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  • Paolo Marenco
    Keymaster
    @paolomarenco
    #669

    Here we are! Ready to start the selection of Trentino Alto Adige Universities attendees to SVST 2017 (1 week end of august)
    The students, grads, undergrads, researchers interested have to join this discussion Forum, introduce theirselves and telling their feeling about the project.

    I’ll be in Trento University by Prof Alessandro Rossi one day next March to present myself and the great results we achieved in Italy after 30 SVST’s, since 2005!.

    I give you right now the first discussion topic, a great book written by Lazlo Blok from Google….just the abstract can give you the feeling of what Silicon Valley is.

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    Paolo Marenco
    Keymaster
    @paolomarenco
    #671

    What is Silicon Valley Study Tour ? here is the best answer!

    Paolo Marenco
    Keymaster
    @paolomarenco
    #693

    To start the year, you can find the preliminary program of Silicon Valley Study Tour August 2017 (final program only at early August)

    Im ready to meet you in Trento on March 30 https://www.facebook.com/CLabTrento/posts/1726717600992167

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    Paolo Marenco
    Keymaster
    @paolomarenco
    #718

    Big data as a propeller for enormous change ( positive or not…will see..) of our life .

    Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool help propel Donald Trump to victory?

    Two reporters from Zurich-based Das Magazin went data-gathering.​ Read this story…just a beginning of an Era.

    Stefania Tibiletti
    Participant
    @stefaniatibiletti
    #723

    Hello everyone!!

    I’m Stefania, I’am a student of Innovation Management at the University of Trento.

    I am really excited about this project, have the possibility to see and interact with people in the Silicon Valley could be ( and I’m sure that is ) an extraordinary experience.
    I am so in high spirits because interact with them will give us the possibility to understand how the ICT evironment works and how some entreprenuers made possible their ideas.
    As an Innovation Management student this is a unique occasion to build more competences.

     

    A super interesting topic is big data, we have just did a course about Intellectual Property and Competition Law, and we spoke a lot about Big Data for Facebook, Apple, Whatsapp and so far and so on.. The fact that someone can “understand” you in 5 mins based on your FB profile is a little bit scary. But we can consider that Mypersonality app as a step further to collect data insted of thousand questionnaires. I think that we arrive at this point, because, only nowadays someone start to think about the problem of sharing their data on the web. But the network effects are so high that even if you know that your data are “stolen”, you continue to use social network because you are scared to be out. So there are millions of point that tourn around the motivation that a person has about using the web, share their data and like different pages. The problem is that these point are all connected and deal with it in a single way is impossible.

    I hope to hear from you soon!

    Stefania

    Paolo Marenco
    Keymaster
    @paolomarenco
    #724

    Thanks Stefania. Another stimulus….A new way to drive a company.

    With difficulties by Zappos, now part of Amazon …but successfully by a new start up born 2 years ago in Genoa- Milan- CH by 2 Silicon Valley Study Tour Alumni, Saverio Murgia and Luca Nardelli, Eyra

    Stefania Tibiletti
    Participant
    @stefaniatibiletti
    #733

    As we can see new business models is also interesting have a look in new ways to drive a company.

    I think that the empowerment of employee is a key factor to improve the business. When you hire someone, you hire also his mind and his capacities. Working all together as a team is much better than working on your own. If employees are also able to organize themselves and become able to be the manager of themselves the company may have a boost.

     

    Luca Manisera
    Participant
    @lucamanisera
    #735

    Hi all!

    I am Luca, a half-Italian, half-Japanese master student in Innovation Management at the University of Trento. I just came back from Tokyo where I did research at the Hitotsubashi University on regional economic development. I am interested in the intersection of economics, sociology, and geography and I particularly fancy studying ethical issues in the frame of urban studies.

