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Ledesma Signs Third Open Letter on AI Research

On February 3rd, Jordhy Ledesma signed the third open letter on AI research published by the Future of Life Institute. The letter is titled “Research Priorities for Robust and Beneficial Artificial Intelligence” and discusses the many pitfalls that researchers can run into by not prioritizing their work.


Artificial intelligence (AI) research has explored a variety of problems and approaches since its inception, but for the last 20 years or so has been focused on the problems surrounding the construction of intelligent agents – systems that perceive and act in some environment. In this context, “intelligence” is related to statistical and economic notions of rationality – colloquially, the ability to make good decisions, plans, or inferences. The adoption of probabilistic and decision-theoretic representations and statistical learning methods has led to a large degree of integration and cross-fertilization among AI, machine learning, statistics, control theory, neuroscience, and other fields. The establishment of shared theoretical frameworks, combined with the availability of data and processing power, has yielded remarkable successes in various component tasks such as speech recognition, image classification, autonomous vehicles, machine translation, legged locomotion, and question-answering systems.

As capabilities in these areas and others cross the threshold from laboratory research to economically valuable technologies, a virtuous cycle takes hold whereby even small improvements in performance are worth large sums of money, prompting greater investments in research. There is now a broad consensus that AI research is progressing steadily, and that its impact on society is likely to increase. The potential benefits are huge, since everything that civilization has to offer is a product of human intelligence; we cannot predict what we might achieve when this intelligence is magnified by the tools AI may provide, but the eradication of disease and poverty are not unfathomable. Because of the great potential of AI, it is important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls. – Read the full letter


These open letters are important because they form as the basis of a modern research community that is innovating with stronger ethical standards than generations before it.

In summary, we believe that research on how to make AI systems robust and beneficial is both important and timely, and that there are concrete research directions that can be pursued today. – Future of Life Institute

Full List of Open Letter Signatories

The Future of Life Institute’s mission is “To catalyze and support research and initiatives for safeguarding life and developing optimistic visions of the future, including positive ways for humanity to steer its own course considering new technologies and challenges”.

Information Providers will publish groundbreaking technology and research in the AI field and will do so following the highest ethical standards possible.

Ledesma Announces Full Stack Web Development Course @ ASA College

Jordhy Ledesma has partnered with ASA College to deliver a powerful educational experience and create a cohort of modern full-stack web developer for the needs of today’s fast-paced business environment.  The curriculum has been freshly developed to include an assortment of the most widely used web development technologies. Multiple computer labs and schedules will accommodate practical, personalized and convenient learning.

If you’re in NYC, Brooklyn or Miami, please call 877-470-9638 or reserve your spot (for free) at the next orientation session.

At a Glance: Full Stack Web Development With WordPress and PHP

This course is a hands-on workshop that focuses on the back, front end and practical issues of website production and maintenance. In this highly practical course, students will build up their skills along with a portfolio of web solutions they can show to prospective employers or clients.

Course Description

  • Web Development is one of the most active disciplines of Information Technology. Both demand and salaries are very high in this field.
  • Full Stack Web Development provides a fast path to employment because developers possessing these skills can work as entry level front end or back end developers or even as freelancers.
  • Full Stack Web Development with PHP and WordPress is a course that takes into account the aforementioned arguments to provide students with a practical course in which they will learn about the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MYSQL and PHP) and walk away with a portfolio of skills and code they can apply in their very first job after the course.
Web Prototyping Workshop

A Web Prototyping Workshop Session Within the Full Stack Web Development Course

Tech Covered

  • HTML 5 – The latest standard for content delivery on the Web
  • CSS3 – The preferred solution to style web pages
  • LAMP Stack – Linux, Apache, MySQL And PHP: the most popular stack for web production
  • WordPress – The most popular content management system for website delivery
  • Amazon EC2 – The Amazon Cloud, where students will discover how to deploy websites in a modern hosting environment
  • In addition to GIT, SVG, Bootstrap, Jquery, Javascript, AngularJS, Mobile Web Development, SEO and Responsive Web Design.

Some of the Tools Used

  • Sublime Text
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • CSS Frameworks
  • Apache Web Server
  • Github
  • Google Webmaster Tools
  • Several Prototyping Tools such as Invision
  • Web Page Optimization Tools
  • Ubuntu Linux
  • MySQL Server
  • PHP
  • Linux Terminal

About the Instructor:

Jordhy Ledesma is an award-winning web developer and best-selling academic co-author of “Best Buy: Investing in Language Learning” (Bloomberg Business Week, 2013). He holds degrees from the University of Virginia Darden School, where he was a Batten Scholar, PUCMM and the Loyola Polytechnical Institute. Mr. Ledesma is a Deloitte alumni, a four-time Miss Universe D.R. web designer and has advised companies such as Verizon, Best Buy, Rosetta Stone among others. For his full bio visit: http://www.jordhy.com/about

About ASA College:

ASA College currently has more than 5,000 students, 16 programs of study, and 5 campuses; Midtown Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, North Miami Beach, Florida, Hialeah, Florida, and Golden Glades, Florida. The mission of ASA College is to educate a diverse and qualified student population to become responsible professionals committed to lifelong learning by equipping them with a firm academic foundation and career-specific competencies. ASA offers high-quality degree and certificate programs that respond to the needs of students and employers in a global economy. The ASA faculty and staff are dedicated to maintaining professionalism and institutional integrity in a student-centered environment.

Bitcoin in 2017

First published at www.jordhy.com

Following an expected December rally, bitcoin surpassed the $1000 mark and flirted with reaching its all-time high. With a plethora of industry experts calling for a price to stabilize between 2 and $3,000 dollars, it is very hard to give differing predictions for movements in bitcoin.  However, consider the following:

1. Bitcoin’s volatility problem will likely continue and we recently experienced it in a 20% price collapse:

The value of digital currency bitcoin crashed on Thursday, falling by more than a fifth just as it appeared to be at an all-time high.

