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!

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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!

State of the Net 2015 to be held in Milan, October 4th-5th

We are happy to announce that State of the Net 2015 will be held in Milan on the 4th and 5th of October. Just for this time we will not organise our conference in Trieste: this October we will be offering a very special edition in Milan, the city which is attracting the world’s attention with Expo 2015. There are a lot of great news that we are looking forward to tell you about this year’s program: make sure to register now and stay up to date.

The location of State of the Net 2015 is going to be amazing! Our partner UniCredit will be hosting us in the brand new (it’s still under construction) UniCredit Pavilion, a multipurpose events centre in Milano Porta Nuova, right next to city’s new landmark: the UniCredit Tower in Gae Aulenti Square.

All about algorithms

Algorithms will be the main theme of the State of the Net 2015. We will try to discover who is deciding what is the first link that we see in the results of a search engine. What defines the which of our friend’s post we see on our Facebook page? Why do we see those ads on our favourite web sites? Who is controlling the thousands of financial transactions that happen every second on the stock exchange? How can a currency be used by millions of people without being issued by any country’s central bank?

The design of software that react to information increases the potential to serve the people in any industry, encouraging the emergence of new products. At the same time, it is growing worldwide the demand for transparency about the way algorithms influence us every day in what we learn, choose and buy. From deep machine learning to the development of software that will drive our cars, algorithms are a central issue in understanding the evolution of networks, companies and our society. As usual we will discuss these topics with a group of international speakers (stay tuned for the speakers’ list!).

Sunday preview, Monday conference

Keeping with the tradition, in 2015 State of the Net will still be free of charge. This is because we can count on the support of great partners: we look forward to introduce each one of them in the next weeks. We will be changing a little our format: on Sunday the 4th of October you are incited to a very special evening preview and on Monday the 5th we’ll have all the keynotes and sessions.

Register now to State of the Net 2015 and remember to tell your friends using the hashtag #sotn15!


State of the Net is the international conference which tries to capture the state of the art of the internet in Italy and in the world. It was founded in 2008 by Beniamino Pagliaro, Paolo Valdemarin and Sergio Maistrello. It is considered a key meeting for the italian industry and the tech community, as it investigates dynamics and opportunities in the current digital scenario. Coming to its fifth edition, the event was held so far in Udine (2008) and Trieste (2012, 2013, 2014). Grown over the years in quality and in international impact, since 2014 the conference is held entirely in english. Last year’s edition was attended by over 1,000 participants, while another 2,500 unique users have followed the conference via live streaming.


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Siamo orgogliosi di annunciare che State of the Net 2015 si terrà a Milano il 4 e 5 ottobre. Lasciamo eccezionalmente Trieste e il Friuli Venezia Giulia, per un’edizione speciale nella città che con Expo 2015 sta richiamando in Italia l’attenzione del mondo. Non vediamo l’ora di raccontarvi tutte le novità che ci aspettano: registrati fin d’ora per garantirti la possibilità di esserci e per non perdere gli aggiornamenti in arrivo nelle prossime settimane.

Saremo ospiti in una sede straordinaria: grazie alla rinnovata partnership con UniCredit, State of the Net 2015 si terrà nel nuovissimo UniCredit Pavilion, il centro eventi polifunzionale che sta sorgendo accanto alla sede dell’istituto finanziario in piazza Gae Aulenti a Porta Nuova. Saremo nel cuore pulsante della Milano che si rinnova e che guarda al futuro con coraggio e con stile.

Il tema: l’algoritmo

L’algoritmo sarà il tema guida dell’edizione 2015 di State of the Net. Chi decide qual è il primo link che vediamo nei risultati di un motore di ricerca? In base a cosa vengono selezionati i contenuti della nostra pagina Facebook? Perché vediamo un certo annuncio pubblicitario su internet? Come fanno certi agenti di borsa a effettuare migliaia di transazioni finanziare al secondo? Può esistere una moneta usata da milioni di persone nel mondo senza che esista una banca centrale che ne garantisca il valore?

Il disegno di software che reagiscono alle informazioni aumenta le potenzialità di migliorare i servizi per le persone in qualsiasi industria, oltre a favorire la nascita di nuovi prodotti. Nello stesso tempo, sta crescendo in tutto il mondo la richiesta di trasparenza rispetto al modo in cui gli algoritmi ci aiutano ogni giorno a conoscere, scegliere e comprare. Dal deep learning dei computer allo sviluppo dei software che guideranno le nostre automobili, l’algoritmo è centrale per capire l’evoluzione della rete e della società. Ne parleremo, come di consueto, insieme ai più interessanti speaker internazionali, che annunceremo nelle prossime settimane.

