To bring together as many different actors as possible with many different views from both sides of the Straits of Gibraltar. The primary goal was to promote an open discussion surrounding the issues to do with the movement of people across the border between Africa and Europe. The primary site for the event on the Spanish side took place over 3 days within the historic walled city of Tarifa in the mediaeval castle of Guzman ‘El Bueno’. A number of locations needed internet connections to allow forums and discussions between parties to take place. These discussion could not otherwise have taken place due to immigration restrictions and a lack of existing infrastructure for live video and audio conferences on both sides of the Straits.
We worked with the local provincial government in Spain (the Junta de Andalusia) along with local police and immigration officials, charities, religious organisations and local townspeople. On the Moroccan side we liased with the University of Tangiers and government to arrange permission for the link to place. We provided one of our mobile satellite units to facilitate a two-way broadband link to the Internet. Various rooms in the castle were connected using combination of out-of-the-box and custom equipment to allow video forums. Two wireless links were also deployed to link the castle to the beach at Tarifa and the other, a 32km link, to connect Tarifa to the University of Tangiers in Morocco.
Attendees of the conference in Tarifa and those at the university of Tangiers were able to take part in live video forums during the event. Live audio and video content of the event was streamed to the Internet in various formatst.