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June 1, 2020 at 14:34 #12495
Thanks for all your opinions. As you know, this lockdown situation has rewritten our lifestyle: new ways of study (graduation day on Skype, Zoom or any other web platforms) and work.
Yes, I agree. Nothing will be replace human contact and face-to-face experiences, lessons or whatever. For example SVST think a new way to spread worldwide the Bay Area inspiration and mood: the ‘Go To Silicon Valley Virtually 2020’.
I’m confident. In my opinion, we will find the cure and the virus will be defeated. But we learn a big thing about this period. Smart working and lessons via web teach us that sometimes we need to be slower and more thoughtful. A few breaks help us to live better.
@matteo30, if you want share with us your 3D projects. We are curious!
@sal0hc1n Nicholas, great analisys about the italians’ pros and cons.
@dariaarena, thank you for your opinion about the Emilio Billi and Antonella Rubicco’s speech. And the other guys? What do you think about A3cube founders webinar?
The speech will be sono available on YouTube. However, all of you try to participate live in the next webinars. The next one will be tomorrow, 6 pm, don’t forget. And the guest is super: Luca Prasso, Reverse ARchaeologist @Google. Don’t forget to subscribe here: https://bit.ly/2xMRCig
I would kindly ask you to have you name and surname inside the ‘Name’ label, in doing this you will have it right next to your name in light blue and it would be easier for us to recognize you when you write a comment. Thank you!
P.S. If you missed last week conference, you can find the Go To Silicon Valley Virtually playlist where all the conferences will be uploaded!May 27, 2020 at 15:44 #12480
Hi everyone! How are you? Thank you for all of your thoughts, here in the forum. I like all of them. Come one: I want to read new ideas and topics about your passion for startups, innovation, technology and digital ecosystem!
I introduce myself. My name is Luca Signori and I’m the forum moderator. I was in the SVST 2018 and 2019 crew with guys from some of top Italian universities: Bocconi, Bicocca, University of Pavia, University of Genoa, IED Milano, Università Cattolica and so on. I work as freelance in web marketing area and I’m in the SVST communication team to improve the contents on social media feed.
In 2018, for the first time in the SVST history, a group (of 5 migrants guys) goes in the Valley for the tour. The idea was realized thanks to a deal between Welcomaps (an online project, born in 2017, to geolocalize the best practices of reception and integration on migrants), Refugees Welcome, Mygrants and UNHCR Italy. I was the group guide. It was a great experience!
Today I want to give you a little suggestion. A book, a little pearl for you: Silicon Valley. Sogna, Credici, Realizza written by Eleonora Chioda ad Tiziana Tripepi, Journalists of Millionaire magazine. If you love Silicon Valley, don’t forget to read this book!
Then, a remind for all of you. Don’t forget! Tomorrow there will be a new speech, the second step of “Go To Silicon Valley Virtually 2020”. Emilio Billi and Antonella Rubicco, A3cube founders will be online with us. A3cube, founded in 2012 in San Jose, is a company leader in hardware and software solutions. Recently they open a new European Headquarter, in the middle of Innovation Park in Galliate, near Novara.
What do you think about this choice? Do you know other example of this in Europe?
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if you missed last week conference, you can find the Go To Silicon Valley Virtually playlist where all the conferences will be uploaded!May 19, 2018 at 0:42 #2538
Hi guys! I’m back!
Thanks @aminata, it is a beautiful picture! iIf you have more send us. For tourism: I meant what would you like to digitize in tourism, the innovation you consider the best. Let me know.
Here you are @sulaymanbah, finally!. You are a very dynamic and smart boy. You do a lot of things! Beautiful idea to create a new forum. Is it already online? Keep me updated.
@kelvinzwennes, don’t worry! Congratulations for your thesis! So cool the idea of Born Savage, I follow you on Instagram! I see that you are always involved in social activites! Well done! Great!April 18, 2018 at 23:08 #2500
Hi guys, I’m back, how are you?
After the Collision Tech Conference, I give you another idea: Google at Design Week (Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone), a big event taking place in my town in Milan these days. Take a look and tell me what you think about it. Here you find the top five tech events!
Great Rayne! Don’t worry, it’s a pleasure! We must continue to engage and learn more and more. This is the right mood, especially in the tech area. So beautiful the experience you have done! If you have some photos or videos and if you like, you can share them here.
Aminata you’re welcome! It ‘s true: it must be a beautiful project t the Senegalese culture in Italy. Would you like to share it with us? And, if you like, send it to the Welcomaps team and let’s put it on the map, what do you think? Instead what’s about the Tourism Startup event? In your opinion what is the tourism tool more digitized than others?
