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A Network as a bridge between companies, countries, continents and centuries in the filed of competitiveness, collaboration and innovation

The 20th Global TCI Conference #TCI2017 #TCI20years gathered more than 350 delegates, representing 43 countries and 6 continents.

"The future of clusters through cross-country and cross-region collaboration" was the main theme of the anniversary conference, which took place in #Bogota between 7-9 November this year.

Organised by the Bogota Chamber of Commerce and TCI Network, the event has as a strategic partners: Innpulse Colombia, the Ministry of Information & Communication Technologies, Greater Bogota Convention Bureau and Invest in Bogota.

The 20th TCI Global conference allowed interactions between #cluster and #competitiveness professionals, looking to exchange experience and build synergy, to lead to better:

1. Productive development policies

2. Experiences in the implementation of these agendas

3. Business and joint activities between clusters from different region and countries

The 3-day conference followed the following agenda:

Day 1 was dedicated to cluster tours, where delegates had the opportunity to choose between 8 experiences:

·      Bogota fashion experience

·      Energy and construction for sustainability

·      Business events, tourism & gastronomy

·      Graphic, communication & cosmetics

·      Financial Services, software & IT

·      Dairy

·      Health & Pharma

·      Creative & contents industry and music

Being announced as "Better policies" day (day2), the first actual conference day provided a platform, where delegates experienced keynote presentations from Ricardo Hausmann and Ernesto Stein. A highlight to remember was the opening words (video) of Michael Porter.

Rich in content and shared experience and values were all parallel sessions introduced across both conference afternoons, during day 2 and 3.

Every delegate took a copy of the 20 years of TCI Network book, especially produced for the anniversary global conference and presented with honour during the event.

The experience gained and the knowledge shared during the 20th TCI Network Global Conference in Bogota will be certainly remembered and discussed over and over again. The gathering turned to be much more than a conference - it was a platform for networking and creating new opportunities. The organising team done a great job and trilled with its professionalism and hospitality.

And last, but not least it came the time to pass the torch:

The 21st TCI Global Conference will be held in Toronto, 16 -18 October 2018 UNECPECTED CONNECTIONS - Collaborating to compete clusters in action www.tci2018.com

But before heading to Toronto, there is one more event not to be missed:

The TCI European Conference 2018, taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria between 20-22 March 2018 - Turning Challenges into opportunities

"The TCI conference in Sofia will provide platform to engage with the full set of issues relevant for more effective cluster-based efforts, whether you are policy maker, a manager of a cluster program, or a cluster initiative manager. You will find new learning, and maybe even more importantly, new contacts to help tackle the yet unknown challenges of the future together", said Chrisitan Ketels, TCI president.