PanamaTipico.com Presents at World Renowned Museums and the Web 2013 Conference
The conference took place at the city of Portland, Oregon, United States of America.
The city's origin and development has been determined by its two rivers, the Willamette (pictured here) and the Columbia.
Portland has a very lively local culture. Part of it are the food carts, where you can eat delicious meals from all over the world at very convenient prices.
The venue for the conference was the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel.
Here is our webmaster, Marino Jaen Espinosa, during a break at the conference.
As part of the conference activities, the participants visited the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
On the last day of the event, our demonstration took place. Here we see two conference delegates, Anna from Russia and Ana Paula from Brazil, visiting PanamaTipico.com's stand.
After the conference, we had a free day so we took advantage of it to visit nearby tourist attractions such as the Multnomah Falls at the Columbia River Gorge.
Museums and the Web is the most prestigious conference about the web and its application to cultural heritage institutions such as museums. It has been held annually since 1997 when the web was about five years old. That was the reason we felt so glad when the organizers notified us that the proposal sent by our webmaster, Marino Jaen Espinosa, was accepted for presentation at the conference to be held at Portland, Oregon, United States of America.
A bigger surprise was in store for us when we learned that a scholarship covering the hotel stay and the conference fees had been awarded to us in order to facilitate our participation at the conference.
The academic event was held from April 17 to 20 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel. In attendance were hundreds of the most influencial experts on digital technologies applied to museums. The program was packed with presentations, workshops, debates and exhibitions. While not an official track of the conference, we noticed that there were several workshops and presentations dealing with games for museums and heritage institutions, a topic that is of great interest to us at PanamaTipico.com. We took advantage of the opportunities to learn as much as we could from many colleagues and also to share our experiences while working on a very challenging and fund-depleted environment such as the developing nation of Panama.
Since this is the third international conference we have participated with presentations dealing with our experience at PanamaTipico.com, we had the pleasure to meet again some colleague we first met at other conferences. We were pleasantly surprised that some of them remembered details about our project and previous presentations. That made us feel that our work is increasingly achieving a measure of international projection.
After the conference, we returned home with many new ideas and the satisfaction of having shared a little bit of our rich Panamanian culture with such a distinguished audience. From what we know, our demonstration might have been the first time a Panamanian project is presented at any version of Museums and the Web conference.