Thursday, 2 April 2009

LAN Parties

I went to a Design Exhibition in Buenos Aires last weekend and bought a magazine where I found an interesting article about LAN parties.

What is a LAN party? It is a temporary gathering of people together with their computers, which they network together. These local area networks (LANs) come in various sizes, from very small (two people) to very large (more than 10,000 people.

The Sweedish DreamHack Winter 2006 entered the guinness book of records because it was the biggest in the world : 10,638 laptops connected to the Net.

According to the sociologist, Ana Wortman, Professor at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) :"We can compare LAN Parties with a congress held by technology fans."

LAN Parties may have different aims. Some are organized by companies and have economic aims; however, others are held just for the fun of sharing with friends. The latter ones may be held in a garage or a house.

Some of the biggest events are Campus Party ( Valencia, Bogotá and San Pablo), Assembly Demo Party (Finland) LAN.Co (Colombia).

There was a LAN Party 2008 in Montevideo, Uruguay in May 2008. In Argentina there was one called Maximo LAN in Centro Costa Salguero last year.

More about LAN Parties. Click


Matute said...

Very isteresting article!

It's funny that the name of the argentinean lan party is Maximo, like my son!! :)

I make a little "lan party" with 3 notebooks but just for work at home with my project partners.


Saša said...

Hi Nelba,
interesting, thanks, I've never heard of such parties before. Also thanks for your kind comment to our class blog.