    My research has a lot do with the Silicon Valley, since it is a unique case study of regional economic development given its unprecedented exponential economic growth. Thanks to a course in Comparative Innovation Policies that I recently attended, I bumped into many papers on the subject and I feel like suggesting Saxenian’s “The New Argonauts”, which is a ten years old book, but deals with a very topical issue (immigration) and it does its job (for a shorter and easily accessible contribution I suggest this article). However, the book that mostly influenced my current research is Richard Florida’s “The Rise of the Creative Class”. Although I cannot say I completely agree with him, I found it very interesting and people say it is a must read for urban planners or economists studying growth models. These are my two cents, just to give a cue for the thread.

    Beside urban studies, I like to discuss about innovation, entrepreneurship, technology and related ethical issues on my blog on Il Sole 24 Ore “The Errorist”. Thanks to the network of Il Sole 24 Ore, I managed to spend different periods at H-Farm, an Italian venture incubator that aims at becoming the next Silicon Valley (it sounds trivial and cheesy, I know, but few days ago they have just secured an investment of 101 million euros for their innovation campus and they have sealed a deal with Ca’ Foscari University of Venice to host bachelor level courses in digital management). In H-Farm I managed to get to know inspiring entrepreneurs, innovative startups and participate in tech events like hackathons and the Kinnernet (a tech networking event founded by Yossi Vardi, founding investor of ICQ) that provided interesting raw material for my articles.

    Generally speaking, despite being sometimes critical about technological innovations, I consider myself a technology and innovation enthusiast. This is why I interned in a startup accelerator while studying in Trento (TechPeaks), I co-organized Trento Startup Weekend, I recently got close to an Italian venture capital (Innogest), and I constantly try to be updated with tech-news.

    I would be eager to be given the chance to take part in the Silicon Valley Study Tour 2017. It would very interesting for me to experience firsthand and see with my own eyes how things work in the Silicon Valley. It is a place that was constantly mentioned in my studies and in my own researches and I find it a great opportunity to visit the venues where global innovation takes place. Plus, Silicon Valley is also the title of a fiction that I used to watch, and I think it would be fun to see the real places where the fiction is set. In addition, I have seen that it can be a very inspiring experience, like for the alumni that decided to start up their entrepreneurial careers after the tour (I actually presented Saverio Murgia’s and Luca Nardelli’s Horus Technology as a case study in a marketing course that I attended in Budapest almost two years ago). Nowadays, Silicon Valley is the place to be in order to create meaningful innovation and it is no coincidence that our previous PM Matteo Renzi is currently in Silicon Valley in order to learn from Elon musk and company how to spur economy through innovation. I think it makes sense to try to learn from who does it best.

    As for the Stimuli that Paolo Marenco, referring to Lazlo Blok’s book, I would say that businesses should be people centered: whether you are talking about your clients or your human capital, people should be always an important focus. I am very interested in seeing how companies in the valley deal with HR, since they are famous for their employees’ benefits and nurturing programs. As for the story of Cambridge Analytica, I am a strong believer in the reliability of personality tests. I found out about the Myers-Briggs test in a course in Organizational Behavior at the university and I am currently digging into the topic since I was also provided a similar test during an interview. However, the history about Trump’s elections is kind of creepy, I was surprised to find it out even considering the big hype around big data.

    I am eager to continue the discussion on this forum, cheers!

    Luca Manisera

    Cristoforo Marco Grasso
    Participant
    @cristoforomarcograsso
    #737

    Hi eberybody,

    I am Cristoforo Grasso a master student in the International degree in Innovation Management by the University of Trento. I am very happy to find in this forumStefania, that is currently studying with me in Trento, and Luca that I had the pleasure to know in Sant’Anna University in Pisa last spring.

    I am very passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, digitalization and regional economic growth and development. In particular, economic growth and development have always been of particular relevance to me, since I come from Sicily, a region which is particularly problematic and ambiguous in these terms ( maybe you know about a process that we are implementing to build an Etna Valley to capitalise our entrepreneurial spiirit). I really think that  taking part in the Silicon Valley Study Tour would be an unique challenging opportunity to know more on these topics and to listen to many inspirational stories, as the career of many SVST Alumni shows.

