Playa del Carmen is a town along the Riviera Maya that hosts a small, vibrant community of technologists and entrepreneurs. If you ever visit the area we'd be thrilled to meet up and share a drink with you.
Playa attracts talent from around the world thanks to its laid-back lifestyle, white sand beaches and beautiful surroundings.
We are aware that our local ecosystem is small, and that an outsider vantage point is very valuable. We don't want to sell our products, we want to meet up and chat about small or big ideas that might have in mind.
I completed my undergraduate education in Mathematics with a focus on Computer Science. Nowadays I spend my days writing code that make people live better for SoftwareCriollo.com. During the last two years I've been traveling around South America giving talks at RubyConf Brazil and MagmaConf in Mexico. I love to share my passion and knowledge for programming.
I'm a co-founder of In The Roo, an online community and travel guide for Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya. I am a Application Architect, Backend Service Developer, and Android Application Developer. I love discussing technology and gadgets. I am originally from Chicago, but have called Playa home since Nov 2005.
Gamer at heart developer by choice. Exposed to computers at an early age, Rafael quickly got interested in technology and its benefits on our lives. Started scripting and coding for fun before doing full web apps. Interested in web technology and code efficiency, likes good challenges that technology can resolve. A side from that Rafael enjoys meeting new people, traveling to new places, live music, playing sports and the beer nights with friends. Rafael was born in Tijuana and raise in Monterrey before arriving to a wonderful city called Playa del Carmen.
I'm a software developer originally from Oregon, USA that has spent a lot of time traveling before landing in Playa. I grew up tinkering with code and enjoy learning new technologies, especially anything online and networked to allow new ways to interact with others and with data. I enjoy online gaming and work on small game dev on the side as a hobby.
I'm co-founder of Convert.com, online software for marketing agencies and experts to improve their clients online revenue. I am Dutch & Mexican (just got that passport) and building Convert.com from this amazing location. Playa del Carmen has a great vibe, good sales people and is attractive to invite great developers and designers from all over Mexico. I'm the guy that hires, improves sales, develops the strategy and keeps contact with our VC's aka all the non-tech stuff.
I'm co-founder of Method of action, a playground for aspiring designers to practice their design skills. I was born in Montreal, Canada, but I grew up in Puebla, Mexico. I throughly enjoy creating products and learning new things. If I had enough time I'd learn a little bit of everything.
Gerardo Treviño is a passionate entrepreneur and technology enthusiast. Currently, he presides as Founder and CEO of Paybook, Inc. Paybook also provides total financial visibility to companies and individuals so they can spend smarter and focus on the things that matter most. Gerardo, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, found his passion for computers at age 12 and sold his first lines of code when he was 16. He has amassed over 17 years of professional experience and holds a Bachelor degree in Information Technology from the Technological University of Coahuila in Mexico.
I'm a young mexican designer and urban bikes lover. I run my own studio, Isro Vergara, where I lead and develop integral communication projects. My main activity is art direction and I love it, but I also love being involved with creative advertising (the entire process) and multidisciplinary projects, this is why I'm so interested in UX. I chose to live in Playa not only because it's a great place to do scuba diving, but because there's no better place to drink a beer while playing my ukulele than by the sea.
Playa del Carmen is located in the Yucatán Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo [kinˈtana ˈro]. It is within the CST timezone, one hour behind the US East Coast and two hours ahead of the West Coast. Weather is warm year-long, rainy season is Sept-Oct. Showers are usually short and intense, day long bad weather is a rare occurrence.
Playa is a former sleepy fishing village at the shores of the Mexican Caribbean. In the last two decades it has seen explosive growth, drawing many young professionals from Mexico and abroad. It is home to significant community of ex-pats from Canada, Italy, Argentina, Israel, as well as young Mexican dreamers who come for a share of paradise.
Yes. In the Roo has a great article on safety in Playa from an ex-pat perspective. When in doubt, err on the side of safety.
You can pay in USD in most places, but you won't receive a good exchange rate. Change your USD/CAD to pesos at a bank in Mexico and you'll get 15%-20% more out of your USD.
A little bit of Spanish never hurt anybody, but most people here know at least a little bit of English. In tourist areas conversational English is the norm. Locals are usually willing to communicate by whatever means possible.
Hustlers gawking souvenirs and wares along 5th avenue are often an annoyance. Just ignore and keep on walking.