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Inauguration of the 18th edition of Euskal Encounter

2010 July 22

This afternoon, the spokesperson of the Basque Government, Idoia Mendia, participated in the inauguration of the 18th edition of Euskal Encounter.

Idoia Mendia congratulated the organisation for the age of majority of Euskal Encounter. He also encouraged everyone to enjoy and participate in this fiesta.

In addition, the Basque Minister for Justice and Public Administration also encouraged those in attendance to participate in the workshops organised by the Basque Government on Open Data, Open Government and Free Software, and encouraged them to provide their opinions and raise any objections.

Irekia's special act

To this end, amongst the activities organised by the Basque Government, on Friday at 15:30, Irekia has set up an event wherein a space will be afforded to anyone who has anything to say within a time limit of 90 seconds: "Speakers' corner, 90 segundos en abierto".

Euskal Encounter 2010

The 18th edition of Euskal Encounter will take place in the more than 35,000 square metres afforded by the Bilbao Exhibition Centre. The BEC will host Spain's oldest LAN party, and second largest in terms of visitors, from today up until the 25th of July.

More than 4096 computers will connected to one another via 120 kilometres of network cable, 60 kilometres of electrical cable and 10 kilometres of fibre-optic cable.

This year, approximately 6000 people from 15 different countries will enjoy an Internet connection of 20 Gigabytes per second, 3000 times faster than the normal bandwidth, thereby ensuring that Euskal Encounter is the fastest LAN party in the world. Therefore, anyone visiting the BEC will be provided with everything they need to enjoy the most advanced technology over the course of the four days taken in by the event.

Furthermore, this year, the encounter has a special focus, which involves reaching out to all levels of society, to this end boasting a new area, "OpenGune", which is free and open to everyone, providing a space for discussions, conferences and workshops where companies, including SPRI, will set up their stands.


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Politicians attending the event
(IX term 2009 - 2012)
Other guests
  • Idoia Mendia