Domenica l’anteprima, lunedì la conferenza

Anche nel 2015 State of the Net sarà un evento a ingresso gratuito, grazie al sostegno dei partner che anche quest’anno hanno creduto nel nostro progetto e che non vediamo l’ora di presentarvi. Domenica 4 ottobre vi aspettiamo a Milano per un’anteprima serale molto speciale, di cui presto potremo raccontarvi ogni dettaglio. Lunedì 5 ottobre, invece, daremo spazio agli approfondimenti e ai confronti, e anche in questo caso avremo diverse novità da proporvi.

Registrati subito a State of the Net 2015 per conoscere in anteprima tutti gli aggiornamenti e passaparola (ricordandoti di usare l’hashtag #sotn15)!


State of the Net è la conferenza internazionale dedicata allo stato dell’arte di internet. È stata fondata nel 2008 da Beniamino Pagliaro, Paolo Valdemarin e Sergio Maistrello. È considerata una delle occasioni chiave in Italia per comprendere l’impatto della rete sulla società e sull’economia, e per immaginare i percorsi futuri. Giunta nel 2015 alla quinta edizione, si è tenuta finora a Udine (2008) e a Trieste (2012, 2013, 2014). Cresciuta negli anni in qualità e in dimensione internazionale, dal 2014 la conferenza si tiene completamente in lingua inglese. All’ultima edizione hanno preso parte oltre 1.000 partecipanti, mentre altri 2.500 utenti unici hanno seguito la conferenza attraverso il live streaming.

Welcome to State of the Net 2014

Here we are, welcome to State of the Net 2014!

Today we start with a special preview: AREA Science Park will be presenting ICT4inclusion, a brokerage event hosting matchmaking meetings as highly focused form of B2B networking [please note that only companies already registered with ICT4inclusion may attend the meetings].

Friday and Saturday the official program of the conference will take place, along with the newly introduced SotN Square. Please check the schedule for last minute updates.

Find below just a few quick notes to help you plan your visit to State of the Net and Trieste.

Registration
Official registration on our web site is closed. But don’t worry, starting on Friday morning you will be able to register at the conference location. Our address is:

Molo 4
piazza Duca degli Abruzzi
Trieste [Link to map]

The location is just a five minutes walk from the train station and there is a large parking right next to the venue (how to get there).

SotN Happy Hour 
Fiday night, after the official program, you will have the unique opportunity to meet some of the State of the Net speakers and guests at our very special happy hour! Catch up the speakers that you liked most and get the best out of your conference experience (buying them a dring might help ;). We’ll wait for you at:

  • Roma4, via Roma 4
  • Salumare, via Cavana 13
  • Enoteca Nanut, via Genova 10/e
  • 040, Via Rossini 8

Girl Geek Dinner Nordest
On Friday night you can join the dinner dedicated to women passionate about technology, the internet and social media. For more information and to sign up for the event visit Girl Geek Dinner Nordest #9.

Hashtag
The hashtag this year is #sotn14 (please note, NOT #sotn2014 nor #sotn). Please use it with every content you post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. It will help us collect your feedback in real time.

Cokids
Do you want to come to SotN but don’t want to leave the kids at home? Come anyway, bring the kids: they will have even more fun than you will! Thanks to Laby coworking&life, State of the Net offers a free care service for children from 3 to 10 years old during both conference days. You can learn more about the activities and book in advance on the conference website.

We are looking forward to meeting you all in Trieste in a few hours, but if you really can’t make it you will still be able to follow all the keynotes and the panels thanks our live streaming from our web site.

Bring the kids to SotN14, we’ll take care of them!

laby-210Come to SotN14 with the kids, we’ll take care of them. Thanks to Laby coworking&life, State of the Net offers a free child care service during both conference days on friday June 13th and saturday June 14th. Don’t miss the opportunity to share a weekend in Trieste with your family.

Who: children from 3 to 10 years old (max 20 kids at a time)

When: June 13th and 14th, during the conference (max 4 hours in a row, please note that no meals or snacks will be given)

Where: in a guarded and dedicated space next to the plenary room at Molo 4

What: entertainment and games with professional educators (special contents: Internet with Dina, tricks and games to learn safe Internet use; Memomu, interactive music game)

Cost: the cokids service is free, offered to you by Laby coworking&life and State of the Net

Registration: to be sure to benefit from the cokids service, please consider to book in advance.

If you need more specific information, don’t hesitate to ask Chiara Gily (chiara@laby.trieste.it).

Dave Winer at State of the Net 2014 (registration is now open)

140conf LA - Dave Winer
(Photo: CC Chapman, Flickr)

Dave Winer, the father of modern-day content distribution, will be speaking at State of the Net 2014 next June 12-14 in Trieste. American software developer and entrepreneur, Dave is a pioneer of the development of weblogs, Rss syndication, podcasting, outlining, content management systems and web services. Acclaimed by the New York Times as «the protoblogger», he wrote the fist blogging software and in 1997 bootstrapped the blogging revolution with his Scripting News. He founded the software companies Living Videotext, Userland Software and Small Pictures. Prolific writer, former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School and New York University, he is considered one of most influential voices in the web industry in the United States.

