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Day 1 of Developing Latin America 2012

[All links lead to Spanish language pages unless otherwise noted]

Finally, December 1 saw the start of Developing Latin America 2012 (#DAL2012). This year, the regional hackathon organised by the Ciudadano Inteligente (Intelligent Citizen) Foundation [en] is being carried out [en] in 8 Latin American countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.

Chile, home to the Ciudadano Inteligente Foundation headquarters, has seen various media outlets covering the topic. For example, the website of radio Cooperativa reported:

La iniciativa que busca la creación de aplicaciones que intenten solucionar problemas sociales, se realiza a esta hora en Santiago, Viña del Mar y Temuco, ciudades donde desarrolladores web, periodistas y diseñadores son los creativos encargados de crear la mejor aplicación al servicio del desarrollo social del país y la región.

The initiative, that looks to create applications that aim to solve social problems, is currently being carried out in Santiago, Viña del Mar and Temuco; all cities where web developers, journalists and designers are the creatives in charge of producing the best application that serves both the social development of the region as well as of the country.

Team of developers. #DAL2012 Lima headquarters. Photo shared by Escuelab on Facebook.

Two of the main activities that characterised the first hours of the day were the organisation and the fine-tuning of the participating teams, and the expert exhibitions in a variety of fields, such as public transport, education, budgets, and more technical aspects such as web mapping and data licensing amongst others.

In Escuelab, the hackathon headquarters in Peru, these were some of the speakers that contributed as much with their experiences as with their suggestions:

1.- Cynthia Yamamoto from www.transitemos.org 2.- Rosa Gutierrez from www.las3renmiaula.com 3.- Victor Luyo from the Municipality of Lima, Assistant-Manager in Informatics 4.- Javier Casas from www.sumaciudadana.org and www.llenametuagenda.pe 5.- Camila Bustamante, La Factura and Datea.pe 6.- Yannick Warnier from Chamilo Association

Team of developers. #DAL2012 Headquarters La Paz. Photo shared by Developing Latin America -Bolivia on Facebook

In Buenos Aires, Wingu, the organisation in charge of #DAL2012, said:

@desdewingu: Estamos terminando de presentar las ideas, 26 ideas y todas muy buenas!, ahora a armar los equipos!! #DAL2012

@desdewingu: We are finishing presenting the ideas. 26 ideas and all brilliant! Now to assemble the teams!! #DAL2012

From Uruguay via Twitter, DATA (@DataUY) reported on their work teams:

@DataUY: 5 equipos: defensa del consumidor, servicios publicos, derechos infantil, seguridad y medio ambiente los temas elegidos en #DAL2012 #Uruguay

@DataUY: 5 teams: Consumer Protection, Public Services, Children's Rights, Security and Environment are the topics chosen in #DAL2012 #Uruguay

#DAL2012 Headquarters Sao Paulo. Photo shared by Desarrollando América Latina on Flickr

And in Chile Anca Matioc [en](@AncaMatioc) from Ciudadano Inteligente commented:

@AncaMatioc Excelente turnout en #DAL2012 #Chile Más de 13 equipos hasta ahora y todavída siguen llegando! Vamos!

@AncaMatioc Excellent turnout in #DAL2012 #Chile More than 13 teams to date and still more are arriving! Let's go!

Early in the afternoon Maikol Porras from Costa Rica (@maikolporras) updated:

@maikolporras: Cae la tarde en Costa Rica y los equipos siguen desarrollando y avanzan con sus aplicaciones sociales #OpenData #DAL2012

@maikolporras: Afternoon is already upon us in Costa Rica and the teams continue developing and advancing with their social applications #OpenData #DAL2012

A little afterwards, a round of reports was introduced, commenting on how the different work teams were advancing in each headquarter. Here for example, the report from Mexico via Juan Manuel Casanueva:

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OpenDataMx shares a summary of what happened at its headquarters in Mexico. A bigger selection of tweets and photos of the events of the day can be found here.

To finish, we leave you with a tweet from @sotojuanjo in Chile that sums up the spirit of #DAL2012:

@sotojuanjo: #dal2012 es muuucho mas que apps, es una red latinoamericana de profesionales buscando soluciones a problemas comunes

@sotojuanjo: #dal2012 is sooo much more than just apps, it is a Latin American network of professionals looking to find solutions to common problems

Soon we will bring more news and results from #DAL2012!

Other related posts: [All in English unless otherwise noted]

Developing Latin America 2012
What Exactly is a Hackathon? And What is Open Data?
Hackathons in Droves: How is a Hackathon Organised?
Developing Latin America Hackathon Draws Near!
What is web mapping? [es]
Brazil: Rio de Janeiro Demands Better Sanitation
Crowdmapping Water Contamination in Peruvian Indigenous Communities

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