Chilean national youth robotics team ready to ‘Kinect’ in the U.S.A.

Corazón de Chileno® (FRC Team 2576) is Chile’s multi award winning national youth robotics team. They are the only Chilean team represented in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), an international tournament where more than 4000 teams participate.

Launched in 1991, FRC launches a different challenge every year, made by engineers from different companies like NASA, General Motors and Lockheed Martin.

This year, youth teams from all around the world will be working on the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition challenge: Rebound Rumble, where the robots will play a game similar to basketball. A very important thing to consider is that the robots will need to be controlled by Kinect, the Microsoft XBox 360 device (a sensory device that allows you to control the XBox 360 solely using body gestures and spoken commands). Continue reading

AndesBeat Set to Announce International Advisory Board ¿Eres AndesMade?

In our efforts to develop a unified entrepreneur & startup ecosystem in Chile and ultimately LatAm, Carlos (AndesBeat co-founder) and I realize that collective intelligence and access to networks especially across borders are essential, and hence AndesMade was born.

Unfortunately, the reality is ‘traditional networks’ and ‘mentors’ are often poorly leveraged, on many levels, ranging from at what time in the process they need to be connected with the mentee(s) to how they use their time. Continue reading

¡CHILENOS start up Chile! ¿Cierto?

Editor’s Note: This post was inspired by Joaquín Dufeu co-founder of GiveO2.

Chileno HOMBRES….it appears that some of you have gotten a little bit caught up in the excitement of AndesBeat and don’t even know what it REALLY is (sincerely, thank you for your support)! Las mujeres Chilenas entienden todos perfecto, pero Chileno hombres…no entienden, nada, jejeje.

So this is the deal, Chilenos have been sending us referrals of startups to feature on the AndesBeat site, but they never recommend their own startup or other Chileno founded startups.

What up with that, chicos?

So I decided to write this post to share more about the inspiration and vision behind AndesBeat. Never mind my wild and crazy Castellano and extremely dark humor.  You know I love you mucho, Chilenos. Ya, listo! Continue reading

AndesBeat and Ciencia Joven prepares Chile’s youngest startup research apprentices

This week is the Kimlu Scientific Camp (for teens) in Viña del Mar, Chile. The annual Kimlu Scientific Camp is hosted by Ciencia Joven, one of Chile’s leading science academies for young people.

Each year, Kimlu hosts 30 talented youth with high technical and scientific aptitude, from around the country to participate in their weeklong intensive program.

On January 8, 2012, Carlos Leiva (AndesBeat co-founder) and I are absolutely ecstatic to be among their distinguished speakers and furthermore to have the opportunity to mentor and work alongside Chile’s next generation of scientists/doctors and researchers. Continue reading

Bureaucracy Mode On: Start-Up Chile Uncensored

They say that things people need to have more awareness about usually happens in 3’s and last week that was exactly the case for Chile’s startup and entrepreneur community. Unfortunately, it appears that after a year full of positive press and buzz, as we kick off the new year, Chile will be focused on doing a bit of ‘damage control’ more than anything.

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