The price of one bitcoin abruptly fell from $1,161 (£942) to $889 before it stabilised at around $950.

The crash came after the virtual currency passed the all-time closing high as recorded by Bloomberg, although different exchanges have recorded different figures for the record level. – The Telegraph

2. Trump will “Make America Great Again”:

An agenda that will likely signify the reversal of many progressive legacies and bring us closer and closer to the politics of the 80s and 60s. A stronger dollar might call for less speculation in Bitcoin but, with Peter Thiel by Trump’s side, don’t be surprised to see true bitcoin innovation by the very government that so hardly attacked it.

3. Strong international demand for bitcoin:

Demand for Bitcoin as a currency is also likely to continue to grow in 2017, again as China has promised to restrict capital outflows and to devalue its currency in order to protect exporters. Another large economy that has seen increased demand for Bitcoin is India, whose government surprised many by scrapping large-denomination banknotes and causing a panic for cash in the country of more than a billion residents. A rising U.S. dollar has also caused some in emerging markets to seek alternatives to fiat currencies as debt denominated in dollars becomes more expensive to service. (For more, see: Bitcoin Prices in India Soar Amid Demonetization Drive) – Source: Bitcoin Predictions for 2017 | Investopedia

 

Bitcoin price over the last two years

Bitcoin price over the last two years

4. Updates and increased scarcity: 

As the reward for mining decreases, bitcoins becomes scarcer and scarcer. This creates the exponential effect of supply tightening because investors become more conservative as time goes by and volatility is consequently reduced over time (as a percentage of the currency’s value). Updates in the Bitcoin protocol have also made the currency less susceptible to attacks of several sorts.

5. My two cents:

I don’t have a clue. Be extra careful with your investments on bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general for this year.  Diversify, save, be cautious and remember the old days, because I think we’re going back to them. Thanks for reading and, to the moon!

 

Innovation vs Invention

Originally published at www.jordhy.com

Innovation is the application of existing technology in new ways. In contrast, invention is the creation of new technology. While innovation is a constant in web development, we’ve seen a good deal of invention in the past decades. Here’s how you can put each one of these to work in your next web development project.

Innovation

By nature, innovation is incremental, interdisciplinary and healthy to the bottom line. It takes a village to raise a child and a deeply knowledgeable and diligent team to bring valuable innovations to life. Consider innovating to create new corporate advantage, cost costs and streamline operations. The app revolution, responsive website development and website localization are largely innovative endeavors. While you are not creating new technology per se, you are offering new solutions to a market that was previously lacking.

Ponder the special case of technological innovation. Translating products to bring them into new markets, creating new features and packaging old software for consumption in smartphones, for example. Such innovation is relatively cheap and can provide broad differentiation to your practice.

Choosing to innovate has its drawbacks also. It’s more expensive than the status quo, there are no guarantees of success and considerable corporate frictions routinely arise. A common byproduct of being too innovative is releasing bloated software, delayed projects and websites productions that are an order of magnitude over budget. The key is to be judiciously innovative and watch your resources at all times.

Invention

If you’re developing for a startup or businesses opening new product lines, don’t discard invention. Inventions are hard to come by and are usually created by seasoned professionals. To name a few we can think of Amazon’s “one click purchase”, Apple’s iTunes platform or Google’s search algorithm. By nature, invention is scarce, trans-formative, hard and expensive. Sadly there’s very little invention in traditional web development.

 

 

Your Keyboard as a Bottleneck

Originally posted at www.jordhy.com

It surprises me how many new developers fail to internalize their main development computer as an integrated system. They think that a computer is simply a collection of parts and routinely forget considerations about ergonomics when purchasing new hardware.

Many of these recent grads are coding complex web applications using a laptop keyboard that is probably worth less than ten dollars; their use of portrait screens, secondary monitors, specialized track pads and voice recognition software is also very scant. This post is a wake up call for all the junior developers out there: the keyboard could be your main bottle neck.

Full Size Mechanical Keyboards

These give you better tactile feedback, are easier on your fingers and provide all sort of ergonomic goodies. With them, you can type code faster, last longer and reduce the risk of developing certain illnesses later in life. I use mechanical keyboards because its easier to achieve hand-eye coordination with them and more of my mind is devoted to other tasks.

Input Time vs Processing Time

If you have anything as advanced as a Core 2 Duo (or a Core i5 or faster) you already have most of the processing power needed for modern computing. However, disk transfer times and input times could be hindering your productivity. SSDs and RAM chips’ prices have fallen dramatically, so an upgrade in that department is become trivial. Nevertheless, time and time again I see junior programmers making basic mistakes when it comes to input devices.

Maximizing your Productivity with Novel Input Devices

Voice recognition software, track pads, mechanical keyboards, portable OCR scanners (like the Doxie), track points and digital pens can reduce what could be your greatest productive bottleneck: your hands.

This tip is relevant even for video editing folks. If you’re not using a mechanical keyboard with dedicated keys and a handful of powerful macros along side high quality complimentary input devices, you’re missing a great chance to improve your productivity.

 

Web Assembly: A Tectonic Shift

Originally posted at www.jordhy.com

Web Assembly is the next stop for bringing web sites closer to the speed and versatility of native apps. The new standard would provide an assembly layer of compiled code that can be executed as much as 20 times faster than JavaScript. Web Assembly is a W3C standard that will bring similar functionality as Java and .Net without the requiring any plugins.

