Young and creative. That was the formula of the seventy projects that were submitted by students from Universidad Andrés Bello in the idea competition for a chance to attend the 2012 World Innovation Forum. Seven winners were selected and will travel to León, Guanajuato (Mexico) with all expenses paid and witness live this international event, which will be broadcast throughout the Laureate International Universities network the 23rd and 24th of May.
The seven winners are: Maria Fernanda Cea Huaracan (Ecotourism) and Camila Paz Bugueño Ramirez (Industrial Design), Jorge Matías Torres García (Civil Engineering), Francisca Silva (Industrial Design), María José Cornejo Muñoz (Industrial Engineering), Marcia Florencia Montecinos Kusch (Commercial Engineering), and Nicolás Astaburuaga Gallardo (Industrial Civil Engineering.
Before embarking on this unique experience they were received and congratulated by university leadership and directors of their respective programs. Rector Pedro Uribe congratulated them and noted that meetings of this nature are extremely important and will contribute to their continued development as it will bring them together with other creative youth from around the world: "I look forward to hearing about your experiences with this exciting event when you return," he said.
Gonzalo Puga, Director of the School of Design, was especially pleased by his students: "Having two winning students is tremendously important, I advise you to pay special attention to Paola Antonello, curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, one of the participants in the forum." he advised
The Director of Commercial Engineering from UNAB’s Viña del Mar Campus, Patricio Zenteno, indicated this opportunity is attached to the goals of the school for each student’s development. "We are really happy to have students participating in the event as it follows the same lines (international, innovative and entrepreneurial) as our program." he said
Finally, Ana Maria Mora, Director of Academic Outreach, joined in the congratulations and wished them a very good trip, "You are true representatives of the UNAB spirit," she said.
The World Innovation Forum 2012 will feature; Paola Antonello, curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Juan Enriquez, CEO of Biotechonomy LLC, a leading scientist and a leading authority on economic and political impacts of life sciences; Tom Peters, a global management expert; and Clay Shirky, one of the most influential thinkers of how the Internet is changing how the world works.
This article was originally written in Spanish and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.