Brazil - Internet Eldorado
Last week from Jan/25 up the 30th an important international Internet event took place in Sao Paulo, the Campus Party. It is the biggest party of the Internet world wide. Held first in Spain in 1997 and in Brazil since 2008, it is considered the planet’s biggest event of technological innovation, Internet and interactive entertainment network.
The director in Brazil of the Campus Party 2010, Mr Marcelo Branco, released in the middle of the week the figures bellow for the bloggers and the press and they are amazing. The Campus Party 2010 in São Paulo, Brazil, is already the largest in the world, especially in the following aspects:
• the largest broadband connection, speed of 10GB (technology developed just for the event)
• the largest number of subscribers, 6 thousand.
• 900 professionals involved in organizing the event, distributed in 45 square meters, with 40 km of network cables and 20 km of fiber.
• 700 hours of programming divided into areas of creativity (35.4%), innovation (34.1%), entertainment (19.8%) and science (10.6%).
• 12 hours of free attractions, from 10:00 to 22:00, every day of the event.
• About 100 thousand visited event.
The event was as ideal for Nerd finding as for new projects to invest. Maybe that is why many companies in Brazil paid close attention to what was happening there. The best website about Campus Party is from TV Cultura through “Porgrama Novo” - www.tvcultura.com.br/campusparty/
The Internet in Brazil is really a great sensation, with numbers like you saw above growing by the clock. I am talking about the seconds hand of the clock here! Still there is room and the need for lots of investments specially the infrastructure which leaves a lot to desire - the hunger for good connection is enormous.
Mean while (I’ve just received the news) in the other corner of Brazil, in the meddle of the Amazon region, a small but fast growing state is getting ready for it. Acre’s State Secretary of Science, Technology and Development, Mr. Cesar Dotto, told me of their effort in that direction: “In Acre we are implementing a project called Digital Forest that allows all Acreanos (people from Acre) to freely access the internet in the entire state, we are testing it in Rio Branco city.”
So, as you can easily see, the Brazilian from all over the country love the www.
Above the URL to a gallery with commented pictures of personalities and some scenes from the event. All images made by participants.