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  • Timothy Thompson

    Here we are for the second year in a row, VCO Silicon Valley Study Tour 2020 is a thing! thanks to the whole team and VCO participants who will join this channel in order to discuss and deepen tech topics giving their opinion and experience, therefore having the chance to be selected and take part in the upcoming SVST 2020 

    Do remember to update and make your Linkedin profile visible, this will play a fundamental role in the overall selection.

    For the security of the web site, to partecipate to the discussion forum you must be registered at the www.siliconvalleystudytour.com
    Your registration must be approved by the Administrator. 
    After you receive an email with subject “Membership Approved” you can login and start interacting with the rest of the community.

    Hello everyone,

    I’m Alex Vellone, one of the nine alumni of Verbano Cusio Ossola who attended the 42° Silicon Valley Study Tour in 2019.

    I just want to say that I’m very proud to be part of this community that we created in the VCO last year and I’m also very happy to meet you and to discuss with you!

    Now please introduce yourself in the discussion saying who you are, your background and why you are interested in joining this adventure.


    Simone Dalledonne

    Hi guys,
    I’m Simone Dalledonne and I partecipated at Silicon Valley Study Tour 2019 with the VCO project, which started for the first time last year.
    The forum SVST VCO is the best way to know the other participant, to talk about yours ideas, yours POV and to approach the Silicon Valley mood.
    Let’s start together this new experience!

    Maddalena Baraggia

    Hi everybody!

    I’m Maddalena Baraggia, I’m 24 years old and I also attended the Silicon Valley Study Tour last year.

    I can’t wait to hear from you and your ideas and I hope I can help you, especially in Economics and Finance matters.

    See you soon!


    Sophie Cavallini


    I’m Sophie Cavallini and I’m a 2019 SVST alumnni too.

    Here you have the opportunity to share your ideas, discover new ones and meet unique people.

    Enjoy yourself!


    Michele Pelgantini

    Greetings Traveler’s, my name is michele Pelgantini and I’m a student of psychology. Let’s challenge yourself !
    This is my suggest and Albert Bandura



    Hi all guys, i’m Davide Preatoni, i’m 19 years old.
    I study computer engineering at the Milan Polytechnic.

    I am excited to be part of this project, i think it can form a 360° degree about technological and financial perspectives, as well as on collaboration skills.
    Start-ups are the present and the near future.

    Curious to meet you all!

    See you soon


    Hi everyone! I guess it’s the time for us newbies to present ourselves!

    My name is Stefan Djokovic, and I am a Software Engineering student at PoliMi. I’m in my third year, and while I live in Milan during the lesson periods, I like to come back to my hometown, Domodossola, during the exam sessions and holidays, and pandemics!

    As my field of studies may suggest, I am very interested and passionate about technology. Saying tech may be too broad of a term, but I really enjoy every single bit (pun intended) of it. From Smartphones to PCs, from AI to Complex Systems, from Personal Assistances to Automated Cashiers, everything that surrounds tech and the change it poses to our world really excites me. In particular, I really find interesting how the AI could change our world and the ethical dilemmas (and if these also interest you, I would suggest giving a listen to the Artificial Intelligence Podcast, by Lex Fridman (yes, I love podcasts)).

    On the opposite end, I enjoy humanity and our cultures. My family has Serbian origins, and I was born and lived my life in Italy. This has given me the chance to note all the slight differences between Italian culture and my family’s in my daily life. These differences have interested me so much that I always wanted to find different perspectives, and this has pushed me into taking an Exchange Year in Norway during my Fourth Year of High School. This was an experience that has changed radically my perspective of the world many different ways that would be too long to write about in an introductory post. To summarize the outcome, this experience has built a Stefan that is more open-minded, more interested in people, more knowledgable and aware of our world.

    Other than Tech, my interests are World Politics (as a viewer rather than an active participant), Videogames (even tho I don’t really play that much nowadays I enjoy looking into the new games), Animes (same as for videogames), and just anything that attracts my mind at the moment (any topic, really, I enjoy learning anything about any kind of field).

    I think my main reasons for joining you may be already clear from above: learning how Silicon Valley works from meeting the people that work there and living there for a week, while also meeting many other participants that have the drive and many interesting ideas to share! What an amazing combination!

    I guess this post is already too long for a presentation, so I will be closing it. I’m very happy to be joining you on this forum, hope to see many of you around!



    Timothy Thompson

    Hey! @preatoni and @stefan hope you are good! we’ll start chatting on this forum in a few days as other guys would like to join us too, but I guess they’re still struggling with shyness and the not so fancy/intuitive platform.

    In the meantime, as I’m very curious, some questions just popped up in my mind, so what do you guys think about AI and further application during this period? Covid-19 has tackled pretty hard our communities and the entire world… do you know any project in particular who is using this technology to foresee or prevent the spread of the disease?

    Besides, we are all here to share and support you in this journey, please get enthusiast, enjoy the ride, but foremost important have fun and feel free to ask whatever you want to know!


    Hey Timothy! Oh, right into a hot topic I see. Hope others will join in!

    It kinda hard to unravel such a huge this topic. To keep the post short I will talk about predicting how the virus will spread, just to be sure to finish writing this post before the actual end of the crisis, and maybe give a different input from the usual news!

    Focusing in particular on what AI can do today. We often see it as a magic wand that one day will fix every problem of the world, but we often forget what there is beneath: Mathematics and Data. So, let’s see how they work here:

    – Mathematics: pandemics-like models are highly studied in Mathematics! And there are countless of visual-representation of them on YouTube (my favourites: 1 and 2). So, here we are highly covered.

