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Mexico's CES 2018 presence is the start of something big

Mexico's CES 2018 presence is the start of something big
From Engadget - January 12, 2018

The challenge for Gutirrez-Novelo once Mexico 4.0 leaves CES 2018, however, will be to continue pushing these efforts back home. He said there's already a plan to ensure that the show is just the start of something big, not just for the 20 lucky companies who were selected to be a part of the initial project, but for Mexico as a whole. Essentially, what the government and Gutirrez-Novelo want to create is sort of an incubator to that helps entrepreneurs and startups grow into established entities, by providing all the necessary resources to create and develop ideas.

Of course, it's no secret that the Mexican government does not have the best reputation, what with talks of corruption always looming large over the country and its officials. Gutirrez-Novelo believes that projects like Mexico 4.0 can help get rid of that stigma and move the country in the right direction. He added that one of the reasons he decided to work with the government is Mexico's Minister of Innovation, Jaime Reyes, a former Vice President of Hewlett Packard for over 20 years. Gutirrez-Novelo said Reyes was one of the officials who pushed the Mexico 4.0 project forward, and that he's an official who truly wants to change Mexico from within.

"I want to remove that bad perception of Mexico," Gutirrez-Novelo said, "and the only way is by setting an example. There's more good people in Mexico than bad people." He added that while he had never worked with the government prior to this, he was immediately interested in the idea of creating a larger tech culture in the country. "It was interesting because [the government] had a lot of years of doing things the same way, and that clearly was not working," he said.

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