Country of the Month

October 20201

Salvador Camacho Hernández— Mexico

We are thrilled to introduce our October Country of the Month feature—Salvador Camacho Hernández from Mexico! Salvador is an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumnus who participated in a virtual IVLP program focused on the topic of “Video Games for STEAM and Entrepreneurship.”

Hosted online during July 2021, this IVLP project explored current market and tech innovations in video game development, using video games as an educational tool, and public-private partnerships promoting youth empowerment and social justice through video game technologies. During their program, Salvador and his cohort “traveled” to Washington, DC, Madison, Wisconsin, St. Louis, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The group also spent a week at a virtual video game developer conference hosted in San Deigo, California.

Salvador is an Intellectual Property Attorney and the Co-founder and Partner of Kalpa Protección Digital, a law firm specializing in intellectual property on the internet and in digital spaces. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of the GGWP Foundation (name in reference to the gaming acronym, “Good Game Well Played”). The GGWP Foundation is one of Mexico’s first NGOs to focus on using electronic sports (e-sports) as a tool for social development. Recently, they have been working on an initiative to promote women in e-sports, dubbed Wesports. This initiative has been recognized by Women in Games as the “Most Inclusive Esports Initiative.” In his spare time, Salvador also offers legal advice to musicians and video game developers through his Instagram page.

As a self-described “hardcore gamer,” Salvador shared that after he decided to study law, he wanted to find a way to combine his passion for gaming with his work as a lawyer. Thus, he decided to focus on intellectual property law as a way to help game developers and studios promote and protect their work. He has also found a way to channel his passion for social development by combining that with video games through his nonprofit, the GGWP Foundation.

Salvador said that one of the highlights of his IVLP experience was networking with his cohort and American counterparts. “It’s funny,” he noted, that despite being burned out by the constant barrage of online meetings both in professional and social settings, he didn’t feel that way about his IVLP sessions. He appreciated that “it wasn’t all about meetings, but also getting to know each other and having the opportunity to learn about the states we were visiting.” He emphasized what a great opportunity this program was to “learn about cool video game developers [that] exist in Mexico and in the U.S., and how these organizations are leveraging new technologies or creating new and interesting games.” Salvador also expressed how surprised he was that “[IVLP] doesn’t end when the program ends,” and that the connections he has made with his cohort and alumni groups allowed him to stay engaged.

Finally, Salvador wanted to call attention to Mexico’s booming technology and investment industries. He shared, “a lot of start-ups are starting to grow,” and Mexico even has “a unicorn start-up.” Salvador added that other than Mexico City, cities such as Guadalajara and Monterrey are growing very quickly and investing in technology and video games. He also raved about how fantastic Mexico’s food is and promised that anyone who visits “will have the best meal of their life!”

Thank you, Salvador, for sharing your story with us! We hope to visit Mexico soon and try some of the delicious food you described!

And thank you to our IVLP local implementing partners who assisted in organizing Salvador’s IVLP experience, including the International Institute of Wisconsin, the World Affairs Council of St. LouisGlobalPittsburgh, and the San Diego Diplomacy Council! Y’all were a joy to work with!