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  • 2019-10-15 9:00 AM | Hispanotech Editor (Administrator)


    Fifth Generation wireless networks (5G) are finally becoming a reality and will realize the potential of a fully connected world. 5G will enable other technologies like Internet of Things (ioT) and Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR), which all working together will drive the new industrial revolution.

    5G are expected to be 100 times faster than 4G networks, with low latency and ubiquity. Thanks to 5G’s bandwidth and low latency, AR /VR will allow teams work side by side despite the distance, or consumers will be able to enjoy virtual experiences in education, medicine and travel from the comfort of their homes. This plethora of technologies will affect almost all industries and the future of work:

    In Media and Entertainment, they will disrupt the industry with new capabilities in mobile media, especially with the conjunction of 5G and VR/AR, offering an immersive, almost real interaction. Streaming services, gaming, music, movies, and downloads will be substantially faster.  Solving current latency problems will be crucial to adopt cloud-based gaming, especially with multiplayer features, on mobile devices.

    In Retail and Tourism, these technologies will allow tourists to learn via Virtual Reality, about the history, geography and culture of remote places from the comfort of their homes; or via Augmented Reality, to enjoy an immersive story on-site, perhaps including storytelling and contextual information. Consumers, on the other hand, will enhance their shopping experience with virtual dressing rooms without the motion sickness that the current technology offers.

    In Marketing and Advertising, current mainstream content is displayed in digital banners based on images, however, with faster data transfers, ad campaign content could be produced and consumed in the forms of video, and interactive immersive experiences in VR/AR. In addition, it may enable eye tracking and biometrics to allow a more efficient campaign tracking and measurement. All this Marketing experience will help brands to connect and engage with consumers in a more cost-efficient and satisfactory manner.

    In order to design new products and services that will take benefit of these technologies, it is crucial to build high-performing Teams with a diverse group of individuals that can work collaboratively with a common goal in mind.


  • 2019-10-15 9:00 AM | Hispanotech Editor (Administrator)


    As Technology professionals, we are usually making decisions, solving problems  and working in Teams to accomplish business goals. However, sometimes our Team is not optimized for high performance, innovation and achievements. This is where Diversity and Inclusion play a fundamental role. But, what is the meaning of those two terms?

    Diversity refers to human differences. They could be related to gender, race, age, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, education, experience, personality, or others. A working environment is diverse when the teams have diversity in its members. However, inclusion goes a step further, and it is not only counting with a diverse team, but also creating an organizational climate that foster collaboration, support and respect for these differences.

    In diverse and inclusive organizations, everyone wins, as employees learn to collaborate, whereas the organization accomplish its goals in a more efficient manner:

    1. Creativity and Product Development – Software development is a highly collaborative process. Developers should work in Teams. A diverse Team is more likely to solve problems because they have different point of views, but rather than argue, they work for a common objective. They are able to see problems from different angles and build a solution that addresses them all. That way, better products and better services are designed and implemented. Diverse teams use creativity to achieve more, more efficiently
    2. Happier environment and employee engagement – People with different backgrounds and lifestyles challenge each other more. A great leader will take benefit of diversity to promote creativity and innovation, where ideas are considered and everyone participates in decision-making. This workplace environment makes employees feel happier and accomplished. They feel as a valued member of a Team which will lead to employee engagement and loyalty to the Brand.
    3. Learning and Personal Growth – In diverse and inclusive organizations, the leadership mission includes programs that help teams to work collaboratively, respect people’s opinion, brainstorm new ideas, and look for a common benefit for the organization. Programs like Women in Technology encourage the development and participation of women in the technology field through mentorship, role modeling, training and networking.


  • 2019-10-14 9:00 AM | Hispanotech Editor (Administrator)


    Hello Hispanotech Community,

    If you are new in Canada and are looking for advice, ideas, how to start or improve your professional career path, or looking for relationships with friendly and professional people, you are in the right place. I am a civil engineer from Peru with experience in infrastructure projects. I arrived in Canada last year eager to start here but, also with many doubts about how it is better to do so.

    Through networking in an institution where I took a course, I received the recommendation to join Hispanotech, where they received me with great hospitality and I was a lucky that the mentorship program was just beginning. Based on the evaluation of my resume they contacted me with my mentor.

