Professor and Co-Founder "Blast Theory"
Co-Founder and Council Member, Progressive International
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) expert and technology strategist.
Founder and Creative Director, Torino Stratosferica.
Architect, Researcher, Curator. Artistic Director Triennale di Milano.
Curator and Head of Arts at CERN.
Corporate Communication Director, Lavazza Group
Creative Director Body > Data > Space collective
Research & Innovation Manager, CELI - H-FARM Innovation
President of Italian Innovation Fund, UN Advisor and S+T+ARTS Ambassador
Professor, Politecnico di Milano - Torino Social Impact
Associate Professor at Politecnico di Torino.
Lead Designer, Partecipedia
Steering Committee Member, Fondazione CRT, Associate Professor, University of Torino
Co-founder & Co-director, SokoTech.
Founder & Artistic Director, Viadellafucina16 Condominio-Museo
Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research & Research Professor at USC Annenberg
Dance artist, Designer and Creative Technologist
Group Chief Evangelist, Deltatre
Director and founder, Fab City Initiative
Chief Cultural Officer, BASE Milano
Education Curator, ARTECO
Founder and Director of Nexa Center of Internet and Society.
Cultural Researcher, Head Curator of Sónar +D
Senior Expert, European Commission
Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico, HER: She Loves Data Research Centre.
Policy Adviser, Digital Rights, City of Amsterdam
Senior Expert, DEMOS Helsinki
Data Scientist, Deltatre
Founder of Reverb Srls and Effetto Larsen
Secretary General, Fondazione CRT, CEO OGR Torino
Director of European Cooperation, Organization and Finance, Ars Electronica
Director, Sony Science Computer Labs Paris
Group Head of Innovation, Deltatre
Presidente, Consulta di Torino
Founder and President of MEET, Digital Culture Center
Professor, University College London and Former CEO, Nesta
Gregorio De Luca Comandini, Mauro Pace, Saverio Villirillo, NONE collective
Senior Research Scientist, ISI Foundation
Assistant Curator, ARTECO
OGR Tech Coordinator
Director at MIT Senseable City Lab
Founder & CTO at Dyne.org
Culture Goal, Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo
Vice President, Emilia Romagna Regional Council
Project manager, STARTS Prize, Ars Electronica
Founder of Waag
Perry-James Sudgen and Daria Jelonek, Studio Above and Below.
Councillor of the City of Milan
Phd and Research Affiliate, UdeM Artefact Lab + MIT Open Documentary Lab metaLAB @ Harvard.
Artist and Programmer
Artist, Future FLora and Alma Project.
Project Manager, European Cultural Foundation
Mar Santamaria Varas and Pablo Martinez Díez, 300.000 Km/s
Renata Avila, (Guatemalan, 1981), International Human Rights Lawyer and author. She is currently a HAI Race & Tech Fellow at Stanford University. With more than fifteen years of experience working in cutting edge issues related to technology and society. She co-founded and leads the Alliance for Inclusive AI. Expert in digital rights, she studies the politics of data, the evolution of transparency, and their implications on trade, democracy and society, alerting about a phenomenon she describes as digital colonialism. She is an Advisory Board member for Creative Commons, Open Future and Cities for Digital Right. She also serves as a Global Trustee of the Think Tank Digital Future Society. She is a co-founder and Council Member of the Progressive International, among other roles.
My artistic and professional life started as an actor on stage; after a number of years working with Italian and foreign directors I started my own company, Effetto Larsen to develop a research project based on questioning human relationships and social matters. For many years I placed theatre didactics side by side with my stage work and in the meantime I developed a passion for and started to train in strategic communication and problem solving. Over the years Effetto Larsen developed an original research path mixing artistic languages with a trans-sectoral approach and since 2013 I have been creating and directing site-specific, hands-on artistic projects internationally. I have been part of the European network In Situ, dedicated to art in public spaces since 2015. Also in 2015, I received an invitation to develop educational initiatives for companies; this is how Reverb was born, as a spin-off of Effetto Larsen. It was the beginning of a new journey for me and for the theatre company, applying our skills and talents in non-artistic contexts, using art and culture as tools for implementing solutions for enterprises and institutions.
