Berlin to host Campus Party Europe

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Barry O'Callaghan, Keeper Security



31 May 2012 | 0

Youth technology festival Campus Party Europe is to take place in Berlin for the first time from 21-26 August. The event is expected to attract 10,000 young gamers, coders and innovators under theme theme of ‘retyping Europe’s source code’.

Gathering at the former airport site of Tempelhof for a 24-hour-a-day exchange of ideas and views on innovation, creativity, science and digital entertainment will be hosted by Futura Networks and Telefónica along with its commercial brand O2 under the patronage of the European Commission.

The festival offers more than 600 hours of talks, discussions and workshops in 16 different content areas divided into 24 subjects such as entrepreneurship, social media, free software, gaming, development, robotics, and design. There will also be multiple challenges and competitions.

Guests confirmed so far include Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, known as one of the fathers of the Internet.

Before the event, TheBigThink challenge will call on ideas for the European Digital Agenda: The best 5,000 entries will be chosen and their creators invited to attend Campus Party Europe in Berlin completely free, including transportation, event tickets and accommodation.

“In Berlin we expect thousands of technology enthusiasts will come from all over Europe to participate and we want to harness this concentrated power of expertise and talent to create projects for a better world,” Campus Party co-founder Paco Ragageles said.

Co-founder Belinda Galiano added: “From the moment we saw the former airport Berlin Tempelhof we knew in a second, that it was the ideal place for Campus Party Europe. To know that thousands of campuseros will unite at this historical place, known worldwide as a symbol of freedom, helps fulfill a dream that began with the first Campus Party in 1997.”

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