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Our History

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ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

ABOUT C MINDS (LEGALLY NONSUCH SA de CV)


C Minds is a Mexican think-and-do-tank led by women working at the intersection of digitization, new technologies, and society, with a strong focus on Latin America. To achieve this, it collaborates with government, industry, academia, civil society, and multilateral organizations to design public policies, generates research reports, and deploy pioneering initiatives that take advantage of new technologies, promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Organization of Nations. United (UN).

SOME DETAILS

MAIN SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

Inter-American Development Bank, Technological of Monterrey, British Embassy in Mexico & Facebook.

START OF OPERATIONS

8 de septiembre 2017

 

COMMERCIAL ADDRESS (*TEMPORARY HOME OFFICE)

Amsterdam, #71-7, Col. Hipódromo, CP 06100, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México, México.

 

ORGANIZATION TYPE

Services provider

2017 TO DATE EXPERIENCE

Some of our projects from 2017 to date are highlighted below.

Advancing Digital Inclusion in Mexico

DATES

2021-present

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OBJECTIVE

Promote digital inclusion in Mexico in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PARTNERS

German Cooperation for Sustainable Development in Mexico (GIZ) and the Ministry of Foreign Relations

product

Brief of public policy recommendations with the lessons learned from the 4 round tables that will be carried out with thematic experts: 1) Digitization for post-covid recovery; 2) digital divide and gender equality; 3) digital gaps between states; 4) digital accessibility of people on the move.

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lightning talk series – AI for Climate

DATES

2021-present

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OBJECTIVE

Promote knowledge regarding the use of new technologies for climate action.

PARTNERS

Huawei

product

Series of 8 Lightning Talks with special guests, industry leaders, academics and NGO leaders who will share their ideas and initiatives for the use of disruptive technologies for the conservation and restoration of the environment, during eight sessions. with a special focus on Mexico and Latin America.

MOOC - AI ETHICS FOR SOCIAL GOOD

DATES

2020-present

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OBJECTIVE

Raise more awareness within government about the importance of ethical AI.

PARTNERS

Inter-American Development Bank (Social Sector)

product

Massive open online course with content on AI and its ethical and responsible use focused on the audience of public decision-makers in Latin America. To be launched in December 2021.

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DATES

2021-present

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OBJECTIVE

Promote the employability and entrepreneurship of Leon's youth.

PARTNERS

Municipal Institute of Youth (IMJU) of León and General Directorate of Economy (DGE) of Guanajuato

product

Analysis report of the labor, education and training ecosystem of León with a focus on different sectors and specific recommendations for various actors to generate more employability and entrepreneurship.

AI for CLIMATE

DATES

2020-present

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OBJECTIVE

Understand the use of AI for the Conservation of Nature Reserves and create a knowledge transfer community on the subject.

PARTNERS

Various entities of the Government of Mexico, Government of Yucatan,  Various embassies in Mexico, and others.

product

1. Global Learning Platform

2. Living Labs for conservation around the world

3. Carbon Offset Mechanism

fAIr lac jalisco

DATES

2020-present

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OBJECTIVE

Promote the development of the Artificial Intelligence ecosystem in Jalisco, promote the adoption and ethical and responsible use of AI in the region, and implementation of AI solutions for social problems in the State of Jalisco.

PARTNERS

Inter-American Development Bank, Tec de Monterrey, Jalisco Government

product

1. Development of the fAIr methodology including the governance model, the management of collaborators, and workshops for the iterations of the methodology
2. Replicable AI Ethical Certification and Assessment Pilot
3. Replicable capacity-building program for public officials in the use of AI for more effective public policies. 
4. Learnings reports from use cases and public policy recommendations
5. Regulatory Guidelines (Framework) Recommendation for Public and Industry Data for AI Training


Public policy prototype for transparency and explainability of AI systems

DATES

2020-present

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OBJECTIVE

Advancing the issue of regulatory frameworks on AI governance.

PARTNERS

Facebook, Inter-American Development Bank, BID Lab, National Institute of Information Access (INAI)

product

Public policy prototype strengthened with 14 Mexican companies providing services through AI in order to issue public policy recommendations on AI governance to INAI.2. Replicable AI Ethical Certification and Assessment Pilot
 


SAFER ONLINE SCHOOLS

DATES

2020-present

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OBJECTIVE

Ensuring a safe transition of children to digital education in the context of the pandemic.

PARTNERS

Inter-American Development Bank (Social Sector)

product

1. A guide for teachers with tools to ensure the privacy of children's data in the digital school environment.
2. Public policy recommendations on the same topic.
3. Regional survey

Keep Calm and Reactivate the Economy with AI

DATES

2020-2021

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OBJECTIVE

Raise awareness of the potential of AI for economic revitalization among decision-makers in Mexico, particularly policy makers.

