Aprendiendo Networks is a group of professionals and entrepreneurs dedicated to innovation in institutional education through immersive digital technologies, disruptive business models, proprietary sensor systems, and AI.
Active since 1999, we pioneered the use of interactive media to enable immersive learning experiences for elementary school students in the Spanish language through the portal Aprendiendo.com, and its companion CD-ROM series, "Las Culturas Prehispánicas". With a 40-strong workforce of talented artists, editors and developers, Aprendiendo became Latin America's most popular destination site for kids, and developed one of the Web's largest libraries of character-based educational content at the time.
A few years later, at the MIT Media Lab, we launched the MIT NextLab Program, a year-long mobile app design and deploy course series for students physically on-campus as well as in institutions overseas through distance ed and other collaborative technologies. NextLab courses and methods were then implemented in various universities around the world, such as ITESM (Cuernavaca), Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá), University of the West Indies (St Augustine), and Ateneo University (Manila). In 2012, with funding from Mexico's NSF (CONACYT), we developed the full online version of the MIT NextLab program, and launched it as NextLab@Unison in collaboration with Universidad de Sonora in Hermosillo.
NextLab is a featured course of MIT's Open Courseware, and was selected as one of ten "Editor's Picks" from over 2,000 offerings online. The Program spun off dozens of projects with local partners across the developing world, including the 2009 mobile tech runner up of MIT's $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, the ground-breaking MIT Sana m-health initiative, the 2011 winner of Harvard Business School's Business Plan Contest (social venture track), and several funded startups. It was widely covered by the media, including CNN, the Boston Globe, New York Times News Service, Discovery Channel, Fast Company, CACM, MIT Entrepreneurship Review, Expansión, Televisa, and others.
Our team was recognized in 2010 with the Quo+Discovery Channel "Future Mind" award, and selected to exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt for the Smithsonian Institution's Design Triennial: "an exhibition of work by designers and firms who are setting trends and transforming their disciplines".