Curacao hosted the Road to GES 2019 on March 14th & 15th
On March 14 and 15, 2019 Curaçao hosted The Road to GES2019 Caribbean. Ministers, government officials, thought leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the Caribbean, the United States, the Netherlands and even Africa attended the event.
The event existed of plenary sessions as well as breakout sessions with different topics, such as sustainable tourism, Future of Work, healthcare and Energy & Water. James Ellsmoor (Forbes 30 under 30) introduced the Energy & Water session at Amazia together with Darick Jonis of Aqualectra. “Islands could take advantage of their size. They are small and therefore they could advance on the development on innovation in the energy sector.” During the session on Health, participants discussed the future of healthcare on Curacao. The session was hosted by House of Change at Nobo Otrobanda Hospital. Richard Visser emphasized the importance of patient centered healthcare on the island and internationally. The Future of Work session discussed what labor and work in the Caribbean will look like in the future. Adric Walter was one of the speakers and discussed the way same people work nowadays, being digital nomads. He talked about the advantages and disadvantages of such.
The summit also offered a hackathon, where attendees from all over the Caribbean could show different solutions of the benefits of Curacao.
Another part of the summit was the ‘Present Your Startup’. By short pitches startups introduced their ideas. On March 15th there was a final where the five best startups could pitch their idea. Attendees came from all over the Caribbean, the United States and The Netherlands.