New models for startups.
Enjoy this video captured during the Puerto Rico Tech Summit:
sábado, 8 de junio de 2013
viernes, 7 de junio de 2013
I know I'm not the only one to be totally blown away at yesterday's Puerto Rico Tech Summit. Everyone I chatted with, including some of the main organizers, where impressed at how well today's event came together. To be sincere, most everyone believed that the event far exceeded our expectations and set a new bar for software development events in Puerto Rico.
For me personally, the Tech Summit provided me with great personal satisfaction. It was an opportunity to reconnect with past colleagues and make a some new connections which I hope to convert into partners. There was a unique vibe in the air. I don't know if it was just me, but I felt such a positive energy during the tech summit.
It was hard to escape the feeling that the information technology industry in Puerto Rico had forever changed. I'm certain that we have finally made a huge leap forward in the adoption of Free Libre and Open Source Software in Puerto Rico.
Because I was speaking, I was not able to participate in the hackathon. I did get to chat with 3 teams that were using Python on their projects, so that was cool. I'm proud that the Puerto Rico Python Interest Group had such strong teams involved in the Hacker Bootcamp.
If it wasn't clear, the Hacker Bootcamp was held in recognition of the Nation Day of Civic Hacking, a national initiative involving 95 events. With the participation of more than 100 software engineers, the hackathon included 23 projects, many of which used the recently released government application programming interfaces. A truly amazing demonstration of civic action and programming capabilities.
Color me inspired. I can't wait to participate as a Python programmer in a future hackathon. It's tough trying to master the Python programming platform after I've been a system analyst and project leader for so long. One thing is certain, if there's any language that I stand a chance, it is with Python.
jueves, 6 de junio de 2013
Slideshare from #techsummitpr at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.
Today, at the Puerto Rico Tech Summit. I was honored to kick off the Government to Citizen track. I am deeply appreciative of the Internet Society and everything their support has influenced. Here are the slides from my speehc on "Creating Constituent Communities:"
jueves, 30 de mayo de 2013
In conjunction with the Puerto Rico Tech Summit, the Puerto Rico government is also sponsoring a programming competition. The Hackers Boot Camp will give area developers the first opportunity to try out some of the new application programming interfaces (API) in construction within the PR government. This is all part of a worldwide celebration of the National Day of Civic Hacking. While the coordinated event is June 1st, Puerto Rico will celebrate it on June 6.
The CIO of the government, Giancarlos González has already mentioned a few of the types of Puerto Rico Government API data we can expect to be available during the Hackers Boot Camp, they include: property register, corporation registry, AMA routes, and fire hydrant locations (for some dog
miércoles, 22 de mayo de 2013
Continuing in this direction is giving Foursquare a lot more data about the places people visit than it would have as a standalone app. And the more data it has, the more valuable that data is because of the patterns it can reveal about how large groups of people move around and, importantly, where and when they like to spend their money. As I covered in an article today, wireless carriers are trying to build businesses as location data providers as well (see “How Wireless Carriers are Monetizing Your Movements”).
jueves, 9 de mayo de 2013
Calling all "amantes del Internet libre," the Puerto Rico Government is sponsoring the first ever technology summit focused on raising the consciousness and use of government enabled Application Programming Interfaces (API). This is an unprecedented vote of confidence in the local software development community, which makes me super excited.
The Puerto Rico Tech Summit, is scheduled for June 6, 2013 in the Puerto Rico Convention Center. In conjunction with a program of workshops and tutorials, the summit will also feature the first ever Government Hackathon.
All of this follows the recent announcement of the Governor's MOU asking for Rest API's from all of the major government agencies, Governor Garcia Padilla has signaled a new era in software development in Puerto Rico. Led by Giancarlos González and Roberto Rosario, this new initiative breaths fresh air into an IT industry that is stagnated and smothered by monopolistic software industry practices.
jueves, 18 de abril de 2013
Today, I finished the conversion of MC Dondees, to yours truly. It feels good to step out from behind the curtain. The myriad reasons why we did it, shall remain locked in the past. MC Dondees was a bad joke taken to the extreme.
