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The Digital Jamaica Podcast

The Digital Jamaica Podcast

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A podcast dedicated to amplifying Jamaican voices in digital and tech spaces.
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Stephen Phillip Ibar : The Island Adventurer/Explorer & Riverside Cooking Aficionado
Think of Stephen as part adventurer, part island explorer and full time foodie.  On his YouTube Vlog he has successfully managed to combine all those things into one very fascinating and super entertaining channel. With its over 74k subscribers and 10+million views, the Stuck On An Island Vlog is a well established Jamaican YouTube channel with a diverse  viewership eager to see where Stephen goes next and what he's going to catch and cook when he gets there. Find links to things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please download, subscribe, leave a review and share.
39:06
June 15, 2020
Jessica Hylton-Leckie : The Business of Blogging
In this episode Jessica Hylton-Leckie a.k.a Jessica In The Kitchen, popular Jamaican Food Blogger. She is giving us the skinny on how you can turn your hobby into a lucrative full time career. At the end of this conversation you're going to come away knowing more than you did before about building an authentic global brand while remaining true to your Jamaican roots. Find links to things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. There are four FREE ways you can help the Podcast grow Subscribe Download this episode, subscribe Leave a review on iTunes and Spotify Share on your socials Ready to get started building your awesome digital brand or business? Let's talk about it, click here or you can jump on my upcoming Social Media Basics Webinar  Music : Sifu Dub by Foshan Roots ©2020, The Digital Jamaica Podcast, All Rights Reserved
1:18:39
March 24, 2020
Jhanelle Golding : Surprisingly Good Jamaican Vegan Grub
In this episode I had a tête-à-tête with Jhanelle Golding creator of the  "From The Comfort of My Bowl' and the "Surprisingly Sweet Ja" foodie platforms where she introduces her largely Jamaican audience to delicious, hearty Jamaican inspired vegan comfort meals and desserts.   Find links to things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please download, subscribe, leave a review and share.
24:17
March 2, 2020
Chef Adrian Morris : From KFC Worker to Fine Dining Chef and Now Popular Foodie YouTuber
Chef Adrian Morris has been taking pictures of his food creations from the time he was working his first restaurant job at KFC back in high school. From KFC to Fine Dining at the Moon Palace Hotel (then Jamaica Grand), his passion for food exploded and so did his incessant need to photograph his work. It was only after he started posting those images to social media that he realized that this hobby was something his friends and family also loved, and not only did they want to see pics they also wanted to know how he made those amazing dishes. The Morris Time Cooking YouTube channel was launched in January 2017 and within two short years has amassed over 131 Thousand subscribers with over 5 million video views, making it one of the biggest  Jamaican YouTube Food centric Channel. This episode is the first in the Digital Foodie Series, where I feature Jamaican chefs, cooks and food enthusiast who are creating platform reintroducing  the world to authentic Jamaican cuisine. Find links to things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please download, subscribe, leave a review and share.
26:43
February 10, 2020
Javon Davis : No Visa? No Problem! How Jamaican Techies Can Find & Land Remote Job Opportunities
In this episode Javon Davis, a young software engineer from Jamaica talks about how he overcame the disappointment of being denied a well-earned opportunity to work with Lyft because of visa restrictions,  to landing a remote working job at Automatic the parent company of the WordPress and WooCommerce platforms.  Since our conversation Javon has one upped himself again, successfully transitioning to his new dream job as a software engineer at Apple Canada. This is a triumphant story about out of the box thinking, determination and self belief. Find links to things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please download, subscribe, leave a review and share.
53:02
January 27, 2020
David Yarde : Overcoming Stereotypes, Cultural Trauma & Mental Health as a Jamaican Creative
In this episode I am talking to David Yarde, a multitalented Jamaican born digital creator who lets us in on his secret struggles with being a Jamaican living in the diaspora, working in non-traditional spaces with all the attendant stereotypes all the while battling depression and trying to overcome childhood trauma.  It was an unexpected foray into the mind of an introverted creative who has to navigate awkward and sometimes unfriendly spaces, especially when those unfriendly spaces are in the home.  I also opened up about my struggles with mental health, how it affects my work and developing healthy coping mechanisms,  Find links to things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please download, subscribe, leave a review and share.
53:38
January 13, 2020
The Thanksgiving Edition (DA ONE YAH A FI UNUH )
2019 has been an amazing year for the Digital Jamaica Platform and it's all because of YOU!!!  Because of the support you've shown the platform and me personally this year we have grown leaps and bounds so this entire episode is dedicated to unuh, di people dem weh support dis year. Find links to things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please download, subscribe, leave a review and share.
