In December last year, during the delivery of 230 computers to educational institutions in Quinchia, Risaralda, Colombia an ambitious project was announced: the construction of 300 innovation centers in artificial intelligence throughout Colombia in 2024.
Minister of Information Technology Lizcano expressed commitment to Colombia’s technological development, emphasizing the importance of improving connectivity and carrying out innovative projects in localities like Quinchia. The project for these artificial intelligence centers represents a significant advancement in driving technology and education in the country.
Each of these centers will be a beacon of innovation, aimed at fostering knowledge in artificial intelligence. The Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MinTIC) has earmarked an investment of $100 billion to realize this vision. These spaces will feature advanced computing zones, educational gaming areas for children, and technological information rooms, among other facilities.
During his visit to Quinchia, the MinTIC Minister called upon local leaders to integrate technological development into their territorial development plans. Additionally, he extended an invitation to participate in the connectivity community program, emphasizing the importance of providing internet access in rural and remote areas where connectivity remains a challenge.
A Commitment to Education
The delivery of 230 ‘Computers for Education‘ and the establishment of five ‘Educational Innovation Laboratories’ are tangible steps toward fostering digital education and computational thinking in children and adolescents. These devices will benefit 1,679 students, with 170 computers allocated to Quinchia and 60 to the Irra district.
Beyond infrastructure and technology, Minister Lizcano celebrated Quinchía’s cultural and historical legacy, a municipality that treasures the cultural and natural wealth of the central mountain range and harbors the traditions of over 10,000 indigenous people who still inhabit the region.
The announcement of the development of these artificial intelligence centers not only signifies an investment in technology but also a commitment to education, digital inclusion, and Colombia’s sustainable development. These centers will not only be spaces for innovation but also engines for progress and the empowerment of communities throughout the country.