TechCamp Goes to Montevideo – Technology for a Civil Society

Why do people increasingly call this country Tech Hub Uruguay? A big reason is the educated populace, including Uruguay providing a free laptop to every schoolchild.

Uruguayay schoolchilderen at their desks with their OLPC computers.
Uruguay – first country in the world with 100% coverage by the One Laptop Per Child initiative, implemented in Uruguay as “Plan Ceibal”.

Sometimes Uruguay goes even further. About two years ago, Uruguay was the host country for a USA-sponsored initiative, a series of “Tech Camps” promoting technology for a civil society. We were in the process of our initial move to Uruguay back then, during our 2-month Uruguay Test Drive, so didn’t catch this story at the time: TechCamp Goes to Montevideo, Uruguay | US State Department – USA-Uruguay cooperation on technology education for our hemisphere.

Hosted in partnership with the Government of Uruguay — whose sponsorship of laptops for youths has seen amazing success for education among children in the country — TechCamp provided an opportunity for participants to interact with expert technologists through a series of training sessions and small group discussions.

Uruguay wasn’t chosen because it needs to develop a civil society. It wasn’t chosen because it needs to educate its population on technology. The US Department of State, under Hillary Clinton’s term as Secretary of State for the Obama Administration, chose Uruguay as a host country because Uruguay already is a leader in technology for a civil society. Continue reading TechCamp Goes to Montevideo – Technology for a Civil Society

Site Spring Cleaning (Southern spring starts soon)

A few minor site tweaks, amigos y vecinos. Please let us know how you like/hate/”meh” them in our comments section below. Especially if anything seems “broken” to you now when you visit our site. (Unless you’re still using Internet Explorer 8 or older, or any other outdated browser. Even Microsoft doesn’t want you to use old versions of Internet Explorer.)

Here’s what’s new!

A. New spiffy non-popping-up Share Buttons!

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The Uruguay Way: Union College students experience Uruguay

The Uruguay Way: Exploring the implementation of One Laptop Per Child. Some Union College (NYC) students are having a fascinating time here in Uruguay on an exchange program. Much of their studies focusing on this country being the country first fully to implement the One Laptop Per Child program.

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Montevideo Graffito. Photo credit Samantha Muritori, one of the Union College students on this exchange program. Copyright © 2013 Concordiensis and the photographer.

Also they’re exploring the area, of course, and taking in the lifestyle and sights. Yes, much of our graffiti is in fact artistic. Though as an ex-New Yorker, I have to say a lot of that is too. (Not necessarily all the “tagging” on the A-train back in the 80’s, though!)

There are some LOL moments in reading the college newspaper report, Continue reading The Uruguay Way: Union College students experience Uruguay

Tech Startup Movement in South America

Stylized drawing of Uruguay map with computer users and students, family watching internet cloud video on large flatscreen TV,  foreground featued image of female physician referring to electronic medical records on a tablet while examining a male patient. Inset map of Uruguay's location in South America
Montevideo and Uruguay – Growing Technology Hub.

Uruguay is the place to be for tech opportunity. As is “Technolatina” South America in general. Startup or established, large or small business.

Yesterday on our social networks, I shared a new article from new-business, entrepreneur-targeted Fast Company, which noted that Montevideo, Uruguay is becoming a Technology Hub. My link goes directly to my comments on their report, where I explain that in many ways, it’s not just “becoming”, it already is. I give solid reasons and examples why, including how I was “discovered” by a major cloud software / services company, NetSuite, by virtue of moving to Uruguay, and got a job as a technical writer here in Montevideo – by virtue of having “changed the rules of the game” for my career, because I moved out of a growth-challenged society (USA) into a growing, business-friendly one (Uruguay).

Same Mark Mercer, same skills. Career prematurely executed in USA, in demand in Uruguay.  Read the link for the details of why Uruguay is right for business, Continue reading Tech Startup Movement in South America

We can make it faster, we have the technology

Uruguay Expat Life, now faster, more reliable, served up by a Google PageSpeed Service server near you. diagram of how PageSpeed worksAs of today, we are approved by Google for them to deliver our content through their worldwide network of redundant servers. And that is how you are reading this post right now. Nothing you have to do, it all happens auto-magically! The site is still hosted by the good folks with Green Hosting at DreamHost.

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But now, Google picks it up, distributes it to their worldwide network of content distribution servers, optimizes it for speed, and gets it to you from the closest server to you, in terms of internet speed. Also if one server goes down, we should still be available. Continue reading We can make it faster, we have the technology