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This event occurred on
December 5, 2015
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

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Amphitheather Figueroa Chapel
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Mayaguez
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 00680
Puerto Rico
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Angiemille Latorre

Angiemille Latorre is co-founder of SeriouslyCreative, a design thinking and creative problem solving firm based out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has earned accolades both locally and internationally for marketing, business and leadership. Angiemille serves in several advisory boards for foundations and non-profits related to youth, social innovation, entrepreneurship and education. She is a button pusher and compulsive optimist determined to change the world.

David E. Miró

David is an Engineer, writer, freelance journalist and Internet activist, born, raised and based in Puerto Rico. A native of Mayagüez, Miró has been called “Puerto Rico’s first blogger”, and has been an online activist since 1991. He was a radio commentator for four years, and the writer of a weekly humor column for two years. Through articles in regular media, four blogs, and through Internet presence, Miró has attained a regular readership that spans fourteen countries in Latin America.

Elenita Irizarry Ramos

Elenita Irizarry Ramos is a proud alumni from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus (UPRM) and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus (UPRRP). When not drowning in course work or research, she enjoys doing volunteer work with underrepresented communities. She is a self proclaimed idealist who hopes to contribute to society and make the world a better place.

Elmer Tollinchi Ruiz

Elmer is a philosopher and artist by vocation. Entrepreneur and lawyer by profession. He is passionate about knowledge and almost all things under the sun. A "hands on " theorist. A photographer, filmmaker, comedian, actor, makeshift plumber and a "Hands free" people watcher. He also enjoys good humor and he often takes himself lightly.

Ilka Rodriguez

Ilka Rodriguez-Calero is a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Before pursuing engineering, Ilka practiced ballet for almost 7 years, an art form that allowed her to grow both personally and professionally. Although the dance life is no longer part of Ilka’s everyday, she has found connections between an art like ballet and the engineering discipline. This realization has motivated Ilka to participate in service, as well as cultural events throughout her career as an engineer. She is passionate about engineering, art, design, education, and community outreach.

Jose L. Ayala

Graphic designer and professor by accident.

Leonardo Flores

Leonardo Flores is a Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico: Mayagüez Campus, focused on 20th and 21st century poetry and poetics. As a Fulbright Scholar and Board Member of both the Electronic Literature Organization, he is dedicated to the research and dissemination of literature that explore the expressive potential of digital media and technologies. He is the creator and publisher of a scholarly blogging project titled I ♥ E-Poetry (http://iloveepoetry.com) and is the co-editor of the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3. For more information on his current work, visit his blog at http://leonardoflores.net.

Luis E. Pérez Cortés

Luis is a certified teacher with a Mater's degree in English education. He's currently teaching English at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. As a video game player, he's been fascinated with video games since childhood. As an educator, his fascination is in how those same video games can improve educational practices. He's happy to explore the unlikely tool of video games and how they have much to teach us about teaching and learning.

Manuel José Pérez Vargas

Manuel J Perez Vargas is an aspiring Mechanical Engineer, an educator and an author. Perez is a Engineering Mechanics: Statics Teaching Assistant at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. On 2013 Perez became a Manufacturing Co-op at Johnson and Johnson: Neutrogena in Los Angeles, California, in which he learned the business aspect of engineering. On that same year Perez joined an NSF sponsored Undergraduate Research as a Research Assistant.

Miguel Joey Aviles

Miguel is the President of Young Government Leaders (YGL), a non-profit organization providing a voice to over 10,000 young emerging leaders in government. He is also the Co-founder of Go Hispanic Today, an organization focused on helping companies achieve competitive advantage through their Hispanic Workforce. At the age of 27 he became the Deputy PM of a global emerging leaders program serving over 20 agencies in the defense industry. At the age of 28 he was appointed as Deputy Program Manager of an Executive Leadership Program. Miguel has one passion – Human Potential.

Raúl A. Samrah Miranda

Visionary student that identified the need to educate about how we must be responsible of our potential to create, to question, to dream up, and to have new ideas.

Roberto Guzman

Robert Guzman is a full professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla Campus. Guzman teaches undergraduate English courses in which he stresses the development of critical thinking skills and hands on language development skills. He’s also a freelance writer and political commentator on the WPRA 990 AM radio show Comunicando with host Toti Figueroa. So far Guzman has published, among other books The Devil’s Advocate Reader, Tropical Tales of Terror, Mitos y Conflictos en la Biblia and Heroes.

Vicente Gasco Gomez

Vicente Gascó is a product designer, consultant and entrepreneur specialized in 3D printing and digital fabrication technologies. In the past two years, he has established himself as a 3d printing pioneer in Puerto Rico. He founded Tredé, a product design studio specialized in 3d printing and digital fabrication. Since then, Vicente has developed, designed and fabricated products for clients in diverse industries such as engineering, medicine, education, advertising, architecture, and fashion. Gascó also co-founded Puerto Rico's first 3d printed jewelry, Keznr, and is a 3d printing professor at Atlantic University College.

Wilfredo Méndez Vázquez

Wilfredo Mendez Vazquez is a lecturer and researcher at the School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He's the founding director of Biotectonica Research and Design Studio whose projects have been featured in many international and local publications including FX Design Magazine (UK), Archi-Ninja (AUS), the Journal of Structural Engineering, and CienciaPR. Mendez was among the selected speakers of this year Architecture and Resilience on the Human Scale International Conference at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Organizing team


Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • Jose E. Lugo
    Lead Curator
  • Kyriah A. Cuebas Lopez
    Event Manager