Roundup: Venezuela's budget, Icann Summit, Objet, Sonda IT

- Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Roundup: Venezuela's budget, Icann Summit, Objet, Sonda IT

Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez has approved the country's federal budget for 2012, including a 27% increase in funds for science and technology compared to this year, state-owned newspaper Correo del Orinoco reported.

The budget had already been greenlighted by the country's congress and will now be published in the official gazette.

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), responsible for coordinating the internet domain and IP address system, will hold its 43th annual meeting in San José, Costa Rica, in March, the Costa Rican science and technology ministry said in a release.

The summit will take place from March 11-16 and convene experts and professionals from more than 100 countries to discuss security, intellectual property and new domains, among other topics.

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3D printing system and materials provider Objet has added Anacom Eletrônica, a distributor of electronic, mechanical and simulation products, to its channel partner network to support expansion in Brazil, the company said in a statement.

Anacom Eletrônica has a broad customer base throughout Brazil and the rest of Latin America.

According to Objet, Anacom's appointment is part of a broader strategy to expand penetration in emerging markets.

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The Brazilian unit of Latin America IT systems integrator Sonda IT is launching a partnership program with universities in Santa Catarina state, the company said in a statement.

The program is being inked between Sonda and tech hub park Inovaparq, which comprises four universities from Santa Catarina state - Univille, PUC-SC, UFSC and UDESC.

"Students will be introduced to business activities, enriching their academic curriculum and complementing their training. These new professionals will be able to add creativity to Sonda IT processes and technology, providing mutual growth with a focus on quality and innovation and without compromising the financial viability of the process," said Sonda IT Applications unit VP Eduardo Borba.