This April, Jamaica will have its first ever Tech, Culture and Startup Summit called Converge. Converge: Tech & Startup Summit is the brainchild of Marketing Consultant, and Co-Founder of Next Gen Creators, Ja’dan Johnson. The summit is a mashup of leaders in the creative sphere, innovators at the helm of global technology, and startups who will share ideas and key insights into exploring a technology-driven future. Converge seeks to bring forth a discussion on “How technology will transform the creative economy globally”.
The summit is a three-day event running April 5-7th at the Courtleigh Auditorium. It features activities such as an Interactive Art Showcase, Influencer Sessions, Keynote talks and panel discussions. The event’s line-up also features headliners like John Henry, Steli Efti, Rioch Brown and Nusseir Yassin. Converge anticipates big and small companies to be in attendance, to come together to connect, share ideas and learn from the best.
A day to look forward to is the Creators’ Festival, where the interactive art showcase will be the highlight of the day. Alex Mayhew is to host ReBlink, an innovative augmented reality experience that transforms the way visitors experience pieces from the Art Gallery of Ontario’s collection. The other artists to be featured in the art showcase are: Roux Art House by Shaundel Campbell, Richard Nattoo, and Ceej Arts by Ceejay Carpio. This day of the summit is open to the public at no charge.
“We wanted to put creatives into the spotlight. Our top priority with the Creators' Festival is to allow persons to witness the convergence of technology and the creative industry. We want creatives to rethink possibilities,” says Johnson.
More activities you can look forward to at the Festival are the Open Studio Sessions, Behind The Magic, and a live performance. The studio sessions would consist of live creative podcasting, where persons will get a chance to record whatever they want, be it a poem or a song, anything they desire. The lounge sessions will be lead by different persons in the creative industry in areas such as videography, photography and music production. Patrons will have the opportunity to experience the behind-the-scenes aspect of the creative process first-hand, all while learning tips and tricks of the trade.
The main goal of the Creators' Festival is to create a space where people can unleash their creative potential and the activities the Converge team has lined up helps to foster that; from the showcase to the mixer lounge. “All the activities highlight ONE MAIN THING - creating! These activities were designed to allow participants to express themselves through multiple creative mediums,” says Johnson.
Come out and explore this new experience that is the Converge: Tech and Startup Summit. If you're a student in high school or college, get a discounted pass for only $23! Find out more information, and purchase tickets on the website techmeetsculture.com.
Rashida Grant is a Jamaican-born writer, currently residing on the island. She's a Journalism student at university, and a lifestyle blogger on her three year old site, 876Lover. On her blog she brings a piece of Jamaica to the world, through event reviews, music reviews, and other literary pieces.