México, sede del RoboCup 2012

“Si México no invierte en este momento en el área de la robótica y mecatrónica, vamos a ser solamente compradores y no vamos a producir nada”, aseveró en entrevista Jesús Savage Carmona, presidente de la Federación Mexicana de Robótica.

RoboCup 2012, a realizarse del 18 al 24 de junio del siguiente año, en el World Trade Center de la ciudad de México, busca precisamente impulsar esta área de la ingeniería, y llamar la atención de los sectores público y privado con el fin de que inviertan más recursos para desarrollarla.

Es la primera vez que esta competencia tendrá como sede un país de habla hispana, y se espera que arriben 3 mil participantes de 40 países.

Como cada año, se verán los avances de cada nación que ayuden a consolidar la meta que RoboCup tiene establecida para 2050: que un grupo de robots sostenga un encuentro con el equipo campeón del mundo humano de fútbol, y que el primero lo gane.

INVERSIÓN, NO GASTO

Enrique Sucar, representante de la Red de Robótica y Mecatrónica del CONACYT, refirió que todavía se está lejos de tener al Pelé futbolista artificial, aunque agregó que sí hay avances en la materia: “Ya hay robots que pueden abrir el refrigerador, sacar una botella y servir un vaso de leche”.

Sobre el nivel de los estudiantes de estas disciplinas en México, Gonzalo Guerrero Zepeda, director de la Facultad de Ingeniería de la UNAM, sostuvo que éste es alto y similar al que se tiene en otros países.

Urgió a organismos privados a invertir, “no gastar”, en ciencia y tecnología, además de capacitar a los jóvenes para que tengan una mayor preparación.

“Del presupuesto para ciencia y tecnología (en México), el 80 por ciento lo pone el Estado, a través de universidades, institutos…, y sólo el 20 por ciento es a cargo de las empresas. En países como Japón, Alemania, Estados Unidos y Francia, pasa lo contrario”, argumentó el académico.

Así, el hecho de que RoboCup se realice en el país es importante porque puede ser un impulso al desarrollo tecnológico, opinó Savage Carmona.

PERSPECTIVA

Marco Morales, director del Laboratorio de Robótica del ITAM, observó que esta materia no es sólo una moda, sino una de las disciplinas que avanza con más agilidad: “Gozamos de sus beneficios en la automatización industrial, en el manejo de materiales peligrosos y en la robotización de equipos”.

La convocatoria para todos los interesados vence el 31 de mayo de 2012; para mayor información, la página oficial es robocup2012.org.

Referencia: El Universal México.

Maseca will build the biggest Contact Center in Latin America.

Mexico is still a good place to
invest, said businessman Roberto Gonzalez Barrera, president of Grupo
Financiero Banorte and Grupo Maseca, announcing an investment of one billion
pesos for the construction of the most important contact center and the largest
in Latin America.


He said he has never lost
confidence in Nuevo Leon, which will continue to invest to create jobs.


- Do you feel safe in the
state?


- "Yes, and I won’t go,
I will continue investing in my country", he said.

The entrepreneur presided
over the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the Contact Center Banorte
bringing together the 14 call centers that have in the country.
 Be located in the municipality of Monterrey and
generating two thousand jobs, primarily for students of the Universidad Autónoma
de Nuevo León (UANL), as it will meet its facilities.

The contact center will
allow Banorte to standardize the processes of care and service to its customers
via telephone and Internet in one physical location.
 Begin operations in the first quarter of 2012.Be built on an area of 14 thousand 400 square meters.


The ceremony was attended as
special guests Governor, Rodrigo Medina, and the mayor of Monterrey, Fernando
Larrazabal.


Medina gave special
recognition to Roberto Gonzalez Barrera for supporting the institution for the
contingency of Hurricane Alex.


Finally, Gonzalez Barrera
said of the merger of IXE Grupo Banorte expects that this month all to come to
terms.

 

Reference: EL FINANCIERO, 2010. Mexican Newspaper, Published on November 7th,
2010 on:

http://mundo-contact.com/enlinea_detalle.php?recordID=20077

Mexico is a great opportunity for Internet ventures

Mexico is a ripe for internet business, said the president of a leading Internet company that began in this border city.

“We´re just in diapers compared to other countries in the world,” said Ramón Toledo, the founder and president of Busca Corp. “That´s why we need to take advantage of this great opportunity.

