Short description of the event

Eight concurrent tracks will cover different aspects of Information and Communication technologies, with plenaries for topics of general interest. This aims to form a critical mass of professionals in networking technologies, information processing, network services, and project management to foster Internet utilization in the Latin-American and Caribbean countries, with emphasis on educational, health improvement and productivity enhancement.


Participating organizations


Background

The Latin American Networking School was established to respond to the need for training Latin Americans in the design, installation, management and administration of Computer Networks at the service of Academic Centers. It has the support of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) of Trieste, Italy, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the The Latin American and Caribbean IP address Regional Registry (LACNIC) and has become a permanent organization for the development of Information Technologies. Located in Mérida, Venezuela, it has offered five main events during the years of 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003 drawing from a group of highly qualified instructors from North America and Europe, which attracted a large number of participants from Latin America and the Caribbean Region (AL&C). EsLaRed had a key role in the organization of the I, II, III, IV, V and VI Latin American and Caribbean Workshops on Internet Technologies in Rio de Janeiro on July 1998, in Mérida, Venezuela in 1999, México D.F. in July 2000, in Mérida Venezuela, in 2001, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in May 2002, again in Mérida in October 2003 , Cuzco Peru in October 2004, Mérida Venezuela in 2005, Qutio, Ecuador in 2007 and finally in Coro, Venezuela next November.

Objectives of the conference

Achieve a critical mass of professionals in networking infrastructure, information transmission, integrated network services, new technologies to help in the expansion of activities related to the Internet development in the Latin American and Caribbean countries, with emphasis on educational, health improvement and productivity enhancement.

Establish and improve individual and institutional links among the key actors in Information Technologies, Educational institutions and ONGs.

Identify and reinforce individual and institutional links for national and regional activities based on Internet.

Assess the improvements on Education, Productivity, Health, Gender Equality and Governance that can be garnered by a judicious use of IT.

Address the actions to be taken to diminish the Digital Divide.


Main conference activities

Plenaries with key actors in ICT in Latin America, followed by hands-on workshops in seven different tracks that address specific topics, making use of ad hoc laboratory equipment and the facilities of the Academic Network of Universidad de Los Andes, which includes Gigabit Ethernet, ATM, TDM and wireless networks.

Size of the conference

We expect to have 200 participants from 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries; 30 instructors from USA, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Type of participants in the conference in general

The participants must be involved in planning activities and Internet establishment in their home countries, in the development of a local network or international services, or work in the public and educational sector, as well as in non-governmental or civil organizations. The technicians and professionals of the social sciences will have the opportunity to interact and build ties that span many countries with a common underlying culture and language.
Workshop participants from previous events, may attend if they select a different program that the one in which they assisted previously, or if they present a clear justification to repeat a previous program.