Closing the Tech Gap between The Caribbean and Miami

There is a no doubt that a technology gap has long been established between the US and it’s close Caribbean neighbors. With only a few hundred miles of ocean between the US and the Caribbean, the technology gap seems like it is decades apart. Molly Duffy of the Miami Herald, writes about a conference that seeks to bridge technology gap between Caribbean and Miami.

Conference seeks to bridge technology gap between Caribbean, Miami

BY MOLLY DUFFY

Entrepreneurs and businesspeople from Caribbean and African nations encouraged each other to drive the technological change their countries need at Miami Caribbean Code’s first Regional Tech Summit on Thursday in the Design District.

“Technology is just a thing that should be there to help us solve social problems, solve market problems, solve market demand needs,” said Natalie Cofield, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, during her keynote speech. She urged attendees to invest in their home countries and then “go home and do business.”

“If we don’t believe in our community enough to go back in and create a solution for them,” she said, “we’ll be upset that somebody else came and did.”

Billions of dollars travel from the U.S. to the Caribbean and Africa, Cofield said. “So why can’t it flow on distribution channels that are created by the very people who are putting billions into the system?”

The conference was designed to bring focus on the need for technology advances in the Caribbean, said Eveline Pierre, co-founder of Miami Caribbean Code, dedicated to bridging the technological gap between the Caribbean and Miami. About 75 attended.

Technology can address a myriad of problems — including government accountability, access to education, energy security and public health access — facing both South Florida and the Caribbean, said Brian Fonseca, director of operations for the Applied Research Center at Florida International University.

“The Caribbean has suffered for a long time from constant brain drain. Intellectuals leave the Caribbean and move into markets that have better quality of life. And that’s just sad because we lose this intellectual power that we should be sustaining in our own communities,” Fonseca said.

Panelists throughout the day discussed technology’s influence on education, social impact, connectivity and economies. Addressing the problems in these areas begins with more access to technologies, panelists said.

“We have not spoken about new technology that does not exist in the world,” said Nehama Bikovsky, president of Maritime Consulting Enterprise. “However, when we go to the Caribbean, oftentimes we see that this not-amazing-anymore technology is still not there.”

As some technology reaches Cuba, Jason Ibarra, chapter director of Startup Grind Miami, cautioned attendees to “be a little cynical” about the rate of progress there. Despite growing internet access, costs are still relatively astronomical, he said.

“I spend personally about 1 percent of my income on broadband internet,” Ibarra said. “If [Cuban citizens] spent 1 percent on broadband internet, they would have 10 minutes a month.”

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of SPRAYSKULL: A Solo Exhibition by REMOTE aka Jay Bellicchi on 06/11/15

SPRAYSKULL, explores the obsessive nature of graffiti and urban art, as well as the disposable yet sometimes fanatical relationship between the artist and the tools of the trade. Featuring a series of works that incorporate reused and repurposed graffiti art and vandalism materials.

Opening Cocktail Reception on
Thursday, June 11, 2015
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Soul Of Miami presents River Of Art #22 Business + Arts Social Event 5/26/15

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Soul Of Miami presents River Of Art #22 Business + Arts Social Event
Tuesday, May 26, 6:30pm-9:30pm
RiverOfArtWeb-22SOULNEWCibo Wine Bar Rooftop
200 South Pointe Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tickets: $10 with Advance Purchase, Promo Code: SOUL
$20 at the door.
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Includes complimentary tastings and drink specials courtesy of Cibo Wine Bar.
All ticket proceeds support Life Is Art’s mission.
Hashtag: #RiverOfArt
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Bringing People and Art Together
Life Is Art & Soul Of Miami present the River Of Art with an exciting evening of business networking featuring an interesting show, excellent music, delicious cuisine tastings and refreshing beverages. The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, executives, industrialists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, activists, and artists. Attendees enjoy complimentary tastings of Cibo Chef’s Selection of Signature: Pizzas, Polenta Fries, Spiducci, Bruschetta, Arancini, Polpettine, and drink specials with entry.

Featuring
Visual Artists: Sandra R. Epps, Theresa Echeverry, Courtney Einhorn
Charities: Best Buddies

Each month, Life Is Art brings the community together at our River Of Art pop-up art-in-public-places show to socialize through the power of the arts with the goal of exposing new artists, introducing new people to art appreciation, providing an inspiring space to make new connections, showcasing local businesses and charities, while providing a fun break during the work week.

Art is an inspiring talking point, discussing it is a great way to break the ice. Culture is one of the primary elements that build community and hosting a business networker within an art show is a unique way to encourage socializing, so attendees are encouraged to bring plenty of business cards and an open mind.

Premiere Sponsor: Spectrum Miami
Partners: Fabulous Miami – YOMiami – SocialMedia305 – Catalyst Miami – InTheLoop305 – Arts & Business Council – Bakehouse Art Complex – Association of Fundraising Professionals – Social Media Club South Florida – The New Tropic
With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

2nd Annual Ceviche Festival Where Proceeds Went for a Great Cause by Betty Alvarez

The 2nd Annual Ceviche Festival was a celebratory event for the whole family which all proceeds when to the construction for the completion of La Merced Museo Peru Church, the first church and Peruvian museum in Miami.