PARTNERS

British Embassy in Mexico 
United Nations Inter-regional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) Centre for AI and Robotics

product

Summary and recommendations for public policy guidance based on the learnings from four digital roundtables organized with Mexican and British experts on the topics of:

a) Justice and Crime Prevention, b) Reliability of AI Systems,

c) Future of Work and Education) Prevention of Future Pandemics.


AGRO JALISCO INNOVA

DATES

2020

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OBJECTIVE

Advancing the AgroTech ecosystem in Jalisco

PARTNERS

Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology (SICyT) of the Government of Jalisco Jalisco Innova

Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology (SICyT) of the Government of Jalisco Jalisco Innova

product

Create an online platform for Juarenses to

a) propose solutions to the challenges faced in future of work issues and

b) vote for the best solutions.


mexico's National AI Agenda 

DATES

2018-2020

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OBJECTIVE

Crear una agenda de IA para México.

PARTNERS

IA2030Mx - Mexican AI Coalition co-founded by C Minds in 2018.

product

1. Compilation of perspectives for a national AI agenda.
2. National AI Survey
3. Towards an AI Strategy in Mexico: Harnessing the AI Revolution, report adopted by the previous Administration.


AI for better teachers

DATES

2018-2019

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OBJECTIVE

Facilitating digital education in Mexico.

PARTNERS

UNETE

product

Neural network (AI) model to strengthen the teacher training model of the UNETE organization, achieving personalized recommendations for each teacher in the acquisition of skills that will be transferred to their students. 
 

My Work, My Future in Ciudad Juárez

DATES

2018-2019

AREA

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OBJECTIVE

To empower Juarenses to propose solutions to generate more employability and local entrepreneurship.

PARTNERS

SWAE, Institute for Innovation and Competitiveness (i2C) of the Ministry of Innovation and Economic Development (SIDE) of the Government of the State of Chihuahua.

product

Neural network (AI) model to strengthen the teacher training model of the UNETE organization, achieving personalized recommendations for each teacher in the acquisition of skills that will be transferred to their students. 
 

Harnessing the power of AI for the Borderplex region (binational)

DATES

2018-2019

AREA

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OBJECTIVE

Bringing together the different cities in the region to create an AI hub.

PARTNERS

Microsoft

product

Report analyzing the AI ecosystem in the region with a focus on different sectors and concrete recommendations for various stakeholders to take advantage of the technological revolution.

Data economics and AI in Latin America: opportunities and risks for responsible use

DATES

2018-2019

AREA

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OBJECTIVE

Support the region in taking advantage of new technologies to address social challenges.

PARTNERS

Center for Technology and Society (CETyS) of the University of San Andrés

product

Report analyzing the digital transition that the region is undergoing, its adoption of AI systems for social impact purposes, AI opportunities and risks, and reflections for moving forward.

AI for social good in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC): A regional overview and snapshots of twelve countries

DATES

2018-2019

AREA

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OBJECTIVE

Understand the current status of AI for social good in LAC and share implemented use cases.

PARTNERS

Inter-American Development Bank (Social Sector)

product

1. Analysis report of 12 countries with use cases.
2. Online observatory with more than 30 regional and successful use cases. 

Towards an AI Strategy in Mexico

DATES

2018

AREA

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OBJECTIVE

Create the basis of an AI strategy for Mexico. 

PARTNERS

British Embassy in Mexico

Oxford Insights

product

Towards an AI Strategy in Mexico: Harnessing the AI Revolution, report adopted by the previous Administration.
→ Achievement: position Mexico among the top 10 countries in the world in working towards an AI strategy.

Open Banking Pilot

DATES

2017-2018

AREA

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OBJECTIVE

Testing the UK Open Banking standard in Mexico.

PARTNERS

British Embassy in Mexico Open Data Institute

FinTech Lab

CEDN

Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (CNBV) + FinTech Lab

product

Results report with recommendations to the CNBV on what a Mexican standard could look like.

Blockchain for a registry of the Ministry of Economy

DATES

2017-2018

AREA

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OBJECTIVE

Conduct an analysis and recommendations for the possible implementation of blockchain in the Single Registry of Certificates, Warehouses and Goods (RUCAM) system, taking into account legal considerations and technical challenges of implementation.

PARTNERS

Ministry of Economy

product

Comparative report of different Distributed Ledgers (public) and adoption recommendations for RUCAM (private).

Blockchain against corruption in public bidding processes

DATES

2017-2018

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OBJECTIVE

Understand the current status of AI for social good in LAC and share implemented use cases.

PARTNERS

Coordination of National Digital Strategy (CEDN)  Government of the State of Jalisco

Tecnológico de Monterrey  IBM

product

Proof of concept of the use of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to strengthen the formalization of public bidding processes in the State of Jalisco.