Every year, MIT Technology Review in Spanish rewards 35 young innovators, under 35 years of age, who stand out for their projects and for showing some of the possible directions that technology will take in the next decade.
MIT Technology Review in Spanish is the Spanish edition of MIT Technology Review, a magazine published by Technology Review Inc., dependent on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and with this recognition 35 young leaders stand out for fighting against the climate emergency , improve health, combat inequality and end corruption, among other things.
“All of these are contributions that contribute to changing the world,” explains Nelson Baldeón, coordinator of MIT Initiatives in Ecuador.
Precisely, in the MIT Technology Review in Spanish 2020 payroll, Esteban Valencia stands out, a young man from Quito, 34, who decided to use his knowledge in engineering to protect wetlands.
Through digital mapping, image processing, and drones, Valencia created the HUMEGIS platform, capable of remote monitoring of wetlands.
Valencia wants to expand its methodology to know and monitor the state of other wetlands in the world.
Finding out how these drinking water sponges are found can help conserve them to maintain their biodiversity and allow them to remain one of the main sources of human water.
Given the severity and urgency of the climate emergency, HUMERGIS could be key to preventing its progressive disappearance.
The planet lost about 35% of its wetlands between 1970 and 2015, and annual rates of loss accelerated since 2000.
In addition to being one of the most efficient carbon sinks, the loss of these types of ecosystems reduces available water resources and poses a strong threat to diversity, which in turn amplifies the climate crisis.
Carolina Serrano stands out in the humanitarian category of MIT Technology Review in Spanish, for her project on the use of technology to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Its low-cost, biodegradable, reusable diapers meet eight of the 17 SDGs. (I)