Haiti Start

April 23, 2018 8:00 AM - April 26, 2018 5:00 PM

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BANJ, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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Speakers and mentors

Mauricio Angulo

User Experience | Interaction Design

Sprint Master Tesseract Space, Developer and user experience consultant

 

Santiago Carrillo

Technology (Android)

Google Developer Expert
Software Engineer and Entrepreneur - Co-Founder at Tuatara.co

 

Martin Vivas

Product Strategy 

Google Developert Expert 

Shaïna Silva

User Experience | Go to market | Operations | Marketing | Product Design

RocketSpace, Director of Industry Accelerators

Affiniti.vc, Co-founder

Juan Pablo Rojas  

Branding | Monetization | Data Analysis

Google Developer Expert 

Ben-Manson Toussaint, Ph.D.

Technology | Operations

SITERE/ESIH Research Laboratory, Director

Seekncheck.com, Founder and CEO

Marc Alain Boucicault

Operations

Banj, Founder and CEO 

Akhilesh Kumar

Product Strategy

360insights, Senior Product Manager

Tim Rochon  

Technology

360Insights, CTO

Alice Bonhomme-Biais, Ph.D.

Technology

International startups coach in engineering culture

Naïsha Silva

User Experience | Go to market | Operations | Marketing | Product design

Google, Project Manager

Irwin Liu

Product Design | Go to market

360insights, Senior Director, Product Management

Jason Atkins  

Go to market | Marketing | Operations | Finance

360insights, Founder and CEO

Jumaane Ponder

Finance | Operations

International Finance and Investment Consultant

Christine Souffrant Ntim

Technology | Marketing | Go to market | User Experience

Haiti Tech Summit, Founder

 

Duquesne Fednard

Operations | Finance | Marketing | Go to market

D&E Green Enterprises, Cetemoh Digital Center, CEO 

Dan Feld

Leader Google Developers Launchpad Program in 
North America

Francisco Solsona 

Leader Google Developers Launchpad Program 
 in Spanish-speaking LATAM or SpLATAM

Yves Louis-Jacques

Go to market | Marketing | Operations

Community, Founder

Guelmana Rochelin

User Experience | Marketing | Product Design | Go to market | Operations | Finance

CEO, Mana S.A.

Mauricio Angulo

Mauricio Angulo

Mauricio has worked with the 100 top companies in Mexico and Latinoamérica to help them create usable and easy to use technology products, including BBC Entertainment, Banorte Group, IXE Bank, Nokia, Blackberry, Microsoft, NOTMUSA amongst several others.

He collaborates as mentor for startups in the Founders Institute's Mexico chapter and in Google Launchpad events on topics of user experience, content development, usability and visual design. In 2014 co-founded UX Nights, a user experience community and is editor of the UX Nights online magazine. He also is a writer, public speaker, musician and teacher. Lives in Mexico City with his wife Renata, his daughter Ana Lucia and his cat Dante. He speaks fluent Spanish, English and German.

 

Santi Carrillo

Santiago Carrillo 

MSc in software engineering from the University of Amsterdam. Android developer for 6+ years; in different countries and projects, for diverse markets (bookings, e-health, telecommunications, and marketing).

Co-founder and CTO of tuatara.co. Freelancer and consultant for Android apps development.

Co-organizer of the Google Developers Group Bogota and founder of the Android Meetup Bogota community.

Martin Vivas

Martin Vivas 

Community building - Startups & Entrepreneurs - Latin America Design-thinking professional, with over 15 years of experience in the technology industry. As Learning eXperience Designer he has built acceleration and training programs, as well as experiences (hackathons and innovation challenges) throughout Latin America.

Martin is a strategy consultant and senior advisor for large companies, government entities, and high-potential startups. Founder at @thinkleanEdu, he believes that a strong ecosystem provides more and better opportunities for everyone, and that is why he has actively dedicated his pro-bono work to building and supporting communities, of technology professionals, in 16 countries and over 60 cities across Latin America, along 8 years. Leader at Next Buenos Aires, global facilitator for Startup Weekend, Palermo Valley, HackMaster of HackDay Foundation, curator of Startup Digest and World Startup Report Ambassador.

