The journey of Congreso Futuro begins in the Santiago Metro


Congreso Futuro (CF), the largest platform for the free exchange of ideas and thoughts in Latin America, which will take place between January 16 and 21, lands this summer in Metro de Santiago de Chile, to develop artistic and knowledge interventions which will take over the facilities of one of the main public transport networks in Chile.

The goal is to disturb the over 2 million users who travel the Metro every day with ideas and reflections, an institution that will cover four stations of Line 1; will have information stands related to the event; will distribute Bip-branded cards; information screens and will host an interactive module where passers-by can experience the Metaverse through virtual reality glasses.

“Congreso Futuro seeks to forge alliances with various public and private institutions, research centers, universities, the state and much more, because we need to occupy social spaces. Partnering with Metro is very important to our outreach work, as millions of people travel here, women, men, girls and boys, who we need to talk to. Both institutions pursue the same objectives and we want to invite, on this occasion, the inhabitants of the city to have an experience that allows them to get to know and approach the Metaverse”, said the vice president of the Encuentros del Futuro Foundation, Guido Girardi.

“It is very important for Metro to be part of this alliance because we can bring people closer to knowledge, innovation and invite them to take a journey towards an ever closer future. Together with this, instances like these allow us to strengthen our commitment to generate spaces for the whole community in our stations and at the same time add value to the journeys of our passengers. Opening the discussion on technology, the environment or science in public places such as the underground network contributes not only to living a better city, but also to building a gaze on the great challenges that the Congress of the Future poses to us”. underlined the president of Metro, Guillermo Muñoz.

urban interventions

Among the interventions that seek to highlight the return to the presence of Congreso Futuro after two years of the pandemic, there is the positioning and graphic clothing of the Baquedano, Pedro de Valdivia, Los Leones and Tobalaba stations. Spaces that will have volunteers replicating information. At the same time, the “Metaverse experience modules” activation will be available at the Baquedano station, where users will be able to connect and explore the Metaverse with Oculus (virtual reality glasses). These will be guided by activators, who will explain how this virtual world works and will also provide all the information about the event. In turn, 10,000 Bip cards with CF graphics can be purchased at the ticket offices of the aforementioned stations.

“The role of Congreso Futuro is to bring knowledge closer to people. All the activities we carry out have a characteristic trait, which is the dissemination of knowledge by specialists who know how to explain their work to people and citizens, and approaching Metro is precisely a strategy so that the public can experience the ideas that come up near future and are determining our present,” explained Daniel Fernández, President of the Encuentros del Futuro Foundation.

As for the President of the Commission for the Challenges of the Future, Francisco Chahuán, the agreement will make it possible to spread the CF experience to each and every one of the population.

“We will have the possibility of having Bip cards branded with the Future Congress brand, Metro stations and also a special module to have a Metaverse experience. This is an opportunity for Congreso Futuro to reach more Chileans. We democratize access to science, technology, innovation and knowledge and we are able, precisely, to generate an early awakening to science in our children and adolescents, and this is why this alliance with Metro is essential”, he said. stated.

Metro TV screens will also be essential in the weeks leading up to the event, as they will provide information to passers-by. In addition, there will be a space to show live and direct what will be happening at the Teatro Oriente during the week of the Future Congress.

Activities

Finally, surprise activities and two live talks are planned at the Baquedano station, where national and international exhibitors will hold free conferences for interested parties.

“From the Ministry of Science we celebrate that knowledge takes over the public space. Today we see that thanks to the alliance between Congreso Futuro and Metro, hundreds of people will have easier access to this dissemination event that has positioned itself as the most relevant in Chile and one of the most renowned worldwide, all thanks to the intense work of the teams that made it possible, the collaboration networks that it has been able to build and the contributions, both public and private”, indicated the Minister of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation of Chile, Silvia Díaz.

Please note that tickets are still available for those wishing to attend the event in person through the Punto Ticket system. You have to enter www.congresofuturo.cl and select which day and which talks you want to attend. In Santiago, the face-to-face meeting will be held between January 16 and 21 at the Teatro Oriente, located in Pedro de Valdivia #99, Providencia.

“Culture has always looked to the future, which is why it is an honor for the Providencia Cultural Foundation to once again be part of this important congress and open the doors of the Teatro Oriente and the Palacio Schacht to the future,” said Jorge González, director executive of the Providencia Cultural Foundation.

In turn, the event will be streamed entirely in the original language and translated simultaneously, using artificial intelligence, for those who request it. This will be hosted on the event website and its social networks: Facebook; chirping; Instagram; YouTube @congresofuturo.

There will be more than 120 national and international exhibitors who will be present for the first time in the 16 regions of the country and together with 20 thematic areas, 6 days and activities will give life to the twelfth version of one of the four platforms for the exchange of ideas event and most important thinking in the world, organized by the Chilean Senate’s Challenges of the Future Commission and the Encuentros del Futuro Foundation (FEF).

Among the prominent speakers was the participation of the founder of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky, who invites us to question ourselves on the role of science as an answer to all our problems; the Nobel Peace Prize and the 2020 World Food Prize, Rattan Lal, who will speak on the challenges of environmentally responsible agriculture; bioethicist in technology and virtual health, Jodi Halpern; American sociologist and digital revolution specialist Shoshana Zuboff; the visionary of Artificial Intelligence applied to forensic analysis, Rita Singh; the computer scientist and philosopher, Yuk Hui; the academician and doctor, Víctor Montori; the doctor of philosophy, Francisco Martorell; marine biologist and National Geographic documentary filmmaker Sylvia Earle; and transgender activist and first openly trans woman in the Hasidic community, Abby Stein.

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