The event had distinguished personalities such as Raquel Regalado, Tomas Garcia Fuste from Mira TV, Univision covered the event, and other media outlets. Guests had a wonderful Sunday that was marked by solidarity, great food, cooking sessions and spectacular shows of traditional Peruvian dancers, live music, etc.

Supporters of the event included El Mero Loco II, Mochila del Chef, Cevicheria Rosita, Divino Ceviche’s Chef Christian Encalada Alvan, Rizio’s Peruvian Cuisine Chef Mauricio Valverde & Cesar Valverde, El Huarike Peruano Chef Ysabel Bartra, Mari Morla, Cholos Ceviche Grill’s Chef Fabricio Pareja, La Huaca Peruvian Cuisine Ines & Aida Morales, El Pollo Inka Miami’s Chef Daniel D. Cespedes Titinger, El Punto Peruano Peruvian Food Truck Chef Pedro Enrique Rodriguez, Asociacion Cultural Peru Danza and many more.

The Corpus Christi Church and Iglesia de la Merced will be a church museum with artifacts, relics, and historical accounts of Peru. The original church is currently in Lima and soon there will be one on Miami displaying the richness of the Peruvian culture.

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Emerging City Bike Tour on 4/11/15

Photographs taken by Anthony Jordon of Emerging City Bike Tour on Saturday, April 10, 2015.

To see more of Anthony Jordon‘s work go to his Instagram page or check out his portfolio.

BLACK IN TIME ONLINE RESOURCE CENTER FOR BLACK HISTORY & CULTURE

Hey Everyone want to give you a good reference to a homegrown site that documents historical events and folks.

A Message From The Founder/CEO

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Hubert A. Gaddy, Jr.

Hello Everyone:

I want to say THANK YOU and WELCOME to the BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES ONLINE RESOURCE CENTER FOR BLACK HISTORY AND CULTURE website. I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit and are inspired and empowered as you view these  pages.

As I begin each work day, I can look at the photographs  that hang above my desk and see generations of wisdom in the face of theenslaved African, the stern, watchful eyes of  Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Frederick Douglass’ imposing dignity, that moment of connection forged by a single handshake between Malcolm and Martin, the quiet, yet resolute defiance of Rosa Parks and Jesus with the elders (all of whom look like me), sitting at the table for the last supper.

These defining images (and others) occupy an almost spiritual atmosphere from which I draw inspiration and focus on a  daily basis. I’m compelled to make proud, my African and Black American ancestors. I’m infused with their spirit and humbled by the legacy of greatness they have bequeathed to me.

As Black Americans we stand upon the shoulders of men and women whose experience in this country was unlike that any other ethnic group. They were kidnapped from their homeland, enslaved, tortured, terrorized and murdered — all in the name of White supremacy. Yet, the strength and power of the Black spirit endured and prevailed.

It is because of my profound admiration for OUR TRIUMPHS  and  GENUINE LOVE for OUR HISTORY and THE PEOPLE IT PRODUCED, I created  the BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES RESOURCE ONLINE CENTER — adding the mantra: “Celebrating Who We Are By Honoring Who We Were.”

I strongly believe that Black people have a responsibility and obligation to continue the legacy of greatness we’ve inherited. We do that by creating positive, unique stories within our own lives. I say everyday that In order for Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It –that’s the message we need to give our children.

Please use this website as a source of information and inspiration.  It is my sincere hope that this will be a useful tool that  will help anyone interested in promoting and teaching Black History and Culture, more effectively. Encourage your family, friends and associates to visit, too. I’ve tried to create a virtual forum that will get you EXCITED ABOUT BLACK HISTORY and enable you to Channel That Excitement Into Positive Action That Will Enhance Your Life. In the words of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, “The mere imparting of information is not education. Above all things, the effort must result in making a man think and do for himself.”

Again, THANK YOU for your interest in BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES. We value your patronage and look forward to hearing from and serving you.

Peace & Blessings,
Hugh Gaddy, Jr.
Founder/President – BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES

River Of Art #20 Business + Arts Social Event at Tongue & Cheek 3/24/15

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River Of Art #20 Business + Arts Social Event
Tuesday, March 24, 6:30pm-9:30pm
RiverOfArtWebSOUL2Tongue & Cheek
431 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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PARKING: Metered street spaces, garage at 4th St. & Euclid, lot at 4th St & Collins, municipal garages at 525 Collins, 137 Washington and more.
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Tickets: $10 with Advance Purchase using Promotional Code: SOUL
$20 at the Door
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Includes complimentary light cuisine tastings and drink specials courtesy of Tongue & Cheek.

