Please keep in mind that ABRE LATAM’s official language is spanish and that no translation services will be provided for the event.

We’d love to have people from all over the world but right now our focus is to fuel discussion four our countries, taking account of our own realities and in our language. Participants from anywhere in the world are very welcome but we really felt the need to clarify this as soon as possible. If you have any doubt or feel that you might still be able to contribute beyound language barriers, feel free to contact us through the form at the bottom of this page.

This information is provided for those who still want to learn more about the event as well as for those who might be interested in helping us with promotion in non-spanish-speaking countries (thanks for that! We have a simple press kit if you’re interested).

What is AbreLatAm?

It is the first unconference about Open Data and Transparency in Latin American. It is set to take place in Montevideo, Uruguay on June 24th and 25th, 2013. Our goal is to assemble representatives from different sectors of Latin American civil society who work with Open Data to strengthen transparency, citizen participation, and civil liberties. We believe that the best way to accomplish said objectives is by organizing an unconference, convening all relevant and interested actors in one, open space so regional civil society can better share their strategies & common challenges, and identifying opportunities of cooperation both regional as well as global.

An “Unconference”

AbreLatAm is an unconference. It is a neutral space, where formal and informal networks, organizations, and persons can meet in order to discuss their ideas and strategies. It is an ideal opportunity to generate collaborations throughout the region and share alternative mechanisms for the coordination of resources and efforts.
A unconference is driven by its participants. The agenda for what’s to be discussed is created during the first day with input from the attendees. This facilitates the equal and active participation of each attendee, ensuring that each voice is heard and that the areas of common interest are represented. Although there is no predetermined agenda, there will be a selection of ideas which will come from the responses of the participants upon registering for the unconference. The session facilitators are also the attendees themselves.. Their job is to help guide the discussion of each session, making sure that everyone participates and ultimately creating an inclusive, productive environment..

Who can participate?

People from all over the world interested in what is happening in Latin America in terms of Open Data and themes that intersect it, including government transparency, public innovation, and citizen participation. AbreLatAm will bring together a multidisciplinary audience who interact with and promote Open Data, including advocates, technologists, developers, data journalists, academics, students, traditional NGOs, policy-makers, government officials that use or generate open data. Everyone who is interested in Open Data is welcome.

It is important to note that we have limited capacity, so don’t waste time and sign up today. The sooner do, the better chances you have to get a spot. Every session and activity of this unconference will be held in 100% in Spanish. Take this as an incentive to dust off that part of your brain and those dictionaries!

Send Us Your Ideas

What topics motivate you? What would you like to discuss in this first AbreLatAm? Send us your ideas for the unconference sessions, topics that motivate you, or whatever you think is a must-have in the agenda. In order to promote dialogue and community, we ask that you send your suggestions to us through our Twitter and Facebook accounts, or our LinkedIn group.

 

Registration

ABRE LATAM is a free event for every participant. Nevertheless, as capacity is limited, every person needs to register as we must plan our activities according to the number of attendees. We want to have the most diverse and representative event in Latin America, including participants from around the world who work in the region or are in interested in doing so.

That is why we have three types of registration which are available:

Scholarship Program:

Thanks to our sponsors, we were able to a create a Scholarship Program that allows for more people to come down and take part in the conversation in Montevideo. Although we would love to help each and every one of our participants, we have limited funding, so we’ve decided to make better use of our resources and partially sponsor more participants. Everyone interested in receiving assistance must apply below. The AbreLatAm team will analyze each application and respond as soon as possible.

Participant:

The people and organizations who are able to pay their own travel expenses only have to register in Eventbrite to book a spot in AbreLatAm. And just like that you’re registered! Due to the infrastructure and logistics, we are limited in space, thus there are fixed quotas so each country in the region is represented with at least one participant. The sooner you book your place, the better. Thanks to the contributions of our sponsors, food and drink during this event are included. But if you’re feeling generous, the next option is the one for you!

Awesome Participant:

Organizing an event like AbreLatAm is not cheap, but it’s important for us to keep costs for attendance low for you guys, our participants. Your support can make the difference. If you’re feeling especially solidary, we invite to you donate what you can, whether it’s $5, $15 or $50, at the moment you reserve your spot with Eventbrite. Your donation can make the difference for a participant, buying them part of their airfare or other travel expenses. Your support is greatly appreciated by the crew at AbreLatAm and the participants!

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Donations and Sponsors

Help us make the best AbreLatAm possible!
Are you or your organization interested in helping us to make the best event possible? Get in contact to find out about the ways you can provide support!

Logistics

When?

Monday, June 24th and Tuesday, June 25th.

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  • 9:00-11:00 Welcome reception (place TBA)
  • 11:00-11:30 Coffee break
  • 11:30-13:00 Unconference Sessions (CCE)
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch (place TBA)
  • 14:00-16:30 Unconference Sessions (CCE)
  • 16:30-17:00 Coffee break
  • 17:00-18:00 Unconference Sessions (CCE)
  • 20:00-22:30: Cena (lugar a confirmar)

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  • 9:00-11:00 Lightning talks (place TBA)
  • 11:00-11:30 Coffee break
  • 11:30-13:00 Unconference Sessions (CCE)
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch (place TBA)
  • 14:00-16:30 Unconference Sessions (CCE)
  • 16:30-17:00 Coffee break
  • 17:00-18:00 Unconference Sessions (CCE)
  • 20:00-22:30: Closing Party (place TBA)

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Where?

Centro Cultural de España (Cultural Center of Spain) CCE
Address: 692 Rincón Street, Montevideo, 11000, Uruguay
The CCE in Montevideo aims to democratize the access to culture and to promote development through this. It opens its doors to local initiatives and activities, including expositions, congresses, workshops, debates, conferences, concerts, cinematography, theatre productions, among other activities. More Information can be found here.

How to get there?

Downtown Montevideo distances are very walk-able and bike-able. To get to the CCE, check out “Como ir?” (How to get there?) application created by the city of Montevideo’s local government for easy step-by-step instructions on how to get from point A to point B.

Planning your stay

We created a few lists on Foursquare with some recommendations of what to do, see, and eat nearby the event site in downtown Montevideo. There is a lot of information on the web, but we suggest you download the Foursquare app, as you can choose the option to “Save this List” to your smartphone.
Unconference Spaces / Touristic and Cultural Activities / Cafés, Restaurants, and Eateries / Happy Times, Bars, & Nightlife / Accommodations & Hotels / Handy dandy services (laundry, drugstores, and more)

Connectivity

You’re in luck! Both CCE as well as the hotels we’ve recommended (in fact, the most of the city hotels) offer free WiFi. Moreover, practically every public space (including parks and squares) within the area of the event have open and free WiFi networks. It is also very common to find stores, cafés, and bars with available WiFi networks with no extra cost to their clients. Here’s a list of a few of these spaces.

About Us

DATA promotes human development through the creation, use and innovation on Open Data based technology to improve our societies and governments. Our mission is to create tools to act in a collective, participative and collaborative manner, supported by the community through technology and the use of public information. DATA promotes participation, contributing to easier and richer community decision-making processes, as well as generating new spaces for public debate and civic innovation.

Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente (Smart Citizen Foundation) is a non-profit, non-partisan, politically independent organization whose mission it is to strengthen democracy & reduce inequality in Latin America by increasing transparency, access to information, and participation through the innovative use of information technologies & open data, creating web tools and platforms to empower citizens.