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Supporting entrepreneurs and sharing tools for research, innovation and technology in order to increase the capacities and creativity of adolescents, youth and adults, led Yachay Public Company to participate as a sponsor of the “24 hours of Innovation” (24 horas de innovacion in Spanish) Global Challenge organized by the School of Higher Technology (Ecole de Technologie Superieure), University of Quebec in Montreal-Canada,
On 26th and 27th May, the City of Knowledge was the point of convergence for about 90 participants from various cities of Ecuador and some members of the Bank of Ideas (Banco de Ideas in Spanish), Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (SENECYT in Spanish), generated 19 proposals, from 21 proposed challenges in the innovation cycle, worldwide.
“What Yachay aims is to provide a space where innovation and entrepreneurship is more natural and spontaneous; therefore, spaces like the “24 hours of innovation” promote a culture of curiosity and research for problem solving and challenges around the world,” said Felipe Pastor, Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Yachay Public Company, in the welcome to contestants.
Luz Maria Jimenez, representative of the “24 Hours of Innovation” Official Organizing Committee from Montreal, said that such events allow competitors and to acquire innovative skills and teamwork for the exchange of technologies worldwide.
In the first 16 hours of work, the innovators received expressions of support to continue with every challenge of this global proposal. One of these messages was issued by Ramiro Moncayo, Manager of Industrial Productive Development and Investment Attraction of Yachay Public Company, who stressed that “for entrepreneurship and innovation, hard work and dedication is needed, but we believe in you, we trust the new Ecuadorian entrepreneurs and innovators, which will make it possible to change the productive matrix so that Ecuador is a country of opportunities”
Andrea Navas, Director of Innovation at SENECYT also sent her congratulations to the contestants and for their efforts during the 24 hours of innovation. “Do not lose heart, go ahead, and demonstrate your skills as innovators and entrepreneurs”
The official organizer of “24 Hours of Innovation” emphasized that the experience with Yachay was amazing, referring to both, the organization and call for proposals. “Yachay has broken the record of organization and have to rescue the positive attitude of its participants, who formed their teams and took responsibility for solving the challenges with hard work,” said Jimenez.
Creators of innovative projects
17 de Julio school of Ibarra, participated in the Bank of Ideas program, which gave them the experience to have the driveto be part of this competition. Nelson Lucero, a graduate of Chemistry International Baccalaureate of this school, was accompanied by 6 students and stressed that this experience is open doors, to ideas not only in the national context but also globallyRepresentatives of social organizations of Ecuador also participated in this competition. Victor Cedeno, a political activist in the province of Manabi, said it was a very enriching experience, where there was much sharing of knowledge.
“I’ve never had an experience like the 24 Hours of Innovation, it is a different competition that led to the creation of new things and having innovative ideas” Maria Emilia Arteaga, University student Yachay Tech said.
The jury composed of Ramiro Moncayo, Manager of Industrial Development, Production and Investment Attraction Department at Yachay Public Company; Francisco Ticina, National Director of Industrial Property IEPI; Javier Davalos, co-founder of Impacto Quito; and Andrea Navas, Director of Innovation at SENECYT had hard work to get to the final decision, after analyzing the 19 proposals generated in the 24 hours of the contest.
The competition winners were four innovators from Quito and Ambato, who met at this meeting for the first time. The group called “Enerme” presented the proposed solution to the challenge of eco-friendly energy and the team was triumphant thanks to the effort, teamwork and commitment of its members.
Pamela Cresco member of the winning team, was thrilled and almost speechless she said, “human talent is important and being from different disciplines helped us each bring a contribution that served us all the time … This opportunity changed my perspective and Yachay, thank you for making me dream. ”
This competition took place in various parts of the world, in 24 consecutive and active hours, sponsored by companies that stimulated creativity and teamwork of the participants with challenges. Three of the 21 challenges for selection were proposed by Yachay.