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The Future of Cloud is Distributed, Toolbox Workshop by Ali Jelveh

What do sewage systems and cloud computing have in common?

Their future is shaped by the same paradigms of decentralized storage systems. Scientific and economic progress has always worked in cycles. If we have to describe cycles in IT, a generic scheme would look somewhat like this: Mainframe Personal Computing, or simply Centralized-Personal. Following the simple rule of centralization-personalization, we can predict that the cloud computing trend will be followed by a trend in personalized data storage systems.

That is precisely what Ali Jelveh, founder of Protonet-world’s first private cloud server with built-in social network, discussed in his workshop at the Explorers Festival Toolbox on November 6th. Ali gave numerous examples of the personalization trend across industries, continents and galaxies, the most fascinating example being a project to launch the first crowd-funded rocket in space. One of the takeaways of Ali’s talk at the Explorers Festival was that the new trajectories of the entrepreneurial mind will not be high-tech hard&software toys but cosmic explorations.

Here is a short video with excerpts from Ali’s workshop.


What does the cow say?



When it comes to all things print, has been our faithful partner for the first edition of Explorers Festival.

We’ve found ourselves acting like kiddos whenever a Moo package arrived at our office (see above). It was quickly torn apart and the goods were feverishly inspected. And then we started sticking and sticking and sticking. Followed by ordering more printing and more printing and more … you get the idea. And to makes things worse, we just heard there is a 25% discount on all printed products ordered by midnight on 17 November. Good lord. Hurry up.

Messages from astronaut

Facing the unknown. Not knowing what´s next. But then team work, common vision, clear goals, competence, communication. One of Jean-François Clervoy’s messages was also that we have amazing planet what you realize when you see it from far above. And he was definatelly far above. He wish everybody would have a chance at least one time to see Earth from that perspective.

He flew twice aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis and once aboard Discovery for a total of 675 hours in space. Check short video of his speech at Explorers Festival 2013 here

It was also interested to hear from him that in space, when you want to slow down, you actually need to accelerate.

Headshot of Jean-François Clervoy

It started…

Opening speech by currators André  Marquet and Cynthia Hellen.


Google's country manager for Portugal

Google’s country manager for Portugal

People behind the scenes


Behind the festival there are always people who are making it happen.

Ariane (24) is working in communication. She was born in Mozambique to Indian parents and she lives in Portugal.

Matej (43) is helping in promotion and blogging. He was working for banks in Slovenia then he took off to explore Africa and Europe on his motorbike.

Petko (23) is working in marketing. He was born in Bulgaria, studied in UK and is moving to work in Dubai.

Cynthia is experienced professional from New York. She was born in Peru, South America. She is one of currators.

Mariana is working in public relations. She is from Portugal. She studied PR in Brussels, Belgium.

Kalina is working with media and communications. She was born in Bulgaria. She studied economics and management in Milano. She is doing postgrade in Lisbon, Portugal.

Matilde (21) is from Portugal. She studied graphic design and is helping to design graphics also for Explorers.

Brimet (29) is architect from Lisbon. He was born in Sao Tome and Principe. He designed famous octaedros de cartaõ for Explorers festival. He works here for 6 months.

Natacha (24) is from Portugal and has been working for Explorers festival since March 2013. She is studying post degree of leadership and organizational communication.

There is almost one hundred people on the project. Everybody is contributing.



Keep in shape

Explorers Festival will keep you in shape! We are teaming up with Gudgo, giving to all explorers access the top gyms and health clubs in Lisbon. Search for all the gyms near Explorers Festival venue and book your workout. Check out Gudgo.