Technologists

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MAria Gabriela Ayerdi Barrios (Guatemala)

Graduated from the Juridical and Social Sciences Faculty of the Rafael Landívar University, additional training in seminars on The Right of Access to Public Information, courses of Social Audit Tools, Gender and Social Inclusion, and Open Government. She is currently Coordinator of Projects in the Organization of Civil Society Citizen Action, Guatemalan chapter of Transparency International -TI-. For 8 years she has specialized in issues of transparency, citizen participation, accountability and fight against corruption, promoting institutional strengthening and empowering citizens through different projects and programs assisted and coordinated. Has participated in the independent monitoring reports of the Anti-Corruption Conventions, assessed compliance with the Law on Access to Public Information, the National Integrity System, is part of the Open Government technical table, has worked to promote institutional reforms in matters of Transparency and access to public information, and has legally assisted more than 2,000 citizens who have been victims or witnesses of corruption cases in Guatemala. At the international level, she has participated in training workshops on social auditing and citizen participation. She has represented the organization at summits such as the Regional Alliance for Freedom of Expression and Access to Public Information, the Summit of Open Government, among others. It has also trained TI chapters in Latin America to replicate the model of legal advice to whistleblowers.

Daniel Bedoya (Costa Rica)

Incident Response Manager at Access Now

He works in Access Now's Costa Rica Office. He is currently working on his Masters Degree in Computer Science at the University of Costa Rica. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronics Engineer from the Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica. Previously he worked at Costa Rica's biggest ISP in a Security Operation Center environment, as an Operations Engineer and Quality Assurance Engineer.

AdriÁn Catalan (Guatemala)

Educator, community builder & software developer

I’ve been in software engineering industry since 2005 developing for web & mobile. Currently I’m Google Developer Expert on Android, Firebase & IoT, and was Microsoft MVP (2011/HTML5). I’ve been mobile training facilitator(10+ courses) and startup mentor(20+ events) in many countries of LATAM. Co-organizer of 3 local tech meetups: Google Developer Group, JS.gt (JavaScript) and Nodebots(JavaScript+IoT) with monthly or biweekly events of each having 30-40 attendees on average. Also co-organized several local events like TEDxUFM (~500 attendees), Startup Weekend Guatemala City (~100 attendees) and Innovation & Technology Forum (~400 attendees). Have been involved in tech community since 2008 as speaker at several events in LATAM with 20+ talks, 10+ bootcamps and workshops per year about mobile, web, IoT and tech entrepreneurship. Co-founded the first mobile development studio in Guatemala (Elemental Geeks) and have developed software for digital marketing (mobile & Facebook apps), banking, telcos and many of the top local companies. I have developed learning material for Android as blog posts (100,000+ views), online courses(15,000+ students) and a MOOC with edX (23,000+ students).

AndrÉs dÍAz

Scrum Master, Manatí Web Agency

Andrés Díaz is a project manager and frontend developer at Manatí. He has more than 10 years of experience in different areas of web development and has collaborated in the development of diverse projects, using open technologies like HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, Python, Drupal, Django and Angular, among others. Andrés is an Open Software and Open Data enthusiast, who participates in different communities, both in Costa Rica and Latin America. He also participates in the Open Government Systems and Platforms Subcommission at the Presidential House in Costa Rica.

 

Diana FernÁNdEZ

Security Incident Handler at Access Now

Diana (Email: diana@accessnow.org) is working as a Security Incident Handler for Access Now's Costa Rica team. Diana spent the past 3 years in Argentina working on her master's degree on Digital Security. During that period Diana also worked as a Quality Assurance consultant and before that she worked in Costa Rica as a managed services coordinator.She has been part of volunteer programs related to environment conservation in Costa Rica and digital security education to children and teenagers in Argentina. She is willing to get involved in the defense of human rights, that's why she accepted with joy this great challenge of working at Access Now and she is keen to put all her effort to improve every day.
Diana doesn't have favorite ice cream, she basically picks the most weird one and gives it an opportunity. She loves coffee (and mate) though.

allan esquivel

Director of Operations, Psychologist and User Researcher, Manatí Web Agency

User researcher and abstract information concepts. Has studies in Psychology and Philology which brings enough background to realize quantitative and qualitative research. With this approach, he identifies and develop solutions to solve the problems of the users. He has participated in child cognitive development projects in the UCR; also has developed functionalities, interfaces and prototypes for clients such as HIVOS, AVINA and the Board of Social Innovation of the government of Costa Rica.