Mara Balestrini is a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) expert and technology strategist. Track record of successful independent technology interventions for bottom-up citizen engagement as well as co-leading an innovation research and strategy firm. Computer Science PhD candidate at University College London. Mara is a partner and Director of Research at Ideas for change where she consults on innovation, citizen engagement, and participatory technology interventions for cities. She holds a BA in Audiovisual Communications, a postgraduate diploma in Media Arts and an MSc in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain). Mara is a PhD candidate at the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities (ICRI-Cities) at University College London (UCL). Her thesis focuses on the factors associated with the design and deployment of novel technology interventions for sustained community engagement in cities, and it is supervised by HCI experts Yvonne Rogers and Paul Marshall. She is also a member of the UCL Engineering Exchange, advisor at the Open Faculty, contributor to the Sharing Cities Network, and co-organiser of the Ouishare Collaborative Economy Research Network. Previously she worked as a video journalist, university lecturer, a research assistant at the Group of Interactive Technologies (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), and advisor at Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona.
Lorenza Baroncelli is an italian architect, researcher and curator. Currently, she is Artistic director at Triennale Milano. From 2015 to 2018 she has been Deputy Mayor for Urban Regeneration and International Projects for the city of Mantua. From 2015 to 2016 she has been Associate for Special Projects at the Serpentine Galleries in London, where she was a key coordinator of the Pavilions program as well as Consultant for Urban and Cultural Strategies to Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania and to Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana, where she was working with Stefano Boeri on the new urban masterplan for the city. In 2014 she has been Scientific Director of the Swiss pavilion curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014. From 2009 to 2011 she worked as an architect at Stefano Boeri Architects where she collaborated in urban and architectural projects including, among others, São Paulo Calling, a worldwide research on the informal settlements, the Concept Masterplan for the Milan Expo 2015 and the Recovery of the Ex Arsenale at La Maddalena. She has been published in national and international architecture magazines and she has lectured in Universities and cultural centres in Italy, Brazil, China and Albania.
Mónica Bello (born 1973) is a Spanish curator and art historian. Over the last 15 years her work has focused on the crossovers between disciplines. In her curatorial projects she discusses the way artists detect and instigate conversations around emergent cultural phenomena, and the role of science and technology in the perception of reality. Since 2015 she holds the position of Curator and Head of Arts at CERN at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva. At CERN she leads and designs the art programmes, and she curates the artistic residencies, the art commissions and the exhibitions. In 2018 she was guest curator of the prestigious Audemars Piguet Art Commission, presented in Art Basel. Prior to her arrival to Switzerland she held the position of Artistic Director of VIDA (2010-2015) at Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, a pioneering award that fostered cross-cultural expressions around the notion of life. She initiated and ran (2007-2010) the Department of Education at Laboral Centro de Arte, Gijón (Spain). Monica Bello is a regular speaker at conferences and participates in selection committees, advisory boards and mentorship programs. In 2022 she will curate the Icelandic Pavilion in support of the artist Sigurður Guðjónsson for the Venice Biennale.
Ghislaine - Creative Director - body>data>space collective / Reader in Digital Immersion, University of Greenwich. With a background in body technologies and performance Ghislaine is a leading expert in virtual physical blending and has, across 30 years, shared her future thinking into academia, business, creative industries and culture sectors worldwide. Awarded the IX Immersion Experience Visionary Pioneer Award 2017, Ghislaine keynotes internationally and co-presents bi-weekly for BBC World Service Digital Planet. She supports women and girls initiatives in technology as a Trustee for the Stemettes and Spokesperson for Deutsche Bank Women Entrepreneurs in Social Tech initiative.
