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Baja California Forges Partnerships with Silicon Valley


In an effort to foster collaboration and promote innovative projects, representatives from innovation centers, technology companies, and educational institutions convened in Silicon Valley on May 25 and 26. The gathering aimed to establish alliances with key players, explore private capital funds, and engage with technology giants and artificial intelligence experts, according to Kurt Honold Morales, the Secretary of Economy and Innovation.

The delegation comprised members from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), CETYS University, as well as companies specializing in robotics, software, automation, manufacturing, and design. Notable participants included Denken, Monobits, Cuatro Punto Cero, M Aerospace RTC, NAI México, and the Center for Innovation and Design (CEID). Their shared objective was to strengthen cross-border ties, showcase technological infrastructure capabilities, and facilitate knowledge transfer in technology and innovation.

The Secretary emphasized that Governor Marina del Pilar Avila Olmeda’s administration is committed to fostering relations and promoting binational collaboration with the neighboring state of California.

The delegation’s agenda included a visit to Microsoft, where they explored developments in artificial intelligence, collaboration programs, immersive experiences, and sustainability. They also visited the Plug & Play technology center, an ecosystem connecting change-makers, leading organizations, venture capital firms, universities, and government agencies to drive solutions across multiple industries. The delegation attended a presentation on trends and strategic sectors in Silicon Valley by Hackers & Funders, as well as meetings with investment funds Balero Ventures and Nido Ventures, who shared insights into their operations, investment strategies, and community-building roles.

On the first day, the delegation also engaged in an immersive discussion at the Hacker Dojo Innovation Hub, where they learned about the Silicon Valley ecosystem from Jorge Zavala and David Martínez, the latter being a successful Mexican entrepreneur with his startup, WURL Inc.

Furthermore, a business meeting took place, enabling delegates to connect with leaders in the California technology sector, exchange best practices, and establish collaborations for mutual benefit.

The Consulate of Mexico in San José played a vital role in supporting the agenda through the involvement of Alejandra Bologna Zubikarai, Consul General, and Samuel Hernández Stanford, Consul for Economic Affairs and Technical and Scientific Cooperation. They accompanied the delegation led by Dulce Rodríguez, Director of Promotion of Innovation and Technology at the Ministry of Economy and Innovation (SEI).

On the second day, the delegation visited San José State University and Stanford University to gain insights into research, innovation, talent development, and programs promoting technological entrepreneurship and integration within the local ecosystem.

The visit concluded with a trip to the NASA Ames Research Center, one of the ten centers conducting world-class research in aeronautics, exploration, technology, and science since 1939. During the tour, participants received updates on space exploration, the aerospace sector, air traffic control simulators, and supercomputing.

The engagement between Baja California and Silicon Valley not only reinforces technological advancements but also nurtures a culture of collaboration and knowledge exchange, contributing to the growth and development of both regions.

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