    With regard to Luca’s suggestion I would like to give two titles by Saxenian and Florida. In particular 1) Saxenian, A. (1991). The origins and dynamics of production networks in Silicon Valley. Research policy, 20(5), 423-437., if you prefer a more sociological standpoint and 2) Florida, R. (2002). The economic geography of talent. Annals of the Association of American geographers, 92(4), 743-755., to have a look to HR in Innovation Policies. This article is also a good link to the Stimuli by Paulo Morenco. I think that sometimes we see firms as a bundle of a techniques – which is certainly important – and we miss people, who are the other side of the moon.

    I am looking forward to continuing this discussion all together!

    Cristoforo

     

    Paolo Marenco
    Keymaster
    @paolomarenco
    #738

    Hey all…great quality yr comments, Trento rocks 😉 I can ‘t go deep in your matter cause we just over…water after an incredible Tour organized last week for 45 startupper and 5 incubators of Marche and Emilia  Regions, in the week of Startup Grind Global Conference @Redwood City…”our” city since 2005. Have a glance of pictures and comments of our partner- tour guide Roberto Bonzio!

    See you in Trento on …Trenta (march 😉

    Stefania Tibiletti
    Participant
    @stefaniatibiletti
    #739

    Hello everybody!

    Few days ago I discovered that HONDA is going to set up an R&D center in Japan for robots, energy and AI.

    Honda already has a research lab in the Silicon Valley and is working with Waymo, the self-driving car project of Google.

     

    What do you think about this new center? Honda will leave the Silicon Valley and try to build a new one in Japan?

     

    New Honda R&D centre to develop technologies such as autonomous driving and artificial intelligence

    Giovanni
    Participant
    @giovanniferrante
    #740

    Hello everyone! My name is Giovanni Ferrante I am a student in Innovation Management at University of Trento.
    From the moment I heard about opportunity, I have been so excited. Firstly because I have never been in the US and this will be an amazing starting point.
    Furthermore, having the possibility to go to visit the Silicon Valley has always excited me, since I would like be an entrepreneur, and breathe the air of the Silicon Valley could the source of inspiration.
    Two of my greatest passions are technology of any kind and innovation. interact, talk and stay close to successful people is a great possibility to learn and better understand this world and in particular what is the meaning of being a real entrepreneur.
    During my Master degree I attended a course named International Entrepreneurship. The aim of this course was to develop a business idea, giving us all the tools to do it. In particular my ideas is to develop and application the works with a Bluetooth. I strongly believe in this idea, in fact I decided to do a step further and bring it to another course named Start up Lab. Again, meeting people how work in this sector could give me same fundamental tools and knowledge in order to succeed.
    To conclude this short introduction of myself, I would like to thank the organization, not only for the possible journey, but also for chance to talk with interesting people.
    I am looking forward to meeting you all

    Paolo Marenco
    Keymaster
    @paolomarenco
    #741

    Stefania the topic is very debated. Just yesterday I red a FB post where they say about the relaunch of the race to autonomous drive out of Silicon Valley by traditional manufacturers…Honda one of them.

    Waymo – Google, Apple, Uber Otto…seem to have some difficulties and not push  too much, Tesla is a niche….We will see

    Giovanni
    Participant
    @giovanniferrante
    #744

    I found this interesting article, in which there are some linkages with the article published by Stefania.

    What do you think about it?

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/baig/2017/02/16/ibm-and-visa-want-make-your-car-point-sale/97985630/

    Paolo Marenco
    Keymaster
    @paolomarenco
    #1150

    Hey UNI Trento people…good debate!.

    Here is the format for yr cv (1 page is a must!) .

    Send it to me within April  6.

    April 15 you will have the eligibility to the SVST 2017…and you selected could start to organize the trip

    marencopaolo@gmail.com

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