Presentation: Connect Cuba to the Web Using Inexpensive and Legal Ways



8:20pm - 9:55pm

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For the past two years now, Salvi has been working on a non-profit organization, Apretaste (, that is currently connecting more than 40,000 people in Cuba to the web, via email. Cuba is one of the most disconnected countries in the hemisphere, with more than 11,200,000 inhabitants, but less than 25% with access to email only, and a staggering 5% of the population with access to the Web without restrictions.

The platform for Apretaste is created using PHP and all the tools around it. Salvi will detail how the non-profit works and show the audience how applications and services can be intended to promote a social change. He firmly believes that software can be used to create the sort of change that will allow people from different backgrounds and cultures to pursue one common goal.

Speaker: Ibis Arrastia

Software Engineer & Activist for Human Rights in Cuba

Ibis is an out-of-the-box thinker with more than two decades of software development experience, with an emphasis in product innovation and eCommerce. As a speaker, educator, developer, entrepreneur, and local tech community leader, Ibis works to inspire others to innovate, invent, and reach new heights within the technology industry. She is a strong advocate for more women in IT and plays an active role in training women and increasing the South Florida technical workforce.

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