    – Data. The hard part of this pandemic: we do not have reliable data. There are in particular two crucial points on this:

    1) it takes several days for someone to get sick and show symptoms, and some of them don’t even report it because the effects on them may be highly mild. We also have reported COVID carriers which are completely asymptomatic (with some of the first reports here and a study on the Diamond Princess case that estimated them to be about 17.9%).

    2) We do not have a complete picture of how many cases there are. Other than the asymptomatic, the fact that we cannot test everybody means that we will never have. However, by testing as many people as possible we can get a better picture of the situation and what measures we should take is specif parts of the country.

    Even though we may have some pretty good Mathematical models on how the virus may spread our lack of precise Data will make any prediction for how the virus will spread too hard to be accomplice precisely. That’s why the US, which at first seemed in better shape than Europe, has had an explosion in such a short time. Meanwhile, other countries in est-Asia were able to fight back the virus more effectively by testing and scanning more (they also applied other questionable measures, but I guess we should let privacy for another post!). Europe and the US may have not been ready for it, but hopefully, we will be for when the next will come.

    I think this was a good rundown of just some thoughts I wanted to share, hope to hear your opinion and from the others, too!


    Hey Stefan, great speech, you touched many keys and especially elegantly expressed!

    Hi all guys again!
    I want to start by saying that in general I am proud of the way in which (with due exceptions unfortunately for Europe)
    the world is behaving in a united way, as one big team!
    It makes me regain confidence in the human race.
    (I advise you to see the podcast, especially to Stefan, since he said that he really likes this type of content,
    by Luis and Fedez feat Logan Paul, seen among other things a little while ago, very fun and light as a genre of videos, but there is one point in particular
    where Logan makes an interesting reflection about my premise and extends it to the post-covid)

    To answer your Timothy question in particular, I read something about it!

    Filaindiana: Italian project (which unfortunately for now is only active in Lombardy) which prevents crowds of queues at supermarkets,
    giving in real time the amount of people in the queue.
    Obviously the more people make use of this application, the more reliable the data will be.

    I also know something about Apple!
    The colossus has created an application (obviously only for IOS devices) that allows an auto-screeening of the symptoms, helping
    thus the population to maintain appropriate behavior with respect to their own and others’ health.
    Fortunately, the deficit caused by the “Apple”, regarding the usability reserved for its devices, was bypassed by creating the corresponding website, accessible by anyone.

    I have also heard of “SOS Italia”, which intends to trace the subjects affected by COVID-19 and inform the competent authorities.
    I want to emphasize that I am not so informed that I can raise questions about it, but I believe there are significant problems in terms of privacy.

    I believe artificial intelligence is more used abroad, like Russia which has implemented a telecamerization system with attached facial recognition software
    Or, in data analysis as it is already widely used, it is helping in the search for a vaccine.
    The last observation is only a hypothesis, but I think it is quite concrete.

    But now I’m curious to know you others if you are aware of technologies that I currently ignore!

    Giulio Anyuang

    Hi everyone, I am Giulio and i am 20 years old.

    I am a first year student of Politecnico di Milano and I joined this community because I think it is an opportunity to meet new people and have new experiences.

    I study building and construction engineering and my passions are science, sport and cinema.

    About Timothy questions I want to talk about an application for smartphone called allertaLOM created by Protezione Civile especially for Lombardia through the project “CercaCovid” because the most affected italian region by Covid-19. This application, which does not replace any medical revision, it is in any case very useful because it is a mapping of the contagious in real time and all citizens of Lombardia should install it. The first time that you will open this application, there will be a survey to fill with your data that togheter with other citizens data it permits to the Regional Crisis Unit and specialists to “develop statistical and epidemiological analyzes” and also a forecast of the course of the infection.

    Beyond this application, I think AI is a very important weapon in the situation in which we are living because it allows the most ingenious minds to strive to find useful solutions to counter the virus.

    Happy to have introduced myself,

    Hope to see you soon,


    Timothy Thompson

    Hiya Giulio! Welcome to this forum, it’s great having you.

    Guys, you came up with loads of nice examples and concrete cases that are currently deployed towards the Covid19 emergency, I’ve enjoyed each take of yours.

    My question was absolutely massive, also as I would argue simplistically in certain ways.

    AI doesn’t work with magic sticks and despite my poor knowledge in this field, I see how this kind of word together with the underneath concept has been misused throughout recent years… don’t get me wrong, chatbot are a nice thing to have, but the real Ai potentials as well as the application in a broad variety of domains, has already started.

    Timothy Thompson

    Aw! I do also have a big new for you “early forum adopters” (:

    As you might have perceived, the overall situation has generated concerns worldwide, the US is facing right now the harsh spread of the disease which is gradually bringing the country to cope with side effects that are actually resulting in establishing tough measures in order to prevent the even worse backlash.

    That said, SVST 2020 cannot be stopped since we’ve been dealing with our partners to find the nicest solution that could ease shifts and changes in time, a great opportunity has been unclocked:

    <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>For a few of you, starting from June, until mid-July there will be a chance to take part in a series of free Webinars hosted by SVST with Google, Apple, Oracle, Berkely University, and other executives. No kidding. </span>I’ll suggest you to not lose this opportunity, anyway, drop me a mail here: timothy.from.o@gmail.com in case you’d like to join!


    Besides, I see that you all are into podcasts or readings, any advice to things we should pay attention to?

    Alex Bisetti

    Hi everybody!
    I would like to introduce myself – I’m Alex Bisetti, I’m 18 years old and I go to the arts high School.

    I’m so curious to be part of this project.
    I can’t wait to improve my skills and, as far as I’m capable of, to help the others as well!

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