Last 16th of May I attended the Ada Byron Awards 2019 to the female technologist in its 6th edition, which was also the opening of the 7th edition of ForoTech.
The Ada Byron Award to the Technologist Women, pioneer at a national level (and which has gone international with this year’s presentation of the Mexican edition), was instituted by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Deusto. Its goals are: to reward and raise awareness of the excellent journey of technologist women of today; to enrich society with technology-diffusing events; to promote technological vocations (especially of women) approaching the technological work to young people; and to make the importance of technology socially visible.
The thing is that on that day I was able to meet the winners of the Ada Byron award: two exceptional women who are a role model in the technology world, Concepción Alicia Monje Micharet and Ana Freire (chosen Youth Ada Byron Award by unanimity). The jury had it more difficult than other years since there were around 112 candidates, active professionals in the academic and business world in the fields of engineering, informatics, chemical sciences, physics and mathematics. The candidates were between 36 y 67 years old, and between 24 and 36 for the Youth Award.
Today I want to talk to you more about Ana Freire, rewarded with the Youth Ada Byron Award, do you want to know why? You just have to keep reading. (more…)
A few years ago, thanks to the MET community, I was able to meet the protagonist of today’s post, who is about to become a mom for the second time. She has made us another gift that I want to share with you all. Nagore de los Ríos is, without any doubt, an entrepreneurial woman and a great professional of the communication based on big data. A tireless worker since she was really young, she has a long career behind her, some awards and recognitions and more than one entrepreneurial project that became true. At the moment, Nagore works at Techfriendly, a group of multidisciplinary professionals who design and develop city strategies to solve challenges related to ageing, tourism, smart specialization, logistic or mobility.
Definitely, Nagore knows first-hand what making an effort means (sometimes too much, right?), working hard, working in a team, facing big challenges, innovating, creating almost from scratch and, even then, pretending everything is easy.
This Christmas I want to make you a gift that has to do with Nagore, the organizations, the people, the data, the information, the knowledge, the intelligence, the creative solutions, the personal solutions and, above all, has to do with the superpowers that I’m sure each of us could show with the help of the “small data”, in order to be citizens with individual decision-making power in smart cities. Because, as Nagore says:
“The day where both administrations and businesses are able to give me back my personal data in real time, I, a citizen, I, a service and public products consumer, will be far more intelligent, and if intelligence is power, I’ll finally achieve my superpowers and I’ll be able to predict the future or, at least, reduce the uncertainty and, which is even more important, I’ll be able to make decisions in a much more free way”
I invite you to listen to this 10 min speech Nagore gave in Spanish in the TEDx León not long ago:
Thank you, Nagore, for your big contributions, for your way of explaining those concepts that are not easy to understand and congratulations for your new baby that I’m sure will be one of the privileged ones of having one of those precious assets as it is “its own algorithm”.
I wish you a great Christmas surrounded by all the people who make you happy and that the peace, illusion and happiness spirit won’t leave you during the whole New Year 2019. I’ll be back in January; until then, be happy and enjoy every day.