Successful first day of activities in TICAL2015


Over three hundred participants, several presentations and demos, and a collaborative spirit are the balance of the first day of the fifth edition of TICAL Conference, the only one addressed to the ICT leaders of the Latin American universities.

The first speech of the Opening session was the one of the Executive Director of the Chilean NREN, Red Universitaria Nacional from Chile (REUNA), Paola Arellano, who celebrated the importance of hosting TICAL in Chile, country that was the first one to connect to RedCLARA. Ernesto Chinkes, president of the Programme Committee of TICAL2015, highlighted the maturity that the Conference has acquired in recent years, while Florencio Utreras, CEO of RedCLARA drew the attention of the participants to the importance of developing collaborative projects through the network infrastructure of the association.

A special mention deserves the participation of the rector of the Universidad de Playa Ancha, Patricio Sanhueza, representing the Council of Rectors of the Chilean Universities (CRUCH) who stressed the importance that an event like TICAL has in the challenging environment faced by the higher education institutions in Latin America.

The first day of the event continued with the plenary sessions, which count on the participation of two of the five international speakers invited to the conference. In the morning, the Msc. Manuel Moreno Castañeda, Rector of the Virtual University System of the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, shared his experiences through the exhibition "Education Trends and digital environments". In the afternoon, the guest speaker was the colombian Andrés Holguín Coral, coordinator for Technological Research and Innovation and Information Security at the University of Los Andes, who brought to the audience in the auditorium of the Enjoy Hotel, in Viña del Mar, the exhibition "Information Security Management ".

Between the two presentations, in addition to the parallel sessions, there was another important moment for TICAL2015: the announcement of the inclusion of Microsoft to the business membership of RedCLARA. The aim of the alliance is the joint contribution to make and offer to the youth of Latin America and the Caribbean a better education with technology and new opportunities for learning, and strengthen the research in different sectors of the region.

Remember that TICAL2015 is broadcasting its plenary sessions via streaming arranged by REUNA. Get access to the live broadcast in Follow us also on @RedCLARA and @TICAL2015.



Can’t come to TICAL2015? Follow it LIVE through our website

play2Even those who are not in the Hotel, Casino and Events Center Enjoy Viña del Mar to participate in TICAL2015 may follow the Conference of Directors of Information and Communications Technologies of the Latin American Universities. Thanks to the support of the host network, REUNA, TICAL released in its website a link to the live broadcast of the event.

The broadcasts will mainly contemplate the plenary sessions, in which will be present the international guest speakers Andrés Holguín Coral (Colombia), the Msc. Manuel Moreno Castañeda (Mexico), Susan Grajek (USA), Eloy Rodrigues (Portugal) and Hans Pongratz (Germany).

TICAL2015 begins next Monday, July 6, but the organizers of the event are expecting the participants on Sunday 5, at the third floor of the Hotel for the delivery of materials and the finishing of the registration. The reception desk will open between 16h and 18:30h.

To follow the live broadcast and get more information about the conference, visit Follow us also in Twitter: @RedCLARA and @TICAL2015.

Sunday, July 5, 16:00 to 18:30: we are waiting for you in Enjoy to give you your credentials for TICAL2015

bienvenidosIn order to facilitate the process of your registration in TICAL2015, the organizers of the Conference are waiting for you on Sunday 5 at the third floor of the Enjoy Hotel, Casino and Event Centre, in Viña del Mar, to give you your materials and finish all the details of your registration.

We will have a registration table opened between 16:00 and 18:30 PM. Come and avoid the rows in Monday morning.

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Andrés Holguín Coral, Colombia: “We have some similar events around the world, but TICAL allows different advances”

327E0C13-8282-484C-9959-A067C01B3AE4TICAL is almost here. In a few days, hundreds of ICT directors of the Latin American universities will meet in Viña del Mar, Chile, to share knowledge and hear about the experiences of the international guest speakers. Andrés Holguín Coral, from Colombia, is one of them. In this interview, the last with the speakers of the fifth edition of the event, he says what motivated him to participate in TICAL2015 and highlights the peculiarities of the Conference.

What are your expectations for the Conference and of your participation in it?

My expectation is to be able to share with the other institutions the security process in which we are working at the University of Los Andes during the recent years, in order to receive feedback about our initiative and encourage other universities to start its awareness process on this issue.

What motivated you to accept the invitation to attend the conference?

The possibility of sharing experiences in ICT management at university level. We have some similar events around the world, but TICAL allows different advances because it gives us contact with people who have the same problems, since they are part of the same continent.

Talking about the issues that will be addressed by you in the Conference, what is the most important thing you would like to highlight?

The information security is a challenge that every organization is now facing. In this context, the challenge of education is to achieve balance between security and freedom. That's part of what I want to share at the event, learning how this process has been done at other universities.

Viña del Mar is known for its many beauties. What do you think of the choice of this city as TICAL2015 venue?

TICAL is characterized by lead its participants not only to a high quality event, but also to the best cities in Latin America. I imagine that the winter weather and the time we’ll dedicate to the Conference will not allow us to enjoy the beaches of Viña, but I want to know the historical places of the city, and, of course, to enjoy its cuisin

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