“We´re five years behind what´s happening elsewhere in the world of Internet, and that opens the door for Mexican companies to find the ideal niche to grow,” said Toledo in his presentation Tuesday at the on-going innovation conference Tijuana Innovadora.

He told the audience that he found in video games the niche he needed to become be the number one video game portal in Mexico and the rest of Latin America.

That Spanish-language site, LevelUp.com, offers people of all ages the latest news about the world of video games and gives them an opportunity to exchange their views about them.

Toledo developed strategic partnerships with Internet leaders such as MSN Latino, which links to LevelUp´s content.

He added that LevelUp has received up to 1.5 million page views on a single day.

“This is due in great measure to the partnerships we have formed with leading Internet companies,” Toledo told the audience, which included many young people.

He spoke with pride that LevelUp.com was named the number one Internet portal in Mexico in 2008.

Toledo noted that the income generated by the video game industry leads all other genres in the entertainment category.

He used the movie “Avatar,” which hauled in $24 million in its first 24 hours, as an example.

“The video game ´Halo Reach´ sold $20 million in the first 24 hours it was for sale,” he said.

Toledo credited his employees for the success of his firm, which now has offices in Mexico City, Santiago, Chile, and in La Jolla, Calif.

“All the young people who work with me are graduates from colleges in Tijuana, particularly from Cetys, and that´s something I like to brag about,” said Toledo, who was born in Tijuana and is also a Cetys graduate.

“I´m proud to be a TIjuanan, and so is my company,” he said. “There are many good things happening in our city that the world needs to know about.”

 

 

 
Reference: TIJUANA INNOVADORA 2010. Published on:

México Should Reward Companies that Cut Pollution

TIJUANA, Baja California (Oct. 18, 2010) – The Mexican government should provide a fiscal stimulus to reward companies that have taken steps to protect the environment, urged Nobel laureate Mario Molina.

 

Beyond his native Mexico, he said countries must respond urgently to the problems unleashed by global warming, which is an international crisis.

 

Molina, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1995, gave a keynote address Monday at the innovation conference in this city. Formerly a researcher at Mexico’s leading Autonomous University, he is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego.

 

He said that there is consensus in the scientific community that the grave problem of global warming is caused by humans and that the risk to humans is real. He said it’s imperative for measures to be taken to slow global warming.

 

He outlined the indicators that show that the Earth’s temperature is rising. As a result many countries have implemented a series of measures to try to stop the warming.

 

“Currently all countries are in agreement that an effort should be made to reduce the planet’s temperature by at least two degrees,” he said.

“Yes, there have been advances in this area,” he said. “But we have to extend them through an international treaty.”

 

Molina said that in Mexico’s case, some companies are already using processes that protect the environment, but the federal government has to offer them a fiscal stimulus to encourage them to continue to do so.

 

“Companies should receive greater incentives so their measures can be even more effective,” he said.

 

He said the broader use of sustainable energy is another tool to counteract global warming. But since alternative energy currently costs more than conventional one, countries using it could lose their competitive edge.

 

He said there should be an international treaty in which all countries can set an affordable price for energy from sustainable sources and a higher price for traditional energy sources. Until that happens, countries such as Mexico cannot act unilaterally because it would lose competitiveness in international markets.

 

 

 
Reference: TIJUANA INNOVADORA 2010. Published on:

Global Crisis Benefits México

Leading political thinker Francis Fukuyama said the global crisis has created economic opportunities for developing countries such as Mexico, and in particular cities such as Tijuana, a major manufacturing powerhouse.

“The world is changing as we speak,” he said at a press conference in the innovation conference Tijuana Innovadora, where he touched on a variety of themes.

He said that since the financial crisis hit, developing countries have been growing much faster, closing the gap between them and the developed countries. This gives him them greater say in the world stage.

He also said disputes about the value of currencies, what one journalist labeled “currency wars,” are the single greatest threat to global economic stability.

What´s needed, he said, is an international body, such as the World Trade Organization, to regulate currencies.

The United States and other countries accuse China of undervaluing its currency to gain trade advantage in a weak global economy.

Fukuyama is the author of the best-selling book “The End of History and the Last Man,” ´published in 1989, in which he argues that the political ideology of liberal democracy would be the most prevalent worldwide.

