Oct 20 2016

Tecnova Participates in ChileWeek U.S. 2016

Tecnova had an outstanding participation from the recent edition of ChileWeek USA which promotes Chilean IT service exports, holding meetings in the cities of Boston, Philadelphia and New York.The first meeting was held at the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in Boston, organized by ChileMass and MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, supported by ProChile and Chiletec, connecting Massachusetts local firms with Chilean IT companies.Tecnova participated along with , companies EXE and Ki Teknology presenting their technical and commercial capabilities, along with special guests Isaac van Wesep, President & CEO of Quick Key and Carolina Samsing, Marketing Director Latin America for HubSpot, who commented about their experience recruiting IT services in the United States from Chile. Over 55 participants joined including company managers, entrepreneurs, incubator managers and university professors."Some of the main points that stood out in favor of working with Chile, along with time zone convenience as compared to Asian countries, were the quality of services, cultural similarities, similar holiday structures and efficiency as compared to other continents" said Cristián Ferrer, CEO of Tecnova Global Solutions.During the occasion, attendees also enjoyed Chilean wine and music, and reiterated an interesting trend in the US market combining Nearshore services from South America with the more traditional Offshore services from Asia. This could translate into new business and technical opportunities for Tecnova.In Philadelphia the meeting took place at the Chamber of Commerce of the city with about 40 people who participated and learned from Benjamín Leavenworth, Honorary Consul of Chile in Philadelphia, about the benefits of working with Chile IT services. "The technological city of Santiago, Chile, is on track of becoming the Silicon Valley of Latin America. In addition, the capital is considered the best city for doing business in South America. Through an ongoing commitment to the development of the information technology industry, Chile is capable of producing quality services at competitive prices. Competitive work in a city with outstanding talent, such as Santiago, and emerging markets is crucial to stay fresh and at the forefront of the IT industry", he said.The final meeting was held at the Convention Center of the Grand Hyatt New York, where Tecnova, EXE and Ki Teknology were joined by Linets. There, Prashant Sharma, VP of Global Sales Operations of Nisum Techologies (USA), presented their experience partnering with a Chilean company to establish a development and talents center in Chile. In addition to the benefits presented in Boston and Philadelphia, the concept of workforce attrition in Chile being much lower than that in USA or India was discussed as a clear benefit regarding the investment in training of technical resources.In addition, Ubaldo Taladriz, Vice President of Chiletec, presented an overview of the economic situation of the country; the quality of education, especially in the field linked to IT; and reinforced the benefits of Offshore (or NearShore) with Chile. Finally, Mauricio Banchieri, Trade Commission of Chile in New York - ProChile, made an introduction to the promotional objective of the activities carried out during the week in the framework of ChileWeek, highlighting the potential of Chilean IT services.Tecnova and other companies also had the opportunity to meet with senior executives of American companies in the IT sector which develop their business from New York to serve the rest of the US.

Finally, a reception and closing dinner for ChileWeek USA was held with participation from important Chilean authorities including the Minister of Economy and the Ambassador to the US, as well as world renown writer Isabel Allende, all of whom delivered great references to the stable and growing economic exchange between Chile and the USA. 

Picture: Cristián Ferrer, CEO Tecnova US; Jennyfer Salvo, Subdirectora of Marketing, Communications and Brands of ProChile; Luis Felipe Céspedes, Chilean Minister of Economy.