creatives, corporate executives, mentors and investors talking to each other, sharing their stories and also encouraging others to take advantage of the opportunities of the Digital Age.

So it started as a passion project — we ( my then business partner Susan LeeQuee) , started by hosting our first networking meetup called Kingston BETA in January 2007 – which had 90 attendees, from 4 Caribbean countries. After a few years years, mostly operating as a passion project for me, being pulled by the momentum of the growing community, partnerships and connections, and teh rise of Digital Caribbean, we have grown Kingston BETA into the first and longest running and highly impactful tech startup community event in the Caribbean.

I  have been credited and awarded with kickstarting the Jamaican and Caribbean Startup Movement  and that has led to me working with governments, universities, international development agencies, large corporate brands, youth groups on various initiatives and we’ve only just begun.

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