Aztec App Brings Historic Mexico Codex Into the Digital Age

January 16, 2015

ABC News, 1/15/2015

using smartphoneA 16th century document considered one of the most important primary sources on the Aztecs of pre-Columbian Mexico went digital Thursday with a new app that aims to spur research and discussion.

The Codex Mendoza is a 1542 illustrated report ordered by Spanish viceroy Antonio de Mendoza that details sources of riches, Aztec expansion and territorial tributes, and chronicles daily life and social dynamics.

The new interactive codex lets users page through the virtual document, mouse-over the old Spanish text for translations into English or modern Spanish, click on images for richer explanations and explore maps of the area.

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The DIY Cell Phone Revolution in Mexico

January 16, 2015

By Dana Driskill, 1/15/2015

Innovation2San Juan Yaee, Oaxaca is a small town of 500 people in Mexico that, until very recently, did not have access to their own cell phone network, according to a recent article in Wired. Rhizomatica, a telecommunications non-profit based in Oaxaca, is looking to change that by installing a cell phone tower and a network. Yaee will be one of hopefully six more networks installed throughout Oaxaca by the end of the year.

Yaee and other communities pay 120,000 pesos ($8,000 dollars) upfront for the equipment and installation, about one-sixth of what Mexican commercial provider Movistar charges for a similar rural installation. Seventy five percent of the payment covers the cost of hardware, and the remaining portion is for Rhizomatica’s time and expenses. After installation, subscribers to the community network will pay 30 pesos (about $2) per month for local calls and texts. After paying for electricity and maintenance, the leftover profit is for the town.

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EVENT TOMORROW: The Challenge of Governance: Lessons from Mexico City – A Conversation with Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera

January 14, 2015

miguel angel manceraWHEN: Thursday, January 15th, 12:00-1:30pm

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and the Atlantic Council are pleased to host a discussion with Mexico City’s mayor, Miguel Ángel Mancera. As mayor of one of the world’s largest cities, Dr. Mancera has been on the cutting edge of innovations in urban planning as a tool to address environmental, economic, social welfare and public security challenges.

Mayor Mancera started his political career in 2000 as Adviser to the Assembly of Representatives of the Federal District, in the Committee on Enforcement and Administration of Justice. In 2005, he served as Legal Director of the Ministry of Social Development of the Federal District and Member of the Federal District Judiciary, and in 2006 as Deputy Attorney of Process and Central Preliminary Investigations in the Attorney General’s Office. By 2008 he was Attorney General of the Federal District. In 2012, Dr. Mancera was elected Head of Government of the Federal District after being candidate of the Progressive Movement coalition, formed by the Party of the Democratic Revolution, the Labor Party and the Citizen’s Movement Party.

*The event will be conducted in Spanish, with simultaneous English interpretation available.
**Lunch will be provided.

To RSVP, click here.

To watch the live webcast, click here.


UPCOMING EVENT: The Challenge of Governance: Lessons from Mexico City – A Conversation with Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera

January 12, 2015

miguel angel manceraThe Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute and the Atlantic Council are pleased to host a discussion with Mexico City’s mayor, Miguel Ángel Mancera. As mayor of one of the world’s largest cities, Dr. Mancera has been on the cutting edge of innovations in urban planning as a tool to address environmental, economic, social welfare and public security challenges.

WHEN: Thursday, January 15th, 12:00-1:30pm (Lunch will be provided)

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Mayor Mancera started his political career in 2000 as Adviser to the Assembly of Representatives of the Federal District, in the Committee on Enforcement and Administration of Justice. In 2005, he served as Legal Director of the Ministry of Social Development of the Federal District and Member of the Federal District Judiciary, and in 2006 as Deputy Attorney of Process and Central Preliminary Investigations in the Attorney General’s Office. By 2008 he was Attorney General of the Federal District. In 2012, Dr. Mancera was elected Head of Government of the Federal District after being candidate of the Progressive Movement coalition, formed by the Party of the Democratic Revolution, the Labor Party and the Citizen’s Movement Party.

To register for the event, click here.


Mexico Sets Auto Production Record, Aims for More

January 9, 2015

1/8/2015 The Wall Street Journal

autosEnjoying a strong tug from the growing U.S. economy, Mexico’s automotive industry logged record production and exports last year and expects output to rise further in 2015, industry officials said Thursday.

The auto makers produced more than 3.2 million vehicles, a nearly 10% increase over 2013, and exported 82% of them—overwhelmingly to U.S. consumers—said Eduardo Solis, executive president of the Mexican Automotive Industry Association.

With both existing and new factories ramping up, Mr. Solis predicted that Mexico could manufacture as many as 3.5 million light vehicles this year. He calculates annual production will total 5 million vehicles by the end of the decade.

“Mexico without doubt has an automotive sector that is a safe bet,” Mr. Solis said at a news conference.

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Unleashing Innovation in Mexico: What Can be Done?

December 30, 2014

12/30/2014 Wilson Center NOW

Innovation2The key to any nation’s success is finding ways to unleash innovation in pursuit of solving problems. But where does innovation come from and what is necessary for building an environment in which it can flourish? Public and private sector activity in Mexico is the focus of our discussion with Mexico Institute Director, Duncan Wood in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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New Publication: Fostering Innovation in Mexico

December 10, 2014

Innovation2Mexicans are creative and entrepreneurial. Some of the world’s most notable and widely-used technologies have their roots in Mexico. Mexican chemist, Luis Miramontes, for instance, co-invented the progestin used in the first contraceptive pills. Mexican engineer, Guillermo González Camarena received the world’s first patent for the color television. And Mexican writer, Victor Celorio invented InstaBook, the technology that produces a perfect-bound book in one step and just two minutes. Mexico has a fine tradition of science and innovation, and President Enrique Peña Nieto is right to say, “Mexico should recognize, value, and take advantage of the great value of our human resources.” It is the Mexican entrepreneur that has been and will continue to be the strength of the nation’s economy and the driver of innovation.

To increase understanding of the benefits and challenges of innovation and to aid in the development of policy recommendations that encourage innovation in Mexico, the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars held a High-Level Innovation Forum for Policymakers in November 2013. The forum covered several topics related to innovation, including: entrepreneurship, financing innovative businesses, regulation, spillovers between universities and companies and the role of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Questions examined at the forum included: How has the global economy changed, and what does it mean for innovation? How should we be thinking about innovation? What conditions are necessary for innovation to thrive? How can we attract greater investment for innovation activities? What types of government policies and regulations can strengthen innovation? How can we better integrate science and technology into practical applications? What are the barriers to innovation, and how can we overcome them? This publication summarizes the main themes of the conference and highlights some lessons learned. The purpose of this paper is to aid in ongoing dialogue, the next stage of which will take place in Washington, DC in November, 2014 (The publication is available both in English and Spanish).

Read the publication here.


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