Gabriel Mario Rodrigues – Chairman of the Board of Directors of ABMES
“The idea is to create a favorable environment so that lovers of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship can interact in a democratic way among themselves, disseminating content and promoting the exchange of information in a collaborative way.” (Tonico Novaes, Director General of Campus Party
Campus Party is the world’s largest technology experience, an Internet immersion of Things, Blockchain, Culture Maker, Education and Entrepreneurship. More than an event, it is a network that connects 500,000 people across the planet, with more than 150,000 in Brazil.
The journey has passed through several countries such as Spain, Holland, Mexico, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina, Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Italy and Singapore. Present in Brazil since 2008, the 12th edition – # CPBR12 – was held in São Paulo, from February 12 to 16, in a promotion of the Municipal Secretariat of Innovation and Technology of São Paulo in partnership with the Campus Party Institute.
The event aims to develop technological solutions, as well as foster innovative initiatives in favor of improving public policies for the well-being of society.
This year, the campuses could meet 120 startups who participated in the Startup & Makers program, which aims to boost and empower young talents and entrepreneurs. They were featured in the Early Stage category (low-end projects with well defined teams, first prototypes created and still tested that did not receive investment) the Print Green 3D startups, Smart Helmet and Verifact.
In the Growth Stage category (startups advanced, with a robust and developed team, products launched in the market, with or without investment, that already have billing), the highlights were Startups Desquebre, Keepz and Cuboz.
In the Campus Future space, 41 university and academic projects were presented, highlighting MinervaBots, Polimex and Ex Machina Prótesis Mioelétrica.
Besides the great innovation of the projects, the numbers of Campus Party Brazil 2019 are extraordinary:
– Public: 130 thousand people
– Total campers: 12,500, with 8,000 camped
– Tents: 5 thousand simple and 1,500 double
• more than 1,000 hours of content
• more than 900 lecturers
• 231 workshops
– Internet speed: 40 GBps
– Involved in the organization: more than 3,000 people
With several workshops and lectures taking place throughout the event, the 1st Brazilian Forum of Social and Peripheral Entrepreneurship presented real and successful initiatives that take place in Brazil and in the world, based on five pillars: Popular Entrepreneurship, Potential Peripherals, Impact Technologies, Social Inclusion and Diversity.
For the president of the Forum and the Campus Party Institute, Francesco Farruggia, the importance of creating spaces such as the Forum is to allow interactions and exchange of knowledge through the hub of good. He affirms that it is urgent “to promote social entrepreneurship and, consequently, to stimulate the production of actions and initiatives that arouse hope in the peripheries as to the possibility of changing their reality and history.”
A manifesto drawn up collectively will be handed over to the authorities, reiterating “the vacuum of knowledge and training in the field of education, which is not filled from basic to higher education.” According to the manifesto, “social entrepreneurship needs to carry within itself and its products and services its activist and transforming character, so that business positively impacts society and helps to break down barriers of prejudice and discrimination.”
The Education for the Future space, one of the most visited areas in the Open Campus, had as premise to debate the new ways of education and to build with everyone a new way of looking at the formation of children and adolescents. The project has the partnership of the Brazilian Network of Creative Learning, representing the Lifelong Kindergarten Laboratory of MIT, Media Lab in Brazil.
Of all that can be reported about the event, one statement is certain: unambiguously, CPBr12 is here to stay. The Campus Summit, which allowed for the first time the exchange of information and knowledge between executives and campuses, hosted two different initiatives: the 7th edition of the Latin America Meetings & Events Conference (LAMEC), whose theme was “Human as Always” , technological as ever, “and Cybersec and LGDP, focusing on the experience of companies, entrepreneurs and scientists.
The innovation director of MCI and Campus Party Brazil, Ney Neto, comments on how enriching the experience was: “bringing together market professionals and young people who seek their space to debate and exchange experiences in areas of knowledge such as Open Innovation, Cyber Security, Data Protection and Privacy, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence will certainly result in winnings for everyone. ”
The 2019 edition offered a new space for the present public, Campus Jobs, with lectures and other activities related to professional training, and the possibility of participating in selective processes that could result in effective recruitment. Barbara Duran, HR director at MCI, says the goal was to provide career guidance grants, “not just from those who already fuel the desire to innovate, but especially from those who seek to develop,” she explains.
Initiative of the noblest was the campaign created by Campus Party, in partnership with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and Communications (MCTIC), which culminated in the collection of more than 20 tons of electronic discards such as monitors, CPUs, printers, keyboards, cellular and air conditioners, speakers, notebooks and other computer accessories.
All that has been gathered will be at the MCTIC Computer Refurbishment Centers and will later be donated to digital inclusion points such as libraries, public schools and telecenters throughout the country.
For students of all ages and levels of learning, it was an opportunity not only to integrate with colleagues from all over Brazil, but also to gain insight into what is happening in the world in various areas of technology, the Internet, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
We expect managers of higher education institutions to be well-informed with the event and attentive to the myriad of reflections it brings. It is a concept that needs to be accompanied by those who believe it is providing the education of the future.