29:52
December 23, 2019
Gavin Dennis : Cyber Security & The Caribbean
Gavin Dennis is a young Jamaican Cyber Security expert based in Germany who has been quietly (and mostly single handedly) working to bring about the evolution of the Information Security Industry in the Caribbean.  That he is doing by raising awareness of and addressing several pressing issues within the field such as gender discrimination. He is also providing mentorship, support and resources for Caribbean Cyber Security & ICT professionals. Through his non-profit, the Gavin Dennis Foundation he is also tackling the issue of Education with several funding initiatives geared towards the furtherance of education for Caribbean nationals.  Gavin truly epitomizes what it means to be an actualized, passionate and determined entrepreneur and philanthropist living in purpose. Find links to things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please download, subscribe, leave a review and share.
1:13:52
November 18, 2019
Twain Richardson - Say Yes To Everything & Figure It Out After
The story of how Twain Richardson came to be the co-founder of  Frame of Reference Production Company, the only post-production company in the English-speaking Caribbean epitomizes so many things about the Jamaican spirit. Immeasurable drive in the face of brokeness, tough headed go-get-it-ness, nough-an-inna-everything-ness, kicking ass in spaces we don't belong-ness. This is going to sound extremely cliché but likkle but tallawah is an apt description for him and the company he has built. Find links to some things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please subscribe, leave a review and share.
54:13
November 4, 2019
Matthew Cowen : The Human Cost of Digital Transformations
When a company goes digital the effects can be way more dramatic than just changes in the operational and or management structure. A Digital transformation can also change culture, disrupt norms and in some instances devastate an unprepared labour force.  In this episode I'm talking to Matthew Cowen, Digital Transformation Consultant and author of The Future Is Digital, one of my favourite digital newsletters. Together we examine the human consequences of technological change, AI, data, and the growing anti-digital movement. Matthew also shared his perspective on how all of these things has and will continue to affect us in the Caribbean and how we can better position ourselves to take advantage of it all. Find links to some things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please subscribe, leave a review and share.
1:00:49
October 21, 2019
Ronnia Cherry : Authentic Cultural Representation In Storytelling
Every editor has his or her own approach to telling the story, their own reasons for wanting to have these conversations, their own style, their own spin. But, I think a good storyteller is someone who dedicates themselves to accurate portrayals. This quality is what makes Ronnia and her work special, she wants the subject to tell their own story, in their own way, with as a little editing as possible. In her own words, the raw and unpolished story. "I might switch things up here and there, but I like it to be raw and unpolished. And by being unpolished, it actually is more authentic." In this episode  Ronnia Cherry, creative, writer, editor and founder of 7am Magazine shares with us her origin story and why as a Jamaican publisher she still struggles with striking the right balance between the story, the characters and the audience, while maintaining the integrity of the subject. It is a fascinating conversation about cultural authenticity and how that is presented to a global audience. Find show notes and links to some things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please leave a review and share, it is very much appreciated.
58:18
October 7, 2019
Matthew Chin : The Globetrotting Entrepreneur
In this episode we are talking to Matthew Chin, Jamaican Travel Blogger, entrepreneur and one half of the adventurous duo from the new We Deh Yah Suh Travel Series.  On the show besties Matthew and Suzie have loads of fun  exploring local attractions hidden and popular and lots of laughs as they engage with the colourful Jamaicans they meet along the way. "We're trying to bring a little bit of I guess exposure to some of these spots in Jamaica some spots secret,some spots are not so secret or hidden. But whatever it is, they are fun things that we enjoy doing. So I do these things on an often enough basis, and it just clicked to me one day like why is nobody recording this?" What makes me excited about this series is that whether intentional or otherwise it frames Jamaica as a place for great adventures. And, with world class accommodations and attractions for every interest, taste level and pocket, it's a stand out option for  travel blogger/vacationers both local and overseas. Find show notes and links to some of the things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please leave a review and share, it is very much appreciated.