In the end, the concept of an Internet advertising startup based in Puerto Rico will always be sentenced to a life of starvation. I guess good, old Bob Davila from EnterPRize, knew it from the beginning. The evidence eventually proved him right.
Even today, the non-existence of an Internet Advertising industry in Puerto Rico is astonishing. Furthermore, the complete lack of search engine marketing is even more perplexing. WTF? Search Engine Marketing is the most effective form of direct advertising ever invented. Why would anyone NOT want to do it?
lunes, 18 de marzo de 2013
Every Monday the Solid Waste Department picks-up all of the "escombro" in my neighborhood. I often scoot along ahead of them and snatch what I can before the truck comes. As a sculptor, it truly is "one man's garbage is another man's treasure," but some of the stuff I find is still in good condition.
Some of it is perfectly good household decorations, furniture, barbeques, or even tools (for example). They are thrown out, smashed up and deposited in our overflowing landfills. 40 to 50 times a year, in thousands of neighborhoods, all across Puerto Rico. It is such a waste!
Someone Will Save It
If people think that the government workers "save" any of it, regardless of condition, they are mostly mistaken. Sure I'm sure if something "primo" appears, they might save it, but in general, they do not. It's not their concern. What people throw out is to be scooped up and thrown away. It takes them too much time to sort through the artifacts and determine if something is serviceable.
They're an afterthought in a disposable society. If it's of no value to someone, then it must be worthless. It is no wonder that there are so few antique stores in Puerto Rico! I've had discussions with people about this topic, and the general take-away is that rescuing something from the landfill is beneath the common Puerto Rican. To do so, brings shame upon your family.
Need Is Ignored
Yet, there are families in Puerto Rico that survive off of what others discard. We've all seen someone pushing a shopping cart down the street picking up aluminum cans in order to feed his family. Recently I've seen sites open up that buy scrap metal. There are usually lines of beaten pickup trucks loaded down with all types of metal. Some of it is scavenged, and I'm sure some of it is stolen, but that's another problem all together.
I just wish that there was some way that neighborhoods could collect serviceable goods found in the "escombro" and donate it to a distributor. The distributor couldn't pay for it, because people would then begin outright stealing, just to sell to these places. So it has to be done from the simple perspective that there are families and organizations that could use the stuff that has been thrown out by the affluent. If only we could find a way to collect it and send it to those that need it.
Yes, I know, I'm too idealistic.
lunes, 24 de septiembre de 2012
After Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico has the highest income equality in the US.
|La Perla, Old San Juan|
Among all states and the U.S. territories, the District of Columbia led with a coefficient of .534, followed closely by Puerto Rico at .531. The state with the biggest income disparity is New York.
Most remarkable is that the U.S. continues to have an average rate — .475 compared to 2010's .469 — that rivals El Salvador's.
From Business Insider.
Over the past 60 years, Puerto Rico has gone from a place where nearly everyone was broke as fuck, to a place that you ain't nobody unless you rich as fuck. If you think that things got bad in the US during the "Great Depression," conditions in Puerto Rico were literally third world.
Along comes "Operation Bootstap" and Puerto Rico instantly became a thief's dream; stacks of free money for every crime imaginable. There was so much cash left over, that even "honest" and self-made men, could even get in on the action, and still come out squeaky clean. Some even became our most "revered" citizens.
We instantly created a privileged class of citizens. The "1%" became our ideal, our role models. As more families distanced themselves from the lower caste, businesses learned that there was a new breed of citizens who wanted to prove to their neighbors that they were no longer part of the "99%."
Just try to reconcile these two recent headlines: "Puerto Rico's children mired in poverty that dwarfs rest of U.S" and "Puerto Rico Launches New Luxury Mall Project in San Juan." I wonder who will want to go there most? The "1%" or the rest of the posers on the island who need to "prove" that they are "entitled" to shop there?