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Haiti Tech Summit goes virtual as insecurity grows, thousands expected online

The Haitian Times
By Onz Chery

Haiti Tech Summit fellows in the middle of a conversation during the 2018 edition of the event, the second to last time it was held in person. Photo credit: Haiti Tech Summit

Several headliners, including heads of state, were slated to speak at the fifth edition of the Haiti Tech Summit next month. But as the country’s political chaos and kidnapping crisis deepened, the event’s organizers decided to instead hold the event virtually on Dec. 10.

“I’ll be honest, I cried,” said Christine Ntim, founder of the Haiti Tech Summit, about the political unrest. “It takes a lot to bring people together from around the world with the message that this country has so much potential. But everything else is telling you otherwise. That’s demoralizing.”

Founded in 2017, the Haiti Tech Summit drew big names and founders in tech and other industries from around the globe, including Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s founder and Tom Davis, Forbes Magazine’s chief executive officer. Its series of programming, topped with hobnobbing opportunities at the Decameron Resort, drew about 2,000 at its height in 2018.

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