BEA GALLARDO (guatemala)

Crowdfunding and alternative forms of funding

A Guatemalan producer with a Masters in Communications from San Carlos University in Guatemala (cum laude). She has also been an independent consultant for BIRF (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) in the area of Human Development and International Cooperation for the National Fund for Peace) and for the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education on Multicultural Resources Study. She is an advisor to the San Carlos University Outreach Office and Development and an independent producer for University TV USAC. Contact: beagallardo@gmail.com

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Jorge LÓpez-bachiller (guatemala)

Open Government at the Municipal Level

Jorge has a degree in Sociology from the Complutense University of Madrid with a master's degree in business administration (MBA) for Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain. After working during 10 years in The Coca-Cola Company of Spain in different posts of responsibility in Marketing, gave a twist to his career pro-fessional and went to Guatemala for apply all that experience acquired in a consumer company, to projects of development in local indigenous communities of that country. Since then, makes more than 20 years, has worked in development in a local NGO of Patzún, Chimaltenango. Then managing the "Master in management for the development sustainable" of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Quetzaltenango, addressed to women and indigenous people. He subsequently began working as a program manager ICT of the municipality of Patzún, municipality of 57,000 inhabitants where 94% is indigenous maya Kaqchikel habitants, implementing a strategy of Open Government, Electronic Government and reducing the digital divide. At the same time he worked as a consultant with the Organization of American States - OAS – on MuNet program e-Government (efficient and transparent municipalities) and the open government program, and has participated as speaker in conferences, forums and events related to this topic in several countries of Latin America. Currently supports the Superintendence of Telecomunications - SIT - in its Digital National Agenda. During the year 2014 was member of the Board of Directors of OSM, institution not-for-profit that oversees the development of the CMS Joomla! In April 2015 was selected as speaker for the TEDxGuatemalaCity with the talk "You Only Live Once". Contact: jorgelopezbachiller@gmail.com

Ana LucÍa SÁNChez

Cofounder and Creative Director, ManatÍ Web Agency

Co-founder and Creative Director. Graduate of Fine Arts of the University of Costa Rica with studies of web design at Fundatec. Speaker on issues of implementation of "future ready" design through style guides, style tiles and integration with the application development workflow; speaker on issues of gender and equity. Illustrator and author of illustrated books. Her participation in events includes Drupal Camp Chile 2015 and Women's Technology Forum in ECLAC, TEC Women's Technology Forum, among others. She has worked for clients such as CINDE, INCAE, Johns Hopkins University and with Civic Actions for US Government projects.

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Eduard Martín-Borregón (MExico)

Data and Government Accountability (Procurement and Spending)

Eduard is a journalist specializing in data. As Coordinator of Transparency Technologies at PODER, he leads projects such as QuiénEsQuién.wiki (a collaborative database on power structures in Latin America), RindeCuentas.org (a collection of business accountability journalism), and MexicoLeaks (the safe and anonymous filtration platform of Mexico).

Rogelio LÓpez (Costa Rica)

Security Incident Handler at Access Now

Rogelio studied CS at Universidad de Costa Rica. He has been a software developer for the corporate world for over 5 years and decided it was time for a change. He wanted to join civil society so he can help other people and give something back to the community. For the past two years Rogelio has worked as a Security Incident Handler for Access Now's Costa Rica team. He loves learning new things and languages. He also lived in Brazil for a year (2013) so he is fluent in Portuguese (besides English and Spanish). Rogelio is very open minded and likes to talk about philosophy, science and language. 

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Dénnys Mejía (Guatemala)

Graphic artist & Web Design

Guatemalan graphic artist and web designer. Winner Malofiej award, given in Spain to the best infographics projects in the world; Silver Medal award given for The Society for News Design in USA; The Amcham Award for Best Design Work for Business Journalism. Nominated with the staff of Plaza Pública for the Gabriel García Márquez Award in 2014. He was also a finalist in 2015 for the Roche Prize for Health Journalism. He won the Huum Award for the best design for archaeological notes awarded by the Francisco Marroquín University. He worked as a graphic artist for 10 years in Prensa Libre, newspaper with the longest career in the country and there he "fell in love with the job". Addicted to technology, apprentice musician and mountaineer. He believes that knowledge must be available to anyone who wants to have it. He is the innovation editor in Plaza Pública and his daily challenge is to find new ways to tell stories. Contact: dennyseduardo26@gmail.com, Ofi. (502) 2426 2644 / 45, Cel. (502) 4005 1515

 

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Luisa Ortiz Perez, PhD (Mexico)

Facilitator

Dr. Luisa Ortiz-Perez is a disruptive communicator, civic entrepreneur and non-violent political action organizer. Executive Director for RealTechGlobal.org, founder of Nova-Mexico.com, she has worked in managerial positions for Change.org, Televisa Interactive Media, Yahoo! Mexico and Yahoo! Hispanic Americas. She has also been a content producer for WNYC, Futuro Media, NPR and the BBC. @Luortiz, mx.linkedin.com/in/luisaortiz

Iris Palma (El salvador)

Datos El Salvador and Establishing Open Data Platforms

Iris is a business economist with a masters degree on public policies for social development and educational management. Graduated from the Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning (ILPES) that belongs to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. She is an ambassador in El Salvador for Open Knowledge International, the most important global organization in promoting the value of open knowledge and open data. Co-leader in data strategy for DatosElSalvador.org, the first open data portal in the country  created by the civil society, has also been regional coordinator of the Global Index of Open Data and reviewer for the Costa Rica Case of Open Data Barometer for the World Wide Web Foundation. She is a member of the staff of tutors at the Virtual Campus of the OAS. She is a 2015 Fellow of the Open Government of the Organization of American States, and a Fellow of the State Department's Legislative Fellowship Program and the Sunlight Foundation. She was the first person in her country to be awarded a scholarship from the Regional Dialogue of the Information Society (DIRSI), and was designated as Electronic Government Liaison Officer in El Salvador by the Organization of American States.

