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Hiperbarrio: Campus Party And The Workshops In Ituango

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The Campus party 2009 took place in Bogota, Colombia during July 6-12, 2009. Catalina Restrepo attended the event after a hectic travel to Bogota and tells us about her experience.

Don Alvaro Ramirez, Henry Barros and Catalina Restrepo jointly conducted a workshop on the theme “video on the internet’ and how to create videos for this new medium. Catalina tells that the lecture was well received by the audience. She tweeted the event live.

Henry writes:

We are very happy to participate but the most important thing is to continue disseminating the project and making contacts.

At the Campus Party several Hiperbarrio/Convergentes members had the opportunity to interact with many groups outside Medellin. Fresno is a town and municipality in the Tolima department of Colombia. Malavera Diego Fernando at Fresno, dia a dia (Fresno, every day) blog reports that a bloggers group of Fresno has met the Convergentes team in the campus party and decided for a cultural exchange:

In this exchange a group of Fresno travel to Medellin to meet with bloggers of Convergentes and then they will come to Fresno to see the progress.

Fresno Bloggers at Campus Party. Image Courtesy Fresno blog http://www.karisma.org.co/blog_fresno2007/

Fresno Bloggers at Campus Party. Image Courtesy Fresno blog http://www.karisma.org.co/blog_fresno2007/

Xady writes that the Convergentes members are waiting for the group from Fresno.

The exchange is planned during 14 to 17 and hope that visitors will be most pleased to be accompanied at the activities we have planned for them especially.

Meanwhile the Hiperbarrio workshops in Ituango went on. Ituango is a municipality located in the northern department of Antioquia, with a population of 43,919 inhabitants. The small town recently became a shelter for refugees fleeing fighting in the Colombian countryside. Here is a video describing the workshops:

Yuliana Paniagua writes:

I was traveling with Catalina Restrepo this place to meet and share knowledge with the youth group of Ituango Hiperbarrio who have been working with the group facilitator and tutor virtual Nora Catalina Urquijo.

The aim was to give a workshop on audio and video editing using the Media to Movie Maker, to provide new tools for production and publication. I believe that the goals were met and we hope we have lived up to expectations. (machine translation)

Yuliana also posts some pictures and video of the hidden beauty of Ituango where Hiperbarrio workshops are being held. Check them out:

Here is the first video of Ituango.

Blueandtanit shares some of the tutorials (in Spanish) she prepared as a mentor for the Hiperbarrio-Ituango outreach workshops.

Tutorial de panoramio by blueandtanit (pdf)
Tutorial de panorámicas by blueandtanit (pdf)
Tutorial de manejo básico de tablero de wordpress por blueandtanit y tomáz (pdf)
Tutorial configuración del blog -wordpress- by blueandtanit (pdf)

Hiperbarrio workshop in Ituango facilitated by Alvaro. Image Courtesy Doki114

Hiperbarrio workshop in Ituango facilitated by Alvaro. Image Courtesy Doki114

Lina Marcela, a participant from the Ituango workshop writes how lack of opportunities have made girls take prostitution as an easy way out.

Elena Paniagua (Camela) at her blog Baúl de letras (Trunk of letters) writes about the heirs of wars:

Forgiveness is a word erased from the language of those who have lost parents to violence, children, siblings and friends. That's why the war becomes a vicious cycle that begins again in the very moment that many believe is over. The lack of compromise, tolerance, makes the grief of victims every year to feed feelings of revenge. (machine translation)

She thinks that education is the best way for the development of future generations.

Colonel Murión writes about spread of violence inside La Loma, which the government downplays as if these “were isolated cases. Violence is common, it has nothing to do with what happened, we're better. “

Henry writes about the punk culture which was imported in Medellin during the 1980s.

The PeriodismoCiudadano.com have lately been publishing a series of videos containing interviews with some members of the Convergentes. Here is the fifth and final video where they talked with Gabriel Jaime Vanegas, Catalina Restrepo and Yuliana Paniagua talk about citizen journalism in Colombia and the need to spread, especially among the young, and the possibilities that Internet and new technologies offer.

Other videos of the series:

Hiperbarrio will be starting new blog outreach workshop in Carmen de Viboral, a town about 45 minutes from Medellin. we will be bringing news about that workshop and more in our next feature on Hiperbarrio.

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