Chapter 12: Innovation & La boca of the River

Today we had the opportunity to listen to a speaker talk about innovation and technological advancements, in the form of applications, that he is creating to assist the health care industry. Our speakers name was Exequiel and spoke to us about some of his programs such as Fivi which increase the efficiency of lines and having to wait in a waiting room for the doctor to serve you, and better estimates the waiting time. All of what Exequiel discussed today revolved around innovation as a means to improve and as he put it in his slides, to implement a change that introduces something never done before, to do thinks like adapt and increase efficiency. Exequiel said that the main approach or goal of his company was to increase life expectancy and quality with his innovations.

With these innovations comes the need to consider how we can maintain what is established as “tradition” in a community if we have changes all around. In the case of what Exequiel is doing with is applications he found a need for an innovation in the health care system and he took a chance. While his applications add to the efficiency of the system it does not in any way alter the goal of the health care systems themselves, so in that way traditions are kept the same. In other innovations that do not revolve around health care, we may see an alteration of what is considered traditional, but the innovation has only been put into place to serve as an enhanced solution to whatever problem was at hand.

Our speech from Exequiel today on innovation, was followed up by a 3-course lunch, and then the day continued as we took a tour of La Boca, one of the poorer areas of Buenos Aires but also one of the most colorful. In La Boca, specifically the area of Caminito, the people have a market open from 10-6 weekly where vendors gather with jewelry, leather, and all sorts of items to sell. This area keeps with tradition because they continue to keep the market open, and attract tourists and Buenos Aires locals. I would have to say that because this market is located in one of the poorer areas of Buenos Aires they have no faced as much innovation as many of the areas downtown have. On the technology front I think this holds the same, other than the fact that many of the stands now accept cards which I am sure is relatively new for many of the stands. Because of that I am confident saying that the tradition rooted in the culture of their community has not changed drastically as a result of innovation.  

A clip of some of the houses in La boca. The bright colors originally came from the leftover boat paint since La Boca was a port. The colors became a tradition

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