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Sonora Mining Cluster’s MINNOVACIÓN Goes Virtual

By Alejandro Ehrenberg | Thu, 11/12/2020 - 15:31

Global mining executives ranked social license to operate as the top risk facing their business over the next 12 months, according to an annual EY survey. Sharing best practices around community relations, sustainability and innovation is key for miners to tackle this risk and turn it into an asset. MINNOVACIÓN Forum 2020, organized by the Sonora Mining Cluster, is a notable opportunity to this end. The industry-favorite event will take place digitally from November 25 to 27, powered by groundbreaking technology by Tech Adaptika.

During a recent press conference, Alberto Orozco, President of the Sonora Mining Cluster, highlighted that MINNOVACIÓN’s 5th edition will retain the spirit that gave rise to it, while taking on new features due to its digital format.

The event’s Virtual Live Campus platform lets participants interact live and in real-time through their devices. Attendees will be able to walk around campus with the arrows on their keyboard to reach the conferences, visit commercial stands and even engage in group and private talks. They will have the option of knowing their interlocutor’s information by clicking on their avatars or digital characters.

Gildardo Montenegro, President of the Sustainability Commission that has been organizing MINNOVACIÓN since 2016, said that the forum aims to open a space for participation and learning around community relations, sustainability and innovation in mining. The aim is to share good practices and learn new strategies to support mining communities. MINNOVACIÓN Forum 2020 seeks to attract a wider audience beyond miners, he pointed out. The program may be of interest to government, community, academia and those interested in learning about responsible mining.

José Tovar, Vice President of the Cluster’s Sustainability Commission, said the program has already been confirmed. Internationally-renowned speakers will deliver keynote presentations, including Lego Education, Mel Sanderson Consulting, Robotix, Alta Ley (Fundación Chile), New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Mining Chamber of Mexico, Northern Arizona University, Queensland University of Australia, the Canadian Ombudsperson's Office, Stanford University, Black to Green-Edafotec, Lynx Global Intelligence, MC Bride, Flsmidth and the OSLAC (La Caridad Symphonic Orchestra).

High-interest topics that will be discussed include social license, green mining, technology and sustainability, inclusion in the mining industry, human rights, circular economy, welfare indexes and mine closure programs. Also, attendees will learn about strategies for community support, such as learning through play and community development with STEAM (Science + Technology + Engineering + Arts and Mathematics).

Margarita Bejarano, General Director of the Cluster, underscored that October 31st is the deadline for confirmation of companies that wish to place a virtual stand or advertising space. Those interested in attending can register online at The registration fee is MX$500. Participants will receive training on the use of the new platform.

MINNOVACIÓN’s committee also thanked the support and sponsorship of the following companies: Peñoles, Construplan, Mac Distribuciones, Metallorum-Autlán, Grupo México, Alamos Gold (Minas de Oro Nacional), First Majestic, SilverCrest Metals, Fresnillo plc, Molymex and Discovery Metals.

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Alejandro Ehrenberg Alejandro Ehrenberg Journalist and Industry Analyst