The event was jointly organised by the Jupiter Project, the Galileo Information Centre for Latin America (the LATINO project), the City Government of Medellín (Alcaldía de Medellín) and RutaN, which is Medellín government organization to promote entrepreneurship and technological innovation. The event was also supported by Intel Colombia.
The programme was conceived as a training session and was focused on highlighting the benefits of applying GNSS, and specially European GNSS, to Intelligent Transport System applications and, by extension, to Smart Cities environments. Apart from the programme components provided by the European Jupiter and LATINO projects, the event included talks from officials from RutaN, the Secretary of Transport from the City Government of Medellín, the National Project to regulate the Colombia ITS Industry and local companies providing ITS and Smart Cities solutions based on locally developed technology. Some of these companies were spin offs from local research institutions (public universities).
The event was attended by some 100 people mostly from local industry and a few from research and, as an aftermath, RutaN is designating a “curator” (curador, in Spanish) in charge of looking after the ITS industry sector in Medellín (and Colombia) identifying business opportunities and linking needs with companies with government and research, leaving the door for European industry to participate in this initiative widely open.