Shaïna Silva

Shaïna Silva

Shaina Silva is an award-winning ecosystem architect, venture builder, and futurist.

In her ten years of building startup ecosystems in emerging markets across Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Shaina has worked alongside Government and Private sector to fuel industry focused transformation in Energy, Transport, Healthcare, Food & Ag, Education, and Finance. She is currently the Director of Industry Accelerators at RocketSpace, where she designs and manages programs that drive corporate innovation for fortune 500 companies, and catalyzes global market access for the world's most disruptive startups.

Prior to joining RocketSpace, Shaina served as the Portfolio Director at Generation Enterprise (GEN), an innovation hub based in Lagos, Nigeria, where she worked alongside the Nigerian Government, Google Africa, 1776, and Ford Foundation, on entrepreneurship development programs such as Ready Set Work, Aso Villa Demo Day, Nigerian Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and the Africa Startup Academy.

Earlier in her career, Shaina worked as a Strategy Consultant at Data Management Services International, in Washington DC, managing large-scale government contracts focused on government innovation and cybersecurity.

Shaina is a graduate of Babson College and alumni of Draper University and Singularity University. She has been nominated as an Innovation Talent for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and continues to drive impact in emerging markets as an Executive member of Affiniti.VC, IMISI3D, the WorkSpace Collective, Haiti Tech Summit, Fotokonbit, and Banj. In recognition of her work, service, and accomplishments, she’s been awarded the Institute of Caribbean Studies’ “30 under 30, Emerging Leaders Award”, Babson College’s ‘Nan-Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference Award’, and is a proud recipient of ‘The Shelby Cullom Davis Entrepreneurship Prize’.

 

Juan Pablo Rojas

Juan Pablo Rojas

Juan Pablo is a specialist in marketing based on metrics and outbound marketing. He knows how to create and measure strategies from the beginning, advertise products using the most useful channels, increase conversions and grow businesses.

Juan Pablo has been working in Platzi for three years on marketing and product management. Platzi is an online education platform that teaches about programming, design, marketing and businesses. Juan Pablo taught one of the courses about AdWords and gave multiple conferences around Colombia, Mexico, Bolivia and the United States.

Ben-Manson Toussaint

Ben-Manson Toussaint

Ben-Manson Toussaint is an award-winning researcher who graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from University Grenoble Alps, France.

He co-founded SITERE Laboratory affiliated to the Superior School of Computer Science and Electronics of Haiti, the first scientific research laboratory on Artificial Intelligence and Virtual and Augmented Reality of the Caribbean.

His last venture is Seekncheck, a platform using Artificial Intelligence for on-demand specialized proofreading and translation. 

Ben is also a mentor on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence at Google Developers Launchpad Accelerator.

Marc Alain Boucicault

Marc Alain Boucicault

Marc Alain (MAB) is an ecosystem builder. He is the founder of Banj, the first and biggest entrepreneurship hub of Port-au-Prince. He brought Facebook and Google to Haiti to work with developers and to support entrepreneurship in a nation still seen as a destination mostly for humanitarian work.

Born, raised and college educated in Port-au-Prince, he worked 7 years in international development in Washington, DC and in Port-au-Prince at the World Bank and with the Inter-American Development Bank before he decided to create his own businesses. He is also co-founder of Groupe ECHO Haiti, a grassroots organization valorizing the potential of young adults in development in Haiti through which he created and lead several innovative projects including ELAN Haiti, the biggest international platform that brings together a community of students, young leaders and entrepreneurs from Haiti, its diaspora and the world focused on taking joint actions in Haiti.

MAB is responsible for partnerships at the Haiti Tech Summit: The biggest international tech event in the history of the country. He also co-founded and serves as chief external relations officer at HFund, a closed-ended micro-venture capital firm based in Haiti offering new modern and tailored financial instruments that bring capital to innovative businesses and contribute to the emergence of a new category of entrepreneurs in Haiti.

Marc Alain is a Fulbright scholar. He holds an M.A in Financial Economic Policy from American University and a B.A in Applied Quantitative Economics from CTPEA. He teaches economics in 12th grade at Collège Les Oliviers. It is just one of his many ways to give back to his country while strengthening the ecosystem from an early stage. He believes that entrepreneurship is the only way out of poverty for Haiti and, through his various initiatives, he is offering all those willing to go in that direction a seat at the table.

