28 Feb 2018

First Binational Innovation and Technology (BIT) Hack-A-Thon

Laredo’s first Binational Innovation and Technology (BIT) Hack-A-Thon was hosted this weekend by the MileOne-International Business Assistance Center (IBAC) in conjunction with Nuevo Laredo’s Start-Up Mexico (SUM).

The two organizations are business incubators promoting business development through entrepreneurship, providing assistance through mentoring, office resources, and co-working space.

The collaborative BIT Hack-A-Thon was a 3-day event where teams worked on technology-based solutions for social challenges identified in the City of Laredo’s Viva Laredo Comprehensive Strategy.

A “Warm Up” meeting consisting of panelists started conversations on issues focused on health, housing, education/arts, and culture. Teams consisting of private citizens, City of Laredo, TAMIU, robotics, UISD and LISD then worked competitively throughout the weekend to present solutions by Sunday afternoon to a panel of judges.

The three winners included:

1st Place, sponsored by International Bank of Commerce went to Niche Team, which develop a platform that will consolidate all community events and activities. It will include a map showing the location and time of each event giving consumers access to all community calendars in a single app.

2nd Place winners, sponsored by “A Friend of Laredo”, presented to Unedos Team.  Unedos is a platform that would not only allow students from the Dos Laredo’s to assist each other in improving in their non-native language but would facilitate a greater sense of collaboration between our two great cities.

3rd Place winners, sponsored by Frank Architects, presented to A-Team, which presented the project: Curation and Automation platform

A technology expo on Sunday afternoon allowed the public to try robots and virtual reality games, compliments of the local robotics teams from TAMIU and XtremeVR. 

Winners from the Start-Up Mexico team included:

1st Place, Jose Antonio Palacios Briseño with In-Eat-Out, An application to reduce wait and improve the customer experience in their favorite restaurant in which a QR code, the customer can generate the order, tab and pay all from the same app.

2nd Place, Mariana Magdalena Cepeda Hurtado GlucoCheck, Project to development of a glucometer without invasion to the body, does not contain needles and measures the glucose with infrared led.

3rd Place, David Hiram Contreras Compean – Boxbot, Project of chatbots to automate with artificial intelligence the communication with users and clients.

For more information on the next Innovation and Technology Hack-A-Thon (or Forum), please contact Hector Ramirez or Roger Garcia at the MileOne-IBAC located at 1312 Houston St. or visit the website: www.mileoneinc.com.

The MileOne-IBAC is a subsidiary company of the Laredo Economic Development Corporation.