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Sat, April 28, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
FIU South Campus
11200 Southwest 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement, a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country originating out of the African-American community created in response to the sustained and increasingly visible violence against Black communities in the U.S. and globally. The movement began in 2013 by Alicia Garza with two of his sisters, Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media when an American George Michael Zimmerman responsible for the fatal shooting of a 17 year old boy Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida was acquitted of second degree murder. The BLM received national recognition following the killing of an 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Alicia Garza and his two sisters, originators of the hashtag, expanded their project into a national network of over 30 local chapters between 2014 and 2016.
Tech Summit is an effort to accelerate the United Nations' sustainable development goals. Haiti Tech Summit brought thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, digital marketers and innovators under one roof together to address humanity's greatest challenges. The Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) is an organization created with the aim of accelerating startups from emerging markets; it is the first and largest digital accelerator network in the world with a mission to digitize offline startup ecosystems. GSE is the 'event sponsor' of Haiti's 2017 Tech Summit Festival.
The Haiti summit was a historic event with the participation of 100 global speakers flying from the top startup capitals of the world such as Silicon Valley, Dubai, New York, and London. Some of the most popular world Tech startups and important media participating in the summit include Uber, AirBnB, Google and "Inc Magazine", "Ebony Magazine", "Black Enterprises", and "Forbes".
The summit has been organized with three primary objectives. (i) As an annual meeting point the participants and entrepreneurs can discuss and exchange their ideas and practices at regular intervals. (ii) It serves as a central platform for showcasing advances in the rapidly growing technologies and (iii) To assist in the formation of an annual partnership program towards achieving UN's 17 sustainable development goals (such as, No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health, Quality Education, Gender Equality, etc.) to transform our world.
University Of Ottawa Donating Android Tablets to Help Haiti's Children with Speech Difficulties
There are many children who do not develop their speech and language skills on their own as expected; often they need effective support to develop them. The University of Ottawa's Brain and Mind Research Institute has decided to donate 14 Android tablets to help Haitian children with speech development difficulties. The tablets will be loaded with speech development apps that would help to improve mouth and tongue motor skills so that the children can communicate basics like colors, sounds, etc. 'Team Canada Healing Hands (TCHH)' will bring those android tablets loaded with speech development apps to PAZAPA Center, based in Jacmel that serves the entire Southeast Department of Haiti. PAZAPA Center has been helping Haitian Children with special needs since 1987. It supports their treatment, education, and development and when the kids get more communicative, the center integrates them into the community-at-large. It is undoubtedly a great appreciable and encouraging rehabilitation arrangement on devices which were originally developed to help stroke victims.
There is a chance that your doctor will not be in the same room with you soon. In addition, you might not be able to touch him/her either. This actually is taking place as we speak in Haiti.
Technology has reached Haiti n ways we could not even imagine few years ago. Thanks to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Haitian currently living in Haiti now have access to some of the best doctors in the world via web cam.
UM internist, Dr. Antonia Eyssallenne, who flies to Port-au-Prince regularly, says doctors at Bervard Mevs can perform the stabilization procedures but ". . . there are cases that require more sophisticated and specialized attention to manage properly." The UM trauma specialists' job is to advise and support doctors they are performing the procedures correctly. The benefit of the telemedicine service is that doctors' comfort and confidence levels increase with a virtual trauma specialist at hand, monitoring the trauma treatment.
Hospital Bernard MEVS in Port-au-Prince is the only critical care and trauma hospital in Haiti. The hospital has been frequently visited by medical volunteers every week from across America and Canada.
Recently, in last December, the UM's Miller School of Medicine started has started a 'telemedicine' program where the physicians from Miami will consult and guide the doctors in Port-au-Prince everyday. The hospital is visited by a large number of adult and pediatric patients every day, but it often lacks necessary supplies and expertise. "Telemedicine" is sometimes referred as "Telehealth", an offshoot of the space program; it was developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the 1960s to serve the astronauts. After the 2010 earthquake, LifePaths Global Alliance (LGA), an organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged communities in the Caribbean and Central America, realized that basic medical care in the rural and remote areas of Haiti was significantly lacking.
There is a chance that Haiti might be in the business of manufacturing Television in the future. According to information obtained by HaitiObserver.Com, a Japanese company is currently interested in building a Television manufacturing plant in Haiti.
We have learned that a meeting was held recently between the Director General of the National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL) and FUNAI Electric CO which is a major Japanese multinational firm. This Japanese company has delivered electronic brands such as Emerson, Magnavox and Phillips and others.
This is yet another hopeful sigh for Haiti as the country is fighting its way out of poverty.
Haitian Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, while attending the 44th World Economic Forum, held a private meeting with Michael Dell, who founded global company, Dell Computer.
Lamothe is reaching out to Dell, as part of implementing the Martelly administration's E-Governance Program, which includes developing initiatives for education and the environment. He met with Dell to talk about job creation, and the use of cutting-edge technologies to improve the functioning of the government of Haiti (GOH).
Dell and Lamothe dialogued about the urgency of starting a partnership between the GOH and Dell Computer. They were in accord about using Dell's computer technology to promote the modernization of public administration and provide more transparency in the running of government affairs. Martelly has placed the modernization of state functions high on his list of priorities. The discussions also targeted Haiti's quality of education and its improvement.
Apple's tablet started a revolution when it was introduced by Steve Jobs a few years back. Since then imitators have produced their versions of the popular, compact device. The innovative tablet has finally reached the shores of Haiti, among the first in the Caribbean to be offered the technological wonder of the new millennium.
Surtab is Haiti's first tablet, currently in production, assembled by local Haitian workers. It possesses the standard 7-inch screen, with a high-definition resolution, and a 1.2 GHz processor. It contains 512 MB of RAM and a micro SD card, used for two cameras (one a video) that can increase their 4GB memory to 32 GB. It weighs not more than half a pound, lightweight enough for children to carry.
Haiti is changing the perceptions of the business world that has believed garment manufacturing is the only area Haitian workers are qualified to work in. But two tech startups are changing all of that, training Haitian workers to assemble Android tablets. Both Surtab and Handxoms SAs have begun producing seven-inch touch-screen tablets with Haitian workers on the assembly line, putting the devices together.
Business has been brisk for both companies since they began production in November. Surtab has been marketing the tablets to education and planning ministries within the government, and Handxom had a run on their tablets, with 300 units sold in just a couple of weeks.
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