 

WebAssembly, or wasm for short, is intended to be a portable bytecode that will be efficient for browsers to download and load, providing a more efficient target for compilers than plain JavaScript or even asm.js. Like, for example, .NET bytecode, wasm instructions operate on native machine types such as 32-bit integers, enabling efficient compilation…

WebAssembly will include both a binary notation, that compilers will produce, and a corresponding text notation, suitable for display in debuggers or development environments.  – Ars Technica

 

Major Changes Ahead

The basis for this article is to instill the notion that Web Assembly will not be an incremental improvement over JavaScript but a major step forward for the Web.

Web Assembly walks away from the notion that the Web is a collection of documents.

With native code directly available to browsers the first “truly real web apps” will come about. We will enjoy a snappier web with richer functionality and enhanced security and the cost of porting interactive applications to the Web will be substantially reduced as companies refactor their existing C/C++ code bases with ease. Games, videos, office applications, interactive applets and animations will all benefit from this major improvement.

Web Assembly fills the gap of plugins on the Mobile Web.

In particular, the mobile Web will gain an astounding amount of functionality provided developers can figure out a way to make native applications take advantage of responsive interfaces. Except for security concerns this will probably be the greatest technological factor arriving in the Mobile Web in 2016.

The State of Web Assembly in Early 2016

More Information

WebAssemblyOverview  – Github

Development of WebAssembly and associated infrastructure – Github

From ASM.JS to WebAssembly – Brendan Eich

JavaScript in 2016: Beyond Harmony – Oreilly

 

Don’t Ignore The Social Challenges Of Web Development

Our goal is to leverage what is already out in the field in terms of partners, but then hire in project management capability and a bit of technical capability.
– Kevin Rollins

It is easy to get excited about the new wave of technologies entering the market and the constant evolution of frameworks, hardware and technological ecosystems while at the same time forgetting about the single biggest bottleneck in web development: social challenges. Organizational structures, governmental mandates (in terms of standards compliance), special requests, gridlock and the like are bigger factors involved in the successful completion of major web development projects.

Three Major Revelations in Web Development

  1. The client is also responsible for your success. To manage these social challenges a disciplined consulting approach is needed. Not only should the developers facilitate and lead consensus but also managers on the receiving end should diligently contribute to the projects completion. Hence, taking a project towards success doesn’t depend solely on the technicians involved in content production.
  2. You will inherit any pending internal wars. And these “wars” will manifest in fights for prominence in the homepage, amount of content displayed and other automated features. Each department will fight to have more prominence on the web and hence better performance on the real world of sales and corporate indicators. Welcome to a war you didn’t start.
  3. You will manage more, not less legacy hardware and software. Probably your project will at some point have to integrate certain facilities with even obsolete programs and services residing in the bowels of the corporate ERP. Plus, you will inherit any partial developments created by a previous web development team. Your only recourse here might be to negotiate having the client prepare these integration scripts or replacing certain legacy systems altogether. Good luck with that.

What is Gridlock Anyway?

All web developers in their careers experience contracting for a gridlocked company. This is a very particular feeling and one that you won’t forget easily. The client can’t provide you with content in a timely fashion, meetings are a canvas for internal warfare and emails are received with a cold face that looks the other way. To help you understand this situation I must say that probably “It’s not you. It’s them”.

To work in architecture you are so much involved with society, with politics, with bureaucrats. It’s a very complicated process to do large projects. You start to see the society, how it functions, how it works. Then you have a lot of criticism about how it works. – Ai Weiwei

Gridlock occurs when equal forces move in opposite directions within organizations. It usually precedes a major corporate change or failure and is pretty hard to identify for any external consultant. To manage gridlock you need legal counsel that can tailor made  contractual agreements that compel your clients to timely answer your requests or face financial penalties. Even with adequate counsel, enforcing these penalties is damaging to pre-existing relationships and should be used sparingly.

Enter The Government and Standard Bodies

It doesn’t end with the client, though. You must comply with any governmental standards that your country has established, deliver upon industry best practices and adhere to W3C recommendations. While you will likely not directly interface with these institutions it is clear that they underscore the complexities associated with building any major website.

Some Closing Remarks

Certainly, web development requires many social and technical skills as well as pre-existing rapport with clients in need of major professional service. Try to think thru these social challenges before engaging in any major web development project and quote accordingly. Also, don’t solely focus on achieving great technical acumen and strive to grow as a person by developing your social skills as much as you can. In any event, focus on clients that have a good corporate culture and a manageable work/life balance.

I love working if it’s with people who are capable of having a good time. People with a little bit of enjoyment of what they do. If it’s enormous pressure, and people feel that their lives are at stake, then it’s agony. So I try to pick projects where I feel like I’m going to avoid those traps. – Alan Arkin

Web Design Trends for 2016

As the new year approaches we are getting more and more questions from clients and associates regarding our expectations for web design trends in the new year. In terms of design, we expect to see many designers move away from flat productions and also include more video on their web properties. Here’s a list of our top web design predictions for 2016:

 

Our Top Internet Trends for 2016

1. Responsive websites become the norm

2. Mobile first becomes a reality for latin american web development

3. Cryptocurrency usage increases exponentially in the new year

4. Memory consumption increases in a linear fashion, limiting the user experience

5. More customers flock towards open platforms as differentiation diminishes

6. The startup bubble finally implodes

7. USB-C is widely adopted

8. Interactivity and real time applications continue to fill up the web as Node.Js and similar technologies gain ground

9. Designers start to move away from flat web design as the pressure to differentiate increases

10. The use of video and audio in websites increases dramatically

 

In terms of general Internet trends the authoritative report is probably KPCB’s yearly Internet Trends presentation. Here’s their full presentation:

 

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers 2015 Internet Trends

Ledesma Judges at the 19th Web Awards

Jordhy Ledesma, CEO and Online Producer at Information Providers, has recently judged for the second time at the annual international WebAwards competition. The WebAwards recognizes the achievements of Web professionals all over the world who create and maintain outstanding Web sites. Websites are judged on design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copy writing and ease of use.

