TIJUANA INNOVADORA 2012 CONFERENCE KICK OFF BEGINS

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September 3, 2012 (San Diego) -- The 30-day countdown has begun for the largest innovation conference this year: Tijuana Innovadora. This event is unlike any other event in the U.S. or Mexico in the range of renowned speakers and the variety of cultural events. Nearly 700,000 people attended the last time the conference was held. San Diegans are invited to attend this celebration of innovation and culture close to home. Mayors Sanders and Bustamante are celebrating their cities' historic cooperation to promote Tijuana Innovadora. Community groups  on both sides of the border have been invited to promote the upcoming conference. 

There will be a press conference Sept. 5, 2012 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. about the  international innovation conference. The event will take place at 417 Fourth Ave., San Diego 92101, in the Gaslamp District, between Island and J Streets (in front of Bolillo restaurant).

In Wednesday’s press conference, organizers will announce:

  • Start of ticket sales
  • Transportation from San Diego to conference venue and back
  • Launch of publicity campaign, including 120 street banners in downtown San Diego
  • Details of 11-day program of speakers, unique cultural events (including Culinary Battle and Fashion Show) and artistic presentations

The press conference will include:

  • Conference co-founder and CEO José Galicot,
  • Celebrity chef Marcela Valladolid and Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien, who will host
  • Culinary Arts Day
  • Cross-border business development leaders Flavio Olivieri and James Clark
  • Young innovators such as Derrik Chinn, of “Turista libre” blogger and Tijuana tourist guide; and Alfredo Pérez, of a Tijuana’s cycling club, among others.

About the Conference

Tijuana Innovadora, Oct. 11-21, celebrates innovation in technology, business and culture. The conference brings together world-renown visionaries, unique cross-border business opportunities and rich cultural events to Tijuana’s Centro Cultural, minutes from the San Ysidro crossing at San Diego’s doorstep.

Among the dozens of confirmed speakers are:

  • Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computers
  • Blake Mycoskie, entrepreneur of Toms Shoes
  • Sarah Reinertsen, Ironman triathlete and motivational speaker
  • Richard Florida, bestselling innovation author
  • Chris Anderson, editor of Wired magazine
  • Marcela Valladolid, “Mexican Made Easy” chef
  • Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien
  • Louis Verdad, renowned fashion designer

The conference features an expo of cutting-edge tech products made in Tijuana, and a small business fair at which participants will have the opportunity to meet Mexican business development officials one-on-one.

Enhancing the conference will be exciting cultural events, including an “Iron Chef”-style competition starring culinary masters from both sides of the border, an international l fashion show, concerts and art exhibits and an outdoor concert by the renowned musical group Nortec.

Cinematography: Film industry leaders -- from USC's dean of School of Cinematic arts to an Oscar-winning special effects wizard to a Mexican actor-producer -- will headline cinematography day on Oct. 13.

Each day’s theme will be explored in keynote addresses and panel discussions, given in English and Spanish, and will focus on innovation in such areas as automotive, clean-tech, education, electronics, health care, philanthropy, strategic design and urban planning.

Transportation from downtown San Diego to the conference venue, Centro Cultural Tijuana, will be available twice a day for a modest price.

Conference details are at tijuana2012.com. Information about the conference is updated virtually every day.