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Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

Fourth Tijuana Innovadora to showcase creativity of border city and of Mexico

The fourth biannual Tijuana Innovadora event began this week in a new venue, Tijuana's World Trade Center to the east of the city next to El Trompo museum, which will provide spillover parking.

Former Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda kicked off the conference Thursday, and it was followed by a dinner at the World Trade Center and El Trompo Caliente racetrack. He said the next Mexican government, to be elected in 2018, had to do five things to recover citizens' confidence: battle corruption, improve security , better the minimum income for everyone, increase economic growth, and develop a new relationship with the United States.

Tijuana Innovadora, created to showcase the good side of Tijuana at a time of major violence in the city, has the theme "Creativa" this year to show off the creative side of the border city and Mexico.

The World Trade Center is next to El Trompo Museum.

The first full day of the conference begins at 10 a.m. Friday with two workshops. One, "Rendering Magic for Visual Design Process," will be led by Kathryn Hagen, author of "Fashion Illustration for Designers." The other, "Ocio y Negocio," ("Leisure and Business") will be led by José Alberto de Legarreta and Juan José Díaz of the Eudoxa consulting company in Mexico world trade center tijuana innovadoraCity. There will be a "Foodie Fest" with food trucks outside the venue every day.

Tijuana Innovadora officials on Wednesday held the last of the weekly planning meetings they have been holding since the third conference took place in the Tijuana Cultural Center in 2014.


Stands were being set up Wednesday for the eight-day event.

At the meeting Wednesday, Tijuana Innovadora founder José "Pepe" Galicot and other officials spoke about the wide variety of talks that will take place, ranging from fashion to video games to movies to art to a Cirque du Soleil production about Mexico to Cosplay to the role of creativity in business. Galicot touted the appearance of award-winning film director Amat Escalante, who will speak at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6., Monday, Nov. 7, and Tuesday, Nov. 8, at events that the schedule says are filled.

The full schedule for Tijuana Innovadora is here.

Galicot also highlighted the appearance of Fernando Valenzuela at 1 p.m. Tuesday on "Delicado balance, la ciencia de aprender y el arte de enseñar" ("Delicate Balance, the Science of Learning and the Art of Teaching"). Valenzuela is the Latin America director for McGraw-Hill Education. His Linkedin page also says he is an adviser to Tijuana Innovadora. At the same time, Estanislao Vizcarra, who designed the Tijuana Innovadora website, will be giving a workshop on design.

At 1:30 p.m. Monday, three journalists, including border reporter Sandra Dibble of the San Diego Union-Tribune, will discuss "Violencia: La cara social del problema y prácticas innovadoras en periodismo" ("Violence: The Social Face of the Problem and Innovative Practices in Journalism").

Galicot also highly recommended Wednesday's 9 a.m. talk on the San Pedro Martir observatory by the director of the Astronomy Institute at the Autonomous University of Mexico, Jesús González. Legendary Mad magazine artist Sergio Aragonés also will speak at 11 a.m. that day.

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Richard L. Davies will discuss the Cirque de Soleil's production of "Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico."

At 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, Homeland Security official Alan Bersin, the former U.S. attorney in San Diego and former San Diego schools superintendent, will discuss sustainability. At 6 p.m., José Ángel Gurría, the head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development who was Mexico's foreign minister in the 1990s, also is to speak about sustainability.


Tijuana Innovadora founder José Galicot takes the
floor following a synopsis of upcoming Tijuana Innovadora
programs on fashion by Ana Gurría (right), the sister-in-law of
Tijuana Innovadora's final speaker, José Ángel Gurría.