Movistar Campus Party 2014 draws 10,500 participants in Mexico

Movistar Campus Party 2014, the world’s largest technology and digital culture fair, drew more than 10,500 participants to its fifth edition in Zapopan, a city in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, organizers said.

The massive event, which ended on Sunday, was organized by the Mexican unit of Spain’s Telefonica and several Mexican organizations.

For seven days the fair brought together thousands of people with their computers to trade experiences and learn of new cybernetic projects and alternatives in telecommunications and breakthrough technologies.

The high-tech event, held for the first time in Zapopan, “peaked with the highest number of “Campuseros” of any Campus Party ever held, not only in Mexico but in countries like England, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador and Ecuador,” organizers said.

The chief mission of this conference was to instill the entrepreneurial spirit in young Mexican innovators and promote the development of business ideas with the necessary tools and financing, organizers said.

Ten Mexican projects and another four from Argentina, Chile and Peru were unveiled for the Telefonica program dubbed Wayra, created to promote and fund new ideas and IT enterprises.

The National Entrepreneurship Institute, or INADEM, the Mexican Youth Institute, or IMJUVE, and the Mexican Industrial Property Institute, or IMPI, were among the organizations participating in the event.

More than 300,000 people have taken part in the 35 Campus Party events held in seven countries of Latin America, Spain and Europe over the past 17 years. EFE

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