International job festival Campus Party is coming to South Africa

An international job festival, conceived in Spain, is coming to South Africa for the first time.

Founded in 1997, Campus Party is an expo on innovation and growing professional networks.

This 24-hour-a-day festival includes online communities, gamers, programmers, bloggers, governments, universities, companies and students coming together to exchange expertise, opportunities and stimulate the creation of new partnerships.

The festival has been held around the world – from The Netherlands to Costa Rica – and might have a few answers to creating desperately needed jobs for young people in our country.

The festival has officially been launched in South Africa with the digital iteration taking place from July 9 to July 11.

The summit is hosted in more than 30 countries, and the line-up features 50 keynote speakers, 2 000 additional speakers and 30 million viewers.

Three days of live and on-demand conferences and webinars around issues related to the five focal points – green power, living better, work life, new horizons and the joy of life.

Usually visitors to the physical festival sleep in tents but you’ll be able to enjoy the first Campus Party in South Africa from the comfort of your home on five digital stages.

The festival’s aims are clear as the organisers embark on a mission to #RebootTheWorld and try to carve out a pathway to sensibility as we grapple with the idea of a “new normal”.

The brains behind Campus Party’s launch in South Africa is entrepreneur Sharon McPherson. She also founded The Future Education Foundation, a non-profit entity which tackles problems in the education sector.

McPherson explains the significance of this: “In a world that has had to find new ways of working due to the [Covid-19 coronavirus] pandemic, Campus Party Digital Edition is an amazing opportunity for the global community to invent novel ways of adapting our lifestyles through technology, that will mould our society for decades to come. This event is the ultimate brain trust that could plant the seed for a more collaborative global community.”

The festival is free but you’re encouraged to make donations towards Doctors Without Borders as well as efforts to provide relief to the families of healthcare workers who have lost their lives to Covid-19.

The schedule begins on the Global Main Stage on July 9 at 12.30pm with a segment titled: Women Entrepreneurs as a Force for Good.

To participate in Campus Party Digital Edition, register here.


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