Last January 12-13 in Granada, Spain, the Guadalinfo Network hosted Guadalinfo 2012, an annual conference that brings local and worldwide leaders and practitioners from information, communication, and technology for development (ICT4D) and telecentre sectors. Guadalinfo is considered one of Spain’s premier ICT4D events and among the most important for telecentres in Europe.
“Innovation + Transformation x Andalucia” was this year’s main theme. There was an extensive presence of local and international private companies linked with ICT as they showcased their products and services while the government of Andalucia hosted several sessions to report on the progress of their various digital projects.
The event took place at the Palacio de Congresos in the city of Granada and over 1000 Guadalinfo telecentre operators (dinamizadores) and another 500 invitees gathered around multiple workshops, networking, and parallel activities organized this year, including the International Open Source Conference, the State Telecentre Congress and an IT fair for private sector and non-profits.
Telecentre.org Foundation Executive Director Miguel Raimilla was especially invited to deliver a keynote presentation on the “Impact and Importance of Telecentres in Innovation”. Miguel’s presentation focused on keeping a constant, open, and active collaboration between telecentres and telecentres networks as a way to facilitate the growth of new ideas and innovation to benefit the community. The presentation was regarded as highly engaging and practical, providing valuable new ideas for telecentre operators and ICT practitioners and closing with an extended round of questions from the audience. (*Miguel’s presentation is available in Spanish at: http://livestre.am/1eLT6 ).
In addition to the presentation from TCF’s Executive Director, Guadalinfo 2012 was also honored with presentations from Nicholas Negroponte from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), Dr. Cristobal Cobo from the Oxford University Internet Institute and Carlos Jean, Musician, Producer and Founder of El Plan B.