How do we strengthen social innovation processes in LatinAmerica? How do we leverage the power of cities to explore new and better ways to tackle challenges in emerging cities? How do we create more resilient cities that are prepared not only to survive disruptive technological changes but drive them?
These were some of the questions Constanza, founder of C Minds by PIDES, asked during her presentation today at the Conference #DisruptEcuador in Quito.
#DisruptEcuador was organized by Centro Digital, one of the leading digital marketing firms of Ecuador. The dynamic conference brought together minds of 7 countries to talk about policy, media, technology and health. Other speakers included Miroculus, Startup Chile, BanColombia, Asuntos del Sur, among others.
Constanza presented C Minds by PIDES’ view on Latin America’s social challenges in cities and the role the Data Revolution has in the development and implementation of new strategies for change. She presented past and present data-driven initiatives we have led including crowdsourcing the data for the largest public transportation system through Mapatón CDMX and our startup data accelerator, Labora, sharing lessons learned and the multiple possibilities Open Data and Big Data present for the fields of social and economic development in LatinAmerica.
She pushed for a debate with the public questioning if communities in Latam are having enough discussion on data privacy, cyber-security and data ownership. While technologies are indeed helping solve the toughest social challenges, there are questions that are still pending to be answered. Questions that will define at the end the balance this Data Revolution had between guaranteeing a more inclusive society vs creating more personal vulnerabilities and risks.
Latam has a great potential to define and design a 4rth Industrial Revolution that brings benefits for all, no matter race, age or socio-economical level. A revolution that is not imported from other regions, but rather one that is born from the bottom to the top and responds to local contexts and endemic social challenges of countries of the south.
Some interesting facts on the potential of Open and Big Data:
- $3 trillion usd- the potencial annual value enabled by Open Data in seven domains including education, transportation, consumer products and electricity among others.
- 3 billion- the number of metric tons of CO2 equivalent emission reductions from buildings that could be identified through the use of Open Data
- 35 hours per year could be saved by commuters from schedule changes based on Open Data
- 100,000+ Medical, health and fitness apps for smartphones that could be developed.
- $600 usd to buy a disk drive that can store all of the world´s music
- 30 billion posts on Facebook everymonth
- 140-200 thousand vacancies regarding data analytics in USA alone by 2020
Check some of our twitter mentions during the event>