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Binational Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit Coming to UTEP

Last Updated on October 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Originally published October 30, 2018

By UC Staff

UTEP Communications

At a time when the national conversation is focused on the U.S.-Mexico border, preparations are underway for an event aiming to explore the complexity and uniqueness of border culture.


Showcasing the evolution of the Borderland as a growing and vibrant region comprised of interconnected centers of creative energy, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in mid-November will co-host RESET – the largest binational innovation, technology and entrepreneurship summit on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The three-day event will take place from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at Technology Hub in Juárez, Mexico; and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at UTEP’s Undergraduate Learning Center in El Paso, Texas. 

Featuring a combination of unique experiences including state-of-the-art workshops, panel discussions, immersive presentations by world-class speakers and a cultural music event, RESET is a free event designed to inspire young minds. More than 3,000 young adults from across the region attended last year’s summit. RESET 2017 also offered a glance into the aspirations and talents of those whose lives have been shaped by life on both sides of the border.

This year’s attendees will once again have the opportunity to connect to a world of ideas, thanks to the participation of more than 20 international speakers, including an Emmy-winning screenwriter, the first robotic psychiatrist, and the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, among others. This exposure will allow the region’s future leaders to directly benefit from this gathering of experts in a binational, bicultural and bilingual setting.

The segment hosted by UTEP will include the RESET 2018 Hackathon, where students will form teams to compete to solve a problem in a creative way using different technologies. Once their idea is prototyped, the teams will present their findings before a panel of experts who will select the winning team. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

The conference also will include discussions with experts and industry leaders who will share their knowledge and experiences. Additionally, there will be workshops where students can create, experiment and learn about innovation in artificial intelligence and across the tech sector.

Furthermore, the conference will feature a Shark Tank-style competition in which four prominent investors will take a chance on funding the entrepreneur project with the greatest potential.

Featured Speakers:

Aubrey de Grey

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Mountain View, California. He is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating the aging process.

Mariana Ludmila Cortés

Founder of Edularity and desescolarizados, Mariana Ludmila Cortés is an active promoter of the learning sciences and does research on alternative education.

Heidi Pease

Heidi Pease is the co-founder the Los Angeles (UCLA/USC/UCI/City of LA) Blockchain Lab – a partnership between academia, government, businesses, nonprofits and the community focusing on developing the Southern California blockchain ecosystem.

Joanne Pransky

Known as the world’s first “real” robotic psychiatrist, Joanne Pransky studies the robot-human relationship and has traced the evolution of robots over the last three decades.

Luis Aguirre-Torres

Luis Aguirre-Torres, Ph.D., is the CEO and President of Green Momentum, Inc., a market intelligence and technological innovation company specializing in the Cleantech industry in Latin America. 

Marisela Garcia Marquez

Marisela Garcia Marquez is the CEO and founder of Iberus. Created in 2015, Iberus focuses on cross-border investments in tech start-ups between the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area and international markets.

Aaron Waltke

Aaron Waltke is an Emmy-winning and Annie-nominated screenwriter, producer and author from Los Angeles, California. He has written various projects for Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. and DreamWorks. Waltke is also the co-executive producer for Guillermo del Toro’s acclaimed animated series “Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia” on Netflix. 

Arturo Hernandez and Diego Mendiburu

Arturo Hernandez is the man behind Supercivicos, a project to create comedic and entertaining content inspired by everyday events leaving its audience with a civic message. Diego Mendiburu is the CEO of Factico, the mobile technology development studio responsible for creating the Supercivicos app. 

Paola Kuri Seman

Better known as La Wera Kuri, Paola Kuri Seman has been a soccer player since she was 3 years old. In 2015 she created #FutSinGénero, a project promoting gender equality through soccer.

Gerardo Betancourt

Gerardo Betancourt is a digital business coach and speaker. He’s also a founding partner of The Influencer Method Institute, a company dedicated to the formation of leaders in Latin America.

Eduardo Garza

Eduardo Garza began his career as a voice actor in 1990. Garza is the Spanish-language voice of a number of well-known characters from anime, cartoons and sitcoms including Josh Nicholson from the Nickelodeon show “Drake and Josh,” Krillin from “Dragonball” and Elmo from “Sesame Street.”

Bel Pesce

An MIT grad, Bel Pesce has been voted to a number of selective lists including Forbes’ 30 under 30 and the BBC’s 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World. A best-selling author, Pesce is the founder and CEO of FazINOVA, a company focused on democratizing access to information and finding solutions to challenges in a collaborative and empathetic way.

Gaby Meza

With more than half-a-million followers, Gaby Meza is one of Latin America’s most recognized YouTube personalities and film critics. Her YouTube channelFuera de Foco has more than 45 contributors from around the world.

Brian Rashid

Brian Rashid is the founder and CEO of A Life in Shorts, a branding and communications agency with offices in New York City and Medellin, Colombia. His work has been featured in Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines. Rashid is also a regular contributor to Forbes and The Huffington Post. 


Nov. 14

3 – 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 15

8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Technology Hub

Av. López Mateos #924

Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico

Nov. 16

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

Undergraduate Learning Center

2151 Wiggins Way

El Paso, TX 79968



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