The Salamanca Tech initiative, coordinated by the BISITE Research Group of the University of Salamanca and AIR Institute in collaboration with the Salamanca City Council, has organised a conference on "connecting ideas to shape the future" at the Pontificia University of Salamanca.

In the presence of dozens of students from the Faculty of Computer Science, the Mayor of Salamanca, Carlos García Carbayo, and the Rector of the UPSA, Santiago García-Jalón de la Lama, welcomed the event, highlighting the city's intention to retain the talent that has graduated from its universities. Carbayo stressed that the City Council's commitment to talent around a model based on knowledge, the bio-health industry and the green economy, facilitates the creation of companies born from academic projects with innovative potential, so that young people can pursue their professional careers in the city.

Authorities and speakers at Salamanca Tech conference

Progreso de Salamanca Tech

With the Salamanca Tech city strategy, the new industrialisation of Salamanca is based on a network of infrastructures specialised in the transfer of R&D to the productive sector, with the capacity to promote the development of new companies, attract new national and international companies to Salamanca and with the capacity to improve the competitiveness of the existing ones, opening the doors to new sectors within the emerging markets.

Among these infrastructures, the Mayor highlighted the Centre for the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, the current headquarters of the AIR Institute, which has nearly 100 workers with technological tools at their disposal to make proper progress on projects of international importance. "In Salamanca we needed a technological leap forward and the reality is that we are leading the field of AI in Spain," said Carbayo.

On the other hand, the Rector of the Pontificia University of Salamanca, Santiago García-Jalón de la Lama, has assured that "Salamanca Tech is a present and future project that seeks synergies between universities and companies". He also expressed the intention of the academic institution to continue supporting the initiative in its commitment to academic excellence and the retention of talent in the city.

Technology and entrepreneurship roundtable

The roundtable was moderated by Encarna Beato Gutiérrez, Vice-Dean of the UPSA Faculty of Computer Science, as well as the testimonies and experiences of Beatriz García Miguélez, Vice-President of the Association of Businesswomen of Salamanca; Fernando Galindo Rubio, Dean of the UPSA Faculty of Communication; María de Miguel Hernández, Account Manager at Undanet, and Santiago González Izard, Director of ARSOFT.

Roundtable at the Salamanca Tech conference

During the roundtable, the experts agreed on the technological growth that Salamanca is experiencing and the growing job opportunities for young people. Likewise, they advised the attending students on the different ways to start a business and obtain financing, as well as the variety of synergies that can be established between different sectors such as IT and communication.

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