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Registration opens for event seeking innovative solutions to development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean

Registration is open for people who want to participate in Demand Solutions: Ideas for Improving Lives, an innovative, day-long forum that will examine innovative solutions from around the world for development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The November 18th event at the National Library of Peru in Lima marks the first time that the interactive event, organized by the Inter-American Development Bank for the past two years in Washington, D.C., takes place in the region.

Demand Solutions: Ideas for Improving Lives will feature dynamic presentations by leading international innovators on the use of out-of-the-box solutions, such as wearable technology, and video games, to break development bottlenecks. They also will explore subjects including entrepreneurship, gender equality, and the huge potential of the “creative economy” – everything having to do with the economic potential of art, literature, videos, movies and music.

Ismael Cala, known for his interview program “Cala” on CNN en Español, will guide the conversations and presentations by the innovators.

Speakers include the following:

Mariana Costa Checa, founder of Laboratoria, a company trying to turn the growing technological sector into a source of job opportunities for young women in Peru.

Brayan Salazar, a social inventor who created a cell phone charger driven by wind power.

Haas & Hahn, founders of Favela Painting, which uses community art to fight prejudices and breathe life into marginalized neighborhoods.

Juan Manuel Moller, CEO of Algramo, which tries to reduce prices in a sustainable manner by establishing neighborhood warehouses.

Vania Masías, founder and president of D1, which uses her experience with dance to promote culture and social development.

Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura, creator of Maido (2009), one of the 50 best restaurants in the world.

 Daniel Antonio Monroy Gomez, creator of the video game Mayan Pitz, designed to preserve the cultural heritage of Guatemala.

Enrique Avogadro, deputy secretary for the creative economy and director of the Centro Metropolitano de Diseño in Buenos Aires, which supports entrepreneurs, creative industries and science and technology programs.

María José Jordán, who at the age of 24 has been praised as one of the best chefs in the world.

Nicolás Pimentel, cofounder and director of +Castro Innovation House, included by Advertising Age and Creativity in their A-List of Creativity Standouts.

Gabriel Mayr, coordinator of Esporte e cultura para cegos, which allows the visually impaired to play soccer.

Mundano, artist, activist and founder of “Pimp my carroça,” an intiative to raise awareness about the importance of recycling.

Ismael Cala, CNN en Español presenter, author and lecturer. Author of the best sellers El secreto del bambú, (2015), Un buen hijo de P… (2014) and El poder de escuchar (2013). He was born in Santiago de Cuba (1969) and has a degree in art history from the Universidad de Oriente. He graduated with honors from the School of Communications in the University of York in Toronto and has diploma in television production from Seneca College in Toronto.

What: Demand Solutions: Ideas for Improving Lives

Where: National Library of Peru in Lima

When: Nov, 18, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

How: The event is free but pre-registration is required to attend in person or to follow the live online transmission. The doors will open at 8 am but registration does not guarantee a seat in the auditorium. Get there early.

Journalists who want to cover the event should contact Silvia Dangond at

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About us

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source oflong-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.