UHPH Platform Initiates Immersive Week of MECATE Program with the Winning Initiatives of the UHPH 2023 Inspiring Practices Contest
Mexico City, November 16, 2023.- The UHPH Platform is set to kick off the immersive week of the MECATE Program - an international program by the Laboratory of Entrepreneurship and Public Transformation at Tec de Monterrey, fostering the exchange of knowledge and best practices in public entrepreneurship.
The event will take place from November 20 to 24, 2023, in Mexico City, bringing together entrepreneurs and change leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean with the 12 winning initiatives of the UHPH 2023 Contest. These initiatives are recognized for their innovation in the field of housing and habitat, specifically addressing climate change.
During this contest edition, a total of 145 submissions were received from 16 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. These were meticulously reviewed by a panel of experts, selecting the 12 winning initiatives. Among the benefits provided to the winners was the opportunity to attend a UHPH innovation and collaboration laboratory for housing and habitat in Latin America and the Caribbean. This immersive experience, spanning a week, involves 2 representatives from each winning practice participating in training sessions and co-creation workshops with subject matter experts and social innovation accelerators.
The UHPH 2023 Contest featured four categories: (1) National Public Policies, Programs, and Initiatives, (2) Local Public Policies, Programs, and Initiatives, (3) Social and Community Initiatives, and (4) Technologies for Housing (ShelterTech).
The winning initiatives in 2023 are:
National Public Policies, Programs, and Initiatives Category:
- National Registry of Popular Neighborhoods (RENABAP) and Argentina United Program for the Integration of Popular Neighborhoods (Argentina)
- Habitat Award Ecuador (Ecuador)
- Program for the Construction of Resilient Housing for Veterans and Former Combatants (El Salvador)
Local Public Policies, Programs, and Initiatives Category:
- Land Bank of the Municipality of Alberti – Ecoplan (Argentina)
- Program for Small Localities of Chañaral (Chile)
- Center for Territorial Intelligence (CENIT) (Mexico)
Social and Community Initiatives Category:
- Urban Biological Corridor Waycha Mayu (Bolivia)
- Urbana Housing Fund (Guatemala)
- Factory for the Sustainable Production of Building Materials for Eco-Social Housing (Nicaragua)
Technologies for Housing (ShelterTech) Category:
- Climate Financing for the Improvement of Housing Stock in Mexico (Mexico)
- Vivenda Platform (Brazil)
- VIMOB Industrialized System (Colombia)
Throughout the immersive week, initiative leaders will share experiences, challenges, and achievements through informative sessions and practical workshops. The collaboration between MECATE and the UHPH Platform aims to scale these innovative solutions and build a community of innovators in the region.
To learn more about each of the 12 winning initiatives, informative video capsules offering a detailed view of their projects have been created. These videos are available HERE on the UHPH Platform's YouTube channel.
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MECATE is the international program of the Laboratory of Entrepreneurship and Public Transformation at Tec de Monterrey, where knowledge and best practices in public entrepreneurship are exchanged. In its 6th edition, "MECATE UHPH" has been designed to contribute to the growth of initiatives led by the winning teams of the "UHPH 2023 Inspiring Practices Contest." It focuses on strengthening their capacities and knowledge to scale their projects, prepare them for funding, and foster community connections.