Local online start-ups want the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) to move with alacrity and implement mobile money in Jamaica, arguing that weak regulation and heavy bureaucracy have continued to hinder the viability of their businesses.
The appeal came as deputy governor of the BOJ, Livingston Morrison addressed a group of entrepreneurs about regulating mobile remittances, and even as one participant revealed that he had transferred funds even as the central bank official discussed the issue.
“Whilst you spoke I transferred funds using PayPal,” the participant told Morrison while looking at his mobile phone, in reference to transactions made through the global e-commerce business which allows payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet.
“Did I do anything illegal?” he asked. More
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Here are 4 blog posts that recap the event for your easy reference.
1. The Teams who Pitch their Tech Ideas at Kingston BETA April 2013 Edition | http://bit.ly/124YITG
2. Kingston BETA April 25th, 2103 By the Numbers. | http://bit.ly/15eQazK
3. Kingston BETA featured in the May/June issue of Caribbean BEAT magazine | http://bit.ly/140DyHP
4. How Was Kingston BETA April Edition ? Let a few of the selected Tweets Tell the Story | http://bit.ly/135fJ2D
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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)
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!!!!
Sponsor Related Tweets
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The Gleaner Online launched its highly anticipated Classifieds App for BlackBerry smartphones during the recent staging of Kingston BETA, Jamaica’s Tech Industry event at the JAMPRO headquarters in New Kingston.
The app, which is now available for download from BlackBerry World, boasts all the features of the traditional, trusted Gleaner Classifieds ads. Users can search for items in Auto, Real Estate, Careers, Merchandise, Services, Livestock and more.
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We have another full programme for today’s Kingston BETA.
For the newbies here’s what the Kingston BETA event looks like, using what’s going to be on the programme today.
Today April 25th, 6:30-9:30pm. JAMPRO Offices (Corner of Trafalgar Rd/Braemar Rd) $500jm | US$5
1. Welcome & Announcements
2. Sponsor Presentations from Gleaner Online, DIgJamaica, MyVirtualOffices
3. Guest Speaker & Q & A
Mr Livingston Morrison – Deputy Governor, Bank of Jamaica.
Topic: Mobile Money and The possibilities for young tech entrepreneurs.
4. BREAK for 2 MIns
5. PANEL Discussion: STARTUP CITY: Kingston – How to make the city a hub for tech entrepreneurship and innovation.
Lloyd Laing- Founder JL Mobile
Gordon SWaby – Founder, Edufocal.com
Khary SHarpe – Founder, Bakari Digital
Wayne Jones Jr – Founder, Hybrid Tech
Moderator: Ingrid Riley, Founder of Connectimass Foundation
5. Startup Pitches: Entrepreneurs and Developers Take 3 mins and Pitch their Tech Ideas to the audience.
We have 5 teams today
6. Thank yous by Host
7. Drinks and NETWORKING
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by Ingrid Riley
We’ve been doing Kingston BETA now since 2007 with the goals being to build the tech community and increase the capacity of the community. And what a journey and process it’s been.
The first of 4 Kingston BETA events scheduled for 2013 happens tomorrow Thursday April 25th, 2013 at JAMPRO Offices at 6:30pm. $500jmd/US$5 gets you in. As the founder and host and having interacted with thousands of individuals who’ve attended our event, I’ve seen and heard alot and I realised I’ve never written something like this especially for the uninitiated and shy ones among us. So I thought I’d write this today.
So here we go, so what are Top 5 ways to make the most of a Kingston Beta event and community ?
What is Kingston BETA?
Kingston BETA is a tech event series that brings together aspiring and current Jamaican/Caribbean entrepreneurs, developers, designers,tech professionals – To Learn. Be Inspired. To Network. We provide the connections, content, insights, skills, resources and networks needed to launch a successful tech startup. We want them to get connected. educated and inspired enough to go Build, Launch and Prosper.
Why Kingston BETA?
These are the beliefs that drives us.
-We believe that Tech Entrepreneurship can become a major driver of job creation, startups and innovation across the Caribbean.
- We believe that while the Caribbean as a region and in terms of numbers may be small, the talent and ideas that reside here are in a word- Significant.
-We believe that when you connect the motivated and talented to the right people, ideas and information- amazing things happen!
-We believe that the Caribbean can create technology millionaires and billionaires who change their countries and the world with their amazing ideas.
1. Just show up in person and online. Each event attracts between 80-150 people depending on the guest speaker, panel discussion and number of idea pitches. So come in person if you live in Jamaica or are here on business. If not, we live tweet every event for the Caribbean Tech Community and the rest of the world using the twitter name @kingstonbeta and the hashtag #kgnbeta. So join in the conversation online if you cannot do so in person. Plus people attending are usually tweeting too, so you will feel like you are right there in the middle of the action if you are not in Jamaica. There is nothing like being a part of a community of like minded people. So whether you are an aspiring or existing tech entrepreneur, developer, designer, marketing or business graduate, or tech enthusiast…join us in person and online. You will always leave an event having learnt something and connected with someone you’ve always wanted to.