He told the audience that although much has happened in the 20 years since he wrote the book, he still believes its fundamental premise.

He was asked what he thought of Tijuana in general and Tijuana Innovadora in particular. He said the conference was an effective way to showcase the city´s manufacturing and technology muscles.

He added that people north of the border need such an event to find out what is going on here.

“We have an outdated image of Tijuana, indeed the whole of Mexico,” said Fukuyama, who is a professor at Standford University.

 

 

Tijuana Innovadora: Arte, Cultura y Comercio Digital

Tuvo lugar el panel titulado Arte 2.0 de Tijuana para el mundo con Leslie García y Carmen González de Dream Addictive Josué De La Rosa de Transmedios, Raúl Cárdenas de Torolab y César García de Radio Global. La tecnología nos da múltiples oportunidades que antes no se presentaban, se puede difundir el trabajo artístico de una manera más fácil, hoy contamos con todas las herramientas para no sólo mostrar nuestros proyectos al mundo sino también para colaborar y apoyarnos.

Los panelistas dijeron "Debemos tomar en cuenta que hoy en día gracias a la tecnología el arte ha cambiado y las instituciones públicas y empresas deben saberlo El arte digital y 2.0 necesita el entendimiento y el apoyo porque es reflejo de lo que somos hoy en día, una sociedad rodeada de tecnología Las universidades deben tener un papel primordial en la difusión y apoyo de este tipo de arte. Afortunadamente existen universidades como la UNAM que otorgan apoyo a este tipo de manifestaciones y lo dan a conocer. Los panelistas dicen que la clave es la difusión, el apoyo, los espacios y el intercambio del arte 2.0.” Todos podemos hacer un cambio y promover todo tipo de cultura y manifestaciones artísticas. La cultura nos representa”

Tuvo lugar con un rotundo éxito la esperada conferencia de Xeni Jardin de National Public Radio y Boing Boing titulada Cultura Global y Sociedad en la Era del Internet. Xeni inició mostrando una fotografía del primer concierto de rock al que fue en los noventa. Dijo que el rock fue una revolución para los medios y dijo que una vez que te conectas con grandes ideas y posibilidades es cuando comienzas a conocer gente que piensa de la misma manera para después crear una comunidad, crear un movimiento que puede cambiar el mundo. Xeni Jardin relató que Boing Boing comenzó como un panfleto que tenía como misión impulsar la cultura de la tecnología, mostró algunos de los panfletos y prototipos de Boing Boing cuando se fundó en 1988.

Mencionó que Boing Boing no comenzó como un proyecto para hacer dinero, comenzó como un grupo de personas felices haciendo lo que les gusta, posteriormente se dieron cuenta que tenían que poner publicidad para pagar las cuentas pero todo comenzó por amor al arte.Hoy en día Boing Boing es una compañía muy grande y con mucha influencia. Jardin dice que le da miedo el poder que ha adquirido en los últimos años. Dijo “No tienes que buscar lo que es popular para hacerte popular.” “Nuestro trabajo es impulsado por la fascinación que nos provoca lo que hacemos, nos gusta saber qué es lo que dice y nos recomienda la gente. Todo lo que hoy en día es extraño o poco común puede convertirse en algo completamente exitoso. Boing Boing es el ejemplo.”

Para cerrar este día se llevó a cabo la conferencia de Chris Anderson, Editor de la revista Wiredtitulada La Nueva Revolución industrial. El conferencista dijo que el mensaje de esta década ha sido la colaboración y el intercambio de innovación sin fronteras ni credenciales. “Estamos avanzando a una tercera revolución industrial en donde se democratizarán las herramientras de creación y distribución. Hoy en día una línea de producción con costos reales pueden hacerla dos personas desde un almacén o garage con una computadora.” Mencionó que anteriormente las personas que creaban los inventos no podían iniciar una empresa o negocio con la facilidad que tenemos hoy.

Mexican Government could cut resources to Prosoft

The government
is looking to boost the adoption process for the new Information Technologies
in enterprises so they receive benefits in competitiveness.

 

For next year, the program of supports for the development of software
industry (Prosoft) may have fewer resources, according to the draft budget
submitted by the Ministry of Finance, the estimate of 589.2 million pesos a
boost to the sector.


