The exciting lineup for State of the Net 2016

We are looking forward to welcoming you to State of the Net 2016 on Friday and Saturday at the Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace in Trieste. Here is some useful information about the conference program and the location.

Schedule and speakers list are now complete: please check back the timetable in the next days, since there could still be some minor changes.

On Friday at 3pm we will host a special preview of the conference with the participation of local institutions: the president of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia Debora Serracchiani and the president of Insiel Simone Puksic will be among the speakers. This part of the conference will be held in italian.

At 6:30pm we will introduce the international program of the conference with a keynote from Luca De Biasedriving us into this year’s theme (Facts.).

Saturday‘s program will begin at 9:30am. It’ll be an exciting day filled with keynotes and conversationsPlease note that English will be the working language. The morning session will continue until 1pm, while the afternoon session will go on from 3pmto 5:30pm. You will be able to enjoy complimentary Illy coffee during conference breaks.

Registration on both days will begin 1 hour before the event: your personalized badge is waiting for you at our reception desk (don’t worry: you can register on site if you decide to come at the last minute).

How to get there: Starhotels Savoia Excelsior Palace is placed on the seafront of Riva Mandracchio, in the historic city center of Trieste, only a few steps next to the magnificent Piazza Unità.

  • If you come by plane, Trieste airport is about 40 km far from the city center, but you’ll find public transportations or taxis to get in town.
  • If you come by train, it’s just a 15 minutes walk from Trieste Centrale station (or you could take bus number 8 or 10, stopping right in front of the hotel).
  • If you come by car, you’d better leave your car at SilosMolo 4 or San Giusto parks (please note that on Saturday all street level parking lots in the area will be forbidden for cruise embarkment).

Remember to use #sotn16 hashtag on your social channels. Keynotes and sessions will be also streamed live on our Facebook page.

State of the Net 2016 is a free event, thanks to the support of our partners: the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia (coorganizer), InsielPromoTurismoFvgAssicurazioni GeneraliUniCreditAutovie VeneteFondazione CRTriesteilly and Trieste Port AuthorityNewsweek and Il Piccolo are the media partner.

See you in Trieste!

Glaser, Quattrociocchi, Semple to speak at #SotN16 in Trieste

It’s only two weeks before State of the Net 2016, time to plan your trip to Trieste on the 28th and 29thof October. We recommend you register today to make sure to find your personalised badge waiting for you at the conference (you don’t want to miss it, it’s a collectible! ;)

We have a brand new location: State of the Net 2016 will be held in the beautiful Tergeste space at Savoia Excelsior Palace, on the seafront of Riva Mandracchio in the historic city center. The Gulf of Trieste will be even more fascinating.

Today we’re also glad to introduce some of the outstanding speakers that will light up our panels and keynotes. Many others will come shortly.

  • Eliane Glaser is a writer, a BBC radio producer, a contributor for The Guardian and the New Statesman, an academic researcher at University of London and Bath Spa University. Her latest book Get Real was about how political and financial elites legitimise themselves by co-opting authenticity, people-power, and progressive ideals. Eliane is now writing a new book about the apparent death of politics, and how it can be revived.
  • Walter Quattrociocchi is coordinator of the CSSLab at the School for Advanced Studies in Lucca. His research is focused on the information diffusion in online social network platforms and their relation with the opinion evolution.
  • Euan Semple is the acclaimed author of Organisations don’t tweet, People do. Long time friend of State of the Net, senior consultant for major organisations around the world, at SotN16 Euan will focus on how we tend to stretch our personal truth through our online social filters.
As soon as possibile we will share a complete schedule of the conference on our website. We will start on Friday, October the 28th at 3pmhosting preview with the participation of local institutions of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The international program of State of the Net 2016 will begin at 6pmwith a special overture around this year’s theme. OSaturday the 29th we will have the main event., from 9:30am till 6pm.State of the Net 2016 is a free event, thanks to the support of our great partners: the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia (co-organizer), InsielPromoTurismoFvgAssicurazioni GeneraliUniCreditAutovie VeneteFondazione CRTriesteillyTrieste Port Authority and Newsweek as media partner.

