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Digital Prosperity in Latin American Cities

The 2016 Strategic Innovation Symposium: Digital Life in Latin American Cities aimed to advance the discussion of digital prosperity. The two-day event, convened by the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), brought together top leaders and stakeholders to discuss the innovations that will create digital prosperity across Latin America.

Latin American hubs are establishing themselves as globally-recognized cities of the future, from Buenos Aires to Medellin to São Paulo and beyond. By embracing technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), these blossoming Smart Cities will be more efficient, sustainable, comfortable and interactive, allowing citizens to enjoy an enhanced quality of life. The extraordinary potential of Smart Cities is being realized through the collaborative efforts of city governments, citizens, universities, and corporations. To foster further collaboration and discussion, we recently held the 2016 Strategic Innovation Symposium: Digital Life in Latin American Cities.

 

“Digital prosperity" across Latin America is made possible by the Internet of Things; however, it is not solely driven by technology. The Smart Cities movement is also heavily influenced by digital confidence, access, the open nature of governing institutions, and confidence in the digital infrastructure. Yet questions remain:

  • How does Latin America fare in terms of digital confidence, access, openness, and digital infrastructure?
  • What successful approaches can be implemented in Latin America to help cities solve challenges, embrace opportunities and create a better society through technology?
  • How should digital prosperity be measured?

The promise of technology and the ability to create digital prosperity relies on citizen support. The time is now to engage industry and government leaders to drive policies that will present solutions for long-standing challenges in order to create digital prosperity for their communities.

The 2016 Strategic Innovation Symposium: Digital Life in Latin American Cities aimed to advance the discussion of digital prosperity. The two-day event was held in Miami from June 28th to 29th, convened by the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH) with generous sponsorship from Telefonica. The event brought together top leaders and stakeholders to discuss the innovations that will create digital prosperity across Latin America.

Key learning from the Symposium have been gathered into a whitepaper that inform global policy decisions that support local economies and their initiatives. The Symposium is the start of a conversation that will continue with future events in key cities around Latin America. Below you will see some of the cases highlighted during the symposium.

Telefónica Cases in the white paper

Internet of things security challenges by Nikoloas Tsouroulas.  

Shaping smart and sustainable cities by Rosalía Simón 

Click to see the Whitepaper.

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