Puerto Rico

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With Puerto Rico still reeling from Hurricane Maria, it’s time to stop arguing and begin rebuilding.

Despite our best intentions, it's not as simple as flying to Puerto Rico, shovels in hand. Even individuals high in skills and net worth are powerless in isolation.

The first step towards action and solution is collaboration. Rather than scattering efforts through different sectors of the rebuilding effort, we must unite under the banner of holistic planning.

Consequently, the Startup Societies Foundation is calling for investors, blockchain entrepreneurs, policymakers, green infrastructure companies, real estate developers, NGOs, academics, Special Economic Zone experts and exponential technology startups to form a coalition.

Hacking Democracy

Taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico from July 27-28, the 1st annual Hacking Democracy Summit intends to continue developing a consortium of partners across key fields to help revitalize Puerto Rico’s infrastructure and economy in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria through education, discourse, and sustainable startup cities that benefit Puerto Ricans and are managed by the locals.

The summit will include a hackathon to build E-Governance products for Puerto Rican cities, a Town Hall Meeting to engage locals about startup cities and a consortium networking workshop to discuss and develop proposals. The first major event of the summit is a 24-Hour Hackathon hosted by local not-for-profit organization Link at Engine-4. The hackathon provides an opportunity for participants to receive $15,000 worth of prizes!

The hackathon will engage anyone who wants to participate — from students and local developers to magnates and entrepreneurs — to create applications for open data, E-Government, and infrastructure. The goal is to engage local organizations and demonstrate proof-of-concept for modern technology, as well as their role in smart cities and governance.

With the intent of developing a unified holistic plan, the Hack Democracy Summit will host a Consortium Meeting of existing and new consortium partners. The event will take place at Foundation for Puerto Rico offices and will include breakout sessions for specific focus areas followed by a general session where each working group merges their proposals into a fully fleshed-out plan. After feedback from local governments and grassroots organizations, the consortium proposal will be published two weeks following the event.

In order to foster support and provide a platform for local organizations to voice their opinions, the Puerto Rico summit will include a Startup Societies Town Hall Meeting at the Bahía Urbana Amphitheater, in which local organizations will explain the concept of special economic zones and their potential benefit to Puerto Ricans. While the Town Hall Meeting will help Puerto Ricans learn the benefits of experimental zones, the true purpose will be to listen to visions, doubts, priorities, and concerns of the locals.

The central point for consideration is whom the Consortium must be led by and ultimately benefit: Puerto Ricans. Only they can best chart the course of their revivification. This is their destiny; we simply aid them on their path. The goal of the Summit is to overcome a sickening cycle of apathy besieging our fellow American citizens.

It’s time to do what Americans have done since 1776: Get in a room, make a plan — and execute.

Don’t argue. Build.

Leaders

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Rik Willard

Founder, Agentic Group

Tom W. Bell

SEZ Expert

Crystal Rose

CEO & Co-Founder, Sensay

Michael Strong

Radical Social Entrepreneurs

Samuel Hammond

Niskanen Center

Lotta Moberg

Refugee Cities / SEZ Expert

Derek Magill

Praxis

Titus Gebel

Free Private Cities

Jaime Yordan-Frau

Founder & Executive Director, El Nodo

Oliver W. Porter

Sandy Springs

Matt McKibbin

DecentraNet

Max Borders

Executive Director, Social Evolution

Greg Delaune

The Urban Innovation Exchange

Joe Quirk

Blue Frontiers

Marc Joffe

Reason Foundation

Denisse Rodriguez

Director, Colmena66

Tagg Jefferson

Founder, GridCure

David Geeter

Development/Commerce Dept. of Puerto Rico

Edward Stringham

Professor, Trinity College

Javier Malave

Founder, Puerto Rico Science Technology & Research Trust

Luis Davila

Consultant, DLA Piper

Rahul Chopra

Partner, Ventus Partners

Philip Saunders

Creater of ERC-994 Federated Non-Fungible token

John Cronin

CEO, BuildCoin

John Wise

CEO, Loci

Nathalie Mezza-Garcia

Host/Spokesperson, Blue Frontiers

Annie Mayol

President, Foundation for Puerto Rico

Dale Brown

Founder, DTMC

Michael Gasiorek

Founder, Truth Cartel

Locale

Puerto Rico: A Collaborative Effort

In the wake of Hurricane Maria's devastation of the Puerto Rican people, rebuilding efforts uncovered raw potential hidden within its land and citizens.
Drawing from the success of Special Jurisdictions (as previously demonstrated by the likes of Hong Kong and Dubai), an open "E-government" could revolutionize Puerto Rico, rivaling even that of Silicon Valley as a capital of technology and innovation.

The Founders Hall, Arlington Campus

History is written here.

Since 1957, the historic George Mason University in Arlington, VA has served as an incubator for future global leaders. Named for one of the Founding Fathers of America, this campus was the natural choice for a Startup Societies Foundation Summit — the perfect setting for young minds to craft a future of liberty and freedom through competitive governance.

Timeline

Timeline

The First Consortium

January 20, 2018

Founders of Gente Brava, a policy and data research organization, met with The Startup Societies Foundation in Washington DC to discuss creating a consortium of partners to rebuild Puerto Rico with sustainable startup cities.

Startup Societies Summit in DC

May 9-10, 2018

This game-changing gathering served as the official call-to-action for consortium partners to unite in support of post-Maria Puerto Rico. Over the course of two days, thought leaders and influencers were selected to develop a concrete plan for Puerto Rican Startup Cities.

Startup Societies Foundation Meets with Partners in Puerto Rico

May 11-19, 2018

Gente Brava and Startup Societies Foundation collaborators gather with international and domestic consortium partners in Puerto Rico. For over a week, all efforts were focused on engaging local groups and leaders to acquire on-the-ground information.

Hack Democracy Summit

July 27-28, 2018

Consortium Founders and Partners will gather in the historic arts district of San Juan to finalize plans for action. Hosted by the Foundation for Puerto Rico at their local headquarters, the Summit will serve as a template for future global initiatives.

The UN Fundraising Summit, NYC

September 1st, 2018

The Consortium will formally present its plan to the United Nations at a fundraising conference in New York City and announce critical leadership roles within the organization. Fundraising for phase one begins.

The First Consortium

January 20, 2018

Founders of Gente Brava, a policy and data research organization, met with The Startup Societies Foundation in Washington DC to discuss creating a consortium of partners to rebuild Puerto Rico with sustainable startup cities.

Startup Societies Summit in DC

May 9-10, 2018

This game-changing gathering served as the official call-to-action for consortium partners to unite in support of post-Maria Puerto Rico. Over the course of two days, thought leaders and influencers were selected to develop a concrete plan for Puerto Rican Startup Cities.

Startup Societies Foundation Meets with Partners in Puerto Rico

May 11-19, 2018

Gente Brava and Startup Societies Foundation collaborators gather with international and domestic consortium partners in Puerto Rico. For over a week, all efforts were focused on engaging local groups and leaders to acquire on-the-ground information.

Hack Democracy Summit

July 27-28, 2018

Consortium Founders and Partners will gather in the historic arts district of San Juan to finalize plans for action. Hosted by the Foundation for Puerto Rico at their local headquarters, the Summit will serve as a template for future global initiatives.

The UN Fundraising Summit, NYC

September 1st, 2018

The Consortium will formally present its plan to the United Nations at a fundraising conference in New York City and announce critical leadership roles within the organization. Fundraising for phase one begins.

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