A Letter From the Founder
It is truly a remarkable feeling to know that 100 global speakers will descend upon Haiti this summer for the most epic tech summit in history.
Word’s can not express how incredibly important it is to showcase a new narrative for countries like Haiti within mainstream networks. When people hear of Haiti, their first thoughts are centered on earthquakes, devastation, poverty and destruction. That is not the Haiti I know, nor is it the Haiti of the 11.5 million people who live there or the 19 million global diasporas connected to this incredible country. Of course, we have a long road to full economic stability but there is also great beauty in our complexity as a nation.
Firstly, Haiti’s culture has captivated millions around the world. From our compa music to our voodoo religions and more. Everyone knows of the tiny island that took down the greatest conqueror of his time- Napolean- and became the first black republic in 1804. Come hear our story for yourself- don’t let the narratives of others tell you who we are. The summit will feature amazing local cuisine, music, and locals who will inspire you.
Secondly, Haiti has one of the most dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world. From street markets to tech platforms- we have it all. I myself grew up selling in the streets of Haiti with my grandmother and mother until I arrived in New York building the largest digital street market network in the world. Every time I go back to Haiti, I see more entrepreneurs emerging and the ones of today are leveraging tech in completely new ways. The summit will highlight the coding generation of Haiti and the budding startups that are transforming local and global communities.
Thirdly, Haiti is truly a beautiful island. Our beaches will take your breath away. This is precisely why we are hosting the summit on one of our beautiful beaches. Our after parties post sunset will have you wanting to come back. In the end, that would be a great compliment if you did.
In the end, I hope that you join us for a remarkable experience in a country that truly insights passionate conversation. This time, let’s reframe the dialogue with a new narrative- one that will make you an influencer who dared to see things differently.
We look forward to welcoming you to Haiti.
Partner @ Global Startup Ecosystem
Founder @ Haiti Tech Summit