Alfonso Govela

Co-Founder, DigitalCivix


Latin America




Alfonso Govela, MIT & UIA, is passionately involved in Architecture, Cities and ICT.

Architect from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and MIT M.Arch.A.S. in applied Computer Science. He is a member of the National Academy of Architecture and the Colleges of Architects of Mexico and Madrid, Spain.

UN-Habitat and Metropolis Consultant in charge of DigitalCivix, a global initiative to advance civic literacy, and empower citizenship in our digital era, through platforms of knowledge, ecosystems of interaction, and interfaces of governance.

Among them: City Builder Labs to teach children and teenagers (19,000+) to build public space playing with Minecraft (Guinness World Record at Aldea Digital 2016). City Changer Labs engage youth (3,500+) to solve urban issues with mobile technology. City Maker Labs to open digital fabrication for citizens of all ages to make better cities. City Blockchain Labs to explore urban opportunities for this new technology. City Coins to capture and transact community values with Center for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance, Northampton University, UK.

Why did you decide to be an IIC judge?

quote To help advance inclusive innovation at a global scale

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge to become Economic Prosperity Challenge in 2020