Winer is just the first of a long list of SotN’ speakers that we’re looking forward to introducing to you in the next weeks. Come and join us this June at Molo 4, our beautiful location on the city shores of Trieste.

Smart Life

Our main theme this year will be Smart Life. Some think that if there ever was one, the age of abundance is over. We must make the best of what we have, leveraging the abundance of the digital world to challenge the scarcity of the analog one. The Internet is where and how we can win this bet. Our world is changing and evolving in ways we have never experienced before. You can print a replacement part for your washing machine at home with your 3D printer. You can jump in a car anywhere in the city and drop it off wherever you need. You can use an app to learn how to write software, make sourdough bread or meditate. Come and share your experiences at State of the Net.

Register today

And yes:  the – free, but still required – registration to State of the Net 2014 is now open (and we use Eventbrite, this year). Spread the word to your friends and colleagues and plan today your late spring long weekend in Trieste.

It will be the best SotN show you’ve ever seen.

AREA Science Park partners with SOTN 2014

As part of the conference, the Trieste science park organizes a match-making event with ICT researchers and entrepreneurs

Trieste, 26 February – The State of the Net international conference and Trieste’s AREA Science Park signed a partnership for the 2014 conference that will be held in Trieste from 12 to 14 June.

State of the Net, whose fourth edition aims to broaden the event’s international scope, will host on 12 June “ICT4inclusion”, a brokerage event promoted by AREA Science Park in its capacity as a partner of the Enterprise Europe Network.

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Mafe De Baggis and Massimo Russo join our steering committee

Good news today! We are thrilled to welcome Mafe De Baggis and Massimo Russo in our steering committee. Both are long-time friends and collegues, already part of the big SotN’s community. Now they have accepted our invitation to join the close-knit group of brilliant minds that helps us in setting the main themes of the conference and developing our projects. Euan Semple, Luca De Biase, Gigi Tagliapietra, Adriana Lukas, Marco Massarotto, Antonella Napolitano and Daniele Chieffi are already part of the band.

Mafe De Baggis has been one of the first advisors in Italy for companies and leaders dealing with the Internet. She is the author of Le tribù di Internet, the first italian book about online communities, and World Wide We. She was on stage at SotN 2008, when she opened and moderated the debate about digital marketing and  the new relationship between companies and customers.

Massimo Russo is the editor in chief of Wired Italy, after a long career as digital content director, online journalist and reporter at L’Espresso and La Repubblica. Together with Vittorio Zambardino, Massimo wrote Eretici digitali, a manifesto and a book on journalism in the digital age.

The steering committee will meet in the next few weeks in Trieste. As previously announced, State of the Net 2014 will be held on June 12-14. The main theme  for this year’s conference is smartness: how to be smart, this time for real. Stay tuned for updates!

Announcing State of the Net 2014

We have almost reached the end of the year and we are very happy to give you some updates about State of the Net.

2013 has been a challenging and great year for us. Quite complex, in fact, but after all complexity has been our main theme this year. We are incredibly proud of the success of the conference we held in June in Trieste, with so many friends and such inspiring talks and thoughts. We are also quite happy with the start up of our new workshops activity, with which we bring ideas and inspirations from the conference right inside companies to help them better understanding the web and social media.

But it has also been a sad year: on October 13 we lost a true friend, Marco Zamperini, since the very beginning a member of our steering committee, a prestigious speaker at the conference and a huge supporter of our project. Marco’s legacy will inspire us, will help us to change things, to push forward even harder. Yet we don’t think that we will ever stop missing him.

Today we are happy and proud to announce that State of the Net 2014 will be held again in our beautiful Trieste on June 12-14. As you can see, we added a day to our traditional two-days format: June 12th will offer an intriguing preview, at which we are already working with some new partners. Stay tuned for updates in the next few weeks.

2014 will be the “Smart” Year. We are working on the conference programme: it is still too soon to unveil our ideas, but we can tell you that our current working title is “How to be Smart. For Real”. We all hear too often about smart cities, smart communities, our inseparable smart phones, smart moving, smart politics, smart food. We want to extend this concept to the whole society, while facing the biggest and scariest transformation since industrialization: there must be a different way of thinking, of doing things, more efficient, quicker. The sooner we get this, the better we will be.

As you may have noticed, we have a brand new website now fully in english. While we will always build our projects on our strong italian roots, we do want State of the Net to become a truly international event, we believe that this can be relevant, especially for our country, especially today.

In keeping up with traditions, State of the Net will still be a free admission conference. This means we rely on our partners to bring you the best speakers, a great location, a brilliant organizing team. Registration will open soon. If you are interested in joining State of the Net as a partner, please do contact us and become part of the best event on the internet in Italy.

We wish you a very Smart 2014!

Beniamino Pagliaro, Paolo Valdemarin, Sergio Maistrello

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