A futuristic vision of Haiti

It was 5:05 pm when I got to the Royal Oasis Hotel to take part at HaitNumérique2030. At the end of the stairs I met a classmate whom I haven’t seen in 7 years who quickly asked, “Are you having a session at the conference?” I politely replied, “no.” Then, we discussed about technology and social media in Haiti. After a few minutes, I went on to network with some folks who like my work online. It felt good to know your work is making a difference. But we aren’t here to talk about my feelings (lol).

While a few speakers were not engaging; people like Nesmy Manigat, Patrick Attié , Jerry Tardieu, Henry Beaucejour and Juno7 were amazing in delivery.  Click here to find a list of all the speakers

So, here are 22 big takeaways from HaitNumérique2030 :

  1. Stephane Bruno was non-conformist, a trait for anyone who wants to drive innovation.
  2. We can’t have any technological advancement without education.
  3. Electronic signature and business process outsourcing (BPO) are some elements that can drive the economic sector and increase jobs.
  4. Haiti’s tech future should be built on relationships and support, but not a place where everyone is buried in their phones.
  5. Regulating the telecommunication sector is harder than ever because there are a lot of actors in the sectors.
  6. There’s around 7,000,000 phones in Haiti and 1.5 million people who use the internet.
  7. By the end of September, the Conatel will start what the director called “Salon de l’économie numérique”.
  8. It’s not innovation for the sake of innovation, innovation should be connected to a vision.
  9. We will soon have an educational online radio to support and inform people in the school system.
  10. If we do not innovate, Haiti will expire.
  11. Mayor in Haiti could take the initiative to create a wi-fi center.
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  12. Haiti was the first one to use WiMax in the Caribbean and we also helped the Dominican Republic modernize its telecom system.
  13. We should create an economy that creates value because there’s no economic growth without value creation.
  14. Instead of demanding a bigger part of the cake, we should create more cake. An analogy we can apply to many things in life.
  15. We are a short-term society–our leadership is deficient and we think too much.
  16.  We have been thinking for the past 20 years, now it’s execution time,
  17. Many of us have high IQ, but we need to increase our collective intellectual quotient.
  18. We need to shift from a consumer’s mentality to a producer’s mentality.
  19. No country has found the secret for online learning yet, so Haiti has a chance to jump in and maybe become a leader.
  20. Innovation doesn’t happen in the street.
  21. Investing in research has high correlation with economic development.
  22. Cuba is the Caribbean country that has invested most in research.

 

By participating at Haitinumerique2030 I had two goals in mind, which I met. First, network with people in the space. Second, know what people in the sector are doing.

Besides the speeches, the event was an opportunity to recognize many online influencers in the tech space. The event did not start on time, but the content was worth the wait. It takes people like the organizers of HaitNumérique2030 to educate a country. I hope this event will trigger as a ripple effect in the tech space and other industries.

The barriers have fallen and technology has introduced us to endless opportunities. It’s up to us to catch up with the rest of the world.

Have something to add to this story? Contact me at spierrejb@gmail.com.

Pierre Stanley Baptiste

From cooking meager meals over fires made with pine cones in Haiti to studying business in the U.S...", I teach the art of leveraging scarcity in Creole and English and speak about my experiences including recent engagement at universities. Today’s the perfect time to start building your legacy. Let’s do it together!