You’re welcome Ivana! Yes, in fact, Collision is a stunning event for the quality of the topics and the speakers thickness: their speeches really are a great source of inspiration. Everybody would have the opportunity to participate, at least once!
Look forward to your new ideas and ideas to keep the discussion alive. Keep in touch!April 8, 2018 at 22:33 #2478
Hi everyone! How are you? I introduce myself. My name is Luca Signori, I live near Saronno. I work as freelance in web marketing and content management. My passions are travels, books, technology, photography and journalism. Here I manage (and I will managed with Paolo) the “Migrants in Italy to Silicon Valley Study Tour” discussion. First I invite you to put a big like on the Welcomaps page, an online project created with Paolo and other 3 guys. Welcomaps, as you know, is a project to geolocalize the best practices of reception and integration on migrants.
@rayne92 @kelvinzwennes @ousmane @aminata @ivy98 Thank you very very much for your profile description and for the interesting ideas you have written. I read everything with interest. I’m so happy! A good discussion is born! Keep it alive!
Well done Rayne! Very good for your commitment in Swaziland to help unlucky children. I’m proud of you! A friend of mine, Irene Ciuci, digital nomad and globetrotter, has been in Uganda and is carrying out a beautiful project with many points in common with yours! If you contact her and ask for information, would be a huge pleasure!
It’s true: technology can improve life. Look for example here, is a post on Welcomaps page, and it is about Watly, a startup but also a machine that works with solar energy and is able to purify water and bring it to poor countries. Did you know these startup?
You are very busy in the welfare area! Great! You are a very smart boy! I am a volunteer: since 2010 I’m blood donor. But, tell me, what do you think of the Silicon Valley Study Tour? Do you like it?
Ousmane don’t worry! The forum is a space to talk about you and tell us your interest about technology. Yes, in Silicon Valley the world’s largest technology corporations were born and the “sharks” are everywhere, especially in business. But, don’t worry, really! The SVST is a great opportunity to think “outside the box” and visit these companies! Take insights and turn them into business ideas. Think about it!
Excellent idea the Senegal tourism. It would be nice to bring the culture and Senegal traditions here in Italy. I am also very fascinated about tourism. For this I show you 3 ideas and I hope will be useful. The first is IT.A.CA’, a festival about slow and sustainable tourism and it will probably take place in May. The main organizers are from Rimini.
The second is about tourism startups. Click this link. And the third is this: Progetto Artès, a experiential tourism project. Do you know them?
Welcome Ivana! I agree with you. Energy is a precious commodity, both electric energy (as you said, energy management in Africa is very complicated) but also people energy is very important. I share with you a project called Off Grid Electric, you find here. Do you know?
So the energy is the value, the power of everything. And it’s also the Silicon Valley Study Tour mood in August, did you know?
Finally two ideas and some questions for you all!
First. Tomorrow is the Internet of Things day, here the link.
Second. From April 30 to May 3 in New Orleans (Louisiana) will take place one of the most famous tech conferences in the world: the Collison Conference. Do you know? What do you think about it? I’m waiting your comments and opinions. Good night!
See you soon!
LucaApril 6, 2017 at 10:33 #1474
Hi everybody! First, I wanted to thank you for your posts and for expressing your points of view, all of which were very interesting points about the digital revolution we are currently livng. So, now I give you my feedback about your questions by providing new ideas for reflection.
IT in legal
Alice, you’re right. Oftentimes we consider the legal world far from innovative. But it should not so, because if something doesn’t work at the legal level,then everyone is in trouble. With regards to privacy, do you know what the Trump Administration has done? It has just made the news only few days ago!
Click this link, and listen to the video and read the article!
The beauty of co-working, Federico and Valentina, is exactly what you had brought up: you multiply the networking opportunities and connections not only between startups and venture capitalists, but also among those who are looking to make contacts or professional profiles and to be brought on board. Here is an example that everyone will recognize: Talent Garden, the largest co-working network in Europe.
What you said about e-voting is true: we’ve been speaking for years about how to solve an age-old problem, like the vote, with a new technology. But in my opinion, we need to change our own cultural approach, perhaps taking note from Estonia. Estonia, despite having gained independence from ex Soviet Union in 1991, has made digital leaps and bounds! And not only in e-voting but for many other aspects. Take a look!
Finally, one last point. Make note on your agenda one cool event on April 18 and 19. On these days in San José, the Facebook Developer Conference 2017 will take place: it is the annual convention of Facebook. What can we expect? According to the latest rumors, there could be important news about the drones (for bringing connectivity In developing countries) and virtual and augmented reality. There is also talk of a device that reads thoughts and another one for health. Finally, a large expectation regarding Building 8, The Facebook Secret Laboratory specializing in building hardware.
