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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Meeting the policy challenges of tomorrow’s digital economy

06/23/2016 OECD

Icons11The digital economy permeates the world economy. Information is flowing within and across borders with unprecedented pace and volume with significant impact on innovation, trade, global value chains and society as a whole. Few aspects of our lives remain untouched by digitalisation.

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OECD’s conference on digital economy to be held in Mexico

06/20/2016 Xinhua

digital economyRepresentatives from over 30 economies will attend the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Digital Economy 2016 Ministerial Meeting to be held in the Mexican seaside resort of Cancun between June 21 and 23, informed official sources on Sunday.

In this OECD meeting, jointly organized by Mexico’s government, the theme of the conference will be “Innovation, Growth and Social Prosperity.” Economy, Telecommunications, Science and Technology ministers from the invited countries will participate as well as representatives from international industry and civil organizations, said Mexico’s Economy Ministry in a press release.

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