The Instituto Metrópole Digital (IMD) is a Specialized Academic Unit of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), with a profile different from most of the academic centers and departments of the Brazilian federal universities. This profile is aligned with its mission to foster the creation of a Technology Pole in Information Technology in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, encompassing initiatives from the public, private and academic sectors, the basis for its organizational structure.

IMD works in the technical, higher education and postgraduate levels, whose actions integrate social and digital inclusion. In addition, research and technological innovation actions, training of young talents and encouragement of the culture of entrepreneurship have resulted in the creation of Inova Metrópole, an incubator of technology-based companies in the area of Information Technology (IT).

The Institute has an integration profile with other departments and units of UFRN, aiming to foster interdisciplinarity with other areas related to IT, since this is the basis of innovation and the way to train professionals prepared for the new job market. The management profile of IMD also presents specific particularities, following the principles of integration, interdisciplinarity and innovation. The Board of Trustees and the Academic Development Board are composed of faculty and technical-administrative staff from different departments and areas of expertise. In addition, there is the Advisory Board, which includes people, external to the IMD, with notorious knowledge and experience in their fields of activity.


Founded on December 25, 1599, Natal is the capital of Rio Grande do Norte, with 167km² of area full of tourist attractions that appeal to all audiences. The climate of the city embraces visitors all year round, with warm temperatures, also known as City of the Sun, there are 300 days of sunshine, which remain longer during the day and the rain only arrives between March and July.

There are many tourist attractions, starting with the beach of Ponta Negra, one of the most famous beaches in the city, with incredible views of Morro do Careca, besides the convenience of bars, and the wide choice of hotels and lodges near the beach. And not only that, there is the Redinha beach, the Middle, Areia Preta, the Artists inside the city; to the north there is the beach of Genipabu, Muriú and Maracajaú; to the south has Pirangi and several others that are worthy visits. Not only beaches live in Natal, the city has the Parque das Dunas, where there are more than 1000 hectares of protected Atlantic Forest, the second largest urban park in the country. The Newton Navarro Bridge is a postcard of the city, connecting the neighborhoods of the Northern Zone of Natal to the neighborhoods of Zona Lesta de Natal and the south coast. Another postcard is the Fortress of the Magi, a fort from the 16th century. Other points that stand out are Teatro Alberto Maranhão, Felipe Camarão Palace - headquarters of the city of Natal, Potengi Palace and the Natal Tourism Center, a former prison transformed into a center of local culture and craftsmanship that is worth a visit.

Next to Natal are still rocket base Launch Center Barreira do Inferno and other must-see attractions as the largest cashew tree in the world on the beach of Pirangi in the municipality of Parnamirim, about 25 km south of Natal. The gigantic tree already covers an area of over 8000 m² and is still growing. There are numerous leisure and cultural options within a single city.


The official hotel of SBSeg 2018 will be Praiamar Express (

Surrounded by picture-perfect views of the shimmering blue Atlantic, Praiamar Express Hotel is every beach lovers paradise. Located just a few blocks away from the famous Ponta Negra Beach, our prime address is set along the northeastern Brazilian coast, our hotel offers business and leisure guests a tranquil, yet vibrant place to call their home. Modern, residential-styled accommodations afford every comfort, including private balconies backed by breathtaking sunsets. Savor the local flavors with fresh seafood and tropical fruits as main delicacies. Host a memorable event or work retreat, or say “I do” on the golden sand. Whether you are looking for a fun-filled stay during Carnival, a wedding destination, business trip, or a romantic getaway, our friendly hotel has everything needed for a successful journey.

In order to book a room with discounted fares, please, get in touch with the hotel showing that you are coming to SBSeg 2018! Praiamar Expresss - Reservations sector / Fone: (84) 3092-9532 / E-mail:



Rio Grande do Norte/São Gonçalo do Amarante–Governador Aluízio Alves International Airport (IATA: NAT, ICAO: SBSG) is an airport in São Gonçalo do Amarante, Brazil. It serves Natal and its metropolitan area. In operation since May 31, 2014, it is the first in Brazil managed 100% by private initiative, the Consórcio Inframerica. With a capacity of 6 million passengers/year, the new airport has 42 thousand m² and will have, during the 28 years of concession, a total investment of R$650 million, reaching a capacity of 11 million passengers per year, demand expected until 2038.