Andrea Bolioli is Research & Innovation Manager at CELI (LangTech & AI Center) and H-FARM Innovation. In the S+T+ARTS “City of the Future” open call he proposed the “Challenging social isolation through Extended Reality (XR) Technologies” contest.
He is a member of the coordinating committee of the Italian Association for Digital Humanities (AIUCD). He is an internship mentor and master thesis advisor. He has been publishing scientific papers on Natural Language Processing and Digital Humanities since 1992.
He graduated in Philosophy of Language and worked as a computational linguist in EUROTRA machine translation project (1989-1993). Then he co-founded CELI - Language Technology and he worked in Natural Language Processing and Digital Humanities research projects and commercial projects for Italian and international clients.
From 2003 to 2010 Andrea Bolioli collaborated with the University of Turin (Faculty of Education and DAMS) and with the Virtual Reality and Multimedia Park (2005-2007), as a teacher of video making and video editing.
STARTS Ambassador and President, Italian Innovation Fund. Francesca Bria is the President of the Italian innovation Fund. She is Honorary Professor in the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL in London and she is Senior Adviser Senior Adviser to the United Nation on digital cities and digital rights. Francesca is the founder of the DECODE project on data sovereignty in Europe. She is an adviser for the European Commission on Research and Innovation Policy and Next Generation Internet, and she is the former Chief Digital Technology and Innovation Officer for the City of Barcelona in Spain.
Francesca has a PhD in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Imperial College, London and MSc on Digital Economy from University of London, Birbeck. As Senior Programme Lead at Nesta, the UK Innovation Agency, she has led the EU D-CENT project, the biggest European Project on digital democracy and digital currencies. She also led the DSI project on Digital Social Innovation in Europe, advising the EU on digital social innovation policies. She has been teaching in several universities in the UK and Italy and she has advised Governments, public and private organizations and movements on Technology and Innovation policy, and its socio-economic impact. Francesca's work focuses on one of the key issues of our time, working at the intersection between technology, geopolitics and the economy. In her work she explores how people can regain sovereignty over their data and how can societies regain control not only over digital technology, data, and infrastructure, but also over the services that are mediated by smart technologies—such as utilities, transportation, education, and health
Anna Carbone directs the Noise and Fluctuations Laboratory at the Applied Science and Technology Department of the Politecnico di Torino (www.polito.it/noiselab). Her research activity deals with modelling of complex systems in a multidisciplinary context (material science, finance, environment). Her expertise also multidimensional data analysis and stochastic processes. She is currently involved in a number of collaborations with academic institutions very active in the above areas of research. She has collaborated with a number of teams in top-universities and research centers worldwide. She has authored several Articles, edited Special Issues appeared in International Peer-Reviewed Journals and Proceedings of International Conferences. She serves as Editor of several International Journals in the area of Statistical Physics and Complex Systems. She has been appointed Board Member of the Nonlinear and Statistical Physics Division of the European Physical Society from 2009 to 2015. She has been an Associated Researcher at the Institute of Complex Systems (ISC) of the National Research Council (CNR) Unit of Roma La Sapienza (Italy). She has been Visiting Scientist at Boston University, ETH Zurich, and Technical University of Gdansk. Further details regarding scientific achievements and appointments, pdf files of publications, citation counts, dissemination and international meeting organization can be found at www.polito.it/noiselab.
Cum laude from the University of Illinois with a double major in Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Visual Communication and Art History disciplines. Master of Science (M.Sc), Mass Media & Management Studies, and Assistant Professor at the same university teaching classes on free software tools and open culture. Posteriorly graduated from the Fab Academy (CBA/MIT) with a diploma in Digital Fabrication and Electronics. Her thesis Free Culture Project, which fuses the potential of technology with the transforming power of education, is a turning point in her career towards territories of reinvention of the world of teaching and learning hand in hand with emerging technologies. In 2015 co-founded SokoTech, a digital social innovation laboratory, bringing together an intersectoral team of experts in the conception and production of projects on the humanities, science, and technology frontier. Postgraduate in Design Research & Management Educational Evaluation and Research by the Higher Institute of Education and Sciences of Lisbon (ISEC); Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate in Computer Sciences & Human-Computer Interaction in Digital Making at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).
Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research, Co-founder and Director of Research, AI Now Institute.
Kate Crawford is a leading scholar of the social implications of artificial intelligence. Her latest book is Atlas of AI (Yale, 2021). Over her 20-year career, her work has focused on understanding large-scale data systems, machine learning and AI in the wider contexts of history, politics, labor, and the environment. She is a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York, a Research Professor of Communication and STS at USC Annenberg, and a Visiting Chair for AI and Justice at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Her academic research has been published in journals such as Nature, New Media & Society, Science, Technology & Human Values and Information, Communication & Society. Kate’s work also includes collaborative projects and critical visual design. Her project Anatomy of an AI System with Vladan Joler won the Beazley Design of the Year Award in 2019, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the V&A Museum in London. Her collaboration with the artist Trevor Paglen, Excavating.ai, won the Ayrton Prize from the British Society for the History of Science.
Tomas Diez is a Venezuelan Urbanist who specializes in digital fabrication and its implications on future cities and society. He is the director of Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and is a founding partner of the Fab City Global Initiative and the Meaningful Design Group. Tomas has been appointed by The Guardian and Nesta as one of the top 10 digital social innovators to watch and has been awarded by the Catalan ICT association as the entrepreneur of the year.
Professor, Polytechnic of Turin and Co-director, NEXA Center for Internet & Society Juan Carlos De Martin is full professor of computer engineering at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, where he co-directs the Nexa Center for Internet & Society and where he serves as Vice Rector for Culture and Communication. Prof. De Martin is also a Berkman Klein Faculty Associate at Harvard University. Between 2014 and 2018 he was a member of the study commission on Internet rights established by the President of Italy's Chamber of Deputies. De Martin is the author of the book "Università futura – tra democrazia e bit" (2017) and he co-edited the book "The Digital Public Domain: Foundations for an Open Culture" (2012). He is also the author or co-author of over peer-reviewed 120 scientific publications. Prof. De Martin was the curator, with Luca De Biase, of the Festival of Technlogy and Society (2019) and of the first edition of the Biennale Tecnologia (2020).
Jose Luis de Vicente is a curator, writer and cultural researcher working in the space between art, design, science and innovation. Since 2000 he has conceived, developed and curated exhibitions, festivals, symposiums, workshops, residencies and other formats for research, communication and debate in museums, art and design centers, citizen labs, music festivals, industry conferences and exhibitions, universities, design schools and other environments. In his work, current and future impacts of technologies are investigated creating artifacts, objects and narratives that explore emerging social and political scenarios. His projects are strongly antidisciplinary and create contexts for the collaboration and dialogue between artists, designers, architects, technologists, scientists, activists, policy makers and community groups.e is the curator for Sónar +D, the digital culture and creative technologies part of Barcelona’s acclaimed Sónar Festival. He has curated multiple exhibitions for organizations like Barcelona Center for Contemporary Culture, Manchester International Festival, Fundación Telefónica and many others. He is a faculty member at IaaC (Catalonia’s Institute for Advanced Architecture).
Outi Kuittinen’s mission is to progress fair, sustainable and joyful social transformation. Therefore she wants to change how people and organizations collaborate in the 21st century. Her special expertise is in building communities and partnerships of action that give change momentum. For over 10 years, Outi has been growing the think tank Demos Helsinki. Her latest endeavor is building Untitled, a global, cross-sectoral alliance for social imagination and experimentation. She has been a visiting Fulbright scholar at The Education Redesign Lab at Harvard University and taught in Parsons School of Design in The New School, University of Helsinki and Aalto University.