“This year the amount of creativity and innovation was remarkable”, Ledesma says. “The sheer amount of content and interactivity in today’s web properties is a testament to ever increasing Internet speeds and the accelerating quality of development tools” – he continues.

This year’s top awards included:
A “Best of Industry” WebAward will be given in each of the 96 industry categories, including financial services, medical, small business, travel, advertising, transportation and government. The competition’s highest honor, the 2015 WebAward “Best of Show,” will be given to the one site that the judges believe represents the pinnacle of outstanding achievement in Web development.The Web Marketing Association  also recognized the interactive agency winning the most awards in the competition with the “Top Interactive Agency” WebAward.

About the WebAwards
Founded by the Web Marketing Association in 1997, the WebAwards is the standards-defining competition that sets industry benchmarks for the best web sites based on the seven criteria of a successful website. The goal of the WebAwards is to provide a forum to recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing some of the most effective websites on the Internet today.

About the Web Marketing Association
The Web Marketing Association was founded in 1997 to help define the standard of excellence for online marketing. Our internationally known award programs, such as WebAward Competition for Website Development, Internet Advertising Competition and the MobileWebAwards, recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing the most effective online marketing programs on the Internet today. Entrants benefit from assessment of their marketing efforts by a professional judging panel and the marketing opportunities presented by being recognized as an award-winning web developer.

*IP Announces International Domain Name Portfolio

Aun.com Listing in Domain Name Sales

*IP announces the immediate availability of its domain portfolio for interested customers and associates. You can now purchase our premium Hispanic domain names thru a number of partners including SEDO, Domain Name Sales, DNX and Flippa.  All the domains names have been appraised via Estibot and professional brokers to offer our customers the most reasonable prices possible. Here’s a sample of three key value indicators from SEDO for our domain apatico.com (or apathetic.com in English):

 

Domain Name Value Indicators

 

The offering also includes category killer domain names such as ortografía.com (orthography.com), cabestrillo.com (sling.com), histórico.com (historic.com) and international names such as ilektroniki.com (latinized greek for electronics), etc. These premium international domain names start at $2,000 USD and go all the way to 150,000 dollars for three-letter dot coms. A sample of our domain name portfolio follows:

 

International Domain Name Portfolio

.LAT gTLD Offers Latinos a New Internet Identity

From the SEDO Press Release Room:

eCOM-LAC Chooses Sedo as its Strategic Partner to launch .LAT, Creating an Internet Presence with a Latin Identity for Latinos Worldwide

Sedo, has partnered with eCOM-LAC to participate in the launch of the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) .LAT to provide Internet Presence with Latin Identity.

eCOM-LAC selected the domain industry leader Sedo to conduct sunrise auctions, and provide marketing and communications tools to bring the .LAT to the potential clients.

.LAT is the new gTLD extension to offer Latinos form all over the world the opportunity to have internet presence with Latin identity. .LAT was created to easily identify Latino individuals,
organizations, causes and projects on the Internet; and because it’s new, it brings a great alternative for existing top level domains as all names are still available.

.LAT is short, intuitive and easy-to-remember. That makes it ideal for Latino owned businesses or businesses that have a special interest in the Latino community as a market. .LAT’s high recognition offers the possibility of direct communication and engagement with that community. SEDO was the first and only choice for supporting the launch of .LAT for its strong presence and recognition on the market .LAT is trying to reach.

Sedo connects domain buyers and sellers making it simple for individuals and companies to acquire the domain names they need for their online presence. An industry leader in creating awareness for the new domain names, Registries also entrust Sedo to conduct their auctions and provide a comprehensive suite of services for the marketing and expansion of their domains. In addition, there’s Sedo support staff who speak Spanish and Portuguese as well as 21 other languages, and the company maintains various language-specific versions of its domain marketplace – including the Spanish and only Portuguese-language domain website, to facilitate domain transactions for non-English speaking users like some of the .LAT audience.

Latino market is attractive, open and growing every day. Latinos have one of the highest growth potential around the world. .LAT will be a great tool for Latinos as they engage and are more active on the internet than any other group and are also digitally-savvy and know how to celebrate their culture.
.LAT Sunrise has been extended until April 30th, so there’s still time to secure you brand or trademark before the .LAT is open to the public. For complete details of the .LAT launch please visit www.nic.lat.

About eCOM-LAC
The Latin America and Caribbean Federation for Internet and Electronic Commerce (eCOM-LAC) was founded in March 1988 and is based in Uruguay. It is a non-profit organization integrated by several entities interested in combining efforts for ICTs in the Latin America and Caribbean region, supporting initiatives to reduce the digital gap. The technical backend for .LAT is provided by NIC Mexico, incorporating the most advanced technology and quality standards in the industry making .LAT a 100% Latino initiative. For more information about .LAT and how to take part on the launch of the .LAT new gTLD please visit www.nic.lat.

*IP Launches Mesothelioma.Asia

www.mesothelioma.asia
Mesothelioma Portal

www.mesothelioma.asia

*IP is kicking off the second quarter of 2015 with a series of large scale portal launches. The first is Mesothelioma Asia, a portal covering the Mesothelioma illness and offering a set of information tools for families and lawyers. The portal has a private social network for both lawyers and families, provides rich academic, legal and medical information as well as daily news. The portal is fully owned and operated by Information Providers.

Mesothelioma Asia is part of ONE Media Network, a brand of information portals created by Information Providers to educate and ease access to complex information. In particular, Mesothelioma Asia includes complex legal information such as lawsuits, settlements and professional directories in an easy to digest format. Academic papers with the latest advances on the subject are also well covered as well as the current stance of asbestos regulation in all of Asia. The PanAsian portal will offer directory services to attorneys, research centers and medical doctors while preserving the privacy of its members.

