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  • Umberto Cisari
    Participant
    @umbecisa
    #1216

    Hi guys!

    I would like to share with you other highlights about yesterday’s conference in UPO in Novara. Filippo Arrigoni’s speech was very interesting, he described his early experiences in the startups where he worked and how he dealt with the different issues he has faced. As @abofficial has already talked about Inovaria, I will briefly explain his experience in Reios. Filippo has been working as a business consulter for this company which mainly produces LED lighting solutions which consume 18% less than the competitors ones, thanks to a particular pannel attached to the light that allows to amplify the power of the lighting using less energy. Thanks to this discount, that gives the opportunity to save money on electricity bills, Reios has the possibility to install WI-FI router on each LED lighting in order to give a full Internet Network coverage in the building where they are applied. This is the solution to the problem of missing Internet connection in some particular areas of a company, where Wi-Fi connection is required for using a machine.

    I would like to focus on this kind of product: it is a very good example of IoT object, where a Wi-Fi router is applied to a normal object. The concept of IoT is getting popular nowadays, and several companies are focusing their business on this kind of innovation. For example, Samsung has just developed an IoT fridge called “Samsung family Hub”: they basically applied a Wi-Fi connection and an interactive dashboard on a fridge which can gives feedbacks to the users, for example, about food supply. I do think that in a couple of years, IoT objects will be everywhere around us and will make our lives more confortable and better. What do you think about this new phenomenon?

    By the way, @paolomarenco, I’ll send you my CV asap!

     

    Sofia Silvola
    Participant
    @sofiasilvola
    #1221

    Hey guys,

    according to my interests and to my pathway of studies, Management Engineering specialized in Health care system management, I found really interesting the case of iNovaria. They are a clear example of the merging of different sectors: technology and medicine. It’s really fascinating to understand how a longstanding science as medicine can exploit all the most recent technologies; not only to solve problems or to cure diseases, but also to prevent something that may occur. This company it’s doing this work, they prevent disaster and they are trying to understand how to manage them but not only theoretically, they created with the augmented reality a place where to experiment and to try how to manage in the best way disasters. I think it’s very smart as they can simulate in a secure environment and be ready for the real event. In surgery there are projects that are doing the same, they are trying to simulate surgeries as training to prevent and eliminate any possible error on the real patient. Like you said @umbecisa, technology it’s revolutionizing our world, helping us in any field. Don’t you think that technology is, today more than ever, helping us to be more secure and to do our jobs in a simplest way? @leo-grillo @sparakermens

    I don’t think that machines can substitute humans but I’m really convinced that they can change our way of life, Do you think that machines can became a threat for us? I’m really interested in this argument

    To reply to you @abofficial and to your article I think that maybe some startups don’t protect in the right way their idea, the most impressive example could be snapchat that was a “milestone” in the sharing of private contents, they don’t wanted to sell their empire and now? Now giants like instagram and facebook copied they idea and snapchat it’s really death! Surely a lot of startups fail because of poorly done business plan, for lack of money or because of ideas were not so disruptive but in my mind one of the main causes could be the lack of protection of ideas.

    enjoy your night!

    Sofia

    P.s. @paolomarenco I will send you my CV ASAP and thanks for your consideration!

    Paolo Marenco
    Keymaster
    @paolomarenco
    #1232

    https://www.facebook.com/connecTOSiliconValley/?fref=ts  2016

    https://www.facebook.com/SiliconValleyEspresso/?fref=ts   2015

    here the 2  CF exp from Torino, object of monday 27 conference in UNI TO ( I pushed for Facebook streaming…let’s see)

    Paolo Marenco
    Keymaster
    @paolomarenco
    #1233

    When I receive yr cv, in a couple of days!

     

    Paolo Marenco
    Keymaster
    @paolomarenco
    Leonardo Grillo
    Participant
    @leo-grillo
    #1257

    Thank you @abofficial and @umbecisa for your reports of the conference, I appreciated them a lot!

    According to what @umbecisa said, I totally agree with you: IoT devices are widely spreading, not only in the number of devices itself but also in the variety. Nowadays, every sort of thing is becoming a digital device connected through a wireless connection. It is impressive how many different functionalities they are able to do and how much data (coming from the users) is collected. And this phenomenon is reconnected to the speech we already had about Big Data.

    I have been very impressed by the catastrophes simulator: I suggest that this tool is a little bit different from the catastrophes prevention process. In my humble opinion, the simulator could be a sort of preparation for people to enable their problem solving capabilities, so that they will be mentally focused in case of emergency. Specifically, I was astonished not from the pharmaceutical perspective, but from the possibility to re-create a terroristic attack. Unfortunately, more and more terroristic events are happening all over the world, and I suggest that governments may act on two different levels: prevention and limitation of the effects. While prevention should be a task exclusively for Intelligence entities (empowered by Big Data analysis), l strongly believe that people should be prepared enough to face such an actual threat. People often think that a catastrophic event may happen only “somewhere else”, and, (unlikely) when a terroristic attack occurs, they are so scared that they do not know what to do. For this reason, consequences of a terroristic attack might be considered amplified. The simulator could be a very interesting initiative to teach people on the basic attitude they need to have in case of emergency. Do you agree, @sofiasilvola?

