South America’s Top Technology Events for 2011. A Technology Renaissance

Across the world and in South America in particular, technology events are experiencing a healthy growth. The events are numerous, focused, truly substantial and relevant. It is no longer a pre-requisite to be in the Silicon Valley to have a respected technology event that gathers Internet luminaries and entrepreneurs.

All these rather recent activity in the technology sector is giving birth to a nascent technology scene with great potential.

South America is leapfrogging and rapidly becoming a more suitable and popular destination for technology events. The enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit is starting to reach a boiling point across the region, making it a prime spot for top-notch talent recruitment and a desirable market in its own right.

This new awakening is in great part due to the exponential growth and penetration that the Internet has had in the region. The Internet has provided an efficient channel for freedom of thought and expression for the younger generation. This generation is not bounded by the remembrance of oppressive regimes, as it is the case with the prior one.

The young are empowered to pursue their dreams and to break down social and geographical barriers.

According to WB Research, “Latin Americans are going online at an unprecedented rate. With increased broadband penetration, better access to computers, and improved payment and security options, 28% of the region’s half a billion people are already using the internet, and experts predict this number to more than double by 2015”,

Here are some of the top technology events that will take place in Latin America in 2011 as well as events that will take place in the US and that focus in the Latino market in the US and abroad. I’ve taken the time to add some information and tips about the value of the event to you and some travel tips about the host cities to help you make your choice .

Note to our readers: If you know of an event that should be in this list, please email us or post to the comments and we will add it to the post.

Chile

Streamnow on March 15, 2011. It will take place at the Centro Gamin the city of Santiago, Chile. Follow them on Twitter @streamnow.

Santiago’s Highlights:

The City of Santiago is one of most modern and safest metropolis in Latin America. Santiago is known for its continuous economic development as well as its political and social stability.

City Tour:

A fun and smart way to learn more about Santiago. Visit its most representative historical landmarks.

Bellavista Neighborhood:

This unique neighborhood showcases the aristocratic and Catholic influence of old times. With its peculiar architectural style, walking around Bellavista feels like walking around an outdoor museum.

Mexico

Vanguardia Tecnologica 2011

First Technology Innovation Fair in Mexico City. Vanguardia Tecnológica 2011 is the contact point between technology and investment in innovation in the City of Vanguard.

Vanguardia Tecnologica will take place from March 14th through the 17th at the World Trade Center in Mexico City.

IAB Conecta 2011

The congress brings together the most important Mexican brands. Speakers from these companies will share their vision and experience on the digitization of consumers, marketing and advertising.

IAB Conecta 2011 will take place in July, 28th and 29th at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City.

Appcircus Villa Hermosa 2011

This will be the inaugural mobile showcase for the Latin America tour 2011. AppCircus and CITITabasco are working together to bring the developer communities from Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Chiapas under one tent, so they can see the great mobile applications that are being created by developers, Startups and companies in the area.

AppCircus will be a place to make great connections and create a hub for the mobile ecosystem in the South of Mexico; so Technology clusters and the companies involved can create value through the networking involved in the event.

The showcase will be held on the 17th of March of 2011 in Villahermosa, Tabasco.

México Highlights:

This city was built on a series of dried lakes were more than 20 million people are living today

Nightlife in Mexico City:

– Opera Bar: one of the liveliest bars, located in the Historic Center.
– La Casa de las Sirenas: to drink the best tequila.
– Cosmo: the place of the most extravagant cocktails
– El Colmillo: one of the best in town.

United States

South By Southwest Interactive

This technology conference is among the most important in the world. The central topics are: advanced technology, innovative business strategies, social media, the latest news about web technology and design. Check out the Latin track

SxSW will take place from March 11th through the 15th, 2011 in Austin, Texas.

Tail América Latina

E-Commerce networking. Attendees: Latin American major retailers, marketing professionals, technology specialists. Top executives from Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Costa Rica will share case studies, which highlight the obstacles and solutions in each country. Global technology providers will present the latest solutions to help you determine what will work best for your business.

Tail America Latina will take place in April 5th through the 7th at the Hyatt Regency Miami, in Miami, FL

Media Leaders events

Media Leaders hosts concurrent events and workshops in 15 cities, 4 countries and 3 languages. Thousands of professional in Marketing, Advertising & Technology take part in this event.

Media Leaders events are hosted throughout the year in Latin America. US and Europe.

Argentina

Mega BarCamp Litoral

BarCamp is an “unconference” born from the desire of people to share and learn in an open space.

BarCamp Litoral will take place in May 7, 2011 at Costanera Este in the City of Santa Fe, Argentina

Santa Fe City Highlights:

The city of Rosario -a few miles from Santa Fe- is one of the bigest urban centers of Argentina because of its strategic geographic position in relation to MERCOSUR, a situation that places this city in an important industrial and touristic center. See more.

Colombia

Campus Party

Campus Party is recognized as the largest gathering of technology, creativity, entertainment and digital culture in the world. Latin America’s Campus Party events are highly recommended because this region is one of the most vibrant and the joyful spirit of the country ensures an unforgettable experience for visitors.

Campus Party takes place in June 27 – July 03, 2011 at Corferias in the City of Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá highlights:

Barrio de la Candelaria: The most traditional neighborhood of Bogota. It is one of the most beautiful urban landscapes of the capital, with cobblestone streets and colonial buildings.

Bolivar Square: Located in the heart of Bogota. Some of the attractions which surround it are: The Cathedral, The National Capitol – the National Congress of the Republic-, The Liévano Building and the July 20, 1810 House Museum. See more.

Panamá

FUDCon Panama 2011

Panama will host one of the largest free software events worldwide, the “Fedora User and Developer Conference Latin America 2011.

FUDCon will take place in May 26, 27 and 28, 2011 in the City of Knowledge, Panamá

Panama Highlights:

Panama is among the recommended countries to visit in 2011 according to Lonely Planet. Some of the Panama’s attractions are traditional festivals, treks in the rain forest and sand-floored huts in Kuna Yala. A large part of the country is still virgin forest, where real adventures are close to urban centers.

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