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José Romero: a comodorense who took the series to another level

José Romero, a native of Comodoro Rivadavia, was one of the creators of VeloZapp.

 José Romero is a native of Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut , grew up in the Pietrobelli neighborhood of the oil city and today runs the Foundation for International Studies (FUNPEI), born by the impulse of the University of Rosario . Through it, he devised a novel format for a series that promises to be a boom. We used to watch them on TV, to download them from the internet — downloading two files to add the subtitles —, by streaming platform and now add a new one: by  WhatsApp .

The project was developed by FUNPEI and Rolling Films, and is the first series in our country to be broadcast by that instant messaging service:  VeloZapp .

It is a six-chapter suspense miniseries with a duration of four minutes each. In it, Malena, the protagonist of the cycle, who serves as delivery, receives a package that she must deliver in three hours, because if she does not do so she will die.

Romero was the author of the initiative and, as he said, is part of a broad and ambitious project that has been facing for about ten years the institution he presides.

 The story of José 

Son of almaceros, José Romero did elementary school at Domingo Savio School and high school at Perito Moreno. His childhood and adolescence took place in the Pietrobelli neighborhood between the afternoons of the  Hurricane Club  and the religious formation in the Salesian institution.

 In 81 he emigrated to Rosario to study Political Science.   He recalls that, with his parents' efforts, he was the only one in his litter who managed to get to college. A year later, in 81, his brother Pedro arrived, with whom he worked tirelessly on education.

With much effort he managed to graduate and later earned a doctorate in Political Science. He settled with his family in that city of Santa Fe and his commitment and capacity led him to be summoned to be deputy minister of education of Santa Fe and later to be part of the same portfolio but at the national level.

 Since 2005 Romero has been chairing FUNPEI  and has promoted various initiatives, strengthening alliances with institutions such as Conicet, which accompanies the projects.

The idea of VeloZapp did not come out of nowhere, but has been behind a hard work of years. José said he seeks to encourage cell phone to be used for other things beyond what is used through social networks. In that sense, he commented that he was always interested, along with his team, that he became an instrument to add to educational work and entertainment.

About this, he recalled that, when it was the Blackberry boom, they promoted a course that was provided specifically for those phones. That mutated into work with other applications, but continuing with the premise of the importance of cell phone for education.

With the advent of the coronavirus and new strategies for teachers and students to stay in touch during the school cycle, José considered that the pandemic accelerated the optimization processes in terms of the use of technology, since these tools are installed long ago, but not they were using massively.

However, chubutense understands that educational processes cannot remain one hundred percent in virtuality, but that there should be a hybrid strategy in which face-to-face is the main factor.

Returning to VeloZapp, Romero thinks it is a new format that came to stay and was satisfied with the impact it had, so they will try to promote and perfect it so that it continues to grow in quality.

The future came a long time ago. And a chubutense is part of it.

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