Mayan Hack introduces indigenous population from Quintana Roo to digital technologies

The first “Mayan Hack” event to take place 13-14 July 2017, will provide indigenous communities from Quintana Roo, Mexico, with an introduction to digital skills and access to translated contents to enable them to use technology resources. This initiative is intended to target the digital divide in remote indigenous regions where 26 to 50% of the population live in poverty and have no access to digital tools.

This event will consist in a series of conferences to teach technology skills in Mayan dialect, as well as 3D printing workshops to create handcrafts. Additional tools will be offered to generate illustrations in Mayan traditional language and record voice notes to enhance Learning Maya (Aprendiendo Maya) application. Finally, Red Kaanbal content and web connectivity platform for indigenous communities will be launched.

This program will support Mayan native speakers to access better job and educational opportunities. However, it will also support them to share their culture and make their dialect more accessible through technology.

Source: La Jornada Maya https://www.lajornadamaya.mx/2017-06-28/El–Mayan-Hack–busca-disminuir-brecha-digital and Cancun Mio http://cancunmio.com/3987817-el-olvido-digital-de-las-comunidades-mayas-contrasta-con-el-exito-de-la-riviera-maya/