The Sint Maarten Innovation Initiatives Industries Link-Up event (SMILE) launched an event App for its 2nd Edition this 25th/26th of October. The freely downloadable Application provides visitors all the information that is needed for the upcoming business and NGO Event.

Organizers are grateful to SMILE’s app sponsor Telem for making the development possible. The creation of an app was seen as befitting to the three key themes of SMILE: innovation, sustainability and networking. The app gives an overview of visiting companies and NGO’s coming to the event, keynote speakers and workshops that are being held. In addition, the organizers hope to reduce paper waste as connecting can be done online. SMILE attendees can get a log-in code to unlock the application by contacting the SHTA offices.

The App allows domestic and foreign visitors to meet during the event and remain in contact after, for example in order to cooperate on specialist World Bank Tenders. Amongst its 27 speakers, SMILE hosts the World Bank and the National Recovery Project Bureau (NRPB) providing an outlook on projects coming up. Other cross-border trade benefits for Sint Maarten companies will be highlighted during a workshop of RVO (Kingdom Foreign Enterprise Agency), for which connecting via the app could be instrumental too.

Next to Telem’s support, the event enjoys committed cooperation of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI), ORCO Bank, Global Resourcing and University of St Martin (USM), the Bureau of Intellectual Property and MicroMentor.

SMILE is meant for entrepreneurs, managers, innovators, marketeers and HR professionals from companies both large and small. Current visitors have registered from Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Saint-Martin, St. Barths, Sint Maarten, Suriname and the United States of America.

SMILE will be held at University Sint Maarten on Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th. Businesses and NGOs interested in participating as an exhibitor or attendee can obtain more information at 5420108 or via As tables have been close to sold out, organizers recommend interested visitors to purchase walkaround tickets.

For the most up to date SMILE information visit

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