The Tijuana Innovadora conference is a biennial international event that was created in 2010 to serve as a platform for promoting the City of Tijuana as an important hub of technology, science and culture. The event is held over 10 days and features panel discussions, workshops, exhibits, and competitions, among other activities. The focus of this installment of Tijuana Innovadora was the Mexican Diaspora, and panel discussions and other activities were centered around this topic.

The San Diego CITD and its host, Southwestern College, shared a booth in the conference’s North American Pavillion during the 10 days of the event. The Pavillion was open to the public and included exhibitors from innovative companies and organizations from throughout Canada, U.S., and Mexico.

In addition to exhibiting, Southwestern College was also represented in one of the conference’s panel discussions. Southwestern College Superintendent/President, Dr. Melinda Nish, participatedas a panelist in a discussion of the successes and challenges of implementing President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Educational Exchange Initiative. Other panelists in this discussion included Dr. Pradeep Khosla, UCSD Chancellor, Dr. Felipe Cuamea Velazquez, President of the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (UABC), and Dr. Fernando Leon Garcia, President of Centro de Enseñanza Tecnica y Superior (CETYS), a university system in the Baja California region. The discussion was moderated by the U.S. Consul General in Tijuana, Andrew Erickson, and Mexcio Consul General in San Diego, Remedios Gomez Arnau.

Planning is already under way for Tijuana Innovadora 2016. During a panel discussion on Cities, the mayors of San Diego and Tijuana announced their plan to make the next Innovadora a cross-border event showcasing the binational region.