 

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Maikol Porras morales (Costa Rica)

Open Government at the National Level

Student of Master of Science in Development Economics, National University. He studied Public Administration at the University of Costa Rica. He also holds a Diploma in Technological Innovation from the University of Oviedo, Spain, and is Fellow 2015 of the OAS Program for the Promotion of Open Governments in the Americas.

His first work experience was in the National Council of Science and Technology (CONICIT), from 2007 to 2011, where he worked in the Institutional Planning Unit and in the Financing Management Unit; in June 2011, he joined the Digital Government Technical Secretariat as project manager for municipal e-government, later in November 2012 he assumed the coordination of the Open Government initiative for Costa Rica, which he held until May 2014.

Between July and November 2015 he collaborated with the Open Government Partnership in the involvement of civil society in the Open Government Global Summit held in Mexico.

He is currently the national coordinator of the project "Collaboration between Civil Society and the Government of Costa Rica to Promote Transparency and Open Government" implemented by The Trust for the Americas, OAS Foundation.

He has participated in social groups of his community like the Youth Committee, VARMA and El Verolís. He is also co-founder of the NGO Asociación Centro Ciudadano de Estudios para una Sociedad Abierta (ACCESA).

ADriana Naranjo

Strategic Communications

Anthropologist with 15 years of experience working with communities, indigenous population, women's organizations, cultural organizations and human rights. He has 6 years of experience in social communication, communication campaigns and audiovisual production in projects to promote human, territorial, civil and environmental rights. During 2011 and until 2013 was part of a team of citizen journalism that through different virtual platforms (VoxPopuli and IndignadosCR) documented the social movement and citizen initiatives throughout the country. She was part of citizen initiatives for transparency and social integration as Denuncia Colectiva Nacional and Democracia Participativa. She is a member and co-founder of the Plataforma de Integración Ciudadana (PIC), a member and co-founder of the Red Ciudadana por un Gobierno Abierto (RedC) and president of the Red de Medios e Iniciativas en Comunicación Alternativa (RedMICA), which currently drives a citizen law project to democratize the media (Ley Participativa de Radio y Televisión). During the last four years she has been consultant in the management and evaluation of projects specialized in issues of gender equality, human rights, communication and culture for entities such as the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica and the Centro de Comunicación Educativa Voces Nuestras; and social communicator and audiovisual producer for the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests, an organization focused on the territorial rights of the indigenous populations of the Mesoamerican region. Since 2014 she is a trainer in the course of political communication of the Escuela Sindical of the Asociación de Profesores de Segunda Enseñanza (APSE). Currently she is in charge of the Escuela de Liderazgo y Extensión Institucional of the foundation FUNDEVI.

keren RamÍrez

User Experience Designer, Manatí Web Agency

Industrial Design Engineer, with interaction studies in Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany.  Assisted to Costa Rica's World Usability Day and UX cycle workshops in digital products with experts such as Zachi Diner (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Ana María Montero (San José, Costa Rica). Worked as Academic Technologies Specialist at INCAE Business School, identifying needs in different user groups, contributing to a good experience in teaching and learning methods.

Alberto Rojas (COSTA RICA)

Cofounder and CEO, Manatí Web Agency

With more than 15 years of experience working on the web, has been digital strategy consultant for organizations such as INCAE Business School, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC), Social Innovation Committee from the Vice President of Costa Rica, among others. 

Currently, works as an organizer for the Open Source community Drupal Association Costa Rica, as a coordinator, speaker and trainer. Also, part of the Digital Government Committee in CAMTIC (Chamber of Information Technologies and Communications of Costa rica) and the Subcommittee for Open Government and Citizen Participation at the Presidential House of Costa Rica.

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Camila Salazar (Costa Rica)

Camila studied Journalism and Economics at the University of Costa Rica . She currently works as a Data Journalist in La Nación Newspaper in Costa Rica. In 2015 she was a fellow of School of Data, an international project that works to empower civil society organizations, journalists and citizens with the skills they need to use data effectively. 

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Victor H. Salcedo Cermeno (United States)

Elections Monitoring in Nicaragua with DemTools Apollo

Victor is a Program Officer at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the founder of the Latino Tech Community in Washington DC, a group that aims to empower Latinos working in tech-related careers, entrepreneurs, and young students. At NDI, he works on programs focused on prevention of violence approaches in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras; a network of civic innovators in Latin America, a Global Debates programs and he's also the technology point-person for the Latin American and Caribbean team. An aspiring front-end developer himself, Victor is originally from Venezuela and has a degree in International Relations from the University of Virginia.