    Working with my mentor to start developing the best path career in Canada was vital, not only because she advised me on how to improve my resume, but also because she shared with me her experiences in the work she had developed and of course the emotional support reminding me that we can get ahead in this our new country.

    Starting to work with the mentor based on the plan established in the mentorship program, being in constant focus to get your job interview and pass it, always keep the positive energy, finally comes the opportunity of the interview that was one waiting and finally one begins to work in his field.

    Thank you Hispanotech for opening this door of learning, support and positivism to those of us who make Canada our new home.


  • 2019-09-19 9:00 AM | Hispanotech Editor (Administrator)


    This 2019, Hispanotech celebrates 10 years inspiring the Latin Community to connect, succeed and give back in Canada. Last September 19th, our community was part of this big celebration!

    In an entertaining and memorable evening, our members, partners and friends enjoyed the genuine Latin spirit, music, food and networking, while learning more about the past, present and future of Hispanotech.

    We recognized the vision of our Founders and the commitment of our Volunteers and Directors, all of whom have selflessly contributed their time and effort over the last 10 years. Among the activities: our Founders shared the story of Hispanotech’s beginnings and initial growth, whereas our current President communicated the vision of Hispanotech’s future. There were prizes, laughs, and many pictures to remember this milestone in our history.

    Many thanks to our sponsors: Ernst & Young, Tenet/Groupe Access, RBC Wealth Management, Impact Insurance and ICTC for helping us to keep fostering the power of networking.

    In addition, we would like to express our gratitude to all who attended the event, our Founders, our Board of Directors, and the amazing Team of volunteers, that were fundamental to this event’s success.

  • 2019-07-29 9:00 AM | Hispanotech Editor (Administrator)


    Top 3 Benefits of volunteering for Hispanotech

    Have you tried Online Dating sites back home? Well, let me tell you that meeting people in Canada is not as easy as meeting people in your hometown; Mainly because as Hispanics, referrals are a substantial factor in making a choice over services: “My cousin told me she found her boyfriend at _____” or  “Maria told me that Luisa met her husband using ____.” In Canada, without family and friend’s opinion, your best approach is online research.

    In December 2018, when I moved to Canada, I knew Facebook would be the path to meet people, make some friends, and socialize with new groups. My concern was to meet colleagues who can talk about a career in the Canadian landscape and at the same time, understand the cultural Hispanic angle. My research led me to Hispanotech, and I have to say not only online. I remembered attending interviews at different corporations looking for Spanish speaker professionals, and when I asked them which was a competitive professional network in Ontario to join, their first response was: Hispanotech.

    I visited their website and clicked on the Membership tab, where they also offered volunteering opportunities. Laura, their volunteer coordinator, responded me back with an invitation for a first event at the Metro Hall, my first Spanish professional event at one of the postmodern buildings in Toronto, I felt excited. When I saw they were actively looking for volunteers in marketing, I raised my hand and rolled up my sleeves; I was ready to prove my capabilities and help them developed their annual goals.

    As a volunteer, I earned benefits and privileges:

    – Network, professionals at Hispanotech have been a few years in the market, they wear the Canadian experience on a Hispanic skin. No one better to assess your career, understanding where you are coming from.

    – Events, as attendee and volunteer I participated in professional and social gatherings at Google, Side Walk Labs, PWC & EY. The exposure to lectures on multiple industries and experienced professionals gives visibility to my professional goals in Canada.

    – People, this is one of the best benefits. LauraCarlos, and Gabriel have made my Hispanotech volunteering something “placentero“, a pleasant experience, by recognizing and encouraging my talents.

    – The cherry on the top is the mix of the above in a casual context: You make smart friends, attend sweet pubs, and have fun!

    In the end, I realized Hispanotech is the platform to draw the best of my skills, experience, capabilities, and knowledge. It is on me to make the best out of this opportunity. All summarizes on playing your best self because you never know who is watching. Stay active, smart, and productive: Nothing compares to the rewards of self-satisfaction.


  • 2019-07-29 9:00 AM | Hispanotech Editor (Administrator)


    Reflections on Hispanotech’ s 10th Anniversary

    In 2019, Hispanotech.ca celebrates a milestone 10 years in operation, so this is a good time to remember our beginnings, assess our present and imagine our future.

