Consegi 2011

  • I’ve just come back home after CONSEGI 2011 in Brasilia. It’s been an interesting and intense week. I met great people and carried home lots of beautiful pictures of Brasilia and of ideas and information for my work on Open Data and Digital Inclusion. Definitely, the link between these two things and their relation with poverty, equal opportunities and social change remain the most important concepts floating around at CONSEGI, as I’ve already mentioned in my other reports from this conference.
  • After the good start I already reported, CONSEGI continued well. Besides many talks on specific, often philosophical, political or administrative themes, there are plenty of workshops still ongoing, on a wide range of topics related to Free Software and Open Government: traswhare, e-government, promotion of Free Software both in general and in development of Brasilian IT industry, and labs introducing visitors to Plone, LibreOffice macros, Python, InkScape and many others applications.
  • CONSEGI 2011 just started, and looks promising for two or three reasons. The first one is shown in this picture of the line at the registration desk: there’s a lot of young students here! Hopefully, this is just normal here in Brazil, and only seems surprising to me. However, I would have never expected so many young people at a Conference with such a “boring” program: E-government, Open Data… So far, most events of the same type I’ve attended in Italy and other parts of Europe had a much older attendance!