The Panamanian Chamber of Technologies (CAPATEC) renewed its board of directors, where José Cuervo took office as the new president and the work of Raquel García Sittón was recognized, as outgoing President of this guild that positioned itself as a benchmark in the development of the technological ecosystem of Panama .
García Sittón maintained that during 2021 the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector gained global positioning and recognition, witnessing the evolution and innovation in topics such as: health, electronic commerce, finance, logistics, among others. .
He highlighted that in CAPATEC, the three editions of the IDEATONES program were successfully developed, allowing anchor companies to expose challenges, whose solutions were developed by entrepreneurs and guided by mentors. The program was vital to demonstrate the capacity of the ecosystem and how CAPATEC is an articulator between the various sectors of the country, achieving very positive results.
The outgoing board of directors of CAPATEC highlighted several important activities developed such as TECHNOLOGY CAFES with more than 1,000 participants and new alliances with unions and institutions.
Likewise, the great impact of the BIZ FIT PANAMA 2021 event was recognized, which was carried out in a hybrid way with a live livestream, which featured national and international panelists and more than 1,000 participants connected to the virtual platform, where they discussed Current issues such as Digital Government, Scaling and Seed Fund, Startups in the region and open innovation in Panama.
Raquel García praised the digital business ecosystem project, together with the Latin American Development Bank (IDB-LAB), in which three Ideathones programs were successfully carried out, in which more than 20 anchor companies participated, presenting more than 76 challenges and More than 300 solutions were received from entrepreneurs.
This generated the delivery of $160,000.00 in seed capital to the 35 finalists of the three Ideathon Programs and the publication of a case study of open innovation in Panama.
“We are convinced of the great benefits that the ICT sector brings to our country and our society. I invite you all to continue collaborating in CAPATEC, generating opportunities for our sector, promoting good networking and above all to continue promoting technology and innovation from Panama to the world”, added Raquel García.
Meanwhile, José Cuervo, who was inaugurated as the new President of CAPATEC for the period 2022-2023, highlighted the role that this organization has played in technological development and the creation of a successful ecosystem that has been positive for the country, even in the difficult times of the covid 19 pandemic.
“We will continue to strengthen our Technological Cafés with their great contributions of knowledge, we will continue with the BIZ FIT Panama, we will promote new strategic alliances, adding new actors and strengthening CAPATEC as the best benchmark in the technology industry, innovation and meeting point for entrepreneurs, companies of first level and networking”, said José Cuervo.