46:09
September 2, 2019
Christopher Gayle: Building an Experiential Based Tech Future for Jamaica
By the time Chris landed in fourth form (grade 10) he had already found his lane and was testing the hell out of those boundaries. In second form he was busy 'acquiring' source codes for games, editing the characters or altogether rebuilding those games. In third form his games were so popular online that it got the attention of the makers of Dragon Ball Z. Let us say they were not flattered by the similarities nor were they interested in friendly competition so they sent him and his nerd gamer friends a cease and desist letter.  Christopher Gayle a.k.a Chris Gizzada is a Jamaican tech prodigy. A completely self taught programmer, software designer & developer. And, now founder of Gizzada Limited, a premier, world class software development company creating apps that "help people get things done."  What makes me truly excited about Chris and his team at Gizzada Limited is that they are behind some of the most innovative software solutions coming out of Jamaica at the moment. What's more they are collaborating with other young innovators like Yekini Wallen-Bryan and his team at PreeLabs to create affordable world class, high tech devices and solutions for the everyday Jamaican.  Jamaica is decades behind the curve so we need more visionary, innovative, out-of-the-box, non-traditional and non-linear thinkers like these two to lead the tech revolution in Jamaica. Maybe then we can finally stop playing catch up and GET THERE already.  Connect with Christopher on social media to stay up to date on all the wonderful  tech happenings Gizzada and his friends gets up to. ︾ Find show notes and links to some of the things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please leave a review and share, it is very much appreciated.
1:14:14
August 19, 2019
Naomi Garrick : How to Develop a Personal Brand on Social Media
 "I am a strong believer in the journey being the reward, and everything we do in our lives, the good things, the bad things, the hard things,the easy things, the failures, the wins, they make us who we are today." - Naomi Garrick All I can say after this amazing conversation is,  Naomi is one brave woman. Listening to her talk about her journey to becoming Naomi Garrick the PR Chick I couldn't help but think this must be what showing up in your own life looks like.  ︾ Naomi is Jamaica's resident Public Relations guru and personal branding coach nee expert. She is an international speaker and author of three books on personal branding. She is also the head of Garrick Communications a Public Relations  company she founded back in 2009 that's still going strong.  ︾ Naomi, a certified Reputation Champion by the Public Relations Society of America has worked with over 100 brands and individuals and has been in the business side public relations for over 16 years. In 2017 Naomi became a Scotiabank Vision Achiever and has been recognized by the Jamaica Gleaner for her work in Communications. ︾  This episode is from my 'lost files'. It was one of the recordings I thought I had lost in a  systems melt down a couple months ago. Thankfully, I was able to piece it back together and  am so glad I was able to publish because baaaabbbaaay Naomi went through the ABC'S of branding on social media and it was like sitting in on one of her amazing coaching sessions. So get your pens and notebooks ready to catch some of the gems she dropped throughout the episode ... Enjoy!  ︾ Connect with Naomi Garrick on social media or her website for workshops, coaching sessions and to get your hands on her books. ︾ Find show notes and links to some of the things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please leave a review and share, it is very much appreciated.
29:48
July 22, 2019
Heneka Watkis-Porter : How to Build Connections & Thrive in the Digital Space
In this episode I talk to the woman who inspired me to start podcasting, Mrs. Heneka Watkis-Porter  the Godmother of podcasting in Jamaica. Heneka is a Jamaican Author, Entrepreneur, Podcaster and Speaker. This powerhouse business woman and influencer first came on the scene in 2007 with the launch of the acclaimed Patwa Apparel an indigenous clothing line celebrating the Jamaican vernacular arguably a trend she popularized. From apparel designer to inspirational leader, Heneka launched the most ambitious phase of her career with the Entrepreneurial You brand, which targets leaders, entrepreneurs and startups challenging them to excel in life and business. This inspired her to bring the Leadercast series to Jamaica. Through workshops and events Leadercast Kingston and Leadercast Women is helping to shape "leaders worth following". Find show notes and links to some things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please leave a review and share, it is very much appreciated.
49:48
July 8, 2019
Sharine Taylor : Curating A Global Jamaican Voice
Sharine Taylor is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Bashy Magazine, a print and digital publication out of Canada. This Jamaican cultural and lifestyle magazine is different in its intent and function. Bashy wants to broaden and deepen the conversation about Jamaica, what it means to be Jamaican and how Jamaican-ness is experienced globally.  Put simply Bashy is attempting to change definitions and add nuance to global conversations, by allowing Jamaicans whether at home or in the Diaspora a voice to tell their stories.  Find show notes and links to some things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please leave a review and share, it is very much appreciated.
1:04:41
May 3, 2019
Denell Florius : The Caribbeans Green Tech Ambassador
Denell Florius is the unlikely hero of this story who after fanboying  over an electric car started dreaming up ways to make renewable energy a thing, so he quit his high profile job and the rest as they say is green technology history.   In this episode I talk to Denell Florius half of the genius duo (the other being Zaina Pamphile) behind EcoCarib.com an award-winning green tech company out of Saint Lucia.   Find show notes and links to some things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please leave a review and share, it is very much appreciated.