    Hispanotech.ca was founded by six successful information technology professionals that wanted to share the lessons they had learned, to help other Hispanic immigrants that were trying to understand, integrate and succeed in the Canadian technology sector. These six Founders formed the initial Board of Directors and, even though they passed the baton long ago, you can still find them participating in events, volunteering as mentors and providing advise to our Board.

    Since its inception, Hispanotech’ s main activity was on technology events that promote networking. As every immigrant knows, the biggest loss they experience when they move to a new country is their network of friends, relatives, school buddies and work colleagues. Hence the emphasis on networking. The weather, transportation and geography are manageable concerns, as are cultural differences, but for Hispanics moving to Canada, as is the case for many visible or noticeable minorities, there is also the language challenge, and the fabled Canadian experience. To help with language, all Hispanotech events are conducted in English.

    As a more comprehensive response to these challenges, we started our Mentorship Program five years ago, adapting the TRIEC program to produce results in a shorter timeframe of 3 months, and we have since enhanced it every year. A key differentiator of our program is that Mentees receive guidance from a Mentor in the same industry and, more importantly, a person from the same background that has successfully navigated through the same challenges.

    We must highlight that our focus is on career success, not cultural assimilation. One of our guiding values is that we are thankful and happy to be Canadian, yet we are proud of our Hispanic heritage. We love our new country AND we celebrate our roots.

    Our Hispanotech brand has remained the same, however over the years we have expanded our concept of tech to be more than just information technology, and to include all areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). And we have also expanded Hispanic to include our cousins from Brazil. In fact, this being Canada, we do embrace diversity and accept members from any background, religion and sexual orientation, and 5% of our Members are not Latinos.

    As we’ve grown, it has become clear that collaboration with other associations is important, partly because many of our Members participate in multiple groups, and also because working together helps alleviate the workload on our all-volunteer organizations. We started this mindset with our leading role in the LNBB initiative (Latinos Networking Beyond Boundaries) as well as by opening our Mentorship Program four years ago to be a joint initiative with other professional groups.

    As we look to the future, we realize and accept that, beyond helping our Members, Hispanotech is well positioned and has a responsibility to play a leading role in the Hispanic community. In addition to joint activities, this may take the form of scholarships, support for community organizations, and donations to our countries of origin, to name a few.

    Furthermore, the Hispanic professional community is also well positioned and has a responsibility to give back to Canada, by sharing our lessons learned with other immigrant or native communities that may not have reached the same level of professional maturity.

    After ten years of Hispanics helping Hispanics, we see our role evolving to Hispanics helping Canada. And we gladly accept the challenge to lead the way.


  • 2019-07-29 9:00 AM | Hispanotech Editor (Administrator)


    By Lucía Gallegos – Guest Contributor

    When I arrived in Canada ten years ago I was not sure how things will go for me. I had to create a new personal and professional version of myself and this was a scary process. Constant questions came to my mind such as, how am I going to survive in this new environment? Would I be able to find a job in my area? Different emotions were triggered as a response: anger, fear, stress, anxiety. However, after some strategic planning, I realized I was not asking the right questions and this was keeping me in a loop: paralyzed and terrified.

    In Mexico, I worked in the Public Relations and Communication industry, but I was not sure how to continue with that professional path here. After some ups and downs, I started to think outside the box and asked myself instead: How can I redesign my objectives in a new professional environment? What tools do I need? What tools do I already have? Who can help me to design a clear map? Bingo! That was the moment when I realized how badly I wanted to redesign my career, and this was the perfect opportunity to accept the challenge.

    With a new professional vision I was ready to take some action. I went back to school and completed a Master´s Degree in Counselling Psychology. Once you know where you are heading to, it is easier to get there. The only piece that I was missing was finding someone who would help me to surf the waves. It is not the same to have an objective when you are familiar with the environment, than to start a journey in the unknown. Leaving the comfort zone is a challenge full of high doses of adrenaline and cortisol that affect the nervous system and our performance and personal life.

