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Charlie Vayas

Quito's Innovation Lab (LINQ)
General Director
Quito - Ecuador
Charlie is the General Director of Quito's Innovation Lab, Laboratorio de Innovación de Quito (LINQ). He studied Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Boston and has a Masters degree in Fire Protection Engineering from WPI and an MBA from IDE Business School focused on promoting urban connectivity through shared workspaces. Charlie worked at ARUP as part of an interdisciplinary team of engineers designing performance based design fire protection systems for the Beijing Olympic Venues and state-of-the-art museums like the California Academy of Sciences and the De Young Museum. In addition, he has advanced smoke control mechanisms for both San Francisco Subway (BART) and the New York Metro.In 2011, as part of an international effort to promote San Francisco as a smart city, Charlie designed the city's new emergency routes for ambulances and fire trucks based on real time open data and incident analysis.In 2015, he became the Metropolitan Director of Monitoring, Coordination and Evaluation for the City of Quito and implemented Open Government and Open Data initiatives. In order to promote Open Government practices and foster active citizen participation, he facilitated access to relevant information by publishing and curating open data through the City’s Open Data portal (www.datosabiertos.quito.gob.ec). He also designed tools that promote public and private partnerships to generate resources for self-sustainable innovation projects (www.mi.quito.gob.ec) and developed public policy oriented towards an agile and dynamic relationship with citizens.As part of the Open Government agenda for the city of Quito, he co-founded Quito’s Innovation Lab (LINQ) (www.linq.quito.gob.ec), the new innovation accelerator for the City of Quito, which works under a participatory, collaborative and transparent framework for the benefit of the city. LINQ has become the nexus between the municipality and citizens, private sector, academia, among other stakeholders, to co-create and implement high impact solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our city.

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