Please register now to State of the Net 2016, spread the word with your friends and collegues and remember to use the hashtag #sotn16!

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.

Announcing new speakers at #SotN14

Are you ready for State of the Net 2014? We are looking forward to seeing you in Trieste on June 13-14. Here’s a few updates about the program and our speakers.

Smart. As you know, the main theme of this year’s conference will be Smart Life. If you’re still wondering what smart really means, than you can’t miss Luca De Biase‘s speech dealing with the opportunity to leverage the abundance of the digital world to challenge the scarcity of the analog one.

Open for real. Our keynote speaker Dave Winer will address the conference the need for an open and thriving internet world, overcoming the hegemony of the tech companies. Together with Euan Semple and other “protobloggers”, Dave will also lead a conversation about why blogging still matters in 2014.

Big data and privacy. Anne Wright will join us in Trieste too. Anne is an brilliant engineer (she worked on the prototype Mars Rover at NASA!). Today, as a researcher for Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Anne has become one of the world’s top specialist on health empowerment through open source technology development and the aggregation of self tracking data. Roger Taylor , former correspondent for the Financial Times, is now an advisor for healthcare organizations, will also speak about the benefits of information for the individual. Anne and Roger will then join Adriana Lukas and Elvira Berlingieri for a conversation about the smart trade offs between personal data, aggregated data and privacy.

Learning smarter. Knowledge is a perfect example of human abilities redefined by digital tools. Liddy Nevile, professor at La Trobe University in Melburne, will share her experience about the use of computers and programming skills in education since the 1970s. Cefriel’s Ceo Alfonso Fuggetta will enrich the analysis with stories from smart learning occurrence in the business context. Gigi Tagliapietra will then run a panel further discussing knowledge and learning in the enterprise world.

Reshaping industries. The editor-in-chief of Wired Italia Massimo Russo will host a conversation about industries that are reshaping their business through smart innovation. Maurizio Costabeber, the entrapreneur who brought precision 3D printing in the jewelery and digital dentistry industries, and Andrea Raimondi, a reasearcher at the University of Nottingham who is hacking through the open data the way Venice deals with high tides, will also be part of the panel.

Open politics. Anna Masera, new head of the press office of the Camera dei Deputati, the Lower House of the Italian Parliament, will be our star in a fireside chat with the SotN gang about the innovations she’s putting through in her office, opening to the engagement of citizens and civic hacker through social media and open data.

Numbers. We will open the conference with our traditional section numbers. Journalist and author Carola Frediani will lead us under the surface of the biggest and most unknown part of the Net, the Dark Web.

Managing uncertainty. This year State of the Net will host a special prologue on thursday June 12th, ICT4inclusion. This is a brokerage event set up by Area Science Park, which will bring in Trieste dozens of entrepreneurs, specialists and researchers within the ICT world. Dave Snowden will be back in Trieste and will keynote this event, addressing the audience on managing under conditions of uncertainty, learning lessons from the natural sciences.

And counting… Stay tuned for updates, we still have a lot of speakers, topics and news to introduce to you in the very next few days. Register now, if you haven’t already: it’s free. And once you’ve registered, let it know to your friends on Twitter and Facebook: use the hashtag #sotn14.

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

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(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.

Howard Rheingold a State of the Net 2013

howard-rheingoldUna sorpresa dell’ultimo minuto per i partecipanti a State of the Net 2013: nel corso della prima giornata della conferenza, infatti, avremo ospite in collegamento dalla sua casa in California Howard Rheingold, uno dei più eclettici studiosi dell’impatto sociale delle nuove tecnologie

Howard Rheingold sarà intervistato da Luca De Biase alle 18 di venerdì 31 maggio, in chiusura di programma.

Studioso di psicologia della conoscenza e affascinato dalla mente umana, Rheingold è stato uno dei primi ad analizzare l’uso dei computer come amplificatore della mente e dei network come estensione della socialità umana. I suoi saggi hanno puntualmente anticipato la consapevolezza dell’epoca. Con Tools for Though (1984) riscrive storia e prospettive dei personal computer proponendoli non tanto come strumenti di calcolo, ma come strumenti di supporto al pensiero. In Virtual Reality (1991) racconta i primi passi nella realtà virtuale.

