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Regional Innovation Cluster: The Role of the Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Closing the Gap Between Engineering Education and the Challenges of the Local Communities. 

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Humanitarian Engineering, Social Entrepreneurship and Communitarian Innovation in the Global South

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Community Engagement Division

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Diana Duarte Distancia Cero

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Industrial Engineer and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering with emphasis in organizational management from
Universidad de los Andes Colombia. Her work experience is focused on research and project management
with social and environmental impact in the educational context and the public sector.

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David Leonardo Osorio Distancia Cero

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Professor at Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Colombia.
Professor at Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.
Professor of VIVA IDEA -NEXUS Program- for Social Entrepreneurship Latin America.
Magister in Industrial Engineer.
Topic of Interest: Corporate Social Responsability, Social Entrepreneurship, Shared Value, Humanitarian Engineering.

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Carolina González Barahona Distancia Cero

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Industrial Designer of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Interested in the development and diffusion of projects of social innovation, alternative materials, education and citizen culture.
Work experience focused on the socio-environmental line of design and education.
Founding partner of Distancia Cero, collaborative consulting company.

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Sandra Milena Melo Perdomo

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Juan C. Lucena Colorado School of Mines

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The Universities in Latinoamerica have the potential to contribute to the economic, social and environmental transformation of the rural communities in order to build a present more sustainable and resilience. The Regional Innovation Cluster is a Colombian social entrepreneurship that had developed a collective action model where rural communities needs are transformed into challenging question for engineering classroom projects, or other disciplines, where the main objective is the collective co-creation of solutions. Along the semester the students face the implications of its profession in a rural context. The objective of the model is to generate a collective movement where professors and students have an important role in the development of the communities that surround them. This paper presents the impacts results of the Cluster that nowadays have the participation of more than 600 students from the most important universities in Bogotá and Cartagena. During its two years of implementation have developed solutions related to quinoa producers, rural tourism initiatives, recycling, sustainable fishing and others. One of the main findings is the important of the challenge based learning model implementation in order to align students, professors and communities expectation. Also, the need for implement strategies to deal with the communicational gaps between professionals and rural communities.

Duarte, D., & Osorio, D. L., & González Barahona, C., & Melo Perdomo, S. M., & Lucena, J. C. (2018, June), Regional Innovation Cluster: The Role of the Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Closing the Gap Between Engineering Education and the Challenges of the Local Communities.  Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30928

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