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Juan Manuel Lopez Garduño was born and raised in Mount Carmel Illinois, a rural town where his Mexico-born parents were the only foreigners during the early sixties. At thirteen, he moved with his family to cosmopolitan Mexico City. What started as a yearly road trip between Mt. Carmel and Mexico City became a life long exploration of cultural diversity as an educational resource for building a sense of community. His work, rooted in these cross-cultural origins, employs technology to connect classrooms with outside learning opportunities. Following the successful production of multimedia solutions for elementary schools in urban and rural settings throughout Mexico, his latest project,www.conecta2.com.mx, shows great promise during its pilot phase, and may soon be deployed nationally. Networking with government agencies, leading IT multinationals, the academic community and international experts over the past two decades has afforded him with a unique perspective of the challenges Mexico faces in education technology.

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