One solution for Haiti to move forward is to engage itself with the newest technology out there. We need to evaluate and implement technologies that will improve our live
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Date and Time
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.
On Tuesday and Wednesday and Ednesday of this week, the place to be was at the Royal Decameron Indigo Beach Resort & Spa in Haiti where social entrepreneurs, influencers and startup innovators kicked off a two-day technology summit.
The Haiti Tech Summit brought into the country over 100 speakers representing Google, Facebook, Uber and Airbnb. The summit will cover topics such as how to launch a startup, the importance of smart cities and branding, hoping to transform Haiti into a hub of innovation.
The sold-out event at the Royal Decameron Indigo Beach Resort & Spa had more than 450 attendees.
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.
Fondation Connaissance et Liberte, doing business at 143 Christophe Avenue, was chosen as the site to introduce an open source software, Integrated Management System and Access to Information School (SIGES).
SIGES comes in French, Haitian, Creole, and English versions. It can be used at primary, secondary, professional, and technical levels, in cities as well as in the countryside. LOGIPAM is the Haitian IT company, which developed the software for business and public institutions.
On Monday, June 1, 2015, the officials of the non-profit organization 'Earth Spark International' inaugurated the first micro network distribution of renewable microgrid energy system which will provide electricity to 430 households and businesses in the town of Les Anglais (South Department). This network has been named as "Eko Pwop (Elektrisite Kominotè Pwop)". To generate the pollution free power supply, Earth Spark International has installed an automated hybrid system, including about 90 kilowatts of solar panels, 400 kWh of battery capacity, and an emergency generator. The company has also installed a grid throughout the city, including a medium-voltage line to meet the future increased demand.
As per the statement of Rachel McManus, one of the officials of the Earth Spark International, this solar hybrid grid power supply system, as a main source of electricity, is the first of its kind in Haiti which would serve as a model to be replicated in other communes in Haiti. To ensure the sustainability of the grid, initially a prepayment system has been introduced where the customers can know about their status of use and recharge their accounts accordingly with prepaid cards available with the local energy seller "plop plop" with the same ease and flexibility of recharging a mobile phone. Each house on the network will be equipped with a standard electrical installation, as well as a new generation of smart meter developed by startup SparkMeter. Earth Spark has developed this model program entitled " Energie Sud" with funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) under the program of "USAID Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development". The feasibility of the project was conducted with financial support from the Government of Norway through the UN and Coalition partners "Côte Sud Initiative (CSI).
Recently, the National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL) has expressed its deep concern on the number of complaints received from the parents about telecasting some pornographic films by some of the television channels during unauthorized hours, which have harmful effects over the young minds. CONATEL wants to remind the owners and managers of these media about the existence of a Regulatory Act published in the official newspaper 'Le Moniteur, Wednesday, 7 August 2013, by the decision of the Executive Body of the National Telecommunications Council (vide Memo No: OE-CNT-DEC-20130002), which deals with penalties under such mentioned circumstances. The said Act dictates that: (a) No broadcasting station will broadcast any program between 5:30 am and 10:30 pm, the content of which is not suitable for viewers below the age of 17, who are watching not under the supervision of a parent or guardian; or (b) The content of which is totally banned for viewers below the age of 17 irrespective of the accompaniment of the parent or guardian's guidance.
On Friday, March 13, 2015, Jean-Marie Guillaume, the Director General of the National Council of Telecommunications (CONATEL) and Jean Vernet Henry, Rector of the State University of Haiti (UEH) has signed a protocol agreement between the two institutions towards strengthening a common legal and regulatory framework on the telecommunications sector. Mr. Guillaume has described this unison beyond a simple cooperation. The partnership will not only broaden the scope of radio and television broadcasting and sound digital planning, this will promote and revitalize the health of the telecommunications sector in a way so that it can contribute more to the national economy.
People in Haiti or anywhere in the world now do have access to public services in Haiti. They can either dial the unique number 8674 or visit the website: www.servicespublics.gouv.ht. Several government officers are upbeat about the realization of this project that was financed by IDB to the tune of 900,000 US dollars.
The Administrative Information Centre (CRA) is free computerized system for all citizens as users of public services. It will be used as a gateway to government ministries and public organizations. It provides general administrative information on these institutions to citizens who request them either by telephone, Internet or locally
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