Haiti Tech Summit reached record-breaking virtual turnout of 75,000+ viewers
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By STEM Caribbean | Posted on October 20, 2020
According to the organizers, the 4th edition of Haiti Tech Summit held on October 8 and 9 this year reached over 75,000 online viewers worldwide, a significant increase from the initial 4000 virtual attendees expected to attend. An event of this size is arguably the most viewed tech and business virtual event in Haiti thus far.
This year’s edition of the summit focused on the theme “The Great Reset- A Nation’s Roadmap to A Decade of Digitization” A World Economic Forum initiative. With over 16 hours of content, the summit included workshops and fireside chats, and speakers who discussed the summit’s three pillars of ecosystem development – entrepreneurship, employment, and education. Speakers included billionaire investor Ben Horowitz and Irene Arias Hofman of the Inter-American Development Bank.
The summit was free of cost and hosted virtually for the first time ever reaching another milestone.
“This has been a challenging year for the world and we are proud to have held our commitment to Haiti and our 13-year commitment to transforming this nation via technology,” the Haiti Tech team expressed.
Since its launch in 2017, the summit has garnered support from several global businesses and prominent individuals in the tech space. At the event in previous years, speakers included Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter and Square, and Tom Davis, Chief Marketing Officer of Forbes Magazine.
The summit has contributed to developing Haiti’s tech space through initiatives that foster the growth of Haiti’s digital economy. It facilitated various tech contributions, including launching entrepreneurial incubators, attracting initiatives by Facebook, Google, and Airbnb to Haiti, and recently launching programs offering mentorship for entrepreneurs and career development training.
One initiative launched this year is the Haiti Digital Career Accelerator, which aims to revamp Haiti’s local economy and equip Haitians with the skills necessary to be employable for online jobs.
Although the summit is now over, the organizers indicated that there’s still more to come for the remainder of 2020.
“Stay tuned as we have more offerings, programs and announcements from our partner network coming up to culminate the 2020 year,” the Haiti Tech team expressed.