The leading participants taking part in ATECH*, Aruba’s new tech conference in September, have been confirmed. Both local and international members of the tech community are represented at the first tech event on the Carribean island.
Aruba has historically been popular with sun-searching tourists. In recent years, Aruba has however taken initiatives towards sustainable tourism and green energy. This has included large-scale projects such as wind farms, an airport solar park, a waste-to-energy plant, smart communities and a $1 billion island investment largely focused on eco-tourism by the government.
“The social, economic and environmental landscape of Aruba is changing rapidly, and both the island and new ventures can leverage ATECH* to take part in Aruba’s metamorphosis,” said ATECH* Co-founder Varelie Croes. “The caliber of speakers and startups that are attending this year’s conference shows the great potential.”
The event will host a number of international guests, including:
- Angel investor Kelly Hoey, named by Business Insider to be one of the “100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”
- Charles Bonello, co-founder and managing director of New York’s flagship technology accelerator Grand Central Tech
- Nathalie Lussier, digital strategist and founder of AmbitionAlly,
- Oscar Kneppers, founder of Rockstart in Amsterdam, who recently started Rockstart in Singapore.
The conference will also feature a number of local speakers from the Government of Aruba, the Aruba Investment Bank, and The University of Aruba, among others.
“ATECH* is an open and welcoming event that gives the startups presenting at the conference, as well as the numbers attendees, the vital tools and insights they need to kickstart their ideas and push their ventures forward,” Croes added.
According to the General Managing Director of Caribbean Mercantile Bank Aruba, Javier Wolter, the ATECH* Conference will have a big impact on the island. “Along with this dynamic change, Aruba has a long history of business connections to Europe and Latin America. The residents speak 4 to 5 languages, including Dutch, Spanish and English, which removes the language barrier that can normally hinder prospective business ventures,” Wolter said. “This event combining the insights of the speakers and ambassadors together with emerging startups can truly turn Aruba into a tech hub.”