According to the newspaper Reforma, this amount is nearly 100
million pesos less, compared to 688 million during the year for 2010.


Under the proposal, with
this support the Government seeks to accelerate the process of adoption of
information technology in enterprises for the competitiveness of the Mexican
economy and the generation of at least 10 000 230 jobs.


Rogelio Garza, director general of the National Chamber of
Electronic Industry, Telecommunications and Information Technology, explained
that the lack of consistency of budget policy prevents the sector to plan
medium and long term.


Ernesto Piedras, Director of Competitive Intelligence Unit
consultant, said that the country is still at the stage of conviction of the
benefits of information technology (IT), when the international level is a
discussion overcome and push countries to accelerate their use
economic development.


Reference: El
Reforma, Newspaper. Published on September 10th, taken from:

http://www.mundo-contact.com/enlinea_detalle.php?recordID=19455

A Commemorative Coin is Proposed for 100 years of UNAM

The PRD parliamentary group in the Senate proposed to create a
commemorative coin of 10 pesos, alluding to the 100th anniversary of the
founding of the Maximum House of Studies in Mexico

In an interview PRD
senator, Julio Cesar Aguirre said it is essential that society acknowledges the
UNAM not only for their awards and contributions, but by "the university
community who have given their lives for science."

He stated that before the questionable results of our
education system, UNAM stands solidly on those criticisms and attacks on an
educational model of humanitarian and development service to the country.
"

"The maximum house of studies in the country, is the
subject tangible vision of Mexicans facing the world. A bridge between our past
and future, passion and glory of our history," said Aguirre.

He argued that the UNAM deserves recognition as a
commemorative coin has received awards as the best university in Latin America,
Spain and Portugal, and is positioned at number 95 in the top of the best
universities worldwide.

The PRD legislator said that the classrooms of the UNAM
have left prominent Mexicans who obtained Nobel prizes, such as Octavio Paz,
who received the Literature in 1990, Alfonso García Robles, the Peace in 1982,
and Mario Molina, of Chemistry in 1995.

 

Reference: El Universal, Newspaper. Published on September 17th,
2010. Taken from:
http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/709630.html

SCT requires 8,000 million pesos to Impulse Telecommunications

The Communication and Transportation
Secretariat (SCT for its acronym in Spanish) will ask in the Outcome Budget of
the Federation (PEF) for the execution of the 2011 to be authorized with 8,000
million of pesos to impulse projects of satellite connectivity and telephony.

The holder of the Coordination for the
Development of the Information Society, Eloisa Talavera, said that the federal
government needs to set projects of digital inclusion with the infrastructure
to complete the closure of the digital divide.

In the framework of the “Diagnostic Analysis of
the Expenses in Information Technologies and Communications in México” made in
the senate, the functionary said the hoped budget for the next year will be
destined to the satellite network which will help to provide digital
connectivity for those places of the country with difficult access.

“For 2010 there were 1,500 million of pesos the
ones assigned to us and they were to activate he whole national network of
impulse to the broadband, it means, to eliminate the transport of national
optic fiber to give Internet in each capitol city”.

About the social coverage of the SCT, Talavera
exposed that with this program, they are fostering in an important manner the
telephony projects about satellite networks throughout the e-México National
System.

  

Reference: EL ECONOMISTA, Mexican Newspaper,
Published on September 9th, Taken from: http://www.mundo-contact.comenlinea_detalle.php?recordID=19437

 

Televisa Offers 885 Millions of Pesos for Optical Fiber

The investor group will present its proposal on June 7th, which represents the minimum established by SCT plus the 3% from Notimex.The investment group formed by Televisa, Telefónica and Megacable will tender 885 millions of pesos in the second round of economical proposals for the tender of CFE dark fiber.In a press conference, Enrique Yamuni Megacable’s director, said the consort will invest in an additional way two thousand, four hundred, millions of pesos to “light” the infrastructure, plus other one thousand, three hundred millions of pesos that each operator will have to give individually.He explained that the groups tender is the minimum fixed by SCT, plus the 3% of 3%, which will be set the next June 7th when the second round of economical proposals is released.He said there is not a motive for the tender process to stop in reference to the juridical resource which Iusatell could appeal because it was not given a participation constancy, “the group fulfilled all the technical and economical requirements established by SCT”.Reference: El Universal, México.