Telecommunications/Technology

Pre-sale of tickets for 3rd edition of ‘Tech Summit’ starts

Twitter co-founder Evan Henshaw-Plath speaks to some of the "hackers" that participated in a prior edition of the Tech Summit. Twitter co-founder Evan Henshaw-Plath speaks to some of the “hackers” that participated in a prior edition of the Tech Summit.

The government of Puerto Rico will host the 3rd edition of the Puerto Rico Tech Summit May 13, to continue positioning the island as a regional hub of technology development. In preparation for the event, organizers announced Monday that a ticket pre-sale has begun offering a more than 40 percent discount off the regular admission price.

The Puerto Rico Tech Summit 2015 will bring together world-class figures, namely Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media and known for coining the phrases “open source” and “Web 2.0;” Jennifer Pahlka, former CIO at the White House who also founded Code for America, a program to promote collective action and citizen interaction with government; and Paul Baltzell, Indiana State CIO, who leads one of the most successful open data initiatives throughout the U.S. mainland, and has turned Indiana into the first data-driven state.

Under this year’s slogan “Innovation Driven Hub,” the event is also intended as a platform for local tech entrepreneurs to have the opportunity to showcase their products to CIOs in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the U.S. mainland.

The local technology community will also have a designated area to display their progress and establish supporting networks during the event.

As in prior editions, this year’s Tech Summit will host a “hackathon,” which allows participants to develop apps and technology solutions live that streamline and simplify government processes while promoting greater efficiency in their services for the citizens. During the previous two editions, more than 40 new applications have been developed to address the needs of local government agencies, including the Department of Education, the Department of Transportation and Public Works, and the Puerto Rico Police Department.

The pre-sale for the first 100 discounted tickets will be valid through Mar. 15 through Eventbrite. For more information about the event, its program, or admission tickets, visit www.techsummitpr.com.

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Business reporter with 25 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other areas of the economy.

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