2. Network: At the registration desk, you will get a name tag. Write your name or twitter ID on it, but please wear the tag and a smile. The networking is killer at Kingston Beta- it is the place to meet then match the faces behind the Caribbean dotcom places. You will always be surprised about meeting the entrepreneur or developer behind a particular website, company or app. So read people’s name tags and just say hi, they are expecting you to.
3. Be Inspired: So you don’t have a tech idea as yet, or you’re toying with a few but unsure about which way to go. That’s cool. Just being at the event, meeting new people, listening to the speakers and idea pitches will inspire you to think harder, do more homework and help you generate even better ideas. Let me tell you, when a bunch of smart, passionate people are in a single room, I tell you, magic happens!
4. Pitch Your Idea: At our Kingston BETA events, we’ve created a safe and non-judgmental community space for everyone from the college student, college graduate, aspiring entrepreneur to the seasoned and successful ones. We encourage you to share your ideas, your product prototype or startup on stage in the BETA Pitch section of the event. Over the 50 events we’ve done so far, over 100 entrepreneurs have pitched their ideas to over 3,000 attendees. And we’re just getting started. The one thing that will happen when you pitch – you will get great feedback from an audience like no other and it will help you to ditch or finesse your idea. You will be better for the experience. Plus we want you to enter the grand Caribbean Pitchfest which happens at our annual tech entrepreneurship conference – Caribbean BETA. So sharpen up those pitches and get ready.
5. Stay Connected to the Community. Currently we have four Kingston BETA events planned for 2013, so what are you going to do in between those events? Stay connected to the community….and where else…online. Join the BETA Newsletter which is a monthly email newsletter that keeps you on the pulse of the people and events that are making things happen in the Caribbean Tech Startup Scene. This includes Kingston BETA, Caribbean BETA, Startup Weekend events, Startup Bootcamps, Tech Conferences, Competitions, Deals and more. Join the Facebook community, Follow us on Twitter . Read our award-winning Caribbean Tech Blog SiliconCaribe.com which covers the Caribbean Tech Startup Scene – The Entrepreneurs, Developers, Designers, Investors, Advocates, Culture and Events. We keep you updated on the latest news and trends in Caribbean technology entrepreneurship and innovation. Join the various groups that are part of the wider Tech Community as well Slashroots Foundation, Jamaica Software Developers Association, Jamaica Design Association, Cayman Software Developers, App developer community in Barbados. And when you are there, share what you read, what you are doing and what you know. The knowledge exchange change of the online community is priceless.
NB: Kingston BETA is the event series staged by the award-winning tech entrepreneurship foundation ConnectiMass. Connectimass is an non-profit that equips aspiring and existing Caribbean tech entrepreneurs with the connections, content, insights, skills, resources and networks needed to launch a successful tech startup. We offer content, community and events and have been since 2007. We’re on a mission to increase the number of successful tech entrepreneurs and startups in the Caribbean with information, inspiration and education on our platforms. We are helping Caribbean young people and women become Successful Tech Entrepreneurs. We’re taking Caribbean Tech Ideas to the World.
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MY Virtual Offices signs on as Silver Sponsor for @KingstonBETA April 25th event. We are happy to have them on board with us . The company offers a team of smart, personable, off-site receptionists providing companies of all types and sizes throughout the US, Canada ,UK,Grenada and Jamaica a richer, more customized experience. In a friendly, courteous, and professional manner, our virtual receptionists answer your phone calls.
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Deputy Governor of the Bank of Jamaica Speaks on Mobile Money and Opportunities for Young Tech Entrepreneurs at Kingston BETA this Thursday
Livingstone Morrison, Deputy Governor of Finance & Technology at Bank of Jamaica( BOJ) will be speaking on Mobile Money and the opportunities for young tech entrepreneurs at Kingston BETA, Jamaica’s tech community event to be held this Thursday April 25th, 2013 at JAMPRO’s headquarters at 6:30pm. It will be $500jmd/US$5 at the door.
With the much anticipated electronic retail payments guidelines now finalized and published, there is now a need to further publicise and explain it to the influential audience of young aspiring and existing our Tech entrepreneurs,developers and designers, tech professionals who will be very likely use the platform and develop for the platform.
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JAMPRO- Jamaica’s Trade and Investment Agency signs on as Gold Sponsor for Kingston BETA 2013 event series
ConnectiMass the nonprofit organisation that stages the most tech events for the Caribbean Tech Community has partnered with JAMPRO- The Trade and Investment agency of Jamaica – who have signed on as Gold Sponsor for Kingston BETA 2013 event series. They will be hosting the first in the series on Thursday April 25th, 2013 at JAMPRO’s New Kingston Offices, 6:30pm, $500jm.
Follow @jamaicagleaner, @jamprocorp, @kingstonbeta, @connectimass
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ConnectiMass the nonprofit organisation that stages the most tech events for the Caribbean Tech Community has partnered with Gleaner Online who have signed on as Gold Sponsor for Kingston BETA 2013 event series. diGJamaica will be presenting on big data and Gleaner Online will be presenting its products, its position as the online market leader for news content and the various tech platforms that make data available across various platforms at the next Kingston BETA event on Thursday April 25th, 2013 at JAMPRO’s New Kingston Offices, 6:30pm, $500jm.
Follow @jamaicagleaner @jamprocorp, @kingstonbeta, @connectimass