ATECH, where tech, innovation, and creativity meet to form the future

This is what you should expect: 2 days – 15+ speakers – 9 workshops – 8 startups – 1 startup pitch competition winner PLUS endless connections that last a lifetime.

ATECH is back, October 30 – 31, 2019 at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino. If you recall last year with the Morris Lapidus grand ballroom under renovations ATECH strategically downsized and relocated to an alternative location. This year it’s back in an extended format, with all favorite features repeating plus some new ones.

The 5th edition brought to us by Tristan Every and Rudy Croes and their collaborators features 5 panel discussions with a mix of international speakers and local talent.

Taking on Creativity, Collaboration & Technology: Our very own Zena Neme, Craft & Lola, a homegrown entrepreneur, will be on the panel. Another panel discussion titled from One Happy Island to One Innovative Island, will showcase dynamic experts on how to become a leading innovative island, what can drive innovation here and how we can create a new future by implementing innovation.

Sign me up!

Also among speakers I notice Davina Mansur, yes, homegrown, a corporate lawyer in NY and also from Aruba, Michael Tchong, Founder of Ubercool, trend Forecaster and repeat conference guest. Both would be fantastic to hear from. Distinctly-mustached Creative Director Egmar Irausquin and self-deprecating humorist Rosabelle Chuchu Illes, also an artist, writer and performer, join the list of featured personalities.

One of the best segments, the Startup Demo Pitch competition, for a $10.000 purse will pitch 8 startups against each other.

Participating in the ATECH Startup Pitch Competition an apparel & fashion startup from California, a Social Enterprise, Energy & Cleantech, Home, Recycling, Social Issues & Industry Analysis startup from Mexico, a Hospitality, and Data Analytics startup from Canada, a Renewable Energy, Fine Art, Luxury Real Estate, Eco-Tourism & Sustainable Architecture startup from Puerto Rico, an Education, Entertainment & Children startup from Noord Aruba, and Yiu Di Tera Tours & Transfer, from San Nicolas. I hope to catch all 8 presentations, they all sound futuristic and intriguing.

The ATECH General Badge, last Best rate is $175 including both days, and is expected to attract 350 participants.

This year’s conference falls under the umbrella of Island Takeover, with concerts, events, parties and a world class technology conference. Aruba has much to be proud of. Remember, the organization offers an attractive ATECH + Island Takeover VIP Badge.

Generous sponsors include: ATA, Setar, Unoca, Island Takeover, Immerse Aruba Innovation Week, Futura a GOA initiative with Varelie Croes, F6S, Telearuba, The Mill Resort & Suites, CR38TE, E, Mi Kier Traha, and workspace.

Program: Wednesday, Oct 30th, registration from 11:30am; conference starts at 1pm, with a TECH EXPO, and the start of the Pitch Competition. Then Thursday, Oct 31st is a full day 9am to 5pm, registration opens at 8am. 

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