    I struggled to find a mentor in the beginning. There were different options outside, but finding the perfect one for me was like finding a dancing partner who could understand my rhythm. Once I found the right match, things looked clearer and I started to feel more confident to the point that I was able to achieve my objectives.  This was such a rewarding experience, that when I realized that  Hispanotech was providing mentors and mentees with the opportunity to develop their potentials, I did not hesitate to become a mentor and share my experience and knowledge with the community; keeping in mind that I also wanted  to learn from mentees and other peers.

    Mentorship is a win-win situation.  It is a strong relationship with another individual who has different areas of growth and strengths. It is a commitment that involves discipline, creativity, passion and humour, tons of humour.  It is about the opportunity to share challenges with empathy and sympathy. It is not only a place where professional development occurs but also healing and empowerment.  In addition, this program also provides mentors with the opportunity to discover and work new skills and interests in an environment that supports professional development.

    Anna (her real name is kept confidential) was the first mentee I worked with. She had professional experience in the health area in her country of origin, and since I have experience in the mental health industry in Ontario, we were aware of the different certifications and registrations that these types of professions needed in Canada, and how these requirements can make someone feel unmotivated and disappointed.

    Together we designed goals and strategies for the next weeks.  When you have an objective in mind, good intentions and energy are not enough; work, planning and action are needed.  Anna and I identified the tools she had, but it was important to make sure she understood that she was the artist of her own project. My job was to share my professional experience, to provide her with a different perspective, direction and empowerment techniques.

    It was important to be on the same page, so we agreed on the following:

    • Create SMART goals
    • Embrace challenge
    • Communicate
    • Learn from each other
    • Commitment
    • Mutual feedback
    • Enjoy the journey
    • Have fun!

    Those weeks working together with Anna were a rewarding experience. She was able to build a strong professional network, develop clear goals, and design her professional and personal vision for the next five years. She also realized that to become a certified professional in mental health is not impossible once you know what steps to follow.

    To be a Hispanotech mentor is an experience full of compassion and gratitude.  It also involves self-knowledge and achievement.  The more we commit with our community, the more we grow together.

    Lucía Gallegos. MA, R. P. (Q) offers Psychotherapy and Counselling Services, including helping immigrants to successfully adapt to a new country like Canada.

    Contact her at www.luciatherapy.com – luciatherapy@outlook.com – luciatherapy on Twitter and Instagram


  • 2019-07-29 9:00 AM | Hispanotech Editor (Administrator)


    It is undeniable that Hispanotech professionals, specially in the IT sector, need to be up-to-date with their knowledge, in order to remain competitive in the Canadian market. Pursuing a degree or certificate in a college or university is a good option, especially with the benefits of networking in person with classmates and instructors. However, online learning has become very popular in the last few years.

    One of the most commonly accepted ways to learn online are the MOOC’s, that stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These courses introduce an educational environment online, where students can, not only learn different subjects, but also take tests, participate in forums and earn certificates. These are 5 key benefits of MOOC’s for Hispanotech professionals:

    First, the convenience of taking the lesson from anywhere, being your home, during commuting, a park or even during vacation. It is possible to learn from a desktop, laptop, tablet, cellphone, and even from a borrowed or public device. There is a great convenience, also, in having the lessons available 24/7, so students go at their own pace and continue their lesson just where they left on the previous session.

    Second, the enriching experience of sharing lessons with students from all across the world. At MOOC’s, students are able to participate in forums, discussion threads, social networking, group assignments, and peer evaluations that foster collaboration and communication among participants. This is, provided, the student makes the effort to participate on these activities.

    Third, the knowledge is more recent, as it is easier to update the contents of a MOOC than to update a presencial course. Additionally, these online courses use up-to-date technology to educate participants like multimedia, team dynamics, forums, live sessions, apps and software. As a matter of fact, they use technology to analyse your activity and suggest other courses, or rank you against your classmates for motivation purposes

    Fourth, accessibility, MOOC’s allow students from remote places to access the courses, as long as they have an Internet connection. This is a great advantage, as people that did not have the opportunity to assist to a college, are able to learn state-of-the-art technologies and subjects on demand. Courses are available in different languages, which amplifies their reach.

    Fifth, price is also a big benefit, as MOOC’s are more inexpensive than off-line education, even some of them, are free of charge, with some limitations on their usage. Nevertheless, MOOC’s may provide you with a valuable certification from a well-known institution. There are some savings in commuting, and other costs associated to attending a location in person.