Mesothelioma Asia Footer

Technically speaking Mesothelioma Asia features responsive technology, mobile versions for the iPhone and iPads, multiple news letters and automatic categorization services, RSS, social network integration, breaking news tickers, social network integration, commenting and moderation systems, video rich content and multiple content suggestion services. You can visit the portal now at www.mesothelioma.asia.

Ledesma to Judge at the WebAwards 2015

Jordhy Ledesma, CEO and Online Producer at Information Providers, has been re-appointed as judge for the WebAwards 2015. The WebAwards recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals all over the world who create and maintain outstanding Web sites. Websites are judged on seven criteria, including design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copy writing and ease of use. Ledesma was also a judge in the WebAwards 2014. The deadline for entry is May 29, 2015 and the entry form can be found at www.webaward.org. The goal of the WebAwards is to both recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing the most effective Websites on the Internet today. Entrants benefit from receiving valuable feedback from the WebAwards professional judging panel on their Web site development efforts.

The WebAward Competition is open to all organizations and individuals involved in the process of developing web sites for organizations, companies and the government. Web sites entered must have been in general use for at least part of calendar year 2014 or early 2015. Sites that have won awards in past WebAward Competitions are eligible for the current competition. WebAwards are granted at three levels. Sites that receive the highest average score from the judges within a given industry category are awarded a “Best of Industry” WebAward and will receive a personalized WebAward statue to commemorate the achievement.

Remaining sites will then be judged against a standard of overall excellence and quality for either an Outstanding WebAward or Standard of Excellence WebAward based upon the total score given to the entry by the WebAward judges. These winners will receive a personalized certificate of achievement. One site will be recognized as Best of Show and receive a special edition WebAward statue. WebAward Judges are a select group of industry leaders that volunteer their valuable time, energy and expertise to help raise the standard of excellence of web development on the Internet. The Web Marketing Association acknowledges their contributions and dedication making the WebAward Competition the premier annual contest for web developers and marketers.

 

Links

Jordhy Ledesma’s profile at the WebAward 2015

Global List of WebAward 2015 Judges

 

About the WebAwards

Founded by the Web Marketing Association in 1997, the WebAwards (http://www.webaward.org) is the standards-defining competition that sets industry benchmarks for the best web sites based on the seven criteria of a successful website. The goal of the WebAwards is to provide a forum to recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing some of the most effective websites on the Internet today.

 

About the Web Marketing Association

The Web Marketing Association (http://www.webmarketingassociation.org/wma/) was founded in 1997 to help define the standard of excellence for online marketing. Our internationally known award programs, such as WebAward Competition for Website Development, Internet Advertising Competition and the MobileWebAwards, recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing the most effective online marketing programs on the Internet today. Entrants benefit from assessment of their marketing efforts by a professional judging panel and the marketing opportunities presented by being recognized as an award-winning web developer.

The Hispanic Internet: Notable Research (2000-2015)

Notable Hispanic Internet Research (2000 - 2015)

In the quest to better serve the Hispanic market we must understand their idiosyncrasies, their culture, their economic reality and the psychographic mindset that sets Latinos apart. As our practice has progressed we have written, reviewed, selected and highlighted a large quantity of research about the Hispanic Internet.

Due to the large number of requests we have prepared this page with a selection of some of the most notable research about Hispanics, Latin-American websites and eCommerce in Latin America. This curation covers eCommerce, eGovernment, the psychographic profile of Latino web consumers and important aspects associated with social media use in the region.

 

eGovernment

 

The Failure of eGovernment in Developing Countries – London School of Economics.

 

eGovernment in Latin America and the Caribbean – Silvana Rubino-Hallman.

 

Web design patterns for eGovernment websites – University of São Paulo.

 

White Book of e-Government Interoperability for Latin America and the Caribbean – The United Nations.

 

eGovernment in Latin America: A Review of the Success in Colombia, Uruguay, and Panama  – Organization of American States.

 

eCommerce

 

U.S. Hispanic Consumer eCommerce Preferences – Florida International University.

 

Latinos Online

 

Latinos Online  – Pew Hispanic Center.

 

Revisiting
 Latin 
American
 communication
 and
 culture – University of Westminster.

 

U.S. Hispanic Consumer eCommerce Preferences – Florida International University.

 

Social Media

 

The Rise of Social Networking in Latin America – comScore.

 

Notable Links

 

Hispanic Resources – U.S. Department of the Interior.

 

eGuide to Online Sources of Law Relating to Latin America –  New York City Bar.

 

Closing the Digital Divide: Latinos and Technology Adoption – Pew Hispanic Center.

 

Hispanic Media: Faring Better than the Mainstream Media –  Pew Research

 

Global Web Design Trends: South America – Noupe.

 

 

If you need any additional information not present in any of these documents, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Multiplying Education

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*ip has developed a modern web presence for the Math Multipliers educational program. Initially backed by the Clinton Foundation, Math Multipliers identifies and nurtures young leaders that become math tutors across the Dominican Republic. The program has expanded across the nation and will also pursue international opportunities.

The solution includes a multilingual CMS solution, web development and design, search engine facilities and social media integration. This eLearning solution has been crafted so that hundreds of high school students can independently browse and update the site for society to consume. Please visit the site at http://www.multiplicadores.do.

A Solution for Latin American Investors

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Based on the accrued knowledge of Argentinian investors, US Latin Investments has devised a series of algorithms to track down the best American properties that are currently on the market. Information Providers crafted the web presence of the firm and a series of online tools that allow them to service the Latin American investment market that wishes to acquire property in major US cities.

As part of the web development project *ip developed a modern website, emails solutions, CRM systems and listing management solutions. You can visit the site at http://www.uslatininvestments.com.

