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An Ethnographic Look at Science and Technology Economic Development Policies

 

 

In 2013, Altamente sponsored ethnographic research into innovation and technology public policy in Puerto Rico. The study spans a decade of policies from 1998 to 2008, particularly the implementation stage of Arthur D. Little's Economic Development Plan (1990s), the Science and Technology Roadmap of 2002 and the Puerto Rico 2025 Initiative. The research methodology combines participant observation, interviews, source document and correspondence, aided by social, cultural and economic analysis in multitiered approach that articulates the voices of several levels of government as well as multinational and local corporate actors, non-profit organizations, individuals and academia. This project documents socio-cultural and economic patterns of behavior and perspectives that characterize diverse groups of actors in the Puerto Rico innovation eco-system. 

Findings from this research were shared in a paper entitled "Running to a Standstill: Developing a Hight Technology Sector in Puerto Rico" presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico (2014). Copies of the presentation are available upon request, using our contact form.

New Service for Online Campaigns and Fundraising

Pioneers in open source solutions for business in Puerto Rico, Altamente now offers Kanpora, an online platform that makes CivicCRM and Drupal based solutions easy to implement.

In March 2013, Altamente started exploring technology alternatives that would enable non-profits to do more good works, optimizing their administrative processes and contributor relationship management.

Kanpora Brings Webmail, Cloud Services and Collaboration

Over the next few months we will be upgrading and migrating our customers to a new web service. For the same monthly fee* they will now have access to cloud storage and sharing of files as well as the ability to coordinate calendars with co-workers and share contacts. These new services all extend to apps on mobile devices.Have you factored in the cost of the myriad of "free" services?

New Version of Social Network for Scientists and Puerto Rico

Altamente proudly announces its successful completion and launch of CienciaPR 2.0, providing a better home for networking, learning and promoting science in Puerto Rico.

Recently, Altamente was hired by Ciencia Puerto Rico as the technology solutions provider and consultant responsible for migrating a five year old social media platform in active use by over 5,000 scientists to a new more robust version. Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR) is a nonprofit organization composed of scientists, professionals, students and citizens committed to promoting science, research and science education in Puerto Rico.

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Insider's Look into the English for the Future Policy Congress

This past October in Cartagena, Colombia, the British Council celebrated the first in a series of three annual policy conferences on the subject of English language education in the Americas. The policy dialogues are meant to stimulate frank discussion of challenges, opportunities and choices faced by policy-makers working with English language teaching and hence were not open to the general public but limited to ministers of education, regional education secretaries and their advisors.