QUITO – Some 3,000 people are taking an active part in Campus Party Quito, Ecuador’s biggest technology event, which for many young people also represents a springboard to state scholarship programs in the world’s finest universities.
Such is the case of Paul Mosquera, a young innovator determined to get the most out of the Campus Party by submitting to performance tests for a scholarship program that the government maintains with top universities in a number of countries.
Mosquera’s goal is to be one of the “group of high performing students” who merit a scholarship, since he is already thinking of going to either Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) or the University of Toronto.
His dream now seems much closer to reality, since during the event which ends on Sunday he will have steeped himself in more than 250 hours of technological content and talks by such personalities as the creator of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, who will connect with the Campus Party by videoconference from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
Assange, an Australian citizen, sought and was granted political asylum at the Ecuadorian mission in 2012 after losing a long battle in the British courts to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning on allegations of sexual misconduct.
Assange, who denies the accusations, fears that once he is in Swedish custody, U.S. prosecutors will indict him for espionage over WikiLeaks’ dissemination of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables and Washington will pressure Stockholm into handing him over.
Also participating are the California city of Palo Alto’s Chief Information Officer Jonathan Reichental, renowned advertising creative Leandro Raposo, the “father of the MP3 player” Nathan Schulhof, and designer Ramiro Torres, who worked on developing Xbox One.
Paul Mosquera, who has attended previous editions of Campus Party Quito, did not come empty-handed to this year’s meeting, but has presented a 3D printer that he assembled entirely by himself.