Campus Party Mexico
Campus Party is known for its nearly infinite sea of blue screens and lightning fast internet connections.
From August 9 – 15 more than 5,000 participants will gather at Mexico City’s Expo Santa Fe with their laptops, robots, and telescopes for a week of science, technology, and digital innovation. The theme of the seven-day event, which is sponsored by Spanish telecommunications company Movistar, is “Freedom 2.0.” Campus Party began in 1997 and grew from a movement of “Lan parties” which were organized by EnRed to attract youth with fast internet connections in order to focus on social innovation and science. In 2008 Campus Party spread to Latin America, first in Brazil, then in Colombia, El Salvador, and Mexico. You can read bloggers’ reviews from many of the events at Global Voices.
Participants at Campus Party, dubbed campuseros, tend to be mostly youth between the ages of 18 – 25 and the vast majority spend the week camping in tents at the venue itself. At Campus Party Colombia in 2008 I witnessed excited youth exchanging tips about building robots around midnight, which reminded me of a comment from a friend: “In this country, when you inspire kids to make media or computers at night instead of roaming the streets, you could be saving lives.”
The 37,000 square meter Expo Santa Fe will be divided into five main thematic areas: science, digital culture, innovation, gaming, and “Campus Forum”, an open barcamp-like space for participants to self-organize their own debates, talks, and workshops. On Saturday August 14 there will be a roundtable conversation about “social media and civil society.” A full agenda for all six days is available here.
You can find more events related to digital media and civil society on the calendar page.