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Tribalize Puerto Rico 2018

TRIBALIZE partnered with fellow visionaries at Restart Week West in Puerto Rico May 11-18th, 2018.

Restart Week is a movement for the community, by the community. They consider themselves global citizens, with a common goal of helping boost the local economy of each region we focus on. The week of events is powered by a collective of motivated people from Puerto Rico and across the world on a mission to create lasting positive impact.

#RestartWeek acts as a positive change agent and catalyst for Puerto Rico’s economy. The collective presence is about economic development and social responsibility. The intent was to leave the island better equipped than when the movement arrived and provide the tools and resources that cannot be readily found locally.

At Restart Week, TRIBALIZE led Activate Puerto Rico, a three day regional Mastermind designed to engage the stakeholders involved in redeveloping Puerto Rico through education, solution-oriented dialogues, and tours of projects ready for support.

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Restart Week West, A Decentralized Community Event of Innovation and Support for the Redevelopment of Puerto Rico, Returns This May

Following the successful debut edition of Restart Week in San Juan, Puerto Rico this past March, the community-driven event has announced its second gathering which took place from May 11-19, 2018 in Mayagüez on the western coast of Puerto Rico.

With their second event, Restart Week will officially collaborated with the Municipality of Mayagüez and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez to ensure direct impact on the local and surrounding community. Similar to local impact events in San Juan, independent groups and event organizers planned events with the local community for Restart Week West.

Impact From Restart Week San Juan:

  • Deploying caravans of volunteers around the island to help with relief efforts
  • 400 pounds of art supplies delivered to the Boys and Girls Club
  • Solar project completed for five houses
  • Pallets of food delivered to Island Corps
  • A monumental day of relief efforts that helped turn the lights on in the old San Juan Children’s Museum for the first time in four years
  • “Power to the People” benefit concert from that was attended by thousands of people with performance from Akon, Yandel, Lupe Fiasco, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and more.

With this move, a more intimate Restart Week West integrated students and innovators with focused events, mentorships, thought-leaders, and collaborations. While there were additional activities in Rincón and Aguadilla, most of the events took place in Mayagüez, the largest city on the Western side of the island with more than 13,000 college students and over 10 universities in the municipality.

Mayagüez is the center for technology innovation on the island with more computer science graduates than anywhere else in Puerto Rico, and the city ranks first for engineering, lawyers, accountants and professionals. Restart Week is working with several local startups, entrepreneurs, and companies, along with students and professors from the Entrepreneurship Network at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, to bring resources and connections to advance the innovation and growth on the Island.

The first Restart Week was a week-long series of community-driven events anchored by three major blockchain conferences and a benefit concert. The week brought together a community of locals, new residents, and passionate visitors participating in the mission to support the restart, redesign, rebuild Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

The March edition brought in an estimated 2,500 attendees and over 3,000 participants that took part in D10e, Blockchain Unbound, and CoinAgenda, community organized events like Women in Blockchain, and local charity projects. To the delight of many local businesses, the first restart event led to all hotels from San Juan to Isla Verde sold out for the first time since Hurricane Maria.

Restart Week West will kick off with the EduBlock: Restart Week Hackathon from May 11-12, bringing data enthusiasts, innovators and students together to work on initiatives driving community empowerment and social impact. By doing this, Restart Week seeks to create real solutions to help the people of Puerto Rico. A key focus for Restart Week West will be specific inter-industry collaboration in areas such as energy, agriculture, healthcare, housing and education. There were complementary art and design activities and snacks for the children of Mayagüez.

Restart Week West partnered with the Startup Societies Summit on May 8th-10th in Washington D.C, which brought together a consortium of actors to rebuild Puerto Rico with sustainable startup cities. The consortium, headed by policymakers, blockchain entrepreneurs, resilient infrastructure experts and other leaders in innovation, took steps to create communities for entrepreneurial collaboration.

The Official Media Partner for Restart Week West was The Confluence: A full-service, global media agency that delivers best-in-class publicity, branding and content strategy to many of the world’s most influential brands, launches and causes.

More information on Restart Week and several related initiatives were announced in the upcoming weeks on the Restart Week website.