Telefónica powers first-ever pan-European Campus Party

-Telefónica partners with Futura Networks to bring 'biggest ever' Campus Party to Berlin
-10,000 'campuseros' unite to rewrite the future of the European web
-Berlin's historic Tempelhof Airport named as venue for Europe's brightest young tech talent
London/Munich - Telefónica and Futura Networks have signed a partnership to stage the first-ever Pan-European Campus Party this summer. Berlin has been named as the host city for the August event which aims to unite more than 10,000 of Europe's brightest young minds in technology and science under one roof.
From 21-26 August 2012, the former airport site of Berlin Tempelhof will become the world's biggest festival of Internet technology, a 24-hour-a-day gathering of "campuseros" - technologists, developers, gamers and geeks - sharing their experiences in the digital world. Campus Party's aim is to unite Europe's brightest young minds in technology and science under the idea that the "Internet is not a network of computers, it's a network of people."
"We believe the power of ideas and innovative approaches to technology can transform Europe's social and economic future for the better," said José María Álvarez-Pallete, CEO Telefónica Europe. "One goal of Campus Party in Berlin is to rewrite the source code - or web DNA - for Europe and reinstate the region as a global leader in technology." Paco Ragageles, co founder of Campus Party, added "for us it's a challenge to celebrate our biggest Campus Party in Berlin. We want to unite 10,000 innovative minds and more than 180,000 campuseros of our online community to work together to offer solutions to real problems that affect Europe". Campus Party is the world's biggest festival of Internet technology. Operating under the principle that "The Internet is not a network of computers, but a network of people", it attracts thousands of young technologists who compare notes and swap ideas on the latest developments and trends.
The six-day event will include over 800 hours of presentations, discussions and workshops on all aspects of digital innovations and electronic entertainment. The programme will also include high-profile speakers - previous big names include ex-US Vice President Al Gore, scientist Stephen Hawking and founder of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee. Campus Party was founded in Málaga, Spain in 1997 as a hub for tech enthusiasts with the goal of uniting the best young talent on the Internet to share ideas, learn, and build a better tomorrow. In the past 15 years, the 250 people who attended the first Campus Party has grown into a global community of more than 180,000 campuseros with annual events taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bogotá, Colombia; Valencia, Spain; Quito, Ecuador; and Mexico City in addition to special European, Millennium and Ibero-America events. The festival in Berlin will be the first Campus Party to be held in Germany.
Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG and its brand O2 belong to Telefónica Europe and are part of the Spanish telecommunication group Telefónica S.A. The Company offers its German private and business customers postpaid and prepaid mobile telecom products as well as innovative mobile data services based on the GPRS and UMTS technologies. In addition, the integrated communications provider also offers DSL fixed network telephony and high-speed internet. Telefónica Europe has more than 58 million mobile and fixed network customers in Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.