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Platform and regional network that aims to identify, map, study and share future trends and technological developments in sectors of critical importance for the Americas, and provide inputs that may be useful for decision-making and public policy formulation.


The objective of Prospecta Americas is to share good practices and experiences by regional experts in technology forecasting, support capacities development, generate joint collaborative projects and improve social appropriation of knowledge of 10 transformative technologies identified as promising for the region. Big Data, Internet of things (5G), Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, Robotics, Gene Editing, Biomedical Engineering, 3D and 4D manufacturing and new nanostructured materials.
In 2019, Prospecta Americas launched the First International Seminar on Technology Foresight for the Americas, during which more than 30 researchers, experts and leaders from the public and private sectors presented and analyzed the opportunities and challenges of the 10 aforementioned technologies for social, economic and sustainable development of the Americas. The event, held in Lima, Peru, was attended by more than 1,200 participants in person and more than 25,000 connected via webcast.
As a result of the First Seminar Prospecta Americas promotes a network of Inter-American Centers of Excellence in Technology Foresight in these 10 transformative technologies. These Centers will focus on the areas of specialization, existing capabilities, and interests of the OAS Member States. They will conduct studies, identify and implement specific lines of research to address strategic challenges in the Americas and seek solutions through advanced technology.

The centers will foster the collaboration of governments, universities, research centers, the private sector, NGOs and allies.

Network of Researchers, Experts and Leaders

10 Transformative Technologies

1200 face-to-face participants

25,000 webcast participants

Prospecta Americas 2022
2022 MAY 18 Prospecta Americas Inaugural Session

2022 MAY 18 Prospecta Americas Inaugural Session

Inaugural Session PROSPECTA AMERICAS 2022 • Daryl Vaz, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology of Jamaica • Luz Elena Baños Rivas, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the OAS • Kim Osborne, Executive Secretary for Integral Development, Organization of American States (OAS) • Omar Fayad Meneses, Governor of the State of Hidalgo, Mexico 14:45 – 15:15 Keynote address “Foresight in the Americas: The Future of Health, Work and Industry” • Fernando Ortega, Director of Research and Studies, National Council of Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC), Peru 15:30 – 17:00 Short Talks “Transformative Technologies and the Future of the Americas” Transformative Technologies and the Future of Education • Lauro Garcia, Digital Transformation, Public Sector, AWS The Future of Health • Ramon Sánchez Piña, Director of Sustainable Technology and Health Program, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University Quantum Computing • José Luis Rodriguez, IBM Quantum Senior Ambassador, IBM Mexico The Future of Food Production and Food Security • Javier Medina, Full Professor, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, Coordinator of the Foresight and Innovation Network of the Ibero-American Programme on Science and Technology for Development (CYTED) Fintech and the Future of the Economy • José Rodríguez, CEO of Museo del Caos, Director Blockchain Land in Talent Land, Investor in Bitcoin, Blockchain and Fintech businesses since 2013 like BITSO, Playbusiness and Bank to the Future • Luis Daniel Beltrán, Co-Founder and Tech. of Wemerang and HackerGarage, Mexico Moderator: Cesar Parga, Section Chief, Competitiveness, Innovation and Technology, Department of Economic Development, 17:00 – 18:00 Panel “Women in Technology” • Andrea Escobedo, Senior Professional, Government and Regulatory Affairs, IBM Mexico • Laura Romero Robles, Director of Academic Services at the School of Engineering and Sciences, Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico, President of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) and Member of the Matilda Research Chair on Women in Engineering in the Americas • Paola Amar, Vice-Chancellor for Research, Outreach and Innovation, Simon Bolivar University, Barranquilla, Colombia Moderator: Aryanne Quintal, Specialist, Competitiveness, Innovation and Technology Section, Department of Economic Development, SEDI/OAS
2022 MAY 19 Prospecta America

2022 MAY 19 Prospecta America

Keynote address “Blockchain: Non-Financial Uses” • Adrián Díaz, Kozolchyk National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, Expert on Blockchain 9:45 – 10:45 Short Talks “Digital Transformation and the Future of the Americas” Digital Governance • David Oliva, Founder and Principal Advisor for Education, Research and Innovation at EUMex-Connect, Research Specialist on Transformative Technologies, OASCOMCYT Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality • Arantxa Guillen, Policy Programs Manager at Meta for Latin America and the Caribbean Transformative Technologies and Entrepreneurship • Lovaan Superville, Vice-President Science and Technology (Ag.), National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST), Trinidad and Tobago Moderator: Maryse Robert, Director of the Department of Economic Development, SEDI/OAS 10:45 – 11:45 Panel “Centers of Excellence of Prospecta Americas on Transformative Technologies for the Americas” • Alonso Huerta, Director General, Council on Science, Technology and Innovation of Hidalgo (CITNOVA), Mexico • Reynaldo Villareal, Director of AUDACIA Center on AI and Robotics, Simon Bolivar University, Colombia • Walter Estrada López, Director of the Center of Excellence on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (CEMAT), National University of Engineering, Peru Moderator: Cesar Parga, Section Chief, Competitiveness, Innovation and Technology, Department of Economic Development, SEDI/OAS 12:00 – 13:00 Short Talks “Nanosatellites and Space Robotics” • Luis Velasco, Space Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA – Zero Gravity • Gustavo Medina Tanco, Head of the Space Instrumentation Laboratory (LINX), Institute of Nuclear Sciences, UNAM, Mexico Moderator: Fernando Guzman, Engineer, Soletop, South Korea
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