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Computer Enthusiasts Flock To São Paulo For World's Biggest Technology Convention

posted 3 Feb 2013, 06:02 by Mpelembe   [ updated 3 Feb 2013, 06:03 ]

The Campus Party is currently underway in São Paulo, bringing together computer and technology enthusiasts from all over the world.

SÃO PAULOBRAZIL ( FEBRUARY 02, 2013) (REUTERS) -  One of the largest technology events in the world is underway Saturday (February 2) in São PauloBrazil.

The Campus Party is an annual convention that brings together self-described geeks and nerds from around the globe to share ideas about anything computer and technology related.

The initiative started in Spain sixteen years ago and has since been held in Colombiaand Mexico.

Bruno Souza, president of the Campus Party Institute, says the aim of the event is for people from different backgrounds and skills to come together and interact.

"The Campus Party is a multicultural event, we have software people, music people, bloggers, and we try to bring everyone together because we think it's a nice way for people to get to know one another and share ideas. Today, innovation and creativity happen because people are able to meet up and hold discussions," he said.

The Campus Party is attended by thousands. Over a 5 day period, gamers, bloggers, entrepreneurs and scientists attend workshops to discuss the most pressing issues currently affecting the tech world.

Plastic artist, Alexandre Pereira, thinks Campus Party is not so much about the thousands of computers and machines on show, but about the people who attend it.

"The most important thing here is to network, is for people to be able to talk to each other and the relationship between human beings. It's cool to be able to check out the computers but the most important thing is to talk about electronics and robotics and just interact with people," he said.

To make sure the exchange of ideas keeps flowing even after the computers shutdown, the organizers of the event set aside a massive area where attendants can camp and spend the night.

"Even from our tents we can hear people singing on the stage, it's better than to stay at a hotel, or at a friend's house. If you camp, you can feel the energy, it's more fun," says student Erlon Murilo.

The Campus Party final day will be this Sunday, (January 03).