San Diego, CA, October 21, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- In celebration of Balboa Park’s centennial celebration - 100 years since the completion of the Panama Canal - San Diego’s world-class park hosted its first ever full-scale Maker Faire. As expected, the Maker Faire San Diego
weekend was full of celebration of the innovation, architectural, culture and beauty of San Diego. In the section MAKER: Innovate, there was an unprecedented amount of binational innovation.Tijuana Innovadora
, with the support of Angel Ventures Mexico
, held for the first time ever, a binational idea competition. Held in the MAKER: Innovate section of the Maker Faire event, makers came together from all parts of the Cali-Baja region, to showcase their accomplishments on both sides of the border.Ideator
was the platform of choice for hosting the competition. They lent their tools and team to help aid in the efforts. The most important criterion that aided in selecting Ideator, was that Tijuana Innovadora, "Two Countries, One Region, Unlimited Opportunities," needed to find a platform which could support ideas no matter the geographical location. As Ideator is truly industry and geography agnostic, the platform was capable of capturing the problem, solution, and pitch of any type of idea, and Tijuana Innovadora was proud to partner with the unique platform offered by Ideator, Inc.
"With the growing binational activity in the San Diego-Tijuana mega-region, it is paramount that Tijuana Innovadora include the tools that not only provide engagement and innovation for entrepreneur events like MAKER: Innovate, but also transcend borders to maintain this synergy no matter what the location,” Laura Araujo, Director of Binational Affairs for Tijuana Innovadora said.
Because of these efforts made on behalf of Tijuana Innovadora to emphasize binational innovation, the results were astounding. Idea submissions were of high quality, wide-ranging in discipline, and from both sides of the border. The 5 finalists were from both countries. One of the finalists, submitted the day prior, presented live via Skype as they were in another city. The wide reach of the contest showcased how these binational efforts are not limited by border meetings and events. Binational collaboration can be far-reaching.
“The Ideator team was thrilled to be part of the Maker Faire San Diego 2015 event, and to be featured in the Hall of Champions. The use of the Ideator platform for the Maker Faire Idea Competition helped validate our vision of becoming the platform of choice for the startup community worldwide, and especially for the bi-national community in our own backyard! Thanks to the Maker Faire committee, and especially to Tijuana Innovadora for encouraging us to participate on multiple levels,” Thomas Schutz, Vice President of Ideator said.
Laura added, “The Ideator platform was and is the perfect partner for this endeavor and we hope that the relationship which began at Maker Faire San Diego will continue to generate many binational entrepreneurs from the San Diego-Tijuana communities.”
“Innovation knows no borders, more so now than 100 years ago when San Diego was heralded as the first port of call for ships passing through the Panama Canal, and it has been exciting to work together with our friends from the South to help develop the next 100 years of our shared history!” said Jeremy Sanders, Co-Founder of Ideator.
Ideator is building a global community that helps passionate people with great ideas, of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, to connect with the resources needed to execute successfully.