The Ecuadorian geek and blogger community met up on March 21 in the capital city of Quito for Barcamp Ec [es]. The first of its kind in Ecuador and it attracted bloggers and experts from a wide range of fields who traveled from different locations across the country to attend. This event followed another event in Quito called Domingo en la Mañana (DELM) [es] or better known as “Sunday Morning” on February 22 and gathered entrepreneurs, business and other internet enthusiasts. Attendees and participants provide their thoughts on the events.
Paul Barahona helped with organizing both BarcampEc and Domingo en la Mañana. As one the most enthusiastic Ecuadorian bloggers, he offers his impressions of what took place at Sunday Morning in Quito. Paul works under a online nickname Palulo Panda and he published a “Pandacast” with thoughts on DELM:
Ese fue un encuentro muy productivo, pues se consolidó aún más la comunidad que mira a la red de redes como un espacio para aprender, compartir y generar ganancias. Por cierto, aquel no fue el primer encuentro de emprendedores 2.0, ya que en el 2007 se realizó el Loxa Bloggers y en el 2008 el Primer Encuentro Virtual de Bloggers.
That was a very productive meeting, as it further consolidated the community that looks to the internet as a place to learn, share, and generate profit. Incidentally, that was not the first entrepreneurs 2.0 meet up, that in 2007 the Loxa Bloggers and in 2008 and the First Virtual Encounter of Bloggers took place.
During BarcampEc, there were over 200 hundred people in attendance at the event which took place on the first floor of the Engineering School at the Catholic University in Quito (CATO). Many Ecuadorians were following the developments through the internet and as one the participants said, that the cream of the crop of Ecuadoran geeks were here The list of speakers can be found here and if you are interested on knowing more about the Barcamp just Google it under the term barcampquito09.
For the most part, participants were pleased with BarcampEc. Eduardo Palacios, who also spoke at Barcamp tweeted:
Finalizada la primera mitad del Barcamp. Hasta aquí, un éxito.
The first part of Barcamp has ended. So far, a success.
Christian Espinosa of Cobertura Digital [es] also was a speaker and one of the topics he shared was the Web 2.0 and the Impact on Journalism 2009 (slideshare). He also was one of the first to comment with his impressions after Barcamp Quito 2009 ended. He stresses that this was a great example for others wanting live coverage of a similar type of event.