Ledesma Signs Artificial Intelligence Petition

Computer experts around the globe are signing an open letter issued by the Future of Life Institute that pledges to safely and carefully coordinate progress in the field to ensure it does not grow beyond humanity’s control. Signees include Jordhy Ledesma,  computer science professors and experts at some of technology’s biggest corporations, including IBM’s Watson supercomputer team and Microsoft Research.

Our company is committed to Ai advancement and, along with cryptocurrencies, web development and distributed programming; represent the new wave of innovation that is shaping our world.

 

From the open letter:

Artificial intelligence (AI) research has explored a variety of problems and approaches since its inception, but for the last 20 years or so has been focused on the problems surrounding the construction of intelligent agents – systems that perceive and act in some environment. In this context, “intelligence” is related to statistical and economic notions of rationality – colloquially, the ability to make good decisions, plans, or inferences. The adoption of probabilistic and decision-theoretic representations and statistical learning methods has led to a large degree of integration and cross-fertilization among AI, machine learning, statistics, control theory, neuroscience, and other fields. The establishment of shared theoretical frameworks, combined with the availability of data and processing power, has yielded remarkable successes in various component tasks such as speech recognition, image classification, autonomous vehicles, machine translation, legged locomotion, and question-answering systems.

OXID eShop Now in Latin American Spanish

FREIBURG, Germany — Jordhy Ledesma, CEO and Online Producer at Information Providers, announces the completion of the translation project of OXID eSales to Latin American Spanish. Now over 500 million Spanish-speaking consumers will have access to online stores crafted using the popular German software.

The extension can be downloaded free of charge at http://exchange.oxid-esales.com/Shopping-process/Languages-Countries/Latin-American-Spanish-for-OXID-eShop-4-8-7-Stable-CE-4-8-x.html. It is published under GPLv3 and can be used by every OXID eShop no matter which edition is used. Previously, Ledesma has released translations for the FarCry CMS and the Ning Platforms.

 

About Jordhy Ledesma
Jordhy Ledesma is an international web developer whose work has been recognized by the United Nations’ World Summit Awards, The Organization of Ibero American States, The Miss Universe Organization and the Dominican Government. Mr. Ledesma is founder and CEO at Information Providers, an award-winning digital agency focusing on eBusiness solutions that target hispanics. Further information about Jordhy Ledesma is available fromhttp://www.jordhy.com

 

About OXID eSales
Freiburg-based OXID eSales AG is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions. Countless successful B2C and B2B shop operators in numerous segments appreciate the scalability, modularity and quality of the OXID platform. The company’s customers include among others: Deutsche Post, Edeka, Gravis, Intersport, babymarkt.de, Lekkerland, Mercedes Benz, Street One and Mayersche Buchhandlung. Customers benefit during implementation from the flexible adaptation options featured by the standard software (fast introduction time, low cost), the know-how of more than 150 certified OXID Solution Partners and direct contact to the manufacturer’s support and development teams during subsequent operation. OXID eShop is developed and published as Commercial Open Source Software. The advantages are a higher speed of innovation, high-quality developments and long-term investment security for users. Further information is available from http://www.oxid-esales.com

comScore Latam Report Shows Exponential Growth

Last week, comScore released an impressive social media report for Latin America. The report is very bold and clear in a number of  data points. First, actions with Facebook Pages are growing exponentially, with bolder engagement in Mexico and Brasil. action growth The market, according to comScore data, is largely Facebook-centric, with a penetration of 97.2%. facebook centric market And, finally, another salient metric is the penetration of Instagram in Brazil. Where the social network brought a 751% increase in engagement to active brands. instagram For more metrics and to view the full presentation visit The State of Social Media in Latin America and the Metrics that Really Matter.

*ip Presenta “eCommerce en R.D.”

Inicialmente en español, el kit de negocios incluye una presentación acerca del eCommerce dominicano preparada por Jordhy Ledesma (360 slides) y un kit de herramientas con informaciones relativas al eCommerce local que los gerentes dominicanos deben conocer. Los documentos son distribuidos de forma inmediata y segura a través del payment gateway internacional GumRoad.


Comprar eCommerce en RD: Guía Práctica y Toolkit de Negocios ($295 dólares)


Contenido de la Guía Práctica (360 slides)

1. Antecedentes del Comercio Electrónico Dominicano

1.1 Cómo empieza el eCommerce en R.D.?
1.2 Cuál es la situación Actual?
1.3. Comercio Electrónico en Latinoamérica
1.4. Indicadores Claves en Latinoamérica y el Caribe
1.5. Barreras del eCommerce en R.D.

 

2. Proyectos Notables

2.1. Históricos: Ciberplaza de Codetel, ePymes de la Unión Europea, Enel.net
2.2. Banca: Bancrédito, Asociacion La Nacional de Ahorros y Prestamos
2.3. Marcas: EPS, Pizzarelli, Casa Mora
2.4. Exportadores: RG Global Caribbean, UNESCO Manos Creadoras
2.5. Gobierno Electrónico: DGII, ONAPI

 

3. Casos de Estudio Exitosos en eBusiness Dominicano

3.1. Best Buy & Rosetta Stone: Investing in Language Learning
3.2. Pizzarelli & Grupo Bona: eBusiness + eCommerce
3.3. Desarrollo Alsuper.com.do: Inicios y Crecimiento
3.4. ONAPI: 120 Millones Procesados al Año
3.5. WDALAW: 300K+ Visitas, SEO, SEM & SMM

 

4. Herramientas Claves para Superar las Barreras Locales

4.1 Bitcoin
4.2 Leverage/Apalancamiento
4.3 Partnerships
4.4 Dropshipping
4.5 Exportación
4.7 Barnacle SEO

 

