• Plaza de Toros will be the nerve center for ATF workshops, concerts and competitions, which will also include venues Adda, Marq, Puerta Ferrisa and Maca.
  • Panoramis Business Center will host the closing of the first edition of the Alicante Smartphone Film Festival

Alicante, August 9, 2022. Major Spanish and international companies in the innovation sector will meet at the Alicante Technology Forum (ATF), held from November 29 to December 3 this year. far from the city. The Local Board approved competitive bidding Tuesday for the management of this initiative, promoted by the City Council to “strengthen the city as a national focal point for technology and digitalization” with a comprehensive program of events, exhibitions, movies, workshops, concerts. and competitions (e-sports, “gamming”) where the big companies in the sector will present their projects and exchange experiences with the public, public administrations and academic institutions participating in different parts of the city.

“We want the ATF, or Alicante Technology Forum, to be a milestone in the dissemination of science, where the most important digital innovations are presented,” said Antonio Peral, Councilor for New Technologies. “The main goal is to bring new technologies closer to the people of Alicante and create ample space to reflect on the impact of the digital industry on daily life,” he said.

The Provincial Auditorium (ADDA) symphony hall will host the opening of the Forum on November 29 at 11:00, while the Panoramis Business Center will host the I Alicante Smartphone Film Festival on Friday, December 2nd. The MARQ auditorium, Plaza de Toros, Juan Gil Albert Institute, and the MACA and Puerta Ferrisa auditoriums will be other venues for this great week of technology and digitalization organized by the consulate.

Expo Technology in Plaza de Toros, nerve center

The nerve center of the Alicante Technology Forum will be the Plaza de Toros, where a complete fairground will be set up for many of these ATF 2022 events. The Expo Technology Plaza event will take place in Plaza de España. It makes its own programming in order to bring technology closer to the family audience.

Plaza de Toros will occupy the entire albero, with a multifunctional space where all kinds of technology-related activities will be combined: participants, presentation of technological projects, Metaverse space, musical performances and celebration of an international “game” championship. . For this purpose, a central stage surrounded by two stands for 750 people will be set up and there will be an exhibition area around which the stands of all participating institutions and companies will be located in a circular manner.

There will also be a gastronomic space (so-called horse yard) in the Plaza de Toros, called the Food Trucks Forum, where several such units will be set up to provide visitors with a diverse and attractive gastronomic service.

On the opposite side of the arena, in the so-called sun terrace of the Plaza, the Pelusa Forum, a relaxation area for interior containment, will be established in cases where the indoor capacity is exceeded and the entire space will be used. It will be covered with artificial grass (minimum 500 m2) and a giant screen (at least 5×3 meters) will be placed so that the enthusiasts who cannot enter can follow the competitions held inside live. By default, presentations made inside or any content planned by the organizers will be reflected on these screens.

At the venues also known as Forum 2022 Auditoriums, more than 50 events will be held simultaneously throughout the week, from the screening of movies shot with a smartphone to technological training workshops, project presentations to roundtables and conferences. .

First Smartphone Film Festival

Also, as a complementary event, there will be the first edition of the Smartphone Film Festival, whose projections will take place in various auditoriums around the city (at MACA and among others), and the closing ceremony and awards ceremony will take place. On Friday, December 2, at the Panoramis Business Center Auditorium.

The aim of this innovative festival is to convey to the people of Alicante the technological advances in tools for digital visual content production and allow them to experiment with new digital cameras, drones, smartphones, new forms of animation or pixelation. cutting-edge resources, among others.

“We believe this Forum will promote the learning of digital skills and help us discuss and analyze the impact of technology on society,” Peral said. “We will continue to offer solutions in this new way of engaging with local government and improving quality of life through technology, while opening the necessary discussion about the challenges, dilemmas and opportunities of using technology with citizen participation.”

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