Campus Party was founded by Paco, Belinda, Pablo and Yolanda in Malaga in 1997. These four friends were united by their passion for new technologies and wanted to create a space where others with the same interests could come together. The group was influenced by a RTVE2 television documentary about the demo parties that had just begun taking place in Northern Europe, and wanted to bring that model to Spain's geeks. They were joined by EnRED, the youth association of Benalmadena, Spain and other friends who collaborated to bring the concept of Campus Party to life.
The first Campus Party drew 250 people for the weekend, and the event quickly gained traction and a following: the number of attendees doubled for the second edition. Two years later in 1999, E3 Futura Association was founded as a non-profit organization with the objective of making technology in all its diverse forms more accessible to society as a whole, and to create forums and educational programs that promote innovation and responsible participation in digital culture. Headquartered in Madrid, the organization now has offices in Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Germany and the United States.
Since its founding, E3 Futura Association has worked to make the event accessible to more and more people globally. In each annual edition of Campus Party thousands of passionate technologists collaborate towards a common goal: to create the best educational festival focused on new technologies and the unifying power of the Internet.
Over the years the Campus Party team has grown from a few friends to a staff of over 100 in offices around the world. Each team member's sole mission is the ensure the campuseros spend the best week of their year at Campus Party.