The first Ágata Hub was held on the 25th floor of the Atrio building in Bogotá, an event that served as the opening of a space between entrepreneurs in the govtech sector, giants of the technology industry such as Google, AWS and Microsoft, and the city ​​data analytics agency (Ágata).

There is a limit to what the government can do, despite the myriad amounts of data generated by its analytics agency, Ágata. Thus, relationship bridges were generated with a fundamental sector for the construction of Smart Cities: the enterprises govtech.

And it is not for less, these young companies that provide services for government entities are a global phenomenon. In fact, this govtech market is expected to move more than 1 trillion dollars by 2025 covering fields ranging from education to mobility.

And in fact, mobility was one of the most discussed topics in the first Ágata Hub, in addition to education, a point that was especially highlighted by the Mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, at the opening of the event.  

Because govtechs have inherent benefits of innovation and efficiency. John Davies, general manager of the public sector of AWS for Latam, Canada and the Caribbean, also recalled that in a global survey, among government officials, 70% of them believed that the private sector was advancing faster.

Judicial system and smart cities

Also, as part of the launch of the Ágata Hub, figures, initiatives and technological proposals from companies such as Google and Microsoft for entrepreneurs were presented. In the case of Google Digital Transformation cases were mentioned in the Mexican judicial system that allowed processes to be accelerated from 3 years to XNUMX months.

Similarly, figures were released on the growth in the use of open source in companies and state entities, highlighting that 99% of Fortune 500 companies are part of this initiative.

On the other hand, Abraham Martínez, Director of Marketing and Operations of Microsoft Colombia, highlighted several trends for Smart Cities such as OpenAI, the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital twins (Digital Twins).

Martinez also described the emergence of various Metaverses, linked to private entities, and of a great multiverse where all would congregate through the use of avatars, creating a new way of interacting among all citizens.

Mar Santamaría Varas, Founder of the 300000km/s organization, was also present, presenting various uses of technology applied to Smart Cities with the specific case of Barcelona, ​​Spain.

Ágata, beyond her mission

In addition to Ágata's essential purpose of providing solutions for the well-being of citizens, Manuel Riaño, general manager of this entity, highlighted his role as a coordinator between the public and private sectors, for the statement of needs and search for solutions, around the data.

The mayoress, Claudia López, also highlighted the articulation between the District Agency for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Atenea, and Ágata as an engine of progress and generation of talent for the city.

Finally, Iván Durán, High Councilor for ICT in the District, took advantage of the space to publicize several of the current needs of public entities helping entrepreneurs to better adjust their proposals for the good of the city.

Although the consequences of the Agate have yet to be seen, in the long term, there is only one certainty and that is that the modern world, and the cities that make it up, cannot live without adequate data management and the district analytical agency seems to be a good start for this goal.