Published On: Mon, May 5th, 2014

Mérida: Technology to provide a better and sustainable quality of life for its citizens

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Considered among the 50 capital cities in Latin America with major advance in technological innovation, Mérida was part of the Summit of Mayors Pro – Innovation, which was held on May 2 and 3 in Miami, FL in the United States.

In response to an invitation from the mayor of Miami -Dade County, Carlos Gimenez, Mérida assisted to this event. The costs generated by this visit were borne by the organizers.

This international summit involved leaders of major urban world and was considered as an opportunity to learn and share successful experiences and best practices for the development of an innovative, competitive, orderly and sustainable city, which improves the quality of life of its citizens.

The director of Information Technologies and Communications, Hernán Mojica Ruiz assisted in representation of  Renan Barrera Concha, Mayor of Merida.

Mojica Ruiz participated in the summit with City Parks Online program (Programa Parque en línea), whereby the City of Mérida provides Free internet services to the citizenship in city parks and several police stations, and which has allowed Mérida to excel as a technological innovation capital city in México and Latin America.


50 Latin American capital cities were invited to the event, the most representative of this kind of technological development and innovation.

This summit was organized by Emerge Americas, in conjunction with the Miami -Dade County and the Technology Foundation of the Americas.

Innovation and technology in our urban centers are irrevocably changing the way we live. Witness the force of rapid urbanization in the Americas. City of the Future will address common urban challenges and seek ways to employ cutting-edge technology to provide a better and sustainable quality of life for citizens through efficient, cleaner, and smarter cities. Civic leaders and industrialists will experience the future of urbanization and collaborate to create best practices and standards for the cities of tomorrow.

This event involved the most influential mayors of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as key cities in the United States, Canada, Spain and England. The common goal is to use of technology to transform their communities in smart cities.

In this summit topics as technological innovation in areas of health, infrastructure, energy, communications, smart cities and economic development were discussed.

In addition to the 50 invited mayors, several innovative and influential worldwide leaders and investors were presented.

The event included exhibits from companies such as IBM, Univision, Amazon, Deloitte, Cisco, Verizon Terremark, Dell, Avaya, Facebook and Microsoft, among others.

The participants in the first day of the summit included the mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos Giménez; Eduardo Patron, president of Miami Dade College; Manny Medina, president of the Technology Foundation of Americas; Richard Florida, Professor at the Universities of Toronto and New York; Manika James, director of McKinsey Global Institute, and Wim Elfrink, EVP Cisco Solutions Sector.

Other Mayors that participated in this summit are:

  • Gregor Robertson, Vancouver, Canada
  • Xavier Trias, Barcelona, ​​Spain
  • Aníbal Gaviria Correa, Medellin, Colombia
  • Miguel Angel Mancera, Mexico, Federal District
  • Carolina Toha, Santiago, Chile
  • Ana Botella, Madrid, Spain




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