Silver and Wine: Rox950 Puts their Jewelry on Display

On Monday, Rosana Vargas, the creator behind the jewelry brand Rox950, hosted an pasarela (runway show) at Sarao’s Bar in Havana to showcase her new collection of jewelry, Plata y Vino II (Silver and Wine II). Alongside a few of her other collections, the new Plata y Vino featured a range of silver pieces that can be paired with corks from your favorite bottles of … Continue reading Silver and Wine: Rox950 Puts their Jewelry on Display

Clandestina Hits the Runway at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano

This past Saturday the Cuban fashion brand and design shop Clandestina 99% Diseño Cubano hit the runway and hosted their “Se Acabó el Drama” fashion show at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano. Founded by Leire Fernandez and Cuban designer Idania Del Rio, the Clandestina brand is known for their mix of bright colors, hip design, clever humor, and of course a little bit of Cuban … Continue reading Clandestina Hits the Runway at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano

New Indiegogo Campaign Launches to Fund Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior

Josuhe Pagliery, the designer and artist behind Empty Head Games, today launched Cuba’s first Indiegogo campaign to back his new videogame, Savior. Created by his studio Empty Head Games, Savior is a 2D platformed that, when launched, will be Cuba’s first independent videogame. The $10,000 campaign will fund the development of the playable demo, to be released early next year. This is a big step … Continue reading New Indiegogo Campaign Launches to Fund Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior

Reigniting Havana: Neon Returns to the City

A pair of Cuban have embarked on an illuminating (sorry) art project here in Havana, the LA Times reports. The two are reigniting the lost neon signs that covered Havana in the 1950’s. Back then, it was something of the Las Vegas of the Caribbean—or, more accurately, Las Vegas became the Havana of the United States after the 1958 Revolution when the new Cuban government … Continue reading Reigniting Havana: Neon Returns to the City

Granma on Cuban App Developers

Granma, Cuba’s state-run newspaper, recently published an interesting article on some of the work of Cuba’s new app developers. The article is worth a read, with some help from Google translate. Here are some of the most interesting highlights: The number of Cuban developers has skyrocketed in the past five years, since the government started licensing programmers: “The permit for “Programmer of Computer Equipment” was … Continue reading Granma on Cuban App Developers

The Cuban Uber. Or should we call it Cuber?

A group of Cuban entrepreneurs calling themselves SEIM are attempting to create the Cuban Uber (Cuber?) Though it’s still in its infancy, the app has the potential to change the way Cubans, and tourists, navigate the island. According to a recent article in Cubanet, the group will be releasing the app, called RenC, this October, though they’re already registering drivers. Airbnb recently took of in Cuba, … Continue reading The Cuban Uber. Or should we call it Cuber?

A DotA Tournament in Kcho Studios

Photo: Fernando Medina Fernández / Cachivache Media Back in August, Kcho Studios hosted a tournament for Defense of the Ancients (DotA), known as Cuba DotA 2016. A similar event was held last year, at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC). This year is a big deal for a few reason: it’s the first time that Cubans have used Steam, a popular gaming platform; it’s the first time … Continue reading A DotA Tournament in Kcho Studios

The Internet in Cuba: El Paquete Semanal

Above: Not the real Paquete, just a regular old 1 terabyte hard drive. Part of our ongoing series about the internet in Cuba, this week we look at one of the most interesting and elusive parts of Cuban internet: El Paquete. Almost everybody in Cuba knows about it. Some say it’s one of the greatest inventions to ever hit the island. It’s El Paquete Semanal, … Continue reading The Internet in Cuba: El Paquete Semanal

Wifi Coming to the Malecon

The Cuban government recently announced they would be expanding their wifi hotspots to include all five miles of the Malecon. Although the service will be continue to be very expensive for ordinary Cubans, the increase in access points will be welcomed. This is the next step in a government program that began a year and a half ago. In order to increase internet access to … Continue reading Wifi Coming to the Malecon

The Struggle of the Cuentapropista

Ask any Cuban what they’d like to improve in their country and most don’t know where to start. A few will rattle off half a dozen ideas, but when pressed for solutions often draw a blank. The most enterprising Cubans, however, have already selected the problems they want to solve and are taking their ideas from idea to invention. They face myriad challenges, but many … Continue reading The Struggle of the Cuentapropista