Archives for September 2015

Few days to go, last chances to register

We’re almost there! We can’t wait to meet all you at State of the Net 2015 in Milan.

This is your last opportunity to register at the conference and receive your personalized badge (don’t laugh: did you know that there’s people collecting them?). Advance registration will close on September 27th at midnight. So, if you haven’t already register now!

Once more at SotN we are right on topic! Just look at the news: everybody is talking about algorithms. For example Volkswagen’s little naughty piece of code that reduces emissions while a car is undergoing official tests.

We’re constantly updating the speakers list and the schedule, and more speakers will be added in the coming days). Here’s some of the speakers who will join us in Milano this year:

  • Postshift’s founder Lee Bryant will speak about organisations in the age of algorithms.
  • Il Sole 24 Ore’s journalist Vittorio Carlini will reveal the secrets of algo-finance.
  • Innovation journalist Luca De Biase will trace the history of the symbiosis between humans and algorithms.
  • Euan Semple, consultant for major organisations, will host a discussion on the future of work: are machines really making workers obsolete?

Keep spreading the news on social media! Always use the #sotn15.

SotN15 flies with eDreams

We are happy to announce that eDreams, the european online travel agency, is partner of State of the Net 2015.

Below the company profile.


eDreams is the leading online travel agency in Europe, which for over 15 years, offers its customers the choice of flights from over 440 airlines, more than 150,000 different combinations and more than 550,000 hotels in 40,000 destinations worldwide, as well as offering vacation packages and car rental services. eDreams, combined with Go Vogayes, Opodo, Travellink and, is part of the group eDreams ODIGEO, one of the largest distributors of online flights worldwide (in terms of revenue) and one of the largest companies of e- commerce in Europe. During the last year, over 16 million travelers have relied on the company to book flights, hotels and travel.

The goal of eDreams is to offer the largest selection of flights, hotels, dynamic packages flight + hotel and holiday packages, with the most competitive price in the market. eDreams offers to clients highly innovative search engines that allow to compare different offers and to book online in a convenient and flexible way.

eDreams offers its services in 33 countries: Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Chile, India, Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, Singapore, UAE, Hong Kong, South Africa, New Zealand, Indonesia, Philippines, Egypt, Morocco, Thailand, Greece, Netherlands, Russia, Japan, and the global market in English.

History and economic data

  • Founded in March 1999, in the USA, by Spanish Javier Pérez-Tenessa and the North American James Hare with the aim of creating a travel agency on the Internet in Europe.
  • In 2000, it opened its office in Barcelona, Spain, at the same time launching its business on the Spanish and Italian market. The Italian office is headed by Country Manager Angelo Ghigliano.
  • Throughout its history, eDreams has grown at a pace unmatched, especially in 2004. It was now the fastest-growing company in Europe for three consecutive years, with annual increases of 100% compared to the travel industry average of 4%.
  • In June 2011, eDreams joins Go Voyages and takes over Opodo, and changed its name eDreams ODIGEO and establishing itself as the first online tour operator in Europe.
  • In 2013, eDreams ODIGEO completed a major strategic transaction with the purchase of the metasearcher, thus expanding its traditional line of business as an online travel agency to an OTA with other complementary divisions.
  • In April 2014 eDreams ODIGEO achieved a historical milestone when it began trading on the Madrid Stock Exchange.
  • The results achieved in 2014:
    • Revenue: 4,261 million of euro
    • Costumers: 16 million travelers

Customer Service

Who chooses eDreams receives assistance and support from the time of booking and for the duration of the trip. For this reason the company is counting on a large qualified staff that operates both from the head office in Spain and from Italy, France and the United Kingdom offices.

  • In 2014, eDreams increased its staff by more than 30% and currently has over 1,700 employees worldwide. The staff is a reflection of an international company as its workforce is made up of people from 60 different nationalities.
  • Customer care is a cornerstone to the success of eDreams, always committed alongside its customers with ongoing direct contact to meet all requirements and provide answers quickly, in order to improve service . There are thousands of people who every day come in contact with Customer Service (89.22.44) with questions and special requests. They are managed over one million calls a year that require knowledge of different languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Turkish, Greek, Russian and Hindus.
  • The level of loyalty of eDreams’ customers is very high and is growing. A large percentage of customers comes back to acquire within a period of time less than 12 months.

Innovation and technology

eDreams invests millions of euros each year in the latest technology, in order to provide its customers with the best service. The company’s constant commitment to innovation makes it a pioneering agency in terms of technological development.

  • In 2010 the eDreams’ mobile site was launched
  • In 2012 eDreams launched its free iPhone app and in 2014 the Android one. An application with which the customer can easily find cheap flights and filter the results to select the one that best suits their needs in a simple and instantaneous way.
  • eDreams is currently present on 46 mobile sites, in more than 17 different languages, and has registered more than 4 million downloads of its mobile app worldwide.
  • In 2015 eDreams launched its app for Apple Watch devices.

