Forging Alliances for Guatemalan Children

Campus TEC and UNICEF join forces to innovate for children and transform Guatemala in one generation

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6-year-old Juana Cristina, smiling, in the El Rodeo community in Escuintla Department
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12 July 2019

Campus Tec Guatemala, also known as "Silicon Valley with Beans," and the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, signed an historic and promising alliance that seeks the co-creation and generation of ideas and technological innovations in products, services and processes to implement solutions to solve in a different way the difficult problems faced by children and adolescents in Guatemala, achieving better cost effective results.

"Most of childhood social indicators in Guatemala are stagnant or have receded, seriously affecting the dignity and quality of life of millions of children and adolescents, being a clear breach of their fundamental rights.

We cannot expect to have better results if we keep doing the same thing. It has not clearly worked. We must innovate, give precise solutions for the children of today and the future of Guatemala."

Carlos Carrera, UNICEF Representative, Guatemala

This alliance seeks to protect and promote the rights of Guatemalan children through the development of innovative solutions, taking advantage of the use of technologies and the entire ecosystem of each of the parties involved.

More specifically, this alliance seeks to solve the difficult problems Guatemalan children are facing through more efficient and optimal solutions, based on technology and evidence; offering sustainability and scalability to different innovations, promoting knowledge sharing and collaborating to give innovative answers to emergencies.

Carlos Carrera, representative of UNICEF Guatemala during the press conference, announcing an alliance between Campus TEC and UNICEF. The purpose of the alliance is to generate new ideas and to implement innovative solutions for the different  problems that affect the children and teenagers in Guatemala.
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Carlos Carrera, representative of UNICEF Guatemala during the press conference, announcing an alliance between Campus TEC and UNICEF. The purpose of the alliance is to generate new ideas and to implement innovative solutions for the different problems that affect the children and teenagers in Guatemala.

The first action of this alliance will start with the creation of the first innovation lab for children in Central America during the second semester of 2019.  One of the first activities of the innovation lab will be an "Ideathon", an event that seeks the generation of innovative solutions for the prevention and protection of children against violence in the educational environment.

“I am very excited and optimistic with this partnership. As when I founded the Campus TEC in 2008, whose idea I incubated in Silicon Valley, Campus TEC has created technological entrepreneurship opportunities for thousands of young Guatemalan people. 

Today, we take another step, making a solid partnership with UNICEF, for all children, because everyone as a society, must find innovative solutions to the serious problems that most Guatemalan children face. Technology and innovation, the result of this alliance, can offer us this catalyst to achieve it in Guatemala."

Juan Mini, Founder and President, Campus TEC

 


 

About Campus TEC

Campus TEC, is a platform with an innovative concept in Guatemala that seeks to recreate the platform of innovation and success of Silicon Valley. Campus TEC has more than 150 technology companies and it has generated more than 500 jobs a year, providing physical space, advice, networking and technology and innovation events for entrepreneurs and national and international companies.

Campus TEC offers a platform for entrepreneurs, programmers, students, mentors, investors and anyone interested in technology to reach either business success or their innovation dreams.

For more information about Campus TEC and its work, visit https://tec.gt and on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram,

 

About UNICEF

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/guatemala and follow us on @unicefguatemala on Facebook, Twitter, YouTubeInstagram and Medium.

 

About Innovation and Innovation Labs

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. At UNICEF, innovation is about taking emerging approaches and tools, and testing how they can be applied across contexts. If successful, we scale them to positively impact children and young people around the world.

Innovation Labs create global interoperability. They are virtual and physical spaces that allow for collaboration among private sector, academia and civil society.

We believe that new approaches, partnerships, and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives.

Since 2010, UNICEF has supported the creation of 15 innovation labs in different countries and continents in collaboration with academia, the private sector and the active participation of young people. For more information, visit www.unicef.org/innovation/

 

For further information, please contact:

Pilar Escudero, Communication Associate, UNICEF Guatemala: Tel: +502 52000794; E-mail: mpescudero@unicef.org