    All in all, MOOC’s make quality knowledge available to the masses, and allow professionals to remain competitive in the market by enhancing skills in the field, or exploring new skills to shape their career. However, it is crucial that the student make the effort to follow the lessons consistently, do their homework and leverage the social functionalities in order to get the most from the experience.


  • 2019-05-14 9:00 AM | Hispanotech Editor (Administrator)



    Hello Hispanotech members, welcome to our Newsletter!

    The purpose of this newsletter is to build a new channel of communication with our members, where we can present insights from our leaders, thought-provoking articles about trending topics, announcements, interviews, activity calendar and, especially, your stories: Stories from our own members sharing their experiences and inspiring our community.

    In this section – Words from our Leaders – we are going to cover the points of view of our leaders in how we are contributing to the professional development of the Hispanic community in Canada.

    We are aligning the scope of the Newsletter with the overall vision of Hispanotech that is, to successfully promote and help Hispanic technology professionals to advance their career in Canada through mentoring programs, workshops, networking events and volunteering opportunities.

    I invite you to discover what we have in store for this year, participate actively in our community, follow our social media, attend the live events, and enjoy the power of networking.

    Finally, contact us if you would like to share your story about how Hispanotech contributed to your professional growth, as a source of inspiration to our members.

    To learn more about Hispanotech, please visit https://hispanotech.ca/about-us/


  • 2019-05-14 9:00 AM | Hispanotech Editor (Administrator)


    Hello Hispanotech community, my name is Carlos Alavez, I was born in Veracruz, Mexico but lived in Mexico City for almost 44 years. My professional background includes an Engineering in Electronics and Communication, and a Master’s in Business Administration. In 1994, I started my professional career in Sistema Radiopolis, the biggest Radio Broadcast Company in Latin America, as Audio Technician. After four years I landed a position in Televisa Mexico for the Satellite Operation division. Working as an Engineer in Televisa I specialized myself in topics like digital audio-video and satellite transmissions to carry the company’s stream through all Mexico, Europe and North America. My favorite hobbies are photography, cycling, running, going to the movies and eating all types of food.

    My wife and I decided to come to Canada, so she can pursue her Master’s at the University of Waterloo. As we were planning in advance for this new challenge, we decided that a mentoring program could help us understand how to tackle the labour market in Canada, and it was a big opportunity to make new friends. After an intensive research, we found Hispanotech. Why Hispanotech? To be honest, at the beginning we were attracted to the program because it was in Toronto, some of the members spoke Spanish, it was related to Technology, and because my alma mater, the Tecnologico de Monterrey was involved as well.

    It was after we arrived in Canada in 2017, that Hispanotech assigned me a mentor, and our first meeting was at the Ikea’s Etobicoke restaurant. We had a great conversation and we learned a bit about each other before heading to the first integration activity of the mentorship program. Plus, Ikea’s meatballs were delicious!

    The coaching of my mentor was fundamental to my job hunt success in Canada. He taught me how to write my resume, shared his past experiences on how to search for possible companies and how to apply to jobs, how to behave in a job interview, how to pursue mock interviews with real HR executives, and more. Also, in every meeting with the Hispanotech team, I tried to get involved in the networking activities to help me develop my elevator pitch skills.

    The mentorship program gave me the tools and prepared me to hunt for a job. I spent several days modifying my resume, making a list of companies within the industry I was interested in, and after one month and a half I started working at Communication and Power Industries in Georgetown as a Technician making the performance tests for vacuum electron devices used in satellite communications that are used by broadcast companies, schools, government, army and research laboratories.  After one year I applied to a Manufacturing Engineering position in the same company and I am happy to say I got promoted and have held that position for the last 6 months.

    I recommend the Hispanotech mentorship program. Allow yourself to follow the recommendations of your mentor and the tips received during the meetups. Remember that landing a job is like training for your big race: Work on your program tasks; Sleep and eat properly; Repeat the next day. However, the most important learning is, try to network and do it not for the ultimate job you might get, but because you will meet great people along the way. I am happy to say, I am still in contact with my mentor, and our families and friends get to share big moments together.

    For more information about our Mentorship Program, visit https://hispanotech.ca/programs/


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