As happens every year, the great event that draws a massive audience enthusiastic about IT and the new technologies repeats itself. From 22 to 25 July, the 25th edition was held at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC), where thousands of participants were able to enjoy activities that revolved around topics such as Digital Creativity, Hardware, Freeware, Games and other concerns.
Euskal Encounter is a mass meeting of IT enthusiasts and professionals that has been held in the Basque Country every year since 1994. For several days, participants exchange know-how and conduct all sorts of activities related to computers, apart from meeting people and learning information technology and communications from others.
Gipuzkoa Encounter is a smaller and more approachable version of Euskal Encounter while keeping its essence. It is a popular event where large numbers of computer professionals and enthusiasts share their know-how and get involved in activities related to the computer technology world, while enjoying themselves and learning from the other delegates.
Araba also hosts its own party that is faithful to the essence of Euskal Encounter, but with its own unique character that is held. It is a popular event where large numbers of computer professionals and enthusiasts share their know-how and get involved in activities related to the computer technology world, while enjoying themselves and learning from the other delegates.
The Fun&Serious Game Festival is the largest video games festival in Europe and has become a benchmark within the industry. Its mission is to recognise and promote the work of producers, directors, artists and video game developers, through a comprehensive programme that includes lectures, round tables, networking and activities both for companies and the general public. The festival ends every year with an exclusive gala to present the awards for the best video games of the year.
Bime Hackday is an event that brings together lovers of music, development and new technologies. Two full days of lectures and workshops to learn about the latest trends in web development, mobile applications, video games, software, new devices, etc. There is also a Hackathon in which makers, hackers and developers create new bases for the platforms of the future.
Deia Digital Meetings is an event led by Deia that is sponsored by certain entities, including Euskaltel. It is the recognition of the best initiatives in digital media, gathering together a wide range of different options that exist today for accessing information on the net. It reflects the weight of digital media and the work of the people who are behind the information that is disclosed there.
Innova Bilbao has established itself as one of the competitions with the most vitality in the digital sphere. Over a few days, a wide range of professionals and specialists in digital business, communications, marketing, mobile applications and big-data exhibit their wares for the public. Through round tables and conferences, important issues are discussed in relation to innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and motivation; key factors for studying and working in the digital world.
One of the big problems we currently have is the gender gap in technological professions, where less than 20% of pupils in STEM (science, technology and mathematics) degree courses are women. This Is even wider in Vocational Training courses.
There are increasingly more job positions in the technology sector, and therefore that is why it is so important to incentivise and introduce young women to this field.
The Konekta Euskaltel Foundation has organised sessions on women and technology, with the aim of raising awareness among society, educators, families and girls themselves who are currently studying, highlighting the opportunities there are in the job market.