Eni is partner of SotN15

We are pleased to announce that Eni will be partner of State of the Net 2015 conference.

Eni is a major integrated company that operates throughout the energy supply chain, with more than 84.000 employees in 83 countries worldwide and a strong committment on exellence, health, safety and the protection of the environment.

Below, the official press release from the company (in italian).


eni-210Eni partner di State of the Net

Milano, 4-5 ottobre

Eni è partner di State of the Net, conferenza che cerca di catturare lo stato dell’arte di Internet in Italia e nel mondo, considerando il suo impatto sulla nostra società. SotN è un incontro fondamentale per l’industria italiana e per la community tecnologica, in quanto indaga le dinamiche e le opportunità offerte dal mondo digitale corrente.

Nel panorama delle relazioni e del dialogo costante con le comunità in cui opera, Eni si pone come un interlocutore capace di cogliere le aspettative e le esigenze delle comunità, dando giusto rilievo alla promozione e alla diffusione della cultura digitale e dell’innovazione.

La conoscenza del territorio, la scelta di interlocutori locali attraverso una rete consolidata di relazioni e l’individuazione dei temi, in sintonia con gli interessi della collettività, sono gli elementi vincenti nelle varie fasi di realizzazione dei progetti promossi dall’azienda.


Company profile

Eni è un’impresa integrata che opera in tutta la filiera dell’energia ed è presente oggi con più di 84.000 dipendenti in 83 Paesi nel mondo. Il nostro modo di operare fondato sull’eccellenza operativa, l’attenzione alla salute, alla sicurezza e all’ambiente è volto alla prevenzione e alla riduzione dei rischi operativi.

Here are the first three speakers of State of the Net 2015

One month to go! Are you ready for State of the Net 2015 in Milan? Today we’re happy to unveil the first three of the outstanding group of speakers you will meet at the UniCredit Pavilion next October 5th.

Lee Rainie David Orban Vinay Gupta

  • Lee Rainie, director of Internet, Science and Technology Research at Pew Research Center, will join us from Washington to share his latest researches on global digital adoption and forecasts about the future of the Internet.
  • David Orban, versatile entrepreneur and innovator who lives between New York, London and Milan, will speak about artificial intelligence and technological singularity, the themes of his forthcoming book Something New: AIs and us.
  • Vinay Gupta – first generation cypherpunk, open hardware innovator and global resilience guru – will introduce us to the Ethereum blockchain platform that runs smart contracts without possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference.

Stay tuned, since we’ll have many other speakers and news to announce in a few days.

A quick recap on logistics: State of the Net 2015 will be held in Milan on the 4th and 5th of October. Our partner UniCredit will be hosting us in the brand new Unicredit Pavilion in Piazza Gae Aulenti (Milano Porta Nuova). The main theme of the conference will be “algorithms”. On Sunday the 4th of October there will be a special evening preview starting at 6pm (registration will open at 5pm). On Monday the 5th we’ll have all the keynotes and sessions (9.30am-18pm).

So, if you haven’t already, register now to State of the Net 2015 and remember to tell your friends using the hashtag #sotn15!


Manca appena un mese! Sei pronto per l’edizione 2015 di State of the Net a Milano? Oggi siamo felici di poter anticipare i primi tre fantastici speaker che potrai incontrare all’UniCredit Pavilion il 5 ottobre:

  • Lee Rainie, direttore del settore internet, scienza e tecnologia del Pew Research Center, ci raggiungerà da Washington per condividere le più recenti ricerche del prestigioso istituto americano riguardanti l’adozione delle tecnologie digitali a livello globale e le previsioni sugli sviluppi futuri di internet.
  • David Orban, eclettico imprenditore e innovatore che vive tra New York, Londra e Milano, will speak di intelligenza artificiale e singolarità tecnologica, i temi del suo imminente nuovo libro Something New: AIs and us.
  • Vinay Gupta – cypherpunk di prima generazione, innovatore nel campo dell’open hardware e guru della resilienza globale – ci presenterà la piattaforma distribuita Ethereum, per la creazione di contratti intelligenti, senza possibilità di disservizi, censura, truffa o interferenze di terze parti.

E non è tutto: nei prossimi giorni abbiamo ancora molti altri speaker e molte novità da presentarvi.

Un riassunto delle informazioni essenziali fin qui: State of the Net 2015 quest’anno si terrà a Milano il 4 e 5 ottobre. Il nostro partner UniCredit ci ospiterà nel nuovissimo Unicredit Pavilion in piazza Gae Aulenti (Milano Porta Nuova). Il tema guida di questa edizione saranno gli algoritmi. Domenica 4 ottobre ci sarà un’anteprima speciale con inizio alle 18. Lunedì 5 si terranno i keynote e le sessioni tradizionali della conferenza (dalle 9.30 alle 18).

Se non l’hai ancora fatto, registrati subito a State of the Net 2015 e non dimenticare di raccontarlo ai tuoi amici usando l’hashtag #sotn15!