This July, 30 countries will rewrite the planet’s source code
Campus Party: 30 countries, 15 streams, 50 keynote speakers, 2000 additional speakers, 30 million viewers for on demand speakers. Now launching in South Africa, Campus Party is a Job Factory that will help thousands of young people find work.
Johannesburg, 2 July, 2020 – Making its debut in our country, Campus Partyisbringing South Africa – and the world – three days of live, on-demand conferences, with one global main stage and five topical stages. Though the event has previously been held in many countries around the world, the 2020 edition is going completely digital, allowing South Africans to access it for the first time ever, without having to travel at great expense to attend.
Campus Party is an International Job Factory that aims to help thousands of young people find work. It has also issued a global call for Ideas to connect young innovators around the world, so that they can work together to rewrite the planet’s source code. Mixing online talks with virtual experiences, Campus Party launches a worldwide challenge that aims to connect all the young innovators around the globe, prompting them to use technology to support society. The Campus Party Digital Edition will be the largest event for innovators in history, and will be hosted simultaneously in more than 30 countries around the world from 9-11 July 2020.
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is a forum that could allow young South Africans in a strained job market to find innovative new ways of making a living and ultimately, revitalise an economy that is sorely in need of a boost.
The visionary entrepreneur who brought Campus Party to Africa, Sharron McPherson, founder of The Future Education Foundation, says, “In a world that has had to find new ways of working due to the pandemic, Campus Party Digital Edition is an amazing opportunity for the global community to invent novel ways of adapting our lifestyles through technology, that will mould our society for decades to come. This event is the ultimate brain trust that could plant the seed for a more collaborative global community in the long-term and we can’t wait to see the results.”
Campus Party Digital Edition will adopt a unique format that is live, 24 hours a day, non-stop for three consecutive days, featuring an eclectic and inspiring collection of free live and on-demand conferences, with a global Main Stage, showcasing over 50 internationally renowned keynote speakers from around the world.
Each participating country will host five topical stages, where more than 2000 guests will alternate. The ultimate purpose of the event is to personally connect innovators around the world, so that they can work together to identify great, technologically-grounded ideas in response to the myriad challenges that humanity is facing today – particularly in the wake of COVID-19.
Participation is completely free for the public, who will voluntarily be able to support the fundraising organised by Campus Party Digital Edition, in partnership with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). All proceeds will go towards helping the families of healthcare workers who have lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
Campus Party Digital Edition relies on several sponsors, including Enel with its PlayEnergy Programme – an online educational project dedicated to building a sustainable, innovative and inclusive future for young people between 7 and 18 years old from all over the world.
The Circular Economy, a development model that will make our cities more sustainable, is at the heart of Campus Party 2020. The programme will focus on creative and innovative solutions for a more liveable future for all – and there are opportunities for participants to win amazing prizes.
“This year, we won’t be sleeping in tents but that won’t stop us. We’re taking advantage of this opportunity to create our first ever extraordinary global digital event with incredible guests and millions of participants connected to each other,” says Carlo Cozza, President of Campus Party Global. “The young people who normally participate in the Campus Party experience have innovation and curiosity in their DNA and are our hope for a positive future. They are the ones who can reboot our planet – even from home – thanks to technology. That’s why we chose the slogan ‘Reboot the World’ for this new edition”.
The event will feature a multidisciplinary schedule and an agenda full of unmissable guests.
The five featured topical stages are:
- Green Power
- Living Better
- Work Life
- New Horizons
- Joy of Life
The stages focus on various areas including clean energy and environment, health and science, work and economics, education and Smart Cities, entertainment and creativity.
The common thread running throughout the event and the speeches on the Global Main Stage will centre around “Rebooting the World“. This will address the challenges of climate emergency and, more importantly, how the pandemic has prompted humanity to rethink and reassess the concept of normality.
“Reboot the World” will also be the title of the largest global Call for Ideas ever seen in the world, involving thousands of “Campuseros” (Campus Party participants), who will come up with out-of-the-box solutions and ideas to solve humanity’s current challenges.
In the Global Job Factory, young people will have the opportunity to find work and get recruited by Campus Party partner companies. The Job Factory is a virtual meeting place where young people can discover the most popular professions in every part of the planet.
The new Campus Party Digital Edition format confirms Campus Party’s vital role in supporting and developing young talent around the world, and actively contributing to the organisation of initiatives that can generate a positive impact on society and people.
To participate in Campus Party Digital Edition, register at: https://southafrica-digital.campus-party.org/
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