From January 15th until the 18th, the country’s largest science and technology fair was held in Yachay, Ecuador. The fair, called “Innópolis: Knowledge is Freedom,” was the first national event which combined national and international experiences on entrepreneurship and innovation.
The score of the 4 days of Innópolis was 75 lectures, 200 technology projects, 18,000 visitors nationwide, 7 winning projects out of 500 applications nationwide, 40 academic events, 1,200 connected devices and 4 programs produced for use and improvement of hardware and software.
“The Innópolis Entrepreneurship Center was also launched during those days,” said Fernanda Gando, Advisor from Yachay EP, “as a permanent space to promote entrepreneurship and innovation, offering the conditions to develop technology-based companies, with permanent technical assistance, infrastructure and access to networking. Within this center we have started a Fab Lab as the perfect space where ideas can and will become real. We are working in partnership with public and private, small and big companies to make it happen. Schlumberger, for instance, will start to work with us in this project this year. ”
The Ecuadorian government is generating the conditions to reinforce a culture of innovation, supporting creative and proactive citizens, always focusing on the development of knowledge in the country.
That is why Yachay was created as a planned city for innovation, offering the perfect environment for research and development to generate entrepreneurship and investment in high technology.
The “City of Knowledge,” as Yachay is known, is an innovation ecosystem. It connects institutions, infrastructure, and the talent needed to promote and strengthen the link between academia, government, and industry.