Good Initiatives on Innovation

Stakeholders from multiple sectors of society highlight the innovative initiatives they consider interesting.

Architecture

Uso de apps para comunicar tareas a jardineros

Banking and Financial Services

Mastercard tiene una combinación única de ofertas de productos y servicios que permite facilitar la elección del consumidor y dar al comerciante transacciones convenientes y seguras.

En un mercado donde se pueden ver las transacciones localmente (hacer switching) podemos ofertar a nuestros asociados una gama de servicios de valor agregado en términos de:

  • Seguridad y protección 
  • Procesamiento de transacciones en nuestra red global, bajo estándares internacionales de calidad, seguridad y precio;
  • Lealtad y recompensas, brindando valor a los consumidores con una combinación de beneficios y servicios, tanto pagados como pactados por Mastercard en nombre de nuestros clientes. 
  • Mastercard Advisors, nuestro grupo global de servicios profesionales que ofrece análisis patentados, consultoría basada en datos y soluciones de servicios de marketing para ayudar a los clientes a optimizar y hacer crecer sus negocios.
Venture Capital

Cree Banreservas es un proyecto innovador para nuestro pais. Es un programa que puede ser comparado con programas similares a los que existen en paises ya desarrollado tal y como el caso España o Alemania. Cuenta con distintos productos para las necesidades de los emprendedores y sobre todo cuenta con una particular manera de levantar fondos. 

Culture

Artistas en Nueva York empezaron a exponer en sus apartamentos, convocando el público a inauguraciones de exposiciones en sus apartamentos hace unos 5 años atrás. Eso funcionó muy bien por varias razones: los artistas venden directamente, sin tener que pagarle comisión a galerista, no tienen que alquilar un espacio, las paredes del apartamento donde viven son suficiente, al público le gusta poder vivir una experiencia... 

Otra app: galerías efímeras en apartamentos de terceros. Quien lo desee se convierte en "host" de una exposición. 

International Cooperation

I could mention the construction of small hydroelectric plants that are built in remote communities, and that have brought electricity and the Internet to people who did not even have this in the medium term.

Another example is the use of mobile teams to systematically report on the status of an area that has suffered a natural disaster, thereby gathering more quickly the information necessary to make decisions that can save lives.

Education
Business

I have seen great improvements and impact throughout my experience and in many diverse projects and environments through:

  • Engagement of rural populations in technology.
Energy
  • Intención creación ventanilla única para energías renovables.
  • Entrega digital de informes de cumplimento ambiental.
  • Formación en diplomacia climática a negociadores dominicanos. 
Government

Es de reconocer los esfuerzos de entidades del Gobierno y  jóvenes por difundir una cultura de innovación y emprendimiento alrededor de la Red Nacional de Emprendimiento y la declaratoria del Año de la Innovación y la Competitividad por el Gobierno Dominicano, una muestra de que la conversación ya tiene un interés político.

Environment

Many small but valuable examples have been fostered in the country over the years, such as the construction of micro-hydroelectric plants in remote parts of our mountains, which has made possible a kind of recognition of the benefits of caring for water sources when community members see in it tangible benefit.

Also efforts to protect endangered species carried out by environmental organizations.

Political Parties

There have been several, but in the sector per se, I see as good projects the implementation of transparency techniques, decentralized government and the program of education in computers and networks in rural schools.

Recycling

The construction of the Lajun corporation plant inside the Duquesa landfill in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The construction of a company in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic that produces top quality material.

The initiatives integrating mobile applications to the segregated collection schedule of my company and other associates.

Civil Society

Dominicana Solidaria, a participatory platform.

I have hope in that the Non-Profit Organizations Development Center (Centro de Fomento de las ASFL) will be able to launch its web platform: it must be truly open and interactive, so that the sector can renew itself and overcome the distrust that affects it tremendously.

I think that Jompéame has achieved great maturity, bringing to the general public the mission of "I can also support" and thus impact the lives of many people in difficult situations.

 

Technology

I would highlight Starship, an Estonian company that is developing a last mile package service based on robots. I had the opportunity to visit their main office in Tallinn where Ahti Heinla, his CEO explained how the service worked. The robots go down the street and are being assisted by human operators who connect and help the robot whenever it is in a situation that requires it, such as crossing the street. I think this is a good example of innovation for the integration that makes people and machines into a semi-automatic learning process (it is true machine learning!) and because it will be a fundamental solution in the mega-cities that we will have in a few years.

We all know Netflix for the great success it has had in the distribution and production of audiovisual content, even due to the enormous internet traffic it generates. In this case I highlight this company because part of its development has been made public and available in code libraries that are being used in numerous projects worldwide. Netflix Spring Cloud packages services that are used internally by the company. This bet has an enormous impact in terms of leadership and of course in continuous improvement since more companies and developers contribute to the community while enriching and continuously improving these services.

Telecommunications
  • Transactional mobile applications.
  • Mobile payments.
  • Use of industrial drones.
  • Internet of Things applications.
  • 3d printing.