Fourth Annual Digital Village Ends, Hackathon Winners Awarded

  • October 21, 2016

Mexican wireless telecommunications company Telcel held its fourth annual Aldea Digital, or Digital Village, this July 15 through August 5.

The closing ceremony included the announcement of the winners of the Hackathon Telcel Infinitum, in which 200 competitors across 40 teams spent over 40 continuous hours developing apps to address urban issues. The winning team, "HelpingHand," developed an app that alerts the user when they are in a dangerous situation without the need to take their phone out of their bag. The winning team place received a prize of 350,000 pesos, and the other nine finalists were awarded a prize of 100,000 pesos each.

The digital inclusion event once again took place in Mexico City's Zócalo main square and gave the public free access to computers and tablets and high-speed Internet as well as a variety of workshops and conferences. Thousands of online participants had access to 92 lectures spanning across topics like education, technology, entrepreneurship, environment, health and culture.

This year's Aldea Digital - with the participation of the Instituto Nacional del Emprendedor (INADEM) - showcased a 1,000 square meter pavilion dedicated to Entrepreneurship, in which digital tools and solutions were offered to those interested in starting a business.

Notable guests and speakers at this year's event included Steve Wozkniak, cofounder of Apple; Neil Harbisson, the world's first cyberhuman; Rosie Rios, former Treasurer of the United States; Jose Hernandez, former NASA astronaut and personalities from Facebook, Intel, MIT, Qualcomm, Oracle, TELMEX and UNAM and other organizations.

The government of Mexico City, wireless telecommunications company Telcel and the Carlos Slim Foundation organize the annual Digital Village. The event is part of the Education and Digital Culture Program sponsored by Telmex and the Carlos Slim Foundation.

Aldea Digital exemplifies digital inclusion, a movement that seeks to empower whole communities through access to the Internet and technology. Governments should look to digital inclusion policies and programs for strategies that support public success and well-being in an increasingly digitized world.