Veronika Liebl is currently Director of European Cooperation at Ars Electronica and Managing Director of its department Festival/Prix/Exhibitions. She studied economic and business science at Johannes Kepler University in Linz (graduated in 2010) with study visits at Harvard University (US) and Université de Fribourg (CH) and has an interdisciplinary background in non-profit and innovation management. Since 2011 she is in charge of cultural management and European project development at Ars Electronica Linz and serves as a member for the Linz’ city culture council, Linz UNESCO City of Media Arts’ executive board and the Content Innovation Council of the Frankfurt Book Fair’s program ARTS+ for more than 10 years, she has been engaged in programming and producing collaborative programs with partners from arts, science and industry. She leads Ars Electronica’s European collaboration projects in the field of culture, research & education and developed, launched as well as executed in this position – together with her team – numerous EU projects such as the STARTS Prize or the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab.
Vittorio Loreto is Full Professor of Physics of Complex Systems at Sapienza University of Rome and Faculty of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna. He is presently directing the SONY Computer Science Lab in Paris where he also leads the team of "Innovation, Creativity and Artificial Intelligence". His scientific activity is mainly focused on the statistical physics of complex systems and its interdisciplinary applications. He coordinated several project at the EU and Italian level. More recently he coordinated the Templeton-funded KREYON project devoted to unfolding the dynamics of innovation and creativity. Loreto has published over 180 papers in internationally refereed journals and conference proceedings and chaired several workshops and conferences. He is member of the executive committee of the Complex Systems Society.
Sir Geoff Mulgan CBE is Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation at University College London (UCL). He was Chief Executive of Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation from 2011-2019. From 1997-2004 Geoff had roles in the UK government including director of the Government's Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister's office. From 2004-2011 he was first CEO of the Young Foundation. He has been a reporter on BBC TV and radio and was the founder/cofounder of many organisations, including Demos, Uprising, the Social Innovation Exchange, the Australia Centre for Social Innovation and Action for Happiness. He has a PhD in telecommunications and has been visiting professor at LSE and Melbourne University, and senior visiting scholar at Harvard University. Geoff has advised many governments around the world, is an adviser to the European Parliament on science and technology, and is a World Economic Forum Schwab Fellow from 2019-22. Past books include ‘The Art of Public Strategy’ (Oxford University Press), ‘Good and Bad Power’ (Penguin), ‘The Locust and the Bee’ (Princeton University Press), ‘Big Mind: how collective intelligence can change our world’ (Princeton University Press) and ‘Social innovation: how societies find the power to change’ (Policy Press). Geoff has given TED talks on the future economy, happiness and education. His Twitter handle is @geoffmulgan. His website is geoffmulgan.com
Samuele Piazza is Visual Arts Curator at OGR - Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Torino. At OGR he curated solo shows by artists Mike Nelson and Monica Bonvicini, and the series of video screenings and performances “Dancing is what we make of falling”. He is currently working on a new group exhibition called “Vogliamo Tutto” (We want everything), dealing with art and labor and scheduled at OGR for the fall. Previously he co-curated “On Limits. Estrangement in the Everyday” at The Kitchen, New York, as 2015 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He holds an MA in Aesthetics and Art Theory from the Center for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, London and an MA in Visual Arts from Iuav University, Venice
An architect and engineer by training, Carlo teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab, and is a founding partner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, later earning his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. In the last decade, Carlo has given talks around the world on the theme of Smart Cities, while his work has been exhibited in international venues including the Venice Biennale, New York’s MoMA, London’s Science Museum and Barcelona’s Design Museum. Two of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion and the Copenhagen Wheel – were hailed by Time Magazine as “Best Inventions of the Year.” He has been included in Blueprint Magazine’s “25 People who will Change the World of Design” and in Wired Magazine’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.” He was curator for the Future Food District at Expo Milano 2015, and is currently serving as co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Council on the Future of Cities and Urbanization. For further information visit www.carloratti.com and senseable.mit.edu
Denis Roio, also known as Jaromil, is an activist, artist and software developer, founder of Dyne.org and creator of various free and open source software and operating systems. He is an early contributor to Bitcoin core, technical coordinator of DECODE and author of the crypto VM Zenroom.org
Karla Spiluttini is a cultural producer, media artist and researcher. Her artistic and scientific interests lie in diffuse and narrative spaces, emerging technologies and the phenomenology of Maker Cultures. She has worked at the V2_ institute for the unstable media in Rotterdam, at various Austrian universities and currently for the Ars Electronica Festival as producer of European Projects.
