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Technology Co-Creation and Transfer Ecosystems in Latin America

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Diversa

Diversa

In this project we invite MIT students and students from other international universities to address the tensions between long-standing traditions of self-determination, predominantly from Afro-Colombian, farmers and Indigenous groups, and the mainstream model of venture-based businesses or dependence on imported technology within the technology development sector in Colombia. This tension is central to exploring alternatives that consider transitioning to technology development models in harmony with nature and society at large.

The project implements a 6-month hybrid (remote/in-person), interdisciplinary learning experience in order to place students at the center of this intersection. The project will provide a social justice oriented, hands-on experience in technology design and technology transfer across key main economic sectors such as water management, organic coffee and quinoa production, artisanal mining and beekeeping in Colombia. The project seeks for students to co-create/redesign, along with local collectives in Colombia, a portfolio of technologies and a technology transfer strategy connected to the afore… View full description

In this project we invite MIT students and students from other international universities to address the tensions between long-standing traditions of self-determination, predominantly from Afro-Colombian, farmers and Indigenous groups, and the mainstream model of venture-based businesses or dependence on imported technology within the technology development sector in Colombia. This tension is central to exploring alternatives that consider transitioning to technology development models in harmony with nature and society at large.

The project implements a 6-month hybrid (remote/in-person), interdisciplinary learning experience in order to place students at the center of this intersection. The project will provide a social justice oriented, hands-on experience in technology design and technology transfer across key main economic sectors such as water management, organic coffee and quinoa production, artisanal mining and beekeeping in Colombia. The project seeks for students to co-create/redesign, along with local collectives in Colombia, a portfolio of technologies and a technology transfer strategy connected to the aforementioned regional economic sectors. Ultimately, this exercise will serve to lay the foundations for regional models of technology development; what we are calling Regional Technology Ecosystems.