Bringing People and Art Together
Life Is Art & Soul Of Miami present River Of Art with an exciting evening of business networking featuring a beautiful painting show, music, light bites and cocktails hosted at the world famous Tongue & Cheek in Miami Beach. The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, executives, industrialists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, activists, and artists.
Hashtag: #RiverOfArt
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Featuring
Visual Artists: Sheila Fraga, Litana, Vivian Estalella
Musical Curator: DJ Hank Justice
Charity: Unity Coalition

Each month, Life Is Art brings the community together at our River Of Art pop-up art-in-public-places show to socialize through the power of the arts with the goal of exposing new artists, introducing new people to art appreciation, providing an inspiring space to make new connections, showcasing local businesses and charities, while providing a fun break during the work week.

Art is an inspiring talking point, discussing it is a great way to break the ice. Culture is one of the primary elements that build community and hosting a business networker within an art show is a unique way to encourage socializing, so be sure to bring plenty of business cards and an open mind!

Premiere Sponsor: Spectrum Miami
Partners: Fabulous MiamiYOMiamiSocialMedia305Catalyst MiamiInTheLoop305
With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

About Sheila Fraga
One of the most important reasons of my artist work is the need to reflect my feelings like a Cuban woman and experiences with a chronological- spiritual character about my past, present and future. In this scenery I show reconciliation, nostalgias, religion beliefs, memories, like pieces that are assembled within a puzzle. I create many compositions, recreated in family pictures, appropriations of passages of the Art History that are uncontextualized to the reality. I deal with identity and migration themes to represent my today’s conflicts. Sometimes I use humor and sadness images like a “Cuban Ajiaco”. I take the oil paintings, charcoal drawing, collage, mixed media and the Cutout. In this long road appear answers to questions such as: What I am looking at, where I am now and how can I get to achieve it? My work is an autobiographic reflection of my life.

About Litana
Litana is a self taught artist. She currently resides in Miami. She mainly creates in oils but likes to explore other mediums. She has participated in collaborations with other artists and in group exhibitions. She creates to inspire the imagination.

About Vivian Estalella
Cuban-American artist Vivian Estalella was born and raised in Miami, Florida in a family of strong independent women. As a little girl, she never played with dolls or toys. Instead, she preferred to spend her time coloring. She was always happier with a box of crayons or paints than a Barbie doll. Always creative, she enjoyed the arts from a very young age. At the age of 15, a trip to Mexico awakened her passion for painting. The intensely rich colors of Mexican art struck a cord and, together with her Cuban roots, formed a style that is both distinctive and uniquely vibrant. The sights, sounds, exotic tastes, and passionate people of the tropics, along with the sensuous female form, are all prevalent in her work.
Vivian’s collection has been displayed at several art shows and fairs. She was also a resident artist at Viernes Culturales, Miami’s monthly art fair in historic Little Havana for several years. Today, her work can be seen in private collections and exhibited at seasonal art shows. At every opportunity, Vivian gives back to the community. Several pieces have been donated to auctions benefiting various local charities.

About DJ Hank Justice
DJ/Writer/Editor from Miami that is fighting musical injustice one beat at a time. In 2012, Hank reunited with one of his long-lost loves: Music. He was always the kid that turned to music. It was always deeply embedded in him since birth. While he was in high school and college, he always found himself at parties wishing he could be in control of the music. He wasn’t interested in partying; he was interested in orchestrating them. Hank’s mission is to destroy musical injustice in the form of DJ sets chock-full of music that people can enjoy and move to. He is often asked what he is playing and is often told that his selection is unique and excellent. This is because he spends hours each day carefully digging for gems anywhere he can. He loves sharing these sounds with the world and hopes to be able to do so more often and for more people. It’s a musical story that’s forever under construction.

About Unity Coalition
The First & Only organization for the South Florida Latino|Hispanic|LGBT Community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning), advancing Equality & Fairness since 2002.
La Primera y Unica organisación en el sur de la Florida para la comunidad latina|hispana LGBTQ (lesbianas, gay,b isexual, transgénero, cuestionando), avansando Igualdad y Justicia desde el 2002.

About Tongue & Cheek
Approachable, ingredient-driven, American fare with just the right amount of whimsy. Serving daily happy hour, dinner, and Saturday & Sunday brunch

About the River Of Art Program
The River Of Art is a monthly business networker and art showcase combined. We provide more than just a platform for professionals to get together, discuss business strategies and make connections, we create synergies to help promote business by including an amazing art show of local talent!

About In The Loop 305
In The Loop 305 is an emergent space seeking to revolutionize our city’s creative economy. Building on the amazing work already happening throughout the city, In The Loop 305 will advocate for new talent and businesses, curate an events calendar that helps reduce silos and push Miami to be a hub for collaboration, innovation and culture.

About Life Is Art
Life Is Art is a Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to creating positive change in the community with the arts and culture through events and education. We give South Florida artists and civic leaders the tools to thrive and grow, while enhancing the lives of those living in our area.

About Soul Of Miami
The Soul Of Miami has become one of the most popular local community sites in south Florida. It includes an extensive calendar, listing all sorts of happenings from all over the area: charity, arts, happy hours, concerts, networkers, nightlife, fairs, festivals and so much more. Tens of thousands of active south Floridians visiting the site every month.