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SINFO continues to exceed expectations

More than 5500 people attended the tech event organised at Técnico.

SINFO’ s atmosphere is frantic and the rain is no excuse for not going. Dozens of students attend this large event searching for new opportunities and fun experiences. More than 5500 people attended this year’s edition, which included lectures and workshops.

This is one of the most important tech events held in Portugal. “Our goal is to improve this event every year”, explains Diogo Lopes, member of the organising team. The number of participating companies has increased this year (56 companies and 6 startups).

The lectures and workshops were grouped according to the five days: software, multimedia, security, games and web. Renowned experts attended the event: Shiblee Imtiaz Hasan from Google, Dale Knauss from Presence, José Teixeira from Techland and Wladimir Palant from Adblock Plus among many others. In total, 16 speakers participated in this event.

Shiblee Imtiaz Hasan delivered a lecture on the concepts and strategies of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). “We captivate the user by using very simple details, we just have to know what the user is looking for”, said the creative at Google. “Through VR an AR we can build stories, visit remote places and learn different things”, he noted.

This event is also a great opportunity to learn more about the participating companies. According to engineer Tiago Santos, a Técnico alumnus, who is one of the representatives of Premium Minds, a company that participated at SINFO: “We are here to show our company’s culture, to demystify the labour market and to identify future candidates”. “We are looking for people with coding skills and people who know how to think. We find these people here at Técnico”, he adds. As in previous editions, dozens of people get hired during and after the event.

When we ask Diogo Lopes what’s the secret of this successful event, he says: “This week is intended for anyone who likes IT and computer science, either a student or not, from Técnico or abroad”. As Steve Jobs said “technology moves the world”.