Monterrey has pulled together a diverse set of entrepreneurs, educational institutes, and ambitious technology students to create a digital ecosystem as part of its broader plans to stoke the fires of technological development.

The ultimate goal is to close the digital skills gap by providing accessible education in job-ready skills, stated the newly formed Monterrey Digital Hub in a press release.

Among those taking part in the Hub are IBM, Neoris, Alfa, Arca Continental, Banorte, Cemex, Deacero, Femsa, Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL), and the University of Monterrey (UDEM).

The Hub will offer workspace and other resources for young technology enthusiasts to learn digital skills quickly.

In collaboration with Galvanize, a Denver, Colorado-based technology-learning community, the Hub has developed a skills development program that will train people in digital skills and then provide them with a placement in a member organization to gain hands-on experience.

In the statement, the Hub said it will also arrange interactions between entrepreneurs, investment funds, digital talent, universities, organizations, and accelerators.

There will also be bootcamps and workshops for the participants to share their knowledge and learn new skills.

While Guadalajara bills itself as Mexico’s Silicon Valley, Monterrey is fomenting a more multi-faceted industrial base.

Mexico’s third largest metropolitan area, Monterrey is home to the headquarters of major Mexican companies such as Cemex and Grupo Bimbo, as well as manufacturing facilities operated by Mercedes, BMW, Samsung, Boeing, and General Electric.

“Innovation & technology ecosystems raise local competitiveness and prosperity, and we believe Monterrey has the potential to become one of them,” said Eduardo Gutiérrez, General Manager of IBM Mexico. The US company is the technology partner of the Digital Hub alongside Neoris.

“We will bring our leadership, talent, industry expertise, and infrastructure in disruptive technologies, such as artificial intelligence, cloud, internet of things, and blockchain.”