T3chFest, the software and new technologies congress that takes place in Madrid’s Universidad Carlos III, is taking place on March 14-15 and promises to bring its biggest and best edition after starting seven years ago.

T3chfest is a nonprofit tech event made for students, by students. Last year, the congress welcomed 1,658 visitors and offered more than 90 talks. It was supported by 30 sponsors during its two-day long schedule. All of that came for free for visitors, an incredible opportunity for students on a budget who want to broaden their knowledge and experiences.

This year sees the return of external activities like the Hackathon, a programmer contest with more than 300 participants forming more than 30 teams. This time around, participants will form teams of three and will be challenged to build something with a simple theme: IoT in the rural setting. It will take place at La Nave venue in Madrid on March 9, a few days before the event. The evening will also host workshops, stands that will share information on communities and tech projects and introductory talks about technology for the laymen and younger crowds.

 “Since T3chFest’s first edition in February 2013, we organizers have grown,” explained Mario Montes, software engineer at Eventbrite and T3chfest organizer, a few months after the 2018 edition in his personal blog. “We’ve faced many challenges, we’ve had the luck of getting to know many people and, little by little, we’ve built our own space in the marvelous tech community from Madrid and all of Spain.” Montes thanked the community for “believing in us” and expressed the team’s desire to give back everything they’ve learned.

At that time, Montes explained the Grow with T3chfest, a sponsorship program that allowed them to support initiatives like Women Techmakers, Technovation, Call of Data and more. He also strengthen T3chFest’s commitment to a bigger diversity in subjects: “For 2019, we want to keep having inspirational talks about innovation, conscientization and about other sectors,” he wrote at the time. “We’ll continue to humanize technologies, driving it towards art and betting on diversity”.

The team behind T3chFest includes Nerea Luis, who we had the chance of interviewing last year. In that occasion, Luis commented on T3chFest’s unique position as a free evenf for students. “The fact that T3chFest is organized by students gives it a different take on the talks program, more balanced and with speakers that aren’t necessarily the ones known by the tech community,” she argued. “Additionally, by being closer to the academic world, they value innovation and research more.”

Read: Nerea Luis: shaping artificial intelligence for robots

If you want to keep track of T3chFest, you can follow the event on social media or find out more about the team behind it. T3chFest also has available many of talks on their YouTube channel. Additionally, don’t forget to follow AkuaroWorld on social media to see more about T3chFest in the coming days!