Marleen Stikker is the founder of Waag. Marleen Stikker (1962) is also founder of 'De Digitale Stad' (The Digital City) in 1993, the first virtual community introducing free public access to the Internet in Amsterdam. She leads Waag, a social enterprise that consists of a research institute for creative technologies and social innovation and Waag Products, that launched companies like Fairphone, the first fair smartphone in the world. She is also a member of the European H2020 Commission High-level Expert Group for SRIA on innovating Cities/DGResearch and the Dutch AcTI academy for technology & innovation. Marleen Stikker strongly adheres to the Maker's Bill of Rights motto: "If You Can't Open It, You Don't Own It". Marleen believes that society needs open technologies that meet societal challenges.
E’ Assessore alle Politiche del Lavoro, Attività Produttive, Commercio e Risorse Umane del Comune di Milano nella Giunta guidata dal Sindaco Beppe Sala. Dal 2011 al 2016 è stata Assessore alle Politiche per il Lavoro, Sviluppo Economico, Università e Ricerca nella Giunta guidata dal Sindaco Giuliano Pisapia. Laureata in Discipline Economiche e Sociali presso l’Università Commerciale “L. Bocconi” è dottore di ricerca in Scienze del Lavoro presso l’Università Statale di Milano. Ha svolto attività di ricerca e docenza presso diverse Università e centri di ricerca (Università di Milano, Università Bicocca, Istituto di Ricerca Sociale, IRS). Oltre all’attività accademica è stata funzionaria dell’Ufficio Studi della Camera del Lavoro di Milano dal 2003 al 2011.
Giulia Tomasello is a designer committed to female’s intimate care and its innovation, combining biotechnology and interactive wearables. Winner of Re-FREAM, STARTS Prize and WORTH Partnership, awarded from EU Horizon 2020, for her projects Alma, Future Flora and Rethinking the Bra. Recently recognised for her multidisciplinary work with the World Omosiroi Japanese Award. Giulia offers a new deeper knowledge of female's wellbeing, developing innovative tools in the intersection between medical and social sciences. Coded Bodies is her teaching platform designed to learn basics of soft wearables and an exploration of biological textiles. Tomasello is currently a Visiting Lecturer in soft technology at Royal College of Arts in London and Politecnico in Milano.
Pontus Westerberg is a programme manager at UN-Habitat, the UN agency for sustainable cities, where he leads initiatives on digital technologies, people-centered smart cities and open innovation. He has advised governments on digital inclusion, civic technologies, smart cities and urban innovation in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. He represents UN-Habitat in the steering group of the Cities for Digital Rights Coalition, the UN Working Group on Artifical Intelligence and is an adviser to the Block by Block Foundation. Before joining the UN in 2012, he worked in the NGO sector for 10 years.
Jesi Carson is a design researcher and interaction designer specializing in community engagement, facilitation and new media communications, including 360 degree video. Jesi currently leads design and communications for the global research project and digital community Participedia.net and co-directs the Vancouver Design Nerds, a nonprofit society providing equity-centred design leadership and engagement toward social change and impact. Contact Jesi at firstname.lastname@example.org for Participedia communications inquiries.
