Minho Campus Party
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LAN parties have their origins in the north of Europe, where they are frequent, 10-year-running tradition.
The event is a manifestation of the new opportunities for youth and youth culture in this millennium: All over the world, youthes are coming together to create communities based on a mutual interest in computers and computing.
|Date start / end||Number of participants||Location||Area (m2)|
|2001||August 29 - September 2||300||Braga, Parque de exposições|
|2002||July 31 - August 4||600||Guimarães, Pavilhão Multiusos|
|2003||July 30 - August 3||1500||Viana do Castelo, Pavilhão da Associação Industrial do Minho|
|2004||July 28 - August 1||1700||Braga, Estádio Municipal de Braga||9500|
Professor Altamiro Machado
The idea of bringing to Portugal, and specifically to the Minho area, an event of this type came from Professor Altamiro Machado (one of the pioneers of education of computer science in the 1970s) University Professor and then director of the Department of Information Systems (DSI - Departamento de Sistemas e Informação) of the Minho University. Professor Altamiro Machado developed the idea, looking for support, and developing the first contacts with the team of Charles Pinto Spanish event. It was from his initiative that a group of about forty students of the DSI participated in the Campus Party  2000 in Valencia, with the objective of later helping to implement the Portuguese version of the event. Professor Altamiro Machado died in end of March 2001. In his memory the accomplishments of the Minho Campus Party are a tribute to the university professor who was truly a man of vision. During the 2001 event, a session to honor the professor's memory  was organized
Cisco Systems supported the MCP since its first edition, and for the past 4 (four) years, mounting the network infrastructure and supplying the necessary equipment (an investment of more than two million dollars). Before the role was taken over by ProCruve Networking by HP
Portugal Telecom supports the connection.
- 3 (three) ATM, STM-1 (155 Mbit each), connected to the data centre of the Telepac (Portugal Telecom Group) on Porto.
- 15,000 meters of optical-fiber
- 30,000 of network cables
- Computer games
- Linux and Security
- Mobility and Telecommunications
When official competitions don't exist, participants frequently organize competitions between themselves, of which many become officially recognised by the organization.
- Minho Campus Party, official page
- Minho Campus Party Forum
- #campusparty, channel in the IRC network, PTnet
Articles and news
- SIC Online, online videos (in Portuguese)
- Ciberia, photos
- Minho Campus Party, 2002 (format WMV) RTP2 - Magazine 2010
- NTV, 2002 (format WMV)
- RTP1 morning edition, 2002 (format WMV)
- RTP2 night edition, 2002 (format WMV)
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