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Tech Beach Re­treat will re­turn to Mon­tego Bay, Ja­maica, Nov 29-Dec 1, 2018. The 2017 stag­ing of the event was con­sid­ered a mas­sive suc­cess on a global scale with speak­ers in­clud­ing Jack Dorsey, Founder and CEO of Twit­ter and Square as well as Lloyd Car­ney, For­mer CEO of Bro­cade, which was sold for US$6 bil­lion 1 week be­fore the con­fer­ence. With just two stag­ings, Tech Beach has emerged as the dom­i­nant force driv­ing con­ver­sa­tions on tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion in the re­gion and the world, with many in Sil­i­con Val­ley, as­so­ci­at­ing tech in the Caribbean with Tech Beach Re­treat. Dorsey, vis­it­ing Ja­maica for the first time, shared the story of Twit­ter’s growth from a sim­ple idea shared by friends into a mas­sive global en­ter­prise which has driven nu­mer­ous global shifts and played a huge role in dis­course on mat­ters of sig­nif­i­cant con­se­quence. He also re­vis­ited the evo­lu­tion of Square which was de­signed to em­power peo­ple around the world to be more en­ter­pris­ing through the eas­ier ac­cep­tance of pay­ments any­where in the world. He ex­pressed fu­ture in­ter­est in the Caribbean. Mr. Dorsey also did not shy away from con­tro­ver­sial top­ics, as many had ex­pected. He was es­pe­cially pas­sion­ate about blockchain tech­nol­ogy and bit­coin as the tool mil­len­ni­als will use to change the world. He also touched on the mat­ter of pol­i­tics, de­fend­ing Twit­ter’s un­bi­ased stance and the re­fusal to si­lence any sin­gle po­lit­i­cal voice. The global com­mu­nity will con­vene at the lux­u­ri­ous Iberostar Grand Rose­hall Re­sort at the event aimed at con­nect­ing wealth and re­sources with ideas and op­por­tu­nity. In 2017, Tech Beach gath­ered 250 tech en­trepreneurs, in­vestors and in­no­va­tors from around the world. Over 60% of the par­tic­i­pants were in­ter­na­tional and over 60% re­ported do­ing busi­ness with an­other Tech Beach par­tic­i­pant within six months of the event. Tech Beach has yielded sig­nif­i­cant col­lab­o­ra­tion amongst par­tic­i­pants re­sult­ing in part­ner­ships, in­vest­ment and new en­ter­prise reach­ing as far as Dubai, eas­ily dis­miss­ing the typ­i­cal talk-shop rep­u­ta­tion held by many con­fer­ences around the world. Par­tic­i­pants rep­re­sent com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Google, Face­book, Mi­crosoft, Linkedin and Pay­pal. “We are work­ing to spark an en­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tion rev­o­lu­tion in the Caribbean. Our goal is to con­nect the best in the Caribbean with the best in the world, driv­ing a par­a­digm shift in the eco­nomic out­look of the Caribbean. Our sum­mits are de­signed to serve as cat­a­lysts for big ideas and in­no­va­tion, po­si­tion­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions with the right re­sources to make their vi­sions hap­pen,” said Kirk-An­thony Hamil­ton, Co-Founder and Cu­ra­tor of Tech Beach Re­treat. Since in­cep­tion, the event has evolved into an in­no­va­tive plat­form, con­nect­ing peo­ple, ideas and op­por­tu­ni­ties, with the ul­ti­mate goal: to un­lock the full eco­nomic po­ten­tial of the Caribbean re­gion through en­trepreneur­ship and en­gage­ment. The hope is to in­spire a cul­ture that em­braces in­no­va­tive new ideas, spurring dis­rup­tive start-ups into large en­ter­prise. The 2018 theme is Dis­rup­tive In­no­va­tion – Ex­plor­ing the Tech­no­log­i­cal Trans­for­ma­tion of In­dus­tries. Fo­cus ar­eas con­tinue to in­clude fin tech, health tech and con­sumer tech, with spe­cial at­ten­tion be­ing paid to emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing