Sin Límites / Limitless (Int’l Innovation Conference in Arica, Chile)

Chris Miller (illuminomics, USA/DEU), Carmen Vargas (Techopark, Peru), Dr. Eric Hansen (ETG, USA), Tadashi Takaoka (Corfo, Chile)

Experts visualize potential for Arica y Parinacota – original article El Morro cotudo, 2016-08-12

After three days, the First Summit Limitless, supported by Corfo, came to an end, leaving clear that there is sufficient raw material to develop the area and the Andean Macro Region.

Although there is no recipe or an ideal way to achieve success for the economic development of a territory, international experts, participating in the First Summit Limitless Innovation and Entrepreneurship supported by Corfo, gave their suggestions to formulate Arica and Parinacota into a great center of innovation and entrepreneurship for the Macro Andean Region.

Americans Chris Miller and Dr. Eric Hansen along with the Peruvian Carmen Vargas and Chilean Tadashi Takaoka (Corfo) participated in a press conference with regional media, at which they contributed their ideas from their great experience and advised the community to imbibe the reality in which they live, “because things are happening in Arica and are very transcendent”, they agreed.

Remember that this summit brought together over 1,000 people from Bolivia, Peru and Chile during the three days which took place in the Saucache campus of the University of Tarapaca through this event organized Wakilabs, Emprediem, Fraunhofer, Nielsen Consultants, Imagine Business Lab Microsoft and UTA with the support of the Regional Government and the Regional Council.


American Chris Miller Iluminomics, advised the region to follow successful examples occuring in other parts of the world. “Arica should take examples that have already occurred in other parts of the planet, which is relatively long but not so complicated. Arica has the opportunity today by an alliance of Corfo, Wakilabs and Tacna to collaborate, communicate, create. It is an opportunity for Tacna and Arica to grow together. “

Dr. Eric Hansen of the United States stressed that to succeed you need to be visionary and collaborative. “With vision and collaboration can be achieved innovate in favor of Arica and Andean Macro Region. You have to have people working around concrete projects with passion, measuring results, much perseverance and financial support to provide continuity. That is, to have leaders acting with various initiatives and insurance together make the difference. “

Peruvian Carmen Vargas, president of the Technology Park “Technopark” invited aricans and tacnians to engage in the development of both neighboring regions. “Definitely Arica has great potential, mainly because of its commercial wealth through Tacna, creating and possessing merit for the incredible undertaking that deserves the support of Corfo. Yes, it is necessary that society learned that things here are going well and commit to development “.

As Tadashi Takaoka, assistant manager Funding Early Corfo, stated “learn to engage in undertaking”. “That’s why we invested not only in entrepreneurs, but also because it needs an ecosystem, in order to draw on what you’ve learned and approach the entities in the ecosystem to learn and understand and have the basic tools to move forward, should a recommendation go wrong. And always focus on the challenge or problem, because the solution comes later. ”

At closing of this edition the awards ceremony of the winners of Bootcamp and pitch corner, those who left make clear that there is sufficient time to develop and enhance the raw material of Andean Macro Region.

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An Interesting Model of Sustainability

NY Times
September 25, 2010
In Arabian Desert, a Sustainable City Rises
By NICOLAI OUROUSSOFFABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Back in 2007, when the government here announced its plan for “the world’s first zero-carbon city” on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, many Westerners dismissed it as a gimmick — a faddish follow-up to neighboring Dubai’s half-mile-high tower in the desert and archipelago of man-made islands in the shape of palm trees.Designed by Foster & Partners, a firm known for feats of technological wizardry, the city, called Masdar, would be a perfect square, nearly a mile on each side, raised on a 23-foot-high base to capture desert breezes. Beneath its labyrinth of pedestrian streets, a fleet of driverless electric cars would navigate silently through dimly lit tunnels. The project conjured both a walled medieval fortress and an upgraded version of the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland.

Bigger May Not Always Be Better

Here is interesting take on how transportation can impact economic growth.  Not sure I buy the full argument but it would be hard to dismiss the notion.  I would contend that this way of looking at transportation needs to include data networks and internet access since this is the way modern products are brought market and how people “get around”

For vibrant economy, transportation networks matter more than city size
By Christina Hernandez

‘Coworking,’ a cooperative for the modern age

By Dan Fostt
SAN FRANCISCO —Contemplating his career path a couple of years ago, a young computer programmer named Brad Neuberg faced a modern predicament. “It seemed I could either have a job, which would give me structure and community,” he said, “or I could be freelance and have freedom and independence. Why couldn’t I have both?”


‘Coworking,’ a cooperative for the modern age – The New York Times

Why Some Communities Just Can’t Compete

Here is a good article that does a good job of laying out the basic issue and the conflict many communities are facing with sub-par broadband options that inhibit their competitive positions in the world economy..

This article indirectly makes the much the same point that the US didn’t develop the world’s most powerful manufacturing capacity by waiting for Wal-Mart to build an interstate highway system to move those goods to market.  The successful economies in the world merely applied this important lesson the US seems to have forgotten, when the Internet began to replace the highway as the main means to markets.

Our failure to remember our own lessons and a rigid adherence to mistaken dogma have caused the US average broadband speeds to continue to drop dramatically behind the rest of the developed world.

An Open Letter to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue: Support Community Broadband