After spending one week in Chile, and focused on serving as a mentor during Geek Fantasy Camp in Santiago, most of my time was on the campus of Universidad Catolica. In between breaks, I walked around the campus to get a sense of the students, the facilities, and infrastructure.
When you take the Metro to the University, you exit to a platform high up and get a great view of the campus and the Andes Mountains. In the foreground, you see various buildings, and one in particular, the School of Engineering which in its own right, is a mountain of a different sort. While largely seen as being a country rich in natural resources, my week spent here gave me a greater understanding for what’s happening here when you mix it up a bit – and as the headline says, mine the collective brain power and spirit of this wonderful country.
Enter Empresas Copec
Driving around Santiago in taxis, you see Copec gas stations everywhere. I had no clue who Copec was, or the fact that its parent company, Empressas Copec, was until I met Atilio Ziomi, who runs a foundation know as, Fundacion Copec-Universidad Catolica, whose mission is to foster scientific and technological innovation, focused on the natural resources of Chile.
Beyond the focus that goes into a five day event like Geek Fantasy Camp, it became clear to me that there are people here like Atilio who have their eyes on the long-term, and what can happen when you mix the raw energy and brain power that was clearly present here during my visit.