Dall’esperienza dentro i primi sistemi di conferenze online che facilitavano l’aggregazione delle persone e l’interazione fra le competenze, ben prima che nascesse il web, vede la luce Virtual Reality (1993), un libro che ha segnato un’epoca, lasciando intravedere gli sviluppi sociali, economici e politici della socialità online.

Negli anni del boom di internet, Rheingold contribuisce a dar vita a siti sperimentali che provano a reinventare architetture, contenuti e sensibilità del web, come HotWired e Electric Minds. Nel 2002 racconta le sue comunità virtuali alla prova delle connessioni always on. Nasce così il suo libro forse più celebre, Smart Mobs.

Nel suo libro più recente, Perché la rete ci rende intelligenti (Net Smart, 2013), Rheingold si interroga infine sulla trasformazione di massa delle nostre attitudini di cittadini e consumatori, mettendo a fuoco le abilità fondamentali richieste a chiunque utilizzi la rete per socializzare, per informarsi e per lavorare.

Alessandro Colafranceschi

alessandro-colafranceschiAlessandro Colafranceschi è Global Head of Online & Mobile Banking di UniCredit Group.

Ha cominciato la sua carriera in Birra Peroni Industriale, dove ha lavorato dal 1992 al 2000. Nel 1996 è stato nominato Country Manager per il Regno Unito, a capo della società controllata con sede a Londra. Nel 2000 lascia il settore dei beni di largo consumo ed entra in Kataweb, l’internet company del gruppo editoriale L’Espresso, dove diventa responsabile dell’ecommerce e della pubblicità.

Nel 2002 è entrato in Vivacity, internet company di UniCredit Banca, come direttore commerciale e marketing. Nel 2004, a capo dell’Online Banking, diventa responsabile dello sviluppo dell’e-retail banking e del trading online di UniCredit, e dello sviluppo di siti web e dei servizi bancari online e mobile di Banca di Roma e Banco di Sicilia. Oggi è Senior Vice President con responsabilità globale per l’Online Banking e il settore Mobile all’interno del Gruppo UniCredit.

Laureato in economia e business administration all’Università La Sapienza di Roma, si è poi specializzato come dottore commercialista.

Tullio Zorzet

tullio-zorzetTullio Zorzet è dal 1990 è primo violoncello nell’Orchestra del Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste, dove ha suonato sotto la direzione di importanti direttori d’orchestra quali Neville Marriner, Gary Bertini, Daniel Oren, Donato Renzetti.

Zorzet si è diplomato al Conservatorio G. Tartini di Trieste sotto la guida del Maestro Libero Lana, già violoncellista del celebre Trio di Trieste, perfezionandosi poi alla Scuola di Saluzzo, con Rocco Filippini e Angelo Stefanato per la musica da Camera.

Ha effettuato registrazioni per la Rai, per la Radio Slovena e nel settore discografico per l’Etichetta tedesca Antes-Bella Musica. Si esibisce spesso in veste di solista e in vari gruppi da camera.

David Licursi


David Licursi è responsabile dello sviluppo reti di Insiel.

Insiel è la società in house della Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia: sviluppa software per la pubblica amministrazione, esercisce la rete della pubblica amministrazione regionale e, dal 2009, la progetta e la realizza.

Dal 2004, Licursi è incaricato della progettazione e realizzazione della rete della pubblica amministrazione nella Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia. Si è occupato inoltre di modelli di business per la partnership pubblico privato nelle telecomunicazioni, dedicandosi poi alla redazione del programma regionale Ermes ( Excellent Region in a Multimedia European Society) per lo sviluppo della banda larga sul territorio regionale.

Licursi è docente di reti di telecomunicazioni presso l’Università degli Studi di Udine.

Daniele Bernardi

daniele-bernardiDaniele Bernardi è Solutions Engineer per Facebook. Collabora con aziende e startup in tutta Europa per integrare Facebook nei loro prodotti. Lavora tra Londra, Menlo Park e Milano per coltivare soluzioni che possano trasformare il panorama tecnologico italiano.