47:15
March 26, 2019
Ingrid Riley : The Digital Doyen
 "𝘞𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵, 𝘵𝘰 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘫𝘶𝘢𝘯𝘢, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰f 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤u𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵'𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵'𝘴 𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨."  Is Jamaican content marketable? As far as Ingrid Riley is concerned Jamaican content is more powerful than our Marijuana, but we need to first understand what makes Jamaica special. What defines us, what is our unique selling point (USP), then and only then will we be able to create authentic Jamaican content that can be monetized. It was an incredibly edifying conversation, that went in so many directions with unique insights and perspective from someone who has been a leader in this field for decades. Find show notes and links to some things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please leave a review and share, it is very much appreciated.
1:02:33
January 9, 2019
Sue-Tanya McHorgh: The Digital Powerhouse
In this vlogcast episode I talk to Sue-Tanya McHorgh one of my favourite Instagrammers and all round digital bad ass. She's a website builder, virtual assistant, blogger and an online boutique owner, she's completely crushing the Internet game.  Her journey started when she was laid off from a job that overworked and underpaid her anyway. So, like most entrepreneurs she wanted to focus all that energy into building something for herself. She's had setbacks and failures which led her back to the 9-5, but she learned, regrouped and now is crushing it. There are many lessons to learn from her journey, and she was kind of enough to share the ones she's learned with us. You can watch the interview on our YouTube Channel - The Digital Jamaica Vlogcast. We had a wonderful time walking and talking in the gardens of the beautiful Pegasus Jamaica Hotel in the heart of Kingston Jamaica.  Find show notes and links to some things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please leave a review and share, it is very much appreciated.
38:43
October 31, 2018
Kadia Francis : The Pineapple Lady Intro
It's our third episode and I figured it's the perfect time to formally introduce myself to you. Who is Kadia Francis and what's with all the pineapples? Glad you asked ... I am a Blogger, Podcaster and Digital Brand Development Strategist. I am also a content creator and a PowerPoint Designer.  I became a full-fledged digital entrepreneur when I got fired from my job in April 2018, I kinda knew all along that the 9-5 grind wasn't for me and had day dreamed about going solo, but definitely not so soon. But,  life happens before you're ready sometimes. While that swift kick up the rear set me on my entrepreneurial journey faster than anticipated I don't regret a thing, in fact, I'm so grateful for that jolt.  Find show notes and links to some things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please leave a review and share, it is very much appreciated.
31:09
October 27, 2018
Shaniel Mahoney : Building a Digital Legacy
In this episode, I talk to Shaniel Mahoney a stay at home mom, Social Media Strategist and Virtual Assistant from Montego Bay Jamaica.  Shaniel and her husband are the co-founders of Studious VA, a boutique agency that "helps entrepreneurs leverage their social media accounts for brand awareness and industry recognition".  Shaniel talks to us about family, business and how she uses social media to gain freedom and financial independence. It was a fun but meaningful conversation and I'm thankful for having had the chance to talk to her. Find show notes and links to some things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please leave a review and share, it is very much appreciated.
41:41
October 17, 2018
Damion Miller : E-commerce and the Future of Business in Jamaica Part 2/2
Part two of my sit down with a long time friend and tech nerd  Damion Miller Founding Partner at  Pure Genius Inc.  Damion along with two other friends started Pure Genius Inc. to bridge the gap in the local systems network engineering and web development landscape.  Fast forward years later and Damion is now a world-class web and app developer with a focus now on creating a content platform similar to Netflix for the local market. This was a very lively and deep conversation, we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it, stay tuned for part 2.  Find show notes and links to some things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please leave a review and share, it is very much appreciated.
43:39
October 10, 2018
Damion Miller : E-commerce and the Future of Business in Jamaica Part 1/2
In our very first episode, I sit down with a long time friend and tech nerd extraordinaire Damion Miller Founding Partner at  Pure Genius Inc.  Damion along with two other friends started Pure Genius Inc. to bridge the gap in the local systems network engineering and web development landscape.  Fast forward years later and Damion is now a world-class web and app developer with a focus now on creating a content platform similar to Netflix for the local market. This was a very lively and deep conversation, we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it, stay tuned for part 2.  Find show notes and links to some things mentioned during this episode on the blog and follow the show on our social media pages on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, If you liked this episode please leave a review and share, it is very much appreciated.
31:21
October 10, 2018