A digital village to spring up at Museo de Los Niños this weekend

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A trip to a digital village is what the Museo de Los Niños and telecommunication company Claro have arranged this weekend for all the grown-up and soon-to-be geeks in Costa Rica.

From Friday to Sunday, Museo de Los Niños will host workshops, conferences and contests related to new technology as well as a free concert with the Cocofunka Band on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The main purpose of the initiative is provide a space where visitors can learn about the evolution of technology, the latest generation’s platforms and how to profit from them.

This will be achieved with educational workshops, specialized talks, entertainment areas, booths, an augmented reality exhibition and a digital labyrinth.

Some of the topics of the workshops are: the Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, programming the Google Maps application and creation of 2D and 3D designs.

“This digital village not only wants children and young people to learn about technology, but also wants adults to lose their fear of it and use it for their benefit,” Carolina Sánchez, a spokeswoman for Claro, said in a statement.

One of the most awaited exhibits is that of art in augmented reality. It consists of combining physical and virtual environments in real time through digital elements such as audio, video, galleries, etc.

Visitors just have to download the mobile Augmented Reality application, scan the bar codes and access the information of the works and the artists.

There will also be a platform and and a giant screen where different activities will be carried out, such as talks with technology professionals, music videos and dance video games.

“For us it is very important to support these kind of activities that benefit thousands of families and the education of our country,” said Mónica Riveros, executive director of the Museo de Los Niños.

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