Here an image about FB Developer Conference 2016February 27, 2017 at 0:55 #736
Hi Paolo and hi everybody!
Startup Grind Global Conference in Redwood City ends on february 22 and Andrea Roberto Bifulco (Founder & CEO of Machiavellico, ex Google and Vodafone) went there. Here his statements about the event.
“Thousands of people coming from all over the world met and networked the top profiles of the valley creating a great community with the spirit of supporting each other. Humbleness and simplicity are the two things that impressed me most. From the founder of a billion dollar Startup to the Venture Capital firm, they all share these amazing aspect of the Silicon Valley life. The conference is a great moment of networking and learning. Unfortunately, since it lasts only two days, many times there are speeches at the same time in different rooms, making impossible to follow every speaker you are interested in.”February 22, 2017 at 23:13 #734
Hi Paolo and hi everybody!
Two fast suggestions, two events about hi-tech and startups.
First. Yesterday, february 21, began Startup Grind Global Conference, an event founded in Silicon Valley to connect entrepreneurs and their global community.
Second. Next week, from february 27 to march 2, in Barcelona, will take place Mobile World Congress, the most important event about mobile world and his evolution.
Keep your eyes open!February 20, 2017 at 23:22 #732
Thank you Paolo! I think holocracy is very important for agencies (and not only for hi-tech agencies) all over the world.
P.S. I already know Saverio Murgia and Luca Nardelli and their Eyra! Great!
… but returning to the Big data post.
We can all agree on the fact that Donald Trump’s victory was for the media what a meteorite strike in broad day light is for the Earth: absolutely. What scares me most (and should scare us all), however, is something else: that now unspeakably large amounts of big data might now fall into the wrong hands. If in fact this does happen, we are in serious trouble! Actually, we already are! The work of Cambridge Analytica company (which in practice has two goals: bring Britain to leave the European Union and put Trump in the White House) proves it.
I can already hear you all saying already, “So what should we do every time we send our CVs to companies with email, phone number, and residence / home address, or the personal information we reveal on social networks and the seeds we plant every day on the internet writing posts, publishing photos and chatting with friends and relatives?” My reply: I have nothing to say. We are all online, and being online has become for us almost a sort of oxygen that we cannot (or won’t?) do without.
But, question: what if the big data networks connected to the Big Five (called in English OCEAN, acronym of Openness, Conscientiousness, Extrovesrion, agreeableness and Neuroticism) and neuromarketing techniques were used exclusively to take everything away? Wouldn’t it be worse?
I can already imagine your response. An answer which will be still more reaffirmed after watching this video.
However, as I pointed out in my previous post, I am confident. I believe that the more our understanding (and critical conscience) of big data increases, the more we will be able to interpret them, collect and use it as a resource that enhances our lives. And better pose it to destroy them.
The same can be said for neuromarketing, a discipline that studies the decision-making processes of the consumers (or voters depending on the situation), and that is fundamental considering that we make 75-95% of decisions on non-conscious emotional basis. Therefore, we use what is called priming. Priming is the ability to respond to visual stimuli, sounds and sensations that a brand, but also influencers, celebrities or politicians, provoke in us. All of these processes enable a more precise reading of our behavior due to different types of measurements. I will mention two.
The first: eye tracking. From the way we open or restrict the pupil, this eye tracking technique is able to tell what the strengths and weaknesses of a marketing plan are even before presenting it to the public. Eye tracking can be used for a multitude of things, from analysis of advertisements to the creation of Internet sites, adv testing, research tv and much more.
The second: facial coding. Facial recognition technology that transforms our face into a password. It paves the way for selfie-payment, allowing banking transactions take place across several areas: e-commerce, entertainment, travel, and museums.
E-VOTING: OPPORTUNITIES AND OBSTACLES
Finally, I reflect on e-voting, or the ability to choose one’s own political candidate through an electronic ballot voting system. This is a theme which we have heard a lot about in the last decade, especially in campaign periods. And that, along with the tsunami of big data and the (re) discovery of neuromarketing, could become one of the most important trends of the coming years.
For two reasons: for the great impact that digital technologies (especially smartphones) have in our daily lives and for the physiological / progressive reduction of the digital divide and digital illiteracy.
Pros and cons
Now let’s see the pros and cons of an e-voting system.