dig­i­tal pay­ments, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, ro­bot­ics and au­to­ma­tion, cy­ber se­cu­rity, big data and blockchain tech­nol­ogy and cryp­tocur­ren­cies. Co-Founder Kyle Maloney shared,“These are some of the ar­eas which we be­lieve are ripe for adap­tion in our mar­ket and they present the op­por­tu­nity for the Caribbean to ride waves of new in­no­va­tion. It’s very dif­fi­cult for us to jump on the band­wagon of far ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies, but these emerg­ing ar­eas have mas­sive wealth cre­ation po­ten­tial for the re­gion.” Tech Beach Re­treat of­fers an in­ter­ac­tive mas­ter­class like no other, of­fer­ing par­tic­i­pants an all-in­clu­sive non-hi­er­ar­chi­cal ex­pe­ri­ence. The or­gan­is­ers have cre­ated an ex­pe­ri­ence specif­i­cally tar­geted for the global com­mu­nity of en­trepreneurs, in­vestors and in­flu­encers to en­gage and build re­la­tion­ships with the lo­cal and re­gional cap­tains of in­dus­try and the most promising start-ups. The fo­rum is de­signed for re­la­tion­ship build­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and or­ganic busi­ness de­vel­op­ment. It is a cat­a­lyst for change, which ex­poses busi­ness lead­ers to the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented in our in­creas­ingly com­plex tech­nol­o­gy­driven, multi-di­men­sional, global, eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment. Tech Beach’s pos­i­tive re­sults are based on its core frame­work: In­no­vate, Con­nect, Trans­form: In­no­vate – The suc­cess­ful busi­nesses of to­mor­row will look noth­ing like to­day. The Caribbean needs to cre­ate the en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for its cit­i­zens, es­pe­cially the youth and start-ups, to in­no­vate and catch up with the rest of the tech-de­vel­oped world. Tech Beach is an early stage re­flec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment nec­es­sary. Con­nect - Con­nect for syn­ergy and to con­sol­i­date! The sec­ond area of fo­cus is to em­pha­size on the syn­ergy re­quired be­tween the var­i­ous stake­hold­ers in the in­no­va­tion chain of the tech ecosys­tem, i.e. start-ups, men­tors, in­vestors, etc, for any mean­ing­ful im­pact of in­no­va­tions to be felt in the so­ci­ety. We con­nect the best in the re­gion with the best in the world. Tech thrives on fre­quent idea ex­change and col­lab­o­ra­tion. A more global ecosys­tem will foster new ideas and greater ac­cess to re­sources and mar­kets. Trans­form - It is one thing to in­no­vate, and yet an­other to utilize the in­no­va­tions to trans­form the lives of the Caribbean peo­ple for the bet­ter. This is why Tech Beach 2018 will also fo­cus on how to trans­form in­no­va­tions to pos­i­tive life-chang­ing ef­fects on the Caribbean pop­u­la­tion. We are em­pow­er­ing the next gen­er­a­tion to pos­i­tively shift the re­gion’s eco­nomic out­look through en­trepreneur­ship, in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy.

Tech Beach Re­treat is a fast emerg­ing and widely cel­e­brated global com­mu­nity of tech en­trepreneurs, in­vestors, in­flu­encers, en­thu­si­asts and in­no­va­tors meet­ing un­der the idyl­lic back­drop of the Caribbean sun, sand and sea. The plat­form of­fers a deal maker’s par­adise where the best in the world come to­gether. Tech Beach Re­treat is pre­sented in part­ner­ship with the Iberostar Re­sort, Jam­pro, Lu­cid Works and the De­vel­op­ment Bank of Ja­maica.

Tech Beach Co-Founder and Di­rec­tor Kirk-An­thony Hamil­ton (right) joins Twit­ter CEO Jack Dorsey on stage dur­ing Tech Beach 2017

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