Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Get ready for a Campus Party UK later this year! Find out more:

Structure inside the 6th edition of the Campus Party Brazil
The insidesaopaulo been accredited to attend the Campus Party 2013 and yesterday I ended up meeting a British delegation that was visiting the event. I had the chance to chat a bit with Rui Lopes, who works for the British Consulate-General Sao Paulo. He told me a little about the work done by them and introduced me to Obi Okuadigbo, Assistant Director of the Coventry University Tech Park. According to Obi, there is a great chance to Campus Party have an UK edition later this year. Check both interviews below:

You are bringing them here to see if there is an interest in bringing the Campus Party to UK?
Rui Lopes: We'll have a moment here on Campus Party called UK without borders, where it will be shown that the UK is open for education and entrepreneurship. In this panel, we will have representatives of four different institutions in the UK, among them is the Coventry University Tech Park, which is represented by Obi. He will talk about technology parks.

Our intention at Campus Party, is to make people understand this ecosystem that exists within the UK, which involves education. We came with the universities, and there will be a person talking about exchange opportunities, Master's Degree in the UK... We also have Ian Tracey, who will talk about the Science and Technology Facilities Council, which is an agency of the British government that funds research within the UK. While Obi will talk about the Tech Park, which is about the period when the person leaves the University and need support, a space that helps you to create your own business. At the end will be Simon Sprince from UK Trade and Investment, which is the British government body that supports UK companies to access other markets. It is an ecosystem that involves education, entrepreneurship and government support. We are trying to bring it to the Campus Party 2013.

Is there in the UK, any event organised in the same way as the Campus Party?
Rui Lopes: No. What is most like that in the UK, is the Digital Shoreditch Festival. Which we will be rewarding here at the Campus Party on January 31st (Thursday), in a competition called UKBR Place your Bets, where Brazilian startups — that are already enrolled —, will have the chance to have their pitches and a commission of British and Brazilian judges will choose a startup to receive R$ 6,000 to go to the festival in London. We already had a lecture by Mark Hillary, titled Modern Business - Gaining new clients through social media. His intention was to show that social media is not an enemy to businesses, but an ally.

Tell me more about the UKBrazil Season.
Rui Lopes: It's happening now, from September 2012 until March 2013. It is a series of events of various natures, where the British government is encouraging the creation of partnerships between the UK and Brazil. That, within a context of Olympic legacy, since the last Olympics was in London and the next will be in Rio. We want to increase the ties between the UK and Brazil. We want to strengthen these ties in different ways. Both with lectures at universities such as art exhibitions and more. We are bringing this British delegation here because we want the relationship between Brazil and the UK increases in many areas. We are here at Campus Party because it is one of the actions that we have prepared for the season.

"I know that if we can have it in the UK, it’s gonna be a phenomenon success!"

How are you feeling here at the Campus Party? There are a lot o people from many places...
Obi Okuadigbo: I know, it’s very interesting and there is a lot to taking. As you know the British Council invited us across here. I come from a technological park in the UK. We are interested in innovation and entrepreneur and this is something we are pushing out our country constantly. So, it’s interesting to see how many people actually turn up for this event, because it’s not what I’m familiar with.

Is it the first time you are here? 
Obi Okuadigbo: Yes, it’s my first time in São Paulo.

This event also happens in Spain...
Obi Okuadigbo: For me anyway, it’s the first time I heard about it. But now we understand that in Spain, and also it was in Berlin too. We definitely are going to encourage our students of our University to attempt too.

Do you think it can help the project you guys are organising?
Obi Okuadigbo: Sure. A 100%. Going forward, we are on the knowledge based economy. The new bright ideas are going to come from the younger people. Having an environment where all young people can come together and bounce ideas each other because Uni is fantastic. 

Personally, I really like the the period of time set for this event, where one week is more than enough, mainly for people getting in contact and sharing experiences.
Obi Okuadigbo: I know that if we can have it in the UK, it’s gonna be a phenomenon success. Definitely.

Do you think it’s really gonna happen in the UK?
Obi Okuadigbo: From speaking with the director here, it seems... there are positive messages it will happen in this year. If it does happen in this year, we’ll definitely be a part of it, and we will definitely encourage and actively promoted it in the UK.

If it happens in UK, are you guys open for the whole Europe as well, or the focus on the first one will be just in the UK?
Obi Okuadigbo: Well, I think that firstly in the UK so we can see how it goes, what the attendance is like, how well it was accepted and obviously if it is well accepted and we feel it’s definitely a benefit and we can see, actually companies forming from those meetings, it’s definitely something we will do.

What: 2013 Campus Party Brazil
Where: Anhembi Parque
When: January 28th to February 3rd
Price: R$ 300 (still available)

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