    On the startup topic, I know that one of @sparakermens ‘s dream is to run his own startup. Are you still developing your idea about your App? Furthermore, I agree on what Sofia said: running a startup might be unsuccessful if you are not able to protect your idea (or at least to forecast competitors’ following moves).

    @paolomarenco I have finished to translate my CV and just sent it to you.

    Wishing a good Sunday to you all!

    Carmelo
    Participant
    @sparakermens
    #1258

    @leo-grillo yes I am, it’s growing up with tips and ideas also from friends! I know it will be hard to develop a successful idea but I will do my best.

    In the applications market there are no possibility to protect ideas that’s because you can’t actually register a patent for your “technological solution”.

    so in my opinion the time when you develop your ideas and the energy you put in your projects are the main reasons to succeed.

    Carmelo
    Participant
    @sparakermens
    #1259

    @paolomarenco I’ve just sent my CV

    Thank you!

    Sofia Silvola
    Participant
    @sofiasilvola
    #1260

    @sparakermens I wish you good luck for your idea, I hope it will be a success!

    @leo-grillo I agree with you! I think that could be a revolution for all that kind of events that are not predictable. It’s an extraordinary possibility to be able to practice and be ready for a possible catastrophic event, in this way people can act more consciously and reactively, avoiding any kind of waste. As you said, terroristic attacks are the perfect example of one possible usage of this technology. In this era more than others, people need to be prepared and to know how to respond to every kind of attack with an aware attitude.

    When I worked in a lean management company based in Japan the mentality was almost the same! They created courses where people can experiment different methodologies of work in a simulated work environment where mistakes do not affect productivity but instead help to improve the entire organization! I think that this is the revolution and this is the right way to exploit technology.

    @paolomarenco I have also sent you my cv

    Alberto Brianza
    Participant
    @abofficial
    #1262

    Good afternoon guys!

    I guess @sofiasilvola and @leo-grillo are right! Protecting your idea is a gold rule for your business, but in a startup context, it’s not always right. At least at the very beginning, when you have just your idea, and you NEED to speak about it to other people, in order to make you idea grow into something tangible. That’s my advice for @sparakermens, try to share your idea with some selected people, they will 100% get you some cool feedbacks!

    While I was translating my CV, I was quite excited, even I don’t know yet IF we’re leaving or not 🙂

    @paolomarenco We were hoping to come to Torino, but we’ve an exam in the afternoon! We will meet definetely some other time!

    Enjoy your day,

    Alberto

    Carmelo
    Participant
    @sparakermens
    #1263

    @abofficial : Is sharing the idea always good? I mea: I am also scared that someone could use the idea for his own project..  sharing it helped me a lot improving some features and removing useless things but how can I be sure that someone isn’t stealing it ?

    Leonardo Grillo
    Participant
    @leo-grillo
    #1264

    Thank you @sofiasilvola, we have the same point of view!

    @sparakermens I suggest it depends on people you are sharing your idea with. For example, if you need a tip about a specific functionality on your App, you could ask to friends and relatives (reliable and loyal people) in order to collect their own feedbacks. On the other hand, if you need a help to develop and commercialise your App, you can go outsourcing and start a collaboration with an existing company. In this case, you can go through an NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) so that you are sure that your idea would not be diffused and they can provide you the help you are looking for! But I guess on the basis there is always a matter of money…

    Carmelo
    Participant
    @sparakermens
    #1265

    @leo-grillo yeah……it’s always money related. especially for a start up, money has always been the most difficoult issue to deal with.

    If sone one has any suggestions, or experience in this area, please share it, I would appreciate it a lot!

    Paolo Marenco
    Keymaster
    @paolomarenco
    #1268
    Hey all, you are selected for SVST  2017, Good job!
    About  your crowdfunding initiative …remember the give back to yr sponsors, some tips:

    1- Tech Scouting in Silicon Valley from 1 week – 1 month – 3 month after SVST,  2k- 4k- 6k (just a proposal, if you stay more than one of you….maybe you have to spend some of yr money)

    2- Report with intro to our hosts ( about 12-20 in a week tour) plus talk in the company when back 1.5k

    3- Just Report and intro  1k

    you can add other for smaller money… ( gadget of the company….logo…to our hosts)

    Go, Go…in one month we’ll connect all the selected from many Italian Universities …work in progress!

    Alberto Brianza
    Participant
    @abofficial
    #1270

    @paolomarenco That’s a great news!!! Thank you a lot!

    Guys we need to work hard for our sponsorship!

    Me and @leo-grillo were thinking about starting a campaign on Kickstarter or Indigogo, and we’re in the intelligence-fase, so we’re studying other projects in order to understand what to give to people and how to engage them. We’re going to record a cool video, as vlog is a big part of our proposal to the sponsor.

    Other than that I think we will organize a meeting with 10-15 local companies, in order to “sell” projects about what we’re studying and what we’ll learn in SV. This option would aggregate your second and third option, and I guess it’s the most profitable for us!

    We’re going to keep you updated!

    Thanks again,

    Alberto

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