Haiti is rapidly becoming a hotspot for tech and entrepreneurship and as such- women are making huge headways in the tech movement. Last year, Haiti Tech Summit announced the first official Women of Influence List – highlighting the nations leading pioneering women in business, media and technology. This year, we are highlighting the top women’s entrepreneurship and tech initiatives and events in the hopes that more women can join the movement in moving Haiti forward.
Fanm NètAlkole recently launched as a platform to promote the development of women in Haiti. The initiative was founded by Fabiola Coupet, Lorraine Hudicourt and Nathalie Marc-Charles Arias. The announcement has received huge support from the Haitian community and was recently featured in Le Nouveliste. They are scheduled to host the Boss Lady Haiti#powertalk on Thursday March 28th @6pmCafe36 RVP here www.facebook.com/cafe36haiti/.
WOMEN INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM
WITEP is hosting the largest tour of entrepeneurial bootcamps for women in Haiti. The tour dates are March 7-April 13th where a 3 day bootcamp will be hosted in each of Haiti’s 10 major regions. En partenariat avec l’Ambassade des Etats-Unis en Haïti, les boursiers du programme Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative* Altagrâce Michèle Maignan, Marie Flore Morett et Miguelito Jérôme lancent un accélérateur d’entreprises axé sur l’innovation et la technologie, destiné au renforcement des capacités des femmes entrepreneures des 10 départements d’Haïti. Ce programme intensif accueillera 20 femmes par départements en laboratoire entrepreneurial. Sign up here: http://www.witep.org/.
CCFEH/ SIFNUH PROGRAM
Daniella Jacques President of the CCFEH Women’s Chamber of Commerce and host of the SIFNUH International Women’s Tech Summit. Ccfeh, the largest network of business and professional women in the country. The #Ccfeh a young institution that makes the difference March 11, 2016-March 11, 2019 the largest network of women entrepreneurs and professionals. Since launch they hosted 2 Sifnuh (2017 & 2018) 2 Fefha (2017 & 2018), 7 Biznight, a hundred trainings, 2 business missions – wew (2017) & 2018), more than three hundred (300) members.
Women Pioneers Summit
Last year, the founder of Haiti Tech Summit- Christine Souffrant Ntim- hosted Haiti’s first annual Women Pioneers Summit. The program was to support and teach women in business, government and startups on how to build and monetize their personal brands. It was a full multi day series of free workshops – sharing tools for success in business and leadership. At the time, Christine was pregnant with her second daughter and hosted the session to empower more mothers to jump into tech and entrepreneurship. Sign up for the next session by joining the newsletter at www.haititechsummit.com.
View of Haiti from Space
For anyone who has ever visited Haiti, one things remains a consistent theme of words: the beauty of the nation. Despite significant challenges Haiti has demonstrated a unique beauty not only with the natural landscapes, serene beaches, artistic statues and artefacts, beautiful fabrics, ornaments and decorations and the landscapes of hills, mountains and architecture. One needs not look too far to view the Citadel to witness the marvel of man and nature when genius construction is embedded into the mountain top itself to create an earthly wonder. It bears the questions, how does it look like from space?
Unfortunately despite the capturing of Haiti on the ground through photos and documentation by people – there is a severe lacking of nation’s ecosystem from the View of Space. Satellite imagery and picturesque views of a region from space serves to enhance the understanding of the region and serves as beautiful imagery that gives perspective to the region’s population.
During the earthquake in 2010 that led to the deaths of nearly 300,000 Haitian people, the country’s was made to an acutely aware of the lack of imagery about the region and the ability to continuously capture images and service the needs of the people on a needs case basis. These were moments were the nation had to lease satellite hours from NASA, JAXA, ESA and more in order to better help direct people during the disaster zone and provide relief from the devastation. Which roads are safe, which bridges have broken, where are the highest alert places, where are the safe zones and how fast are the disaster’s ancillary effects spreading. One can imagine in situations such as these, a view of Haiti from Space is not for discovery, beauty or knowledge empowerment but rather the difference between life and death.
Haiti Tech Summit founded by Christine Souffrant Ntim, brought a highlight on innovation and technology as the tool to accelerate growth, galvanise all stakeholders domestically and in the diaspora but also to spotlight the nations and its potential. A satellite may be one of the most empowering means to spotlight the country in order to truly provide added self reliance, solutions of innovation and save lives in the wake of a disaster. “Satellite can bring us some of the best view’s of Haiti from Space”, Christine Ntim.
Haiti has some of best scenic views of space and its time for the people of Haiti to have more solidarity and control over their skies and space.