World's biggest internet party opens in Spain

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26 July 2005, MADRID – More than 5,500 people connected to the internet in Valencia as the world's biggest party for internet surfers began.

26 July 2005

MADRID – More than 5,500 people connected to the internet in Valencia as the world's biggest party for internet surfers began.

The Campus Party, held in Spain for the ninth year running, saw participants going online at midnight on Monday to surf at the highest speed ever used in Spain: 1.8 gigabytes.

The surfers, most aged 19-25, but with some aged over 60, are taking part in a series of activities at pavilion 2 in the Feria Valencia. The event is designed to show surfers the latest advances in computer and robot design and to show them how to better observe the universe.

The party runs until Sunday, with those taking part camping out together in the Feria with tents, sleeping bags, computers, game consoles and the latest video and music gadgets.

On Tuesday, at the Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe at the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, the group also heard from Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. The 75-year-old talked to the group about how he entered the history books and his experience as an astronaut.

The party, which was started in 1997 by journalist Francisco Regageles and an internet surfing youth group from Benalmádena, has grown substantially over the years. It began in Malaga with 250 participants and a surfing speed of 34 megabytes.

The organisers, Asociación E3 Futura, said, despite the surfing speed at this year's event, the group wanted to encourage "creativity" rather than piracy.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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