Urban Challenges Meeting AI Solutions in Latin America

Digital Discourse


Buenos Aires skyline

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Latin America is one of the most urbanized regions globally, with 81% of its population residing in urban areas. This trend is set to intensify, with projections indicating that by 2050, 90% of Latin Americans will live in cities. However, the rapid expansion of these urban centers has been largely uncoordinated, presenting a host of challenges in areas such as public services, mobility, congestion, pollution, housing affordability, and crime. Nevertheless, by embracing AI solutions, cities in Latin America can mitigate these issues and foster efficiency and equity within their urban landscapes.

In this upcoming webinar, Soledad Guilera will talk about the transformative potential of AI by spotlighting instances where Latin American cities have successfully integrated AI technologies into their urban frameworks. She will delve into practical examples, including the use of AI to map informal settlements and open dumps, as well as its application in surveillance programs and the creation of digital twins. Moreover, Guilera will explore the multifaceted role of the city as both a developer, user, and regulator of AI, while also discussing the pivotal components that should form the bedrock of any city's AI strategy.


About Soledad Guilera:

Soledad holds a Master's degree from Columbia University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Massachusetts.
She is a research affiliate at UCLA’s Luskin Center, a lecturer at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and a Professor of Smart Cities, AI, and Government at Torcuato Di Tella University in Argentina. She is an advisor to Urban AI, and she served as a Team Leader at the Center for AI and Digital Policy.

Soledad led the international expansion of Bloomberg's What Works Cities Certification Program to Latin America, served as an advisor to Argentina’s 2030 Development Program and Buenos Aires City's AI Strategy, and was the inaugural Executive Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Policy (CEPE Di Tella). She also has experience working for Deloitte Consulting in their Strategy and Operations practice in New York.


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