If the kind of Kingston BETA we had on Thursday April 25th is any indication of the kind of 2013 we’re going to have, then the word awesome will not even be enough. We had a guest speaker talking about a hot button topic – Mr Livingstone Morrison- Deputy Governor, Bank of Jamaica who spoke about Mobile Money and the Opportunities for Entrepreneurs. We had a 4 person panel of entrepreneurs and developers – Lloyd Laing- Founder JL Mobile
Gordon SWaby – Founder, Edufocal.com, Khary SHarpe – Founder, Bakari Digital, Wayne Jones Jr – Founder, Hybrid Tech talking about STARTUP CITY: Kingston- How to make the city a hub for tech entrepreneurship & development. We had 3 teams pitch their tech ideas and a full house 130 attendees. All at the headquarters of our gold sponsor JAMPRO-Jamaica’s Trade and Investment Agency. The first of our tech event series.
We culled some of the tweets of that night to give you a snapshot of what people found interesting and were moved to tweet out.
– Congrats @ingridriley MT>”@moniquepowell: This #kingstonbeta is turning out to be one of the best I’ve been to..& its not halfway done yet.” — Jean L-C (@souldancing)
-u know an event buss when u reach and still haffi draw fi yu ipad and follow on twitter. @kingstonbeta pack!! — Kim Spence (@endzoftheearth)
– dellyjm @ashminid @kingstonbeta yep, great content, learned a tonload and met some folks who engaged us in some very good conversation
-First time really interacting with the Jamaican tech community. LOVED it. Thanx
@ingridriley @kingstonbeta #kgnbeta
-@robbizle7 @kingstonbeta is a standing room only event tonight. Lol! Hush!
– KyleALewis @ingridriley I echo @moniquepowell‘s sentiments, last night’s @kingstonbeta was very engaging from start to finish. Well done!
– Fabian Gentles
@str8GQ 25 Apr“ @kingstonbeta: #kgnbeta RT @thedevnet: @kingstonbeta is the tech forum to be right now!” Packed house.
RT @kingstonbeta: @Connectimass is heading to Chile!! We’ve been invited by Min. @julianjay to visit and observe Startup Chile #kgnbeta
RT @kingstonbeta: #kgnbeta community member @biancawelds is one of 72 out of 600 selected for a 6months tech accelerator programme,Tech Peaks in Italy. Congrats @biancawelds!!!!
@kingstonbeta 25 Apr
There are many opportunities that are unknown to us. Visit http://f6s.com for competitions, accelerator programs and MORE
@kingstonbeta: Guidelines for Electronic Retail Payments – See http://ow.ly/kraAM #kgnbeta
@kingstonbeta 25 Apr
-We need to position ourselves as digital exporters, get the returns, create a future for other techtrepreneurs –
@peterlevy 25 Apr Jamaicans who think economic future depends on what’s happening at Gordon House are looking in the wrong place #kgnbeta
-Dialogue is important in creating a startup city for innovation and tech entrepreneurship
-We were never taught to be entrepreneurs – Lloyd Laing. The culture of entrepreneurship is just starting to evolve in Jamaica
: If mobile money is to secure wide scale acceptance must provide a similar level of confidence.
-We, as the tech community should seek to find solutions to the existing problems.
Sponsor Related Tweets
@diGJamaica: @JamaicaGleaner‘s classified app is available. Updates at 3am. Searchable by category, location.You can dial from app #kgnbeta”
– moniquepowell@ingridriley @kingstonbeta The presentations from the Gleaner were pretty interesting an not dull obligatory pitches. 2/2
– Jamprocorp Congrats to @kingstonbeta on a sucessful kick off event last night! It was a great turnout & we saw some interesting ideas being discussed!