[Made in Chili] OTTAA Project, Cowork Atacama, America Digital …

by bold-lichterman

From Cowork Atacama, via the start-up OTTAA Project, an overview of economic and digital news in Chile with Romain Biard.

How to communicate with a child who is born deaf and dumb? How to manage, overnight, in everyday life, if we were led to lose the use of speech? Did you know that sign language is not the same from one country to another?


OTTAA Project aims to tackle these problems. By offering a simple and fun application, the company allows children and adults to make themselves understood, while getting rid of the thick picture books that they were forced to use. The user thus constructs sentences made up of images and symbols, the application submitting in priority the most used or most relevant images according to the context of the sentence.

The Argentinian company markets tablets and licenses for its application, for the time being mainly in South America and the Gulf countries, but it is in full development. In order to go even further in improving the quality of life of people with impaired speech, and to help quadriplegics in particular, they are working on the development of a headset capable of detecting and analyzing neural impulses. and turn them into on-screen messages.

A project that deserves to be supported.

Atacama is a name that must be familiar to many of you as the desert of northern Chile. San Pedro de Atacama has become a very touristy little town, living mainly from the organization of excursions to mythical corners of this immense desert, such as the valley of death for example.


But this desert which stretches for several hundred kilometers from north to south has also given its name to a region, one of the main cities of which is Copiapo. Copiapo developed enormously in the 20th century thanks to the mining industry. This city, which today still depends almost exclusively on these activities, must find other axes of development because, having exploited its resources too much, they will run out in a few decades.

The public authorities have therefore decided to focus on the attraction and emergence of entrepreneurial projects, by supporting the creation of a coworking space named Cowork Atacama. Those wishing to do so have a free space at their disposal, fully equipped with all the necessary amenities to be able to work: the Internet connection is of good quality, the space has a kitchen with free access to coffee, etc. Events such as meetups or training sessions are also organized there.

Located in the heart of Copiapo, Cowork Atacama is also a good base for people wishing to find a more relaxed lifestyle, with nature nearby (the Pan de Azucar and Tres Cruces natural parks are incredible, and I invite you to go for a walk to Bahia Inglesa to relax), while keeping the assurance of being able to get to Santiago easily (the trip lasts 1h30 by plane and the Sky, which is the local low-cost company, provides one or two rotations per day ). The local team will also be delighted to welcome you!

A place, with your feet in the sand and your fingers on the keyboard, not to be missed if you are looking for a little sun!

Paris had Le Web, Austin had SxSW, Santiago had America Digital. This is how we could sum up what is America Digital. All the same, all the same …


If we are far from the Web and SxSW in terms of the size of the event, the number of participants or the media coverage, this forum does, however, perform rather well on the quality of the speakers and on the opportunities for commercial development it offers.

Organized over two days at the Santiago Conference Center, America Digital offered a very large number of conferences, quite strongly oriented towards FinTech this year it seemed to me. There was a lot of talk about blockchain. This event is also an opportunity for a lot of businesses in the region to make themselves known through a stand. Although South America is not as dynamic as Silicon Valley, Paris, London or Berlin, there are nevertheless great innovations and a real desire to develop uses. It should also be noted that many start-ups that we know in our country (and which for the most part come from across the Atlantic) have direct competitors on the South American market who, without being as big as their American counterparts because they are ‘not having access to the same funding, they do not have to be ashamed of their growth or the quality of the products or services they offer. This is the case for example of Fidelizador which offers an alternative solution to Mailchimp.

South America is a market to which the United States and Europe look little and where, as I explained a few weeks ago, there are nevertheless great opportunities to be seized, and this forum is getting stronger. to remember it!

The correspondent:

romain-biardCTO of the video project validation platform, Strime, Romain Biard began his career by supporting American start-ups in their European development. He was thus in charge of the commercial development of Typepad for France, then contributed to the launch of Uber in Paris. He then set up a web development company that he managed for 5 years before moving to Chile, where he has lived since September 2016. He holds a computer license and graduated from Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Photo credits: Pierre Grasset.