AT&T Launches First LTE-M Pilots in Mexico for Internet of Things

09/11/2017 Markets Insider

AT&T* is deploying LTE-M technology across our network in Mexico1. We completed LTE-M pilots in Tijuana and Puebla, Mexico in the third quarter.

We also completed the first LTE-M international data session between the U.S. and Mexico. We believe this was the world’s first international data session on LTE-M.

AT&T deployed a nationwide LTE-M network within our 4G LTE network in the U.S. earlier this year. We can now reaffirm plans for deployment across Mexico by the end of 2017. It will create the first North American footprint for technology that promises to connect more “things” than ever before.

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New Publication | Building on Early Success: Next Steps in U.S.-Mexico Educational Cooperation

By Angela Robertson and Duncan Wood

USA and MexicoLaunched in 2014, the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research (FOBESII) seeks to “expand opportunities for educational exchanges, scientific research partnerships, and cross-border innovation to help both countries develop a 21st century workforce for both our mutual economic prosperity and sustainable social development.” It aims to promote binational cooperation in higher education and research, especially regarding important areas for innovation in the United States and Mexico, by promoting programs for student mobility, academic exchange, research, and innovation in areas of common interest to contribute to the competitiveness of the region.

Cultural and educational exchanges help to create connections between the people and institutions of the United States and Mexico via exchange programs, scholarships, grants, and joint research.  Increasing educational exchanges and strengthening workforce development and innovation, particularly in STEM areas, will allow the United States and Mexico, and North America as a whole, to compete in global markets. Thus, FOBESII has the potential to build a more prosperous future for both the United States and Mexico.

Nonetheless, this short paper argues that, while FOBESII has done much to expand educational exchanges, increase joint research, and promote innovation, it has yet to achieve its stated goals and continues to face serious challenges. We argue that to overcome these challenges, future initiatives must focus on advancing private sector engagement, workforce development, and improving public communication and outreach. FOBESII continues to be a relevant and important initiative, but it is in urgent need of restructuring and redirection if it is to make a significant contribution to bilateral affairs and regional competitiveness.

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Border students are shaping the future with technology and innovation

09/06/2016 The Huffington Post

Social-media-communicationExpanding access to clean water and other natural resources. Ending gender violence. Improving physical and mental health. Increasing educational attainment for all students. These are some of the pressing challenges we face and will continue to face unless we decide to do something about it.

Here is a thought: how about we ask our young people to use the latest technology and innovation to solve these problems? After all, these are problems they will inherit should we fail to solve them now.

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MUSEIC hears from border entrepreneurs

— Stories of successful business innovators in the cross-border region helped set the stage for Friday’s meeting in Tijuana of the Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council, or MUSEIC.

The San Diego-Tijuana region “is a clear demonstration of how young people are becoming more creative than previous generations as they stress economic, cultural and social integration over themes of migration, walls and xenophobic speeches,” Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazarán said during the start of the day-long event.

The gathering at Tijuana’s Business Innovation and Technology Center marked the fifth MUSEIC meeting since the group was created in 2013 under the auspices of the High Level Economic Dialogue between the United States and Mexico.

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BBVA selects 56 startups to compete in Open Talent innovation contest

08/08/2016 Finextra

startupsThe finalists of the 8th edition of the BBVA Open Talent contest were announced today. They will compete in three separate finals in Mexico, London and New York in September.

Startup Musoni and its microfinance solution won the BBVA Open Talent 2016 special Financial Award. Musoni has developed a system that leverages technology to help financial institutions optimize their microfinance services, boost efficiency, improve cost-effectiveness and broaden their reach in rural areas where most of the population remains unbanked.

Young Developers Code Their Way To Prizes In Mexico

07/20/2016 Forbes

globalizationFive young developers from Mexico won a $10,000 grand prize last month in Cancun after competing against 36 other teams to develop applications that address social, economic, and environmental challenges. Team Nisi Vitae modeled an app that enables users to quickly and automatically provide medical information to emergency response personnel when calling for an ambulance.

In addition to the $10,000 grand prize, the team won $2,500 for coming in first in one of four categories, plus four months of mentorship from a Mexico City-based venture capital firm to help bring the app to fruition.

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Economic Prosperity – Trade and Competitiveness

06/29/2016 Primer Minister Justin Trudeau

north america worldToday, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, discussed ways to advance trade and competitiveness, because an efficient North American economy is vital for creating good-paying, middle class jobs for our citizens.

Canada, the United States, and Mexico are natural partners in North America – one of the most successful economic regions in the world. We will build upon this strong trilateral economic relationship, and further facilitate trade among our three countries, and improve the networks that allow us to produce products and services together.

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