RD is senior expert at the European Commission. He holds a PHD (1992) in physics with a thesis at JILA, CO. RD worked in US at JILA/NIST, CO, at Stonybrook University, NY. Back to Europe, he worked at, and then at Ecole Normale Supérieure - Laboratoire Kastler Brossel - in Paris and at Oxford University. He worked on ultra - cold atoms (atomic clocks, Bose-Einstein condensation), quantum optics/quantum computing, and applications of stochastic processes among others in financial sector. After joining the EC, he has been in charge of developing research programmes - including quantum computing, complex systems research, and scientific modelling and data for policy decisions (global systems science). He has initiated S+T+ARTS == STARTS, innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS. STARTS includes artists in research and innovation activities to reflect on impact and on human aspects of technology and to engage in art-driven experimentation with technology.
Chiara Bertini has a double master’s degree: Philosophy at “La Sapienza” University of Rome; Curating at HEAD, Haute école d’art et de design, Geneva. She is curator, project coordinator and performer. She has been collaborating with numerous curators, international artists and institutions while working in the last years as curator for MAXXI Museum in Rome and as gallery director in Italy for Ex Elettrofonica and abroad for De Jonckheere and Analix Forever Gallery. Giving great importance to collaborative and transdisciplinary work, she has been contributing to the realization of festivals dedicated to emerging art, video, podcast, editorial projects and institutional exhibitions.
Massimo Lapucci is Secretary General of Fondazione CRT, Italy's third largest foundation of banking origin in terms of assets. He holds the same position for Fondazione Sviluppo e Crescita CRT, focused on impact investing, tech and innovation. Lapucci is also Managing Director at OGR company, a large former industrial building in the heart of Turin converted into an innovative international centre for experimentation in contemporary culture, the arts, research and start-ups in partnership with globally renowned accelerators. Former President of EFC-European Foundation Centre, the institutional philanthropy network that brings together over 300 organisations from around 40 countries including the United States, Lapucci is Vice President of Social Impact Agenda for Italy and a member of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group. He has extensive international experience on the boards of public and private companies in multiple sectors and in non-profit organisations in Europe and America, including Rockefeller P.A. Europe, the London School of Economics-Marshall Institute, ISI Foundation for Big Data in Turin and ISI Global in New York. President of Treccani Futura, the new edtech centre in Italy, he has been a World Fellow at Yale University (USA) since 2006.
Luca Ballarini runs Torino Stratosferica, an innovative project of city imaging, that brings forward visually based narratives and powerful imagery to highlight the potential of the city and leverage its posititioning. Torino Stratosferica organizes the international city-making festival Utopian Hours (to be held in Turin, Italy on 23-25 October 2020). Trained in architecture, Luca Ballarini (1974) started his career as self-taught graphic designer, then publisher of the first Italian style magazine, Label (1997-2007). In 1998 he founded Bellissimo, a leading branding & communication design studio. As creative director of Bellissimo, Luca has worked with brands such as Absolut, Adidas, Airbnb, Bombay Sapphire, Lavazza, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, and many progressive cultural institutions. Recently he has launched Urban Creative City-break, a unique format that brings 20 participants to the most dynamic cities to meet ten leading entrepreneurs of the creative industry and seize recent urban changes through their works and words.
Linda founded Indisciplinarte, a cultural planning, curating and territorial development company. Since 2009 she has coordinated the programming and services of CAOS, a cultural center born from the reconversion of the Opificio Siri, in Terni. Since 2018 she is cultural manager of the Manifattura Tabacchi Project of Cagliari. Visiting fellow of the School of The Arts Institute of Chicago, among other things she participated in the drafting of the cultural project of Perugia 2019 - European capital of culture candidate and collaborated with NESTA Italia, the Presidency of the Culture Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, the Teatro Stabile of Umbria, the Festival of the two worlds of Spoleto. He is on the Advisory Board of IETM - International Network for the Performing Arts.