Contenido Toolkit (aprox. 2500 páginas)

– Artículos de gerencia eCommerce
– Artículos de implementación técnica
– Directorio internacional de soluciones de eBusiness
– Directorio de soluciones locales
– Datos relevantes acerca del eCommerce global
– eCommerce en Latinoamérica
– Elaboración de su estrategia
– Manejo de expansiones
– Directorio de herramientas (análisis crediticio, análisis gradiente, soluciones de envío, tiendas en Facebook, etc)
– Impuestos (comentarios de Caricom, políticas impositivas internacionales y análisis del problema de la evasión fiscal en suplidores)
– Legal (ley dominicana de comercio electrónico y otros documentos de interés)
– Optimización de conversiones
– Personalización de tiendas
– Pop up shops
– Selección de revistas recomendadas para operadores de eCommerce
– Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
– Datos macroeconómicos pertinentes al eCommerce dominicano
– Documentos introductorios al bitcoin, dropshipping y otras herramientas claves
– Galería de infográficos
– Directorio de expertos nacionales
– Directorio de firmas y productos Idóneos para la implementación nacional
– Caso de estudio “Best Buy, Investing in Language Learning”
– Informes varios
– Tendencias

Jordhy Ledesma to Judge at the 18th WebAwards

Jordhy Ledesma, CEO and Online Producer at Information Providers, has been named as a judge for the 18th annual international WebAwards competition. The WebAwards recognizes the individual and team achievements of Web professionals all over the world who create and maintain outstanding Web sites. Websites are judged on seven criteria, including design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copy writing and ease of use.

The deadline for entry is June 13, 2014 and the entry form can be found at www.webaward.org. The goal of the WebAwards is to both recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing the most effective Websites on the Internet today. Entrants benefit from receiving valuable feedback from the WebAwards professional judging panel on their Web site development efforts.

This year’s top awards will include:
A “Best of Industry” WebAward will be given in each of the 96 industry categories, including financial services, medical, small business, travel, advertising, transportation and government.

The competition’s highest honor, the 2014 WebAward “Best of Show,” will be given to the one site that the judges believe represents the pinnacle of outstanding achievement in Web development. Last year’s Best of Show winner was BETC Paris for their exceptional work on Peugeot RCZ Test Driver.

The Web Marketing Association will also recognize the interactive agency winning the most awards in the competition with the “Top Interactive Agency” WebAward. Interactive and advertising agencies that win a 2014 WebAward will automatically be included in the Award Winning Agency Database with a free premium listing.

About the WebAwards
Founded by the Web Marketing Association in 1997, the WebAwards is the standards-defining competition that sets industry benchmarks for the best web sites based on the seven criteria of a successful website. The goal of the WebAwards is to provide a forum to recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing some of the most effective websites on the Internet today.

About the Web Marketing Association
The Web Marketing Association was founded in 1997 to help define the standard of excellence for online marketing. Our internationally known award programs, such as WebAward Competition for Website Development, Internet Advertising Competition and the MobileWebAwards, recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing the most effective online marketing programs on the Internet today. Entrants benefit from assessment of their marketing efforts by a professional judging panel and the marketing opportunities presented by being recognized as an award-winning web developer.

*ip’s 12th Anniversary: A History of Achievement

Early Days

Our first office was rented for a hundred dollars per month. Those were the days! Every new project was  harder to get than the rest until we built a reputation. And this reputation is what we are now, what we’ll always be: the most dependable ally, the pioneers in new technological endeavors, the leaders in hypercompetitive environments.

We grew and won against big consulting and PR firms because we understood early on that web development was a new business altogether. And now, our comprehension of dozens of industries and geographies along with state of the art technology make us even more relevant than in previous years.

Our history of achievement is summarized in just one sentence: People first and profits later. A mantra that has served us well in these past 12 years!

Leslor
The Leslor Information Providers brand will be our business name abroad starting in 2015. Leslor is a short name that will instantly bring brand recognition to the firm. Locally the Information Providers logo and name will remain untouched.

Internet Marketing
The shift to Internet Marketing came when we realized customers need traffic to their websites as much as they needed their sites developed! A new wave of services followed and little by little, we started packaging growth systems and traffic delivery solutions.

Internet Marketing has turned into our most attractive competitive advantage. Now Information Providers is one of the local leaders in traffic delivery. We are trusted by the biggest corporations and by senior professionals who depend on our traffic delivery solutions to bolster their units performance.

Web Design
Our initial services only included web design, hosting and domain registration. We started with a team of three people: a designer, a developer and our producer. Later, we added more services, moved to bigger offices and now our firm offers consulting, custom application programming, grid technology, cryptocurrency and cloud solutions.

Application Development
We pioneered .Net development in 2003. Then Macromedia MX development in 2004. Actionscript, CMS development, Java, Rails, Multilingual CMSs, Coldfusion, Advanced CSS, PHP, HTML 5, Open GL and Hadoop came after. Now we’re programming in Node.js, MongoDB, Cassandra and Objective C. Our practice maintains that the only way to keep at the forefront of innovation is to be current on the latest tools and become an expert on them. In this respect, our founder directly produces most of the critical code and design of the firm, still to this day. Having such a senior expert craft the core of a system dramatically increases its security, cohesiveness and speed of delivery. We have become leaders in Application Development by carefully testing each and every framework that has gained relevant traction and then obsesively trained our specialists to maintain solutions and expand on the work performed by our producer.

The future looks very promising indeed. IP is already a leader in cryptocurrency mining and development and we have now deployed a special task force to prepare package solutions so our clients can capitalize on the Internet of Things. Although we are ahead of the market by at least 4 to 5 years, this is what’s required of a leading technical consulting firm to deliver real competitive advantages to its clients. We take that compromise very seriously and are constantly fetching for new solutions that can bring more value and profits to our loyal customers.

