After 52 years of a brutal civil war, the knowledge economy will help Colombia get ahead. And that the country’s second city will lead the way seems natural to the residents of Medellín. The city once known as the most murderous city on earth is putting its business acumen to good use and reinventing itself as a thriving tech hub. Photographer Yvonne Brandwijk and journalist Stephanie Bakker travelled to Medellín to discover the motor behind the change. They dove into the world of incubators, nerds and angel investors. From the ‘Latin Zuckerberg’ to a former paramilitary who found a new life in technology. By telling their stories, showing photos and short documentaries they will take you on an instant trip to Medellín. You will hear the city, meet the people and feel the energy.
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During the first event of this series, we took you to Kinshasa (Congo), Africa’s next fashion hub and Lima (Peru) where the current gastronomy boom creates social change. The second edition focussed on the artistic revival of Yangon (Myanmar) and the question whether Yangon is on its way to becoming the cosmopolitan city it was before the military regime. What challenges do these cities face?
Future City #3: Medellín
Once known as the most murderous city on earth, Medellín is now developing into a city known for its innovative technology – and start-up scene. Photographer Yvonne Brandwijk and journalist Stephanie Bakker talk to the nerds and creatives that are the driving force behind the change and share the stories that shape Medellín. In this programme they will share the highlights of their project and their experiences. Together with independent urban researcher Letty Reimerink and professor of urban economic studies Willem van Winden, they will discuss how cities like Medellin develop and which stakeholders are involved.
About Future Cities
Photographer Yvonne Brandwijk and journalist Stephanie Bakker travelled to these cities to discover what is happening in these booming urban areas. What are they developing so well, and how come? Who are the principle drivers behind these developments? And what is needed to ensure that these cities become ‘the new Shanghai’? Their videos, photos and stories take you to the creative heart of Kinshasa and Lima. From pioneers, young talent and investors to the daily live of Kinshasa’s sapeurs and a community cooking school in one of Lima’s most violent neighbourhoods.