Granada hosts a great innovation and technology forum in which 2.000 people are going to participate

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Under the motto Más Digital different events are being held, such as the Guadalinfo Dynamizers Meeting and the Open Source World Conference 
 
On the 12th and 13th of January the city of Granada is going to be the spotlight for innovation, new technologies and free software, thanks to the Más Digital event, organized by the Junta de Andalusia through the Economy, Innovation and Science ministry, with the support of the main entities and companies of this field.  During the Más Digital’s time frame two high-level events will take place: the Open Source World Conference, one of the biggest european events that promotes a sustainable technological model based on open standards; and the Guadalinfo Dynamizers Meeting, the andalusian social public network.
 
Más Digital is an unique and unprecedented initiative, where two events related with boosting new technologies and the development of the Information Society join forces to combine opportunities and knowledge, gathering in one single space the best of both initiatives: strategic contents, current time and trends, perspectives, exchange of experiences and business developing. The Guadalinfo network will gather its members under the motto “Innovate+Transform for Andalusia”, so they can share their experiences and knowledge related with this social innovation public network´s work present in every andalusian town with less than 20.000 inhabitants.
 
The Open Source World Conference, one of the biggest european events that promotes a sustainable technological model based on open standards will be held this year under the motto “An open business”, and it will serve as a forum and meeting point for technological user and supplier companies and Public Administrations, will a clear orientation towards the corporate aspect and the business development.
 
Following a multidisciplinary and constructive approach, around both events other forums and high-level meetings are going to take place; amongst them, the World Wide Web Consortion (W3C), the Telecentros State Congress, the International Public Software (IPS), or the European Union’s ISA. The synergy gathered by all of these meetings will allow for a greater impact and to create a management budget coherent with the current economic situation.
 
Lectures, renowned personalities, companies and professionals, dynamizers and public responsibility representatives, will all meet in Granada in both events, that will share some spaces and contents, such as the main lecture, with José Antonio Griñán, president of the Junta de Andalusia, and Nicholas Negroponte, co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the MIT Media Lab, and responsible for the “a laptop for each children” initiative (OLPC), meant to reduce the digital divide in underdeveloped countries, facilitating children’s access to low cost computers and integrating them in a global society that keeps growing every day thanks to the Internet.  
 
Both events can be followed on-line, and are going to have special web spaces and contents for the Network, extending the participation to this event to every person interested even though they can’t be present in Granada.
 
 
The Open Source World Conference
 
Since its beginning in 2004 and after six editions, the OSWC has become a national and international renowned event in the free technology field, gathering representatives of every group interested in the realm of new technologeies innovation: users, social agents, developers, open source software communities, businessmen, investors and public responsibilities representatives.
 
The event is organized by the Junta de Andalusia, through the Economy, Innovation and Science ministry, and with the support and backing of the Junta de Extremadura and the Reference National Center for Application of Information and Communication Technologies (CENATIC), also counting with the collaboration of businesses of the ICT sector.
 
In this new edition, and under the motto “An open business”, the Conference will mainly serve as a forum and meeting point for professionals of technological services user and supplier companies and Public Administrations, and is going to have a clear orientation towards the business aspect. Increasing the exchange of experiences, cooperations and new businesses between the viewers, and offering contents and spaces dedicated to facilitate the participants and the public and private sector professionals networking.
 
Also, paying special attention to the possibilities of externalizing products and services for the companies that work with open source software. And so, this edition will count with the participation of representatives of the governments of Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Perú and Venezuela. 
 
For more information visit: www.opensourceworldconference.com
 
 
The Guadalinfo Dynamizers Meeting
 
The Guadalinfo public social innovation network will gather approximately 1.000 professionals in Granada that work in the 756 centers scattered in andalusian towns with less than 20.000 inhabitants and urban areas in risk of exclusion.
 
The annual dynamizer’s meeting will be held along side the Telecentros State Congress under the motto “Innovate+Transform for Andalusia”, with the goal of exchanging ideas and knowledge around the work carried by the Guadalinfo network, establish cooperation networks, reflect about the initiative’s present and future and set new objectives.
 
With over 600.000 users that have passed by its centers and a virtual network that exceeds the 700.000, Guadalinfo facilitates the creation and identification of citizen’s ideas, offering tools, connections and training to strengthen them and (thru ICT) accelerate its transforming impact in Andalusia.
 
The network has already spawned 800 innovative projects based and managed by citizens in different fields such as tourism, employment, training, inclusion, environment, web 2.0, sustainability, accessibility and culture.
 
For more information visit: www.guadalinfo.es