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Oct 17, 2017

Tapping the creative and cultural industries to provide solutions for improving lives

The IDB, with support from the Dominican Republic’s Vice Presidency, is organizing the Demand Solutions event in Santo Domingo to promote sustainable development based on innovation and creativity

Santo Domingo– The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on Nov. 9 will present in Santo Domingo the event Demand Solutions for Improving Lives, which aims to show how creativity and innovation can be tapped to foster development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Some of the world’s leading creative minds will present their innovations at the Demand Solutions event, which will take place at the Foreign Ministry’s Convention Center. Admission is free for those signing up at

The Dominican Republic was selected to host the event due to its solid commitment to innovation and the achievements of its creative community, which contribute to what the IDB calls “ the Orange Economy ”—the goods and services that use creativity and intellectual capital as key ingredients to create jobs, wealth and well-being. The Orange Economy includes art and theater, tourism, cultural heritage, new media, content software, fashion, and many other fields of work.

The Dominican government’s strong support of the digital agenda provides a unique opportunity to harness innovations from around the world to tackle challenges in traditional development areas such as health, housing and transportation.

During the one-day Demand Solutions event, more than 20 speakers from around the world will share their “disruptive” solutions to the challenges of development. The speakers include:

Benjamin Bunker, CEO, Global Brightlight Foundation. Benjamin leads teams that work to provide access to affordable solar energy solutions to rural communities not connected to the electricity grid.

Carolina Guerrero, CEO and Founder, Radio Ambulante. Carolina is the producer of the pioneering Latin American podcast in Spanish-language nonfiction narrative journalism, winner of the Gabriel García Márquez journalism award in the Innovation category..

Julia Koerner, Founder and Director, JK Design GmbH. Julia is a designer who has won international recognition for her synergetic work, combining architecture with product and fashion design, and for the use of robotic technology to create her products.

José Elías, Blogger, José is an international lecturer on state-of-the-art technologies, market trends, future trends, Virtual Reality and Technological Singularity. He is the author of the first-ever book written in Spanish on Technological Singularity—“Máquinas en el Paraíso” (Machines in Paradise).

Claus Meyer, Co-founder, Noma. His restaurant, named “Best Restaurant in the World,” has revolutionized Nordic cuisine. Claus has launched an indigenous gastronomic movement in Bolivia, training thousands of youths and igniting in them a new sense of national pride.

Vicente Madrigal, Sales Manager, Atelier de Hoteles. Vicente has a successful career in sales both at city and beach hotels. He currently works at Atelier de Hoteles, a chain that promotes contemporary Mexican art.

Martin Parlato, CEO and Founder, Posibl. This multimedia company seeks to make a social impact by bringing together individuals, influencers and organizations that strive to empower the dreamers who make the world go round.

Those wishing to attend the event should visit this link to register.

Demand Solutions Santo Domingo is being organized by the IDB and the Vice Presidency of the Dominican Republic in association with the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. It also has support from Innovadores de América and Chez Space.

About Demand Solutions

Since its establishment in 2013, Demand Solutions has brought together more than 7,000 entrepreneurs, innovators, artist, thinkers and opinion leaders from more than 30 countries in four continents. The event, now it its 10th edition, is part of the IDB’s mission to promote sustainable development based on innovation and creativity.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

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