Monday, June 4, 2012
Rio de Janeiro’s 1st Nave do Conhecimento (Knowledge Vessel), commissioned by the city municipality opened its doors to the public this past Friday, June 1st. Powered by numerous interactive YDreams technologies such as multi-touch tables, touch kiosks and gesture-based projections, the vessel is located in Rio’s Santa Cruz neighborhood (the city’s west end). Its goal is to offer the local population easier access to culture and information technologies via free internet, free workshops and courses in information technology.
Intel Brazil also participated in the project by developing a course catered to the needs of Nave do Conhecimento’s future users. Dubbed Programa Intel Aprender (Intel Learn Program), the program was designed to teach and foster the basic concepts and building blocks behind entrepreneurism, thereby demonstrating how technology can be used to turn an idea into reality in the world of business.
In addition to the Santa Cruz Nave do Conhecimento, four new “Knowledge Vessels” are being built throughout Rio de Janeiro. When completed all will be part of a knowledge network overseen by Praça do Conhecimento (Plaza of Knowledge), a 1000 sq meter “mother ship” that should be up and running by the end of this year.
To watch brief news video in Portuguese (GloboTV) click on the following link: http://globotv.globo.com/rede-globo/rjtv-1a-edicao/v/nave-do-conhecimento-tim-lopes-vai-ser-inaugurada-nessa-sexta-feira-1/1973769/