 

Akhilesh Kumar

Akhilesh Kumar

Akhilesh Kumar, Senior Product Manager at 360insights leads product management and product strategy for two of the fastest growing software products at 360insights. Previously Akhilesh has been a technology entrepreneur and he has experience in launching two web-based startups.

Akhilesh has an immense passion for disruptive innovation and displacement of existing value networks. He is an ardent follower of the Lean Startup Model and is highly focused on unit economics and profitability.

Prior to being part of the technology industry, Akhilesh has over 10 years of experience in solving complex business problems for large corporations.

Tim Rochon

Tim Rochon

Tim is a technology executive who is passionate about leading teams to consistently deliver amazing technology solutions for clients and customers.

Tim has 25+ years leading technology development efforts across several enterprises and 2 start-up’s, with education from Laurentian University where he holds a combined major in Computer Science and Mathematics with Honours, B.Sc., Magna Cum Laude.

His experience spans the technology landscape including programming, architecture and design, project management, and executive leadership. Tim has served as a technology executive in Banking with JP Morgan Chase, in Retail with Loblaw Companies Limited and Sears Canada, and now 360insights (1.5 years) as CTO.

 

Naisha Silva

Naïsha Silva

Startup Coach, Diversity & Inclusion advocate and Business Operations Strategist - Naisha is a Project Manager at Google leading initiatives that enhance candidate and employee experience. One of her proudest achievements at Google is co-founding Haiti Digital - a task force of 20+ Haitian Googlers dedicating 20% of their work time to drive initiatives that propel entrepreneurship in Haiti, shift the narrative of Haiti, and empower the Haitian Next Billion Users (NBU).

Naisha is a U.S. State Department TechWomen Mentor, Google Launchpad Startup Success Manager, Google for Entrepreneurs Mentor, Startingbloc Social Innovation Fellow, and Women’s Soccer Coach for refugee girls. She has a passion for the Future of Work and startup ecosystems in emerging markets. 

Alice Bonhomme-Biais

Alice Bonhomme-Biais

Alice Bonhomme-Biais is a software engineering coach passionate about the use of technology for social impact.

After completing her computer science Ph.D. in France, she spent 12 years at Google New York. She first worked as a software engineer and team lead on Google Maps and Google Web Search. Later, she joined, as a founding member, the Google Crisis Response team to use technology to help people impacted by natural disasters.

She now coaches tech companies and startups in US, Kenya, and Haiti to help them build their engineering culture and apply software engineering best practices to create better products and ship them faster.

Jason Atkins

Jason Atkins

Jason has a long track record of using his strong entrepreneurial spirit and technology expertise to create and build businesses. 360insights, is Jason’s award-winning third business and has grown to become one of the top ten largest software companies in Canada.

360 has won the prestigious Great Place To Work™ award for four straight years, becoming the only company in the history of the award to simultaneously hold a ranking in the top four positions consistently for four straight years while growing the size of its team by over 382%.

Jason has a strong commitment to community and serves/has served on multiple non-profit and for-profit boards. Jason also founded City Flow project which is a seed fund investing in local technology companies. Jason started a small BPO technology project in Haiti in 2013 with 10 people and it has now grown to over 100 people and recently, he joined the board of Avanse.org to help bring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) to the children of Haiti.

Jumaane Ponder

Jumaane Ponder

Jumaane Ponder has over 10 years of experience in finance and investments and has maintained a particular passion and interest in emerging markets. He has worked with such organizations as the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), UBS Investment Bank and the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic. More recently Mr. Ponder was Sr. Manager of Strategic Financial Planning and M&A for AES Corporation, where he managed over $350M of annual cash-flow and over $1bn of investments.

Irwin Liu

Irwin Liu

Irwin is passionate about building technology for large companies that make a dent in the universe. He's worked at startups, scale-ups and massive enterprises, building awesome teams and products. A lifelong student, his two kids Kai (3 years old) and Max (1.5 years old) keep him curious about everything.

