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In Florida, some dream of tech boom to help Haitian-American community

The Haitian Times
By Onz Chery

Florida based techies
Florida based techies (from left to right) founding member of Haitians in Tech Whitney Lubin, founder of Dev Haiti Ashley Narcisse and Josue Jean-Charles. Photo credit: Dev Haiti

Tech Thursday is an occasional series that looks at how Haitians are faring in tech, a sector that offers more money, caché and potential to drive change to a new generation of Haitians and Haitian-Americans. This is the fourth installment.

FORT LAUDERDALE — Nineteen-year-old Johndy Hamilton doesn’t often go against his mother’s advice. But after Hamilton discovered the endless possibilities of technology, he pursued software engineering, despite her wanting him to study medicine or law. 

“My family has no idea what I’m talking about when I tell them what I do,” said Hamilton, who is studying at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “But they don’t have to understand, they just have to support me. With software engineering, I can make my own world.”

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