Betabeers, a monthly gathering of web, app and hardware developers started in Spain, made its Puerto Rico debut this past Thursday, November 14th at Piloto 151. Helga Lorena Carrero, the entrepreneur who brought Betabeers to the Island, was seeking for a way to unite the developer community in Puerto Rico when she came across the organization online. After an initial conversation, Betabeers agreed to make San Juan, Puerto Rico the first international hub for the model that has already expanded to 6 Spanish cities, explained Carerro, in an exclusive interview with Piloto’s co-founder Sofía Stolberg. See the full interview in the video below:
The first Betabeers San Juan series hosted over 70 participants who listened eagerly to three speakers in the app, web and hardware industries (loyal to the Betabeers format) and stayed for the networking session over beers after the talks. To add our own touch to the event here at Piloto, we decided to have a Ping-Pong tournament during the networking session and gave out some cool prizes to the winners!
For its inaugural event in the Island, the Betabeers organizers selected three of the most influential individuals in Puerto Rico in their respective areas of expertise. The line-up was:
– Kelvin Bonilla- Game Developer at Kraniumtivity Games– Kelvin is an avid game developer who shared his experiences and dreams in the world of gaming. A fascinating story and individual who also started the Puerto Rico IGDA chapter, Kelvin, seeks to help develop the gaming industry here in Puerto Rico.
– Epic Jefferson – Meta-Piano Extendido; Founder and Director at The A/V Machinist Collective. Epic shared the amazing story behind the creation of the Meta-Piano Extendido, an instrument that explores 3 different interactions of sound: physical contact, the interpretation of text and the manifestation of a programmed algorithm. If you live in Puerto Rico, make sure to visit the Puerto Rico Museum of Arts (Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico), where the Meta-Piano Extendio is currently being exhibited.
– Roberto Rosario – Director of Agile Software Development at Office of Management and Budget at Puerto Rico: Government Administration- Roberto is a Linux evangelist and programming guru whose most recent creation is the L.I.B.R.E (Information Batch Restructuring Engine) software platform, which converts antiquated data sets into modern computing languages. As he demonstrated the platform’s functionality, Roberto explained how L.I.B.R.E was created to propel the liberation of government data as part of the governmental mandate to open government data through the creation of an API.
Stay tuned for the next Betabeers San Juan event in December! Tickets are limited and run out fast so make sure to check our calendar and social media for future events! Piloto 151 members receive priority in all events booked at our headquarters.