Teachers, directors, students, researchers and other actors of the education field came to the board during the eighteenth version of Virtual Educa Colombia 2017, which ended after four days of intense activity in Corferias, which included workshops, conferences, panels, seminars and national and international academic and scientific presentations.
According to official figures, at the end of the event, which took place between June 13 and June 16, a total of 29,844 people attended the event, and 26,866 views in streaming via the official YouTube channel were registered.
Regarding the schedule, 102 workshops were held in 13 rooms with 542 speakers. Also, 31 members of the Latin American Parliament and 42 secretaries of Education and ICTs from Colombia and other Latin American countries attended the event.
Downloads of the mobile app of the event with 1,853 users and the 13.6 million posts on Twitter with the hashtag #Virtual Educa, complement round figures concerning attendance and on-line participation of the audience gathered in Virtual Educa.
The Director of Computadores para Educar, Fernando Bedoya, thanked all the participants and organizers of the event and stressed the fact that expectations were exceeded. “A year ago, we committed ourselves to the satisfaction of each of the attendees, and today our initial promise has been fulfilled, holding Colombia in the highest regard. I want to especially thank the teachers who are the protagonists of this event, the builders of a new generation and a new Colombia.”
On his part, Carlos Lugo, Director of Promotion of the Ministry of ICTs, stressed the fact that this has been a meeting to sit, reflect and contribute to educational innovation. “This Virtual Educa leaves two great messages; the first one is that the challenge goes beyond using technology as an integrator in education, and focuses on the fact that we must prepare young people for the digital economy. The second is for higher education because the structures will change. There is not one university of the future, but many, that will respond to particular needs, and that involves a great change.”
One of the surprises at the closing of Virtual Educa 2017 was the announcement that the 2018 edition would be held in the city of Bahía, in Brazil.