SLASummit is a social entrepreneurship conference and case competition designed to discuss fundamental social, political, and economic problems affecting Latin American communities. With the help of professional judges, the best idea will be granted $5,000, to be concretely implemented on the ground. We want those $5,000 to come from crowdfunding - let's all be actors of community change!
SLASummit will be a four-day case competition drawing together students from universities around the world, all meeting in McGill University(Montréal, QC) from March 19th to 22nd.
The event will set out to not only highlight major issues facing Latin American communities, but cultivate ideas proposing tangible solutions to these problems. By bringing together academic experts in related fields and social entrepreneurs with on-the-ground experience, to give both TED-style talks and interactive workshops, the conference seeks one thing: think outside of the box
What Is It Concretely?
1. First Part of the Event: a Multi-Speakers Conference
What does it mean to be a social entrepreneur? What does it mean to bring sustainable development forth? Four professionals in the field will be speaking to participants about challenges and specificities of the job.
Two of those speakers have already agreed to come aboard: two other partnerships are on their way!
1. NANCY NEAMTAN: CEO OF LE CHANTIER DE L'ECONOMIE SOCIALE
2. FRANCISCO DEL RIO: GENERAL CONSUL OF MEXICO IN MONTREAL
2. Second Part of the Event: Working on the Communities
24 hours will be spent on pure brainstorming to develop concrete ideas and business plans proposals to tackle real issues that three specific Latin American communities are facing on a day-to-day basis.
The way this is done? We are closely working with people on the ground with these communities, who have a full understanding of the issues at hand. During the event, an extensive background guide will be issued to all participants before they are split into working teams.
Their aim? Directly tackle the problems at hand, and use their creative innovation, as well as their understanding of social entrepreneurship, to foster viable solutions.
How can one mix concrete, financially sustainable, solutions with innovation?
How can university students use their imagination to change the lives of others?
Now those are questions SLASummit is not afraid to ask.
McGill's Spanish and Latin American Students Association (SLASA) embarked last year on a social project in Mexico.
The aim? Help a community of primary school children get to school faster.
How? Provide 30 bicycles for $5,000, which reduced travel time considerably.
Plus, a bike rental business was implemented, with its own repair garage, to ensure financially sustainability.
What from there? Institutionalise such success, by pushing students to develop equivalent ideas in other Latin American community.
This is the core motivation behind SLASummit.
1. Raise awareness about current political, social, and economic issues in Latin America
2. Build multidisciplinary problem-solving skills necessary to address societal challenges
3. Attract and connect the brightest participants and professionals to devise & implement viable solutions to foster sustainable development in Latin America
1. REGINA ZURUTUZA
I came to Canada 4 years ago, after being born and raised in Mexico City. I’m majoring in Chemical Engineering and plan to work in the renewable energy and sustainability sectors. Even though I don’t have set plans on where I’ll be when I graduate, I can tell you with certainty that at some point in my life I will settle in a Latin American country. Latin America has always fascinated me; I love everything from the people to its natural resources, and I’m always amazed by the creativity and potential you can find in each and every one of these amazing countries. I believe that SLASummit is the best platform to foster innovation, and what I’m most excited to see in March are all of the creative ideas and projects that are bound to make a change.
2. ANDREA BOZA
A second-year student at McGill University, I am completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts & Science, double majoring in Psychology and Economics. I am currently the Co-Chair of SLASummit 2015, Vice-President Internal of the McGill International Student Network, one of the largest student-run services at the University, and I work part time at McGill University Financial Services.
I grew up in the sunny city of Barcelona, but moved to Montreal in 2013 to complete my degree, where I learnt the importance of gaining a global education. I am passionate about sustainable development, education advancement and cross-cultural communication in a globalized world. In line with my interests in providing global opportunities to students, I am currently developing a new website that will allow McGill students abroad to connect and share experiences.
When I am not working on projects such as SLASummit or running from one meeting to the other, I enjoy practicing sports with friends (especially basketball and skiing), trying all types of exotic unknown foods, and planning my next adventure abroad.
3. ARMANDO ORDORICA DE LA TORRE
My name is Armando Ordorica, a third year student in Electrical Engineering at McGill, planning to go into special effects for cinema after I graduate. Born in a small city in the north of Mexico and having lived in Texas, and Massachusetts with different families and different religions, I have become obsessed about different cultures and mentalities. Educated in a business-oriented family, I started my first business plan at 16, receiving the governor’s prize for young entrepreneurial initiatives, consisting of a five year financial support to help pay for my studies. I am convinced about the great potential that Latin America has to offer and we trust that with a small boost and through small short-term projects, we can boost and cause developing areas to detonate given the abundant natural resources in this wonderful continent. Now that we SLASummit boat, we believe that once again, we can change more than 30 lives with less than $5000.
AND THE REST OF US !