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So far, over 3,000 people have registered for the 5th Latin American Conference on Free Software – Latinoware 2008. From Thursday, 30th, to Saturday, November 1st, at the Itaipu Technological Park, Foz do Iguaçu (PR), the event will bring together Latin American students, experts and people working in the areas of free and open source code software. The number of attendees is nearly three times higher than the total registrations for the 2007 edition.


Latinoware 2008 exceeds 3,000 registrations An Itaipu Binacional initiative in collaboration with the Fundação Parque Tecnológico Itaipu (Itaipu Technological Park Foundation), Companhia de Informática do Paraná - Celepar (Paraná IT Company) and the Serviço Nacional de Processamento de Dados – Serpro (Brazilian Data Processing Service), the international conference will be offering over 100 lectures, round tables and workshops on topics connected to information and communication technologies supported by free software systems developed in the continent. 





Latinoware 2008 will have important concurrent events presenting the latest products and technological developments in the areas of free and open source code software. One of the highlights will be the 2nd Hosnet Algorithm Olympic Games, which is set to bring together technical school students and instructors from several Brazilian states.


The contest has been created to encourage new professionals to develop projects in the areas of programming and IT so as to supply the market demand by strengthening the bonds between private companies and the education system.


The final round of the competition will be played on October 31 by the 15 highest ranking teams in the games which classified during the first phase of the event, scheduled for October 10. The games are organized by Hostnet in partnership with Latinoware 2008.




Another main feature will be the 2nd Latinoware Free Software Award. The contest will showcase the most advanced Latin American free software systems. This initiative seeks to foster the use and development of these open systems in Brazil by emphasizing the role of universities as one of the ideal ways to disseminate free technology.




Resuming the work started in 2004, Latinoware 2008 organizers will provide free spaces so that users of a wide variety of languages, technologies, operating systems and other technology branches related to free and open source code software have a place to get together, show their work and share experiences with other groups, people and institutions, in an effort to promote higher integration among all those connected to this topic.