Tech Summit Seeks to Strengthen Puerto Rico IT Sector
SAN JUAN – With a focus on presenting the trends that portend to revolutionize the delivery of services, organizers announced the celebration of the fourth annual Tech Summit. Billed as the most important tech event of the Caribbean, the event will be held June 7 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center. It will offer the public an entire day of presentations, forums and panels with local and international guest speakers, as well as exhibitions and networking opportunities.
This year, the Tech Summit will feature an international group of speakers that will deliver presentations on the latest technology issues, including Netflix Senior Vice President Brian Holt, who will speak about his company’s success. Local personalities Jay Fonseca and Chente Ydrach will reveal their recipe for success in social media and how to maintain engagement among followers.
Moreover, Uber’s Francisco Sordo will talk about the economic impact of the company’s platform in Latin America. Representatives of the U.S. Digital Services will present on how the development of new digital tools allows the efficient redesign of government operations. Other subjects to be covered at the Tech Summit include new investment fund trends for technology-based projects, digital solutions for the healthcare systems sector, with the Healthcare.gov case study as a backdrop, and many others.
For his part, Dave Watkins, member of the Tech Summit advisory board and moderator of the investment fund panel, said that “to be able to compete with world-class entrepreneurial initiative centers, we have to develop serial entrepreneurs and achieve a culture change. With this in mind, at our Delivering Funding panel, local leaders will debate on how to make capital accessible in Puerto Rico in order to obtain a leadership position in the world economy.”
For the first time, an educational program called “Educathon” will be carried out at the summit. As part of the program, 36 public school students will receive training in programming and computer systems. The participating students come from the Papa Juan 23rd School in Bayamón, the Brígida Álvarez Rodríguez School in Vega Baja and the Gerardo Sellés Sola School in Caguas.
Participating students will also receive mentorship from Codetrotters instructors and other members of the island’s startup and tech communities. Students will develop projects integrating hardware and software, use components such as micro computers and cameras for integration with social media and the creation of webpages, among others. These projects will be presented before a panel of experts at the Tech Summit.
“We are very enthusiastic about the opportunity to teach programming to students from our public schools. Learning these skills from an early age will open doors and create unique opportunities for them. Codetrotters is committed to being part of the transformation of our education system, bringing it closer to the demands of the 21st century,” said Sofia Stolberg, Codetrotters co-founder and chief executive.
“Efforts such as the Tech Summit reflect our vision of positioning Puerto Rico as an ideal place for the development of technological solutions and initiatives that at the same time create opportunities for significant economic development,” Economic Development Secretary Alberto Bacó Bagué, said in a published announcement.
For more information on how to participate, access the event’s Eventbrite webpage, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tech-summit-2016-the-strategy-is-delivery. For further information on the event’s agenda and invited speakers, visit www.techsummitpr.com.