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A joint project between Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua and NMSU, CampusLink 2015 is an event designed to transcend borders and establish future collaborations with international institutions. Since student communities within these institutions have different ideologies and customs, CampusLink 2015 hopes to break educational, cultural and social paradigms establishing future joint research through the implementation of strategies not only for student mobility, but also for knowledge exchange.
CampusLink 2015 is meant to enhance and consolidate the following attitudes and skills:
- Experience – Create: Present creative challenges that foster the development of ideas and solutions.
- Think – Express: Foster innovative and collective thought about the role of the academy.
- Motivate – Undertake: Inspire participants by presenting a select group of well-known university tech entrepreneurs and leaders who will present their ideas to the students and alumni as potential investors.
- Inspire – Excite: Provide a space for participants to express a shared vision from the perspective of men and women who are actively engaged in changing the world.
- Learn – Share: Offer pragmatic learning activities and experiences designed to improve tech abilities and develop collective knowledge.
In 2011 Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (UACH) asked partner institutions and allies to develop CampusLink as an annual and high quality event focused on innovation and technology. The main idea was to foster innovation among students in Northern Mexico by bringing together multiple academic communities in a space full of opportunities for learning and cooperation in a pleasant, entertaining atmosphere with no cost for students.
The support of important institutions rapidly grew as well-known organizations such as Transtelco, Qualcomm, Dell, Intel, Cisco, National Geographic, Mozilla Foundation, Epic Queen, Secretaría de Educación Pública (Mexico), Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (Mexico), the US Embassy in Ciudad Juarez (Mexico), ANUIES (Mexico), Tijuana Innovadora (Mexico), and many others, contributed to the event’s success.
To offer an international experience, in 2014 UACH combined the initiative with “Tijuana Inovadora”, which brought together colleges from southern California and northwest Mexico. Within this favorable context, a new vision of CampusLink emerged as it became a binational event. As part of this event, national and international specialists comingled as they attended the variety of activities at the CampusLink event. These included technological entrepreneurship conference sessions, software platforms, social media, digital marketing, and transmedia workshops. Over 2,000 participants from more than 20 Mexican and American Universities and Colleges participated.
The “CampusLink 2015: Las Cruces – Ciudad Juarez Edition” materialized for the first time in 2015 as a joint effort between New Mexico State University (NMSU) and UACH. The event, which will be held at the Museo La Rodadora in Ciudad Juarez on October 28, and on NMSU’s main campus on October 29, is the first of its kind for the two institutions, which have a history dating back to the early 1970’s. The eagerness and vision of academic authorities, close border proximity, and great inter-institutional relations led to a strategic opportunity for the development of a binational event with the full commitment of across multiple sectors (public organizations, educational institutions, and private companies). The event is designed to encourage the development of a project where innovation is the key element and facilitates the merging of academic disciplines and entrepreneurship, while generating a positive impact among the students from Mexico and New Mexico, as well as alumni. One activity will be an “Ideathon” where a break-out group of students from both Mexico and New Mexico will be sequestered and given a real-world problem to solve. Multiple teams will compete for best solutions and awarded attractive prizes by sponsors.