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

Six Havana Restaurants Cuban Innovators Must Look to for Inspiration

The innovation scene in Cuba is just beginning to emerge, with teams creating new websites, apps, and even design shops on a weekly basis. It’s an exciting place to be, but many innovators are uncertain of how to move forward. Cuba is a complex and ever-changing landscape, lacking a path for them to follow. Fortunately, this new class of innovators does have one thing they can look … Continue reading Six Havana Restaurants Cuban Innovators Must Look to for Inspiration

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Cuba

TravelIf there’s one thing I’ve learned traveling to Cuba, it’s that the country is built on human interaction. Cubans rely on in-person meetings and build networks through trust and friendship. Phone calls are limited, internet access is difficult, and even texting is uncommon. As a result, anyone that wants to get anything done in Cuba has to go there, and go there regularly. To help … Continue reading 10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Cuba

Up Close with Josuhe Pagliery, Creator of Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior

Video games are extremely popular in Cuba. Gamers create illegal intranets to play DOTA and hack Pokémon Go just to catch a few Pokémon in a wifi park. There’s a thriving gaming community, but unfortunately, with the exceptions of a few apps and educational games published through the government, the rest of these are all made abroad. Josuhe H. Pagliery is trying to change that. … Continue reading Up Close with Josuhe Pagliery, Creator of Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior

Smerconish on Cuba: “It’s All Different Shades of Gray”

Photo copyright Christopher P. Baker Michael Smerconish, radio host, CNN anchor and journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, recently traveled to Cuba with this his family for a chance to see the country before it inevitably changes. This wasn’t the first trip for Smerconish—he had previously traveled to the island nearly fifteen years prior to interview Fidel Castro. We had the opportunity to sit down with … Continue reading Smerconish on Cuba: “It’s All Different Shades of Gray”

The Newest of the News

  There’s no lack of interesting news to report in Cuba, but only a handful of news sources. For decades, the only written media source on the island was Granma, the state-run newspaper. More recently, as access to the internet has increased, new blogs and online magazines publications have started popping up. These new sites are great because they offer commentary on specific topics or … Continue reading The Newest of the News