Read our 12th Anniversary Magazine for free or order in print via MagCloud!

12 Years Online - Information Providers

56 pages, published 4/22/2014

Information Providers Celebrates 12 Years Online with a 56-Page Memoir

*ip Celebrates 12th Anniversary!

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It seems like we started yesterday. Time flies incredibly fast. Especially when you love what you do. Our team is incredibly grateful to all our clients, partners, suppliers and friends who over the years have made our lives so much more valuable.

Our firm is proud to have served more than 150 corporate clients in this decade, more than 200 completed projects are a testament of the quality of the solutions provided by *ip over the years. More importantly the many relationships we’ve built over this decade remain strong and have inspired us to keep innovating and pushing the cutting edge of technology.

It is our sincere wish to continue serving our clients for another decade and expand our reach to more countries and regions. Stay tuned as *ip continues it’s international expansion!

Read our 12th Anniversary Magazine for free or order in print via MagCloud!

12 Years Online - Information Providers

56 pages, published 4/22/2014

Information Providers Celebrates 12 Years Online with a 56-Page Memoir

*ip Plans Expansion

Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, but if you teach him… If we create tools that empower our customers to deploy their messages on the web they’ll be able to make a bigger impact on society. *ip is at a pivotal point in its history, we are transitioning into a product company of international impact.

The success we had with the Portado brand and other *ip creations has opened our eyes to a new sea of opportunity in the consumer web sector. However, instead of solely focusing on this area, we’ll expand our consulting practice and open offices in potentially four more cities across the globe.

We are now a leader in institutional web development, employing many professionals of distinguished track record and dedication. We’ll expand our reach by continuing to be a research-driven web development firm that provides targeted solutions to its customers. Our international play will be to focus on the Latino market of key geographies. The Hispanic market is growing as a faster rate than any demography in the US for example, this creates a big opportunity for us to establish offices in this country and recruit local designers and programmers that will, using our proven methodologies and research, deliver better solutions to the Latino demographic.

This expansion represents an important conquest for our firm, in the coming years we will become one of the few Dominican brands with a direct international presence. This in turn will enrich our local practice with professionals from all over the world that will bring in a new perspective to our Latin American design mantra.

As we prepare to grow we must look back and reflect on our values, our passions and core beliefs. Ours is a firm of hard earned prestige and a very respected brand in its key circles. But that comes at a price, because customers expect us to over deliver and be true to our promises every time. At *ip, excellence and achievement are not random events but a way of life. Our design perspective, which is colorfur, lively, and culturarly rich, pretty much like the Latino culture, is one of our key assets, and one we should maintain as we compete in bigger lands. Good news is, not much will have to change, as we’ve been competing against multinational agencies since our inception, so this transition should be a smooth one.

On a different note, new develoments in the Internet make for an even more exciting future for us. Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency revolution will provide a fast, safe and cheap means to store and send money to the Latino community. The new wave of innovation that this represents will mean that a second Internet will surface: The Internet of Money.

So, the next decade will be an exciting rollercoaster of technology with four Internets: Content, Social Connections, Things and Money. The Internet of Content will be primary consumed in tablet devices, via offline content-delivery techniques like apps, The Internet of Social Connections will welcome hyperlocal apps of greater utility and value, while the Internet of Things will connect every device that needs to be monitored by us. The Internet of Money will provide us with smart contracts, decentralized and stable cryptocurrencies and a parallel financial system available to anyone, globally. What this means is that the next decade will be the most exciting in technology in all of human history. We’ll see an explosion of information and utility that will provided us with a far more connected and far more fulfilling life.

This means that boutique tecnology firms like ours will walk into a path of sustained growth and increased social relevance. Our technology, now used by millions, could possibly be used by hundreds of millions and, as Latin America becomes more connected and Internet savvy, our solutions become more useful and relevant to the world at large. These two trends, increase in connectivity of Latin America and the increase of the pervasiveness of the Internet present us with an unprecedented opportunity to make a difference and build a legacy of utility.

And now, twelve years after its foundation, *IP emerges as a natural conduit for this new wave of innovation. Now, more than ever, we will help our customers embrace a new future, one of freedom, convenience and relevant information. We invite you to join us in this new ride, because the next twelve years will be much better than the last.

Ngo Impact

OPTIMIZING THE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FOR IMPACT. In finance, is common to talk about optimizing the portfolio for returns. However, we tend to think more in terms of optimizing our efforts to achieve the maximum societal impact. That makes the whole team grow.

Over the years we have designed for several impactful NGOs: the IDDI, Codespa, Cigar Family, UNESCO, ADOARH among others. The social value created by these projects has been surprinsing. To this day Cigar Family is still one of the most succesful ONGs of the country, Codespa has expanded operations and now serves Haiti, the IDDI is now managing thrice the amount of projects and the cultural compilations we’ve developed for UNESCO have doubled in visits since their creation. But the impact is not limited to numbers but also spans geographies. All of these projects have international impact and are browsed by dozens of foreing nations on a monthly basis.

Seeing these projects grow represents both personal and societal gains. And we can now celebrate the magical way in which these projects have grown organically and beyond our wildests expectations.

All ourprojects are indexed by archive.org and we constantly help in the dissemination of public information thru the Internet. It establishes a culture of sharing as well as an opportunity for societal growth thru education. Being based in Latin America means sharing both a culture of rapid growth as well as a conection to the ever increasing inequality that is hurting us so much. Thankfully our work can be seen in even the most remote locations using the least sophisticated computers. However, we shall make a compromise to keep helping these causes, realising that they make us grow farther than we expect of ourselves. Local NGOs deserve our attention because of the great work they have done for Haiti and the Dominican Republic. So let’s celebrate another decade of social compromise together!