Christine Souffrant Ntim

Christine Souffrant Ntim

Christine Souffrant Ntim is an award-winning Haitian-American entrepreneur & startup ecosystem expert for emerging markets. She was selected and featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, Haiti Changemakers 1804 List, Singularity NASA, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine and more.

She speaks on digital entrepreneurship, startup hacking, exponential tech AI, and personal branding at over 20+ global conferences a year- which includes former appearances at the US State Department Tours, United Nations, TEDx, SXSW, Startup Grind Global, SeedStars World, European Union Forum and more.

She started her career as the founder of Vendedy- a social network connecting people to street markets with the aim of digitizing a $10 trillion dollar black economy and centralizing the world’s 200,000 street markets.

Today, Christine is the Director of Startup Grind Dubai Powered by Google For Entrepreneurs and a partner at the GlobalStartupEcosystem.com which hosts the largest digital online accelerator program in the world- graduating over 1000+ companies across 190+ countries a year.

Duquesne Fednard

Duquesne Fednard

Duquesne Fednard's experience encompasses finance, management, operations and engineering in both start-ups and established enterprises in developed and developing countries. Present and past positions include CEO of D&E Green Enterprises, CEO of B2D S.A, Director of Cetemoh Digital Center (CDC), Co-founder of Centre de Technologie Moderne d'Haiti (CETEMOH), Director of NYC Business Solutions at Wildcat Service Corporation, Associate at Citi Group and Vice President at Perfection, one of the largest machine shops in Haiti.

Duquesne is an Ashden award winner, an Ashoka Fellow, a past Digicel Haiti Entrepreneur of the Year winner, and a member of the Clinton Foundation and the European Environmental Foundation. He holds a master’s degree from Columbia University in International Affairs and bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from State University of New York.

Dan Feld

Dan Feld

Dan Feld is leading Google's Developer Launchpad Program regional activities in North America. Before that, Dan served as the Head of Enterprise Solutions for Google Cloud Platform and as the Country Manager, EEMEA for Amazon.com, responsible for helping customers and partners take advantage of Cloud technologies. Dan has more than 20 years of business and IT experience around advanced technologies, business, and IT Infrastructures.

Dan has built and led global Sales, Business Development and IT teams for public traded companies such as Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN), Clicksoftware (CKSW), Creo (Creo) and Scitex (SCIX) and has worked on leading edge IT projects such as applying open source technologies within global corporate environments. Dan has an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Paco Solsona

Francisco Solsona

Paco leads developer relations and our Launchpad program for Google Developers in Spanish-speaking LATAM or SpLATAM, fostering tech startups and communities, increasing the number of high-quality apps, and bringing Google and Silicon Valley’s best practices to the region. Over the past few years, Paco has formed one of the strongest networks of mentors, and partners that impact over 50K developers and technical professionals, and mentors around 500 startups in a variety of in-person events; every year.

As training to lead Developer Platform in the region, he worked for more than 10 years as CTO of the School of Sciences and leader for several successful IT projects at UNAM. He has a long teaching experience in CS, and wrote two books on computing foundations. He goes head over heels with new challenges, and has been found working on too many projects, repeatedly. 

 

Yves Louis-Jacques

Yves Louis-Jacques

Yves advises startups on growth and operations strategy and serves as a venture partner at a venture capital fund. He founded a tech platform that facilitates deal discovery between investors/corporate venture firms and startup founders. The company was acquired in 2017. Yves previously served as a Senior Advisor to the Mayor’s Office of San Francisco, where he led a regional smart mobility initiative. He also worked in Abu Dhabi and Haiti on banking regulations and investment analysis engagements respectively. His career began at Accenture where he led client engagements in media & entertainment, financial services, and public service sectors.

In his free time, Yves enjoys traveling, volunteering, dancing, and spending time with friends and family. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University and a dual Master of Public Policy/International Finance degree from Columbia University and Sciences Po Paris. Yves was born and raised in Haiti.

Guelmana Rochelin

Guelmana Rochelin

Guelmana Rochelin is passionate about building sustainable business models. She graduated from Villanova University with degrees in Finance and Management Information Systems. After college she worked at Goldman Sachs and went on to complete her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at Harvard Business School. In her spare time she loves to travel with her family and friends, cook and learn about different cultures.