The Made In The Americas Global Digital Summit, is the first meeting of digital services providers from America and the Caribbean and its goal is to allow governments, organizations and businesses of the region to learn more about digital technologies, access to experts, startups, and professionals as well as to business opportunities.
Some great speakers and government representatives from the whole region attended the summit.
The IDB representative Expressed that the digital services sector export rate is growing faster than the traditional businesses, reason why it is creating integration programs in the region.
Pablo Beramendi, Managing director at Google Argentina said that the democratization of the information means that the Internet equals opportunities for companies to access international markets and it also facilitates the access to global training opportunities for people all over the world. Juan Antonio from Cabify stated that even though the Internet brings a lot of opportunities it also means more competition generating inequalities in those countries that don’t take advantage of those same opportunities. Paula Arregui, Product SVP at Mercado Pago, emphasized that financial inclusion should be the main driving force of countries and businesses. While Martin Migoya, CEO at Globant stated that companies have to focus on developing difficult markets instead of easier ones. Jordi Botifoll President Latin America at Cisco said that the company is working on educational programs that aim to social inclusion.
During the second plenary session, Deep Learning: Where will Artificial Intelligence take us next? it was pointed out that AI brings plenty of opportunities for users as well as for companies but it needs to be regulated by the different countries to guarantee and generate freedom. Diego Bekerman from Microsoft said that AI is here to amplify human abilities, to help us to access to a big quantity of data. For him, technology has the role of empowering human beings and institutions. Vicente Peiroten (Everis), sees great potential in the region but thinks that talent is one of the main restrictions. Alex Winetzki from Stefanini stated that AI has no value per se but its value resides on what we do with it, he also agreed that legislation on the matter is much needed. Ana Salazar, Innovation Solutions Developer at Corporación Ruta N told the audience that AI brings value if we focus on the talent.
Later on, we assisted the third panel, where we learned that China is in some aspects ahead of the western countries, as for example in mobile payments.
Panel 4 dealt with a completely new issue: Blockchain in the value chain. We understood that transformation comes in the convergence between public and private Blockchains and that blockchain is used in different fields such as supply chains, the public sector (for example to facilitate trade between customs, and to provide more transparency to citizens’ data. In this respect, Lucas Jolias, Head of Latam at OS City said that regarding government adoption of Blockchain it is in a hype period, especially because it awards greater levels of trust in sensitive information such as public purchases, subsidies, etc. Blockchain makes it imperative for governments to rethink public services, especially regarding bureaucracy. Virginia Cram Martos, CEO at Triangularity said blockchain facilitates trade because it can be used to get rid of paper documents between government authorities.
We enjoyed very much the event, and we hope we'll be attending more events of this kind in the future.