Montevideo is the capital and largest city of Uruguay. According to the 2011 census, the city proper has a population of 1,319,108 (more than one-third of the country’s total population) in an area of 201 square kilometers. The southernmost capital city in the Americas, Montevideo is situated on the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata.
The city was established in 1724 by a Spanish soldier, Bruno Mauricio de Zabala, as a strategic move amidst the Spanish-Portuguese dispute over the region of the Rio de la Plata. It was also under brief British rule in 1807. Montevideo is the seat of the administrative headquarters of Mercosur and ALADI, Latin America’s leading trade blocs, a position that entailed comparisons to the role of Brussels in Europe. Montevideo also hosted the first FIFA World Cup, in 1930.
The 2017 Mercer’s report on quality of life, rated Montevideo first in Latin America, a rank the city has consistently held since 2005. In 2018, it was classified as a beta global city ranking eighth in Latin America and 84th in the world. Described as a «vibrant, eclectic place with a rich cultural life» and «a thriving tech center and entrepreneurial culture», Montevideo ranked eighth in Latin America on the 2013 MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. In 2014, it was also regarded as the fifth most gay-friendly metropolis in the world and the first in Latin America. It is the hub of commerce and higher education in Uruguay as well as its chief port. The city is also the financial hub of Uruguay and the cultural anchor of a metropolitan area with a population of around 2 million.
The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in Uruguay currently has an annual turnover close to 1.5 billion dollars, which represents approximately 2.5% of GDP. Uruguayan software exportations are valued at US$ 675 million, ranking first in Latin America in software exports per capita and third in absolute terms. In total, software is exported to more than 52 countries in the world, standing out as the main destinations USA, Argentina, Ireland, México, Chile and Spain. More than 350 companies form the software industry, and it is estimated that the sector covers up to 30000 workers. Montevideo represents the most important hub of the ICT industry in Uruguay, with most of the companies installed in the metropolitan area of Montevideo (including different free trade zones). Several areas of the software industry sector that are developed in Uruguay are closely related to LA-CCI conference topics of interest including business intelligence, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Carrasco International Airport is the international airport of Montevideo and is located in the namegiving Carrasco neighborhood located in the adjoining department of Canelones. The airport is located 19 km from downtown Montevideo. The airport is served by public transit and a private taxi service which connect to Montevideo and Punta del Este. The trip time to Montevideo by car is 30–45 minutes, while by bus it is 1 hour and 15 minutes. The cost of the trip depends on the destination point and is arranged in the airport or booked online.
IEEE LA-CCI 2022 will be held at the facilities of the Engineering School (Facultad de Ingeniería) of the Universidad de la República, Uruguay. In particular, the conference will take place in Edificio Polifuncional “José Luis Massera” that is close to both the Computer Science Institute building and the main Facultad de Ingeniería building. The Edificio Polifuncional “José Luis Massera” is a three-floor building that has several conference rooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 300 attendants.
Montevideo offers a large variety of hotels. There are more than 20 hotels of 3, 4 and 5 stars in the same area of the city of the venue, and several of those hotels are within a walking distance of the Edificio Polifuncional “José Luis Massera” (the hotels close to the venue are shown in the next map). Additionally, Montevideo has a good transport system by buses and taxis, as well as transport apps are available at reasonable prices.
Uruguay has been included in the top 10 of Best in Travel 2020 according to Lonely Planet:
“If Uruguay is not already on your South American bucket list, 2020 is the perfect year to add it. With 660km of Río de la Plata and Atlantic shoreline, a burgeoning wine industry, bubbling hot springs and endless rolling rangelands where South America’s grandeur feels seductively tangible, Uruguay has something for everyone. The country has also proudly championed a progressive social agenda in recent years – from marijuana legalization and the open embrace of LGBTQ+ rights to the promotion of sustainable tourism. But what visitors remember most are Uruguay’s laid-back, welcoming and down-to-earth people and the subtle but profound beauty of the country’s landscape – from the long, untamed Atlantic coastline to the boundless open spaces of the pampas.”
Uruguay has several tourist destinations such as Montevideo, Colonia del Sacramento, Punta del Este, Rocha, among others. Besides the tourist interest of Montevideo, there are two cities that stand out especially Colonia del Sacramento and Punta del Este.
Colonia del Sacramento was founded in 1680 by the Portuguese Empire in order to create a defense point on the east coast of the Río de la Plata. The historic district of Colonia del Sacramento was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list because of “the presence of outstanding testimonies in its urban layout and in its constructions, linked to the nature and objectives of European colonial establishments, especially during the initial period of the late XVII century”. Colonia del Sacramento is located at 181 km west of Montevideo.
Punta del Este is one of the most beautiful seaside towns on the continent, located where the waters of the Río de la Plata and the Atlantic Ocean meet at 130 km of Montevideo. Punta del Este is an internationally renowned resort that receives more than 700000 visitors per year. White sands, blue waters, dunes, islands, lagoons, hills, and forests are combined with a varied and luxurious architecture providing a perfect balance between nature and progress, which gives Punta del Este a sophisticated, casual, and relaxed personality.