Mexico, U.S. and Canada Issue a Joint Statement on North American Competitiveness, Innovation

October 29, 2013

NAFTA_logoThe Latin American Herald Tribune, 10/29/2013

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Canadian Minister of International Trade Ed Fast and Mexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo issue a joint statement at the North American Competitiveness and Innovation Conference in San Diego on strengthening the three countries’ trade and economic relationship.

Read the statement here.


Mexico sees possible wave of future in first cellphone network for isolated mountain village

September 17, 2013

cell-phoneThe Washington Post, 9/16/2013

The communications revolution that swept the globe missed the Zapotec village of Talea de Castro high in the mountains of southern Mexico, where making any sort of call meant trudging to a community telephone line and paying what could be a day’s wages for a crackly five-minute conversation.

All that has changed, thanks to an ingenious plan that backers hope can bring connections to thousands of other small, isolated villages around the world.

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#DidYouKnow – Immigrants & Entrepreneurship

June 4, 2013

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Mexico boasts impressive number of engineering & technology grads – #MexFacts

February 28, 2013

MexFact - Engineers

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12 Innovative Mexico City Startups

February 6, 2013

using smartphoneTechCrunch, 2/5/2013

Today, Dave McClure’s 500 Startups showed off some of its Latin America flavor. Just a day before its 500 Startups Accelerator Demo Day, the venture firm previewed some of the companies it has incubated in Mexico. The startups range from taxi mobile phone apps to e-training websites and condom delivery services.

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Civic Innovator: ViaEducation, Mexico

October 12, 2010

Americas Quarterly, 10/12/2010

To address educational gaps among marginalized populations in the Americas, a group of Latin American students attending Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched in 2004 an education assistance network. Drawing from the knowledge and expertise in the United States, their goal was to expand access to secondary and higher education for underprivileged urban, rural and indigenous communities.

The network, called ViaEducation, designs curricula, provides teacher training and facilitates youth-organized community development projects. In just six years, ViaEducation has developed programs in eight Latin American countries. The Mexico program is the fastest growing and has already reaped some tangible successes.

A pilot program in the northern states of Nuevo León and Guerrero has doubled in size over the past two years to 240 schools. According to Mariali Cárdenas Casanueva, ViaEducation’s Director of Educational Development in Mexico, the key is grassroots community involvement. “When the community leads the projects, the ideas come from their own needs and observations,” says Cárdenas, who worked for 15 years in social development of rural and indigenous communities before starting ViaEducation. “This makes the project more sustainable and the changes more lasting.”

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