1. Immediate results of the vote;
2. Minor investment of resources (reducing stationery costs, ballot counters and polling station presiders equally);
3. There is the guarantee of a smaller number of errors (voters using the touch screen must choose between yes and no);
4. It could reduce public dissatisfaction with politics and help to bring people back to towards civic participation;
5. People with impaired mobility (and find it therefore difficult to reach polling stations) could vote from home.
These cases are for now hypothetical as for any innovation can become common use, or widespread, a lot of time is needed. Time that often extends beyond what is predicted or expected. And it is the prolongation of time that is the number one enemy of e-voting. Serving time for software companies to ensure the secrecy of the vote, citizens’ privacy and security against any cyber attack; time that is required by the institutions to see if current legislation allows for these types of formulas. And finally, time for citizens to overcome the initial, but justified, skepticism towards a system that they still know little of.
The United States tries – blockchain in stars and stripes
As you know, in the US e-voting already exists in 50 states, but the reality, as is shown by Verified Voting, it varies widely with each county which decides independently whether and how to adopt it. As you can see from the map, some states still use paper, other voting by mail, others make use of direct recording electronic systems (DRE) and Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPN). These are limits which could be overcome through the use of technology blockchain; a technology that is usually located in the Fintech field space, but that can be used before, during and after the elections. How? An American startup, Follow My Vote (see this video), explained that if the vote is recorded as a transaction blockchain you can create a chain that takes into account the counting of votes and that allows anyone to verify that no vote has been modified, deleted or added against law.February 5, 2017 at 23:45 #722
Thank you Paolo! And thank you for the article. Sure! Big data are one of the most important trends of the year. I’m confident about big data. They will be (or maybe they already are) a powerful revolution!February 1, 2017 at 12:50 #709
Hi everybody! How are you? My name is Luca Signori. I am new here but, like you, I’m a big fan of innovation and digital technology.
For the subject of my first post, I would like to share with you my views on the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It is the largest fair dedicated to consumer electronics products in the world, beginning in early January.
Of the many technological innovations that have been presented, these are the innovations that I liked the most:
From the Internet of Things sector, I was particularly struck by Lumigent, a LED lamp that does a lot of things. It is voice controlled and judging by the way you speak with it, it positions itself in one way rather than another; it is able to establish just the right amount of light output and allows you to take a selfie handsfree. These qualities were what allowed it to earn the prestigious CES 2017 Innovation Award Honoree. I don’t know what impression it gives you, but to me it looks like it’s come down to Earth from an alien planet. But if he was able to accomplish an achievement so important it is surely something to look out for!
The most beautiful and strange surprise of the year instead comes from two new innovations that are revolutionary to me.
The first is the Royole Flex Phone, a smartphone that can keep on your wrist like a bracelet. Thanks to this dual functionality you can choose whether to answer the call and hold the phone to your wrist, or unroll it and bring it closeer to your ear as you normally do: cool! But not only that. When you choose to keep it in the bracelet mode it also functions as a fitness tracker.
The second is the Essential Vibrating Connected Jeans, jeans that indicate which direction to take depending on vibrations from either the left or the right pocket. They were presented by the French company Spinali Design, who has designed several models that can be connected to your smartphone by Bluetooth.
Finally, among the novelties of the automotive industry, the most anticipated at CES, I was intrigued by the new Volkswagen electric mini bus, reminiscent of Bulli from the Fifties and Sixties. Volkswagen I.D. Buzz is the name chosen by the German automaker. It allows you to configure at your leisure the interior of the cockpit and charging takes place wirelessly via positioning of the vehicle over an induction plate. However, it will not be ready before 2020, so, just as with many other prototypes at CES, we will have to wait a little to see it in circulation.
Lasts a couple of considerations.
The first, is a personal block, which I’m already working on. I’ve always been a big believer in technology and I believe in its power to improve our lives, but that applied to cars, and all that is called automotive, I still find hard enough to prescribe to and digest. This is especially the case when it comes to self-driving cars. Let me explain: I can’t even imagine driving inside a car without automatic transmission, which is what I’ve learned to use when I went to driving school. Here it is. The idea of driving on the road and sitting comfortably as you would on a couch, without having to steer or have your feet on the brakes is unnerving. However, I am still convinced that technology (and especially electric cars, I’m a big supporter) will manage to find a way to make me feel comfortable with the idea.
The second consideration is more of an anecdote which I want to tell. Years ago, in my classes with the driving instructor, when we took the car out to “practice”, there were two things that fascinated me and at the same time left me unsettled. One: you turned on the car by pressing a button on the dashboard, along with the clutch and two: the remote control to open the car looked like a debit card rather than a real key. They were the first small signs that something big was coming. And indeed it has been (and will be) just like that!
Waiting to know what has impressed you most of CES and other hi-tech events, I thank you and I hope to meet you soon!
“Stay hungry, stay foolish”