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Thousands of geeks and hackers descend on Brazil for technology party

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Visitors arrive to the IT event "5th Campus Party", where about 5000 tents are set up at Anhembi park in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012.

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Participants set up their computers during the IT event.

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A participant plays 3D computer games during the IT event

The Campus Party is an annual 24-7 event, and about 7000 visitors are expected to participate with different interests such as digital art, robotics or computer games.  This year marks the fifth edition of the event in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 

Founded in 1997 as a gaming and demoscene event, the festival was first held in Málaga, Spain, and has since spurred editions in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Ecuador and Chile. In 2012, the event will be held for the first time in the United States in Silicon Valley, California.

The event has evolved into a 7-day, 24-hour festival connecting online communities, gamers, programmers, bloggers, governments, universities and students and has a broad focus, covering technology innovation and electronic entertainment, with an emphasis on free software, programming, astronomy, social media, gaming, green technology, robotics, security networks and computer modeling. Their stated goal is to bring together the best talent in areas regarding technology and Internet to share experiences and innovate for a "better tomorrow". -- wikipedia

 

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Participants play computer games during the first day of the IT event.