Salvatore Iaconesi is a robotic engineer, designer and artist; Oriana Persico is a cyber-ecologist, autobiographer and expert in digital inclusion. Living and working together since 2006 under the brand [ AOS - Art is Open Source ], they created artworks and performances of global interest united by the exploration and observation of contemporary technological human beings and societies – and their continuous mutation. Promoting a possibilistic vision of the world in which art is the glue between science, politics, anthropology and economics, they are the founders of Nuovo Abitare and HER, the two research centers they use to study the psychological and social implications of data and computation in human societies. Together they wrote Digital Urban Acupuncture (Springer, 2016), La Cura (Codice Edizioni, 2016), Read/Write Reality (FakePress Publishing, 2011), Romaeuropa FakeFactory (DeriveApprodi, 2010) e Angel_F: diario di vita di un’intelligenza artificiale (Castelvecchi, 2009).
More info on: www.he-r.it // www.artisopensource.net
Elly Schlein was elected in 2014 to the European Parliament, where she worked in the Development Commission on topics of International Cooperation and the ONU 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development (for her commitment she received the 2017 Mep Award). She worked in the Committee of Inquiry on the Panama Papers against tax havens, in the Commission for Gender Equality and in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Commission, where she worked on migration policies and she was the rapporteur for the Socialist and Democratic Group on the reform of the Dublin Regulation. Her mandate ended in 2019. In the January 2020 regional elections, she led the list of Emilia-Romagna Coraggiosa and was elected to the Regional legislative Assembly. She currently holds the position of Vice President of the Emilia-Romagna Region with mandate to Social policies, fight to inequalities, green transition, european & international relations.
Responded to the challenge “Simulate the organization of brain structure over space and time by exploring tools based on Artificial Intelligence”. They will work in collaboration with Politecnico di Torino as Tech Partner and with Viadellafucina16- Condominio Museo as Cultural Partner.
Studio Above&Below is a London based art and technology practice founded by Daria Jelonek (DE) and Perry-James Sugden (UK) after graduating from the Royal College of Art. Their work combines computational design, speculative storytelling, XR and digital art in order to draw together unseen connections between humans, machines and the environment.
Believing in research based art, Studio Above&Below works with scientists, technologists and other artists to push the boundaries of digital media for future living. Over the last years the duo has created ground breaking artworks using immersive technologies such as AR and XR with live data inputs in order to make the invisible visible and give our environment a voice to express itself.
The duo’s work has been exhibited internationally at institutions such as the Royal Academy, Tate Modern, V&A London, Photophore during the Venice Biennale, Today Art Museum, WRO Biennale, Sonar+D, HEK Basel and WIRED Japan. Previous prizes and fundings include the Factory Berlin x Sonar+D x Beats by Dr. Dre residency, Near Now Fellowship, Collusion Art Funding, Lumen Prize (shortlisted), Bloomberg Bursary, WIRED Creative HackAward (finalist), Communication Arts Award – Interactive Art and the Battersea Sculpture Prize. Studio Above&Below regularly gives talks at culture and technology institutes such as Nottingham Contemporary, Retune Berlin, Microsoft Research, London Design Festival, Royal College of Art and Arebyte Gallery about the intersection of art, design, technology and its impact on the environment.
Responded to the challenge “How can Art reclaim the algorithm that tries to predict its success?”. Giulia will work in collaboration with ISI Foundation as Tech Partner and Associazione Arteco as Cultural Partner.
Giulia Taurino is a media scholar and current fellow at MIT Open Documentary Lab, where she works on a project for the adaptive navigation in structured archives of immersive content, developed in collaboration with the Society for Arts and Technology in Montreal, Canada.
Her research interests focus on forms of content organization on online platforms and digital archives, ethical implications of algorithmic technologies, and the intersection between artificial intelligence and the arts. Since September 2019, she is a research affiliate of metaLAB (at) Harvard, where she collaborates on the project "Curatorial A(i)gents", exploring A.I. and curatorial practices in museums.
Formerly, Giulia was a Visiting Research Fellow at Brown University's Virtual Humanities Lab. She holds a doctorate degree in Media Studies and Visual Arts from the University of Bologna and the University of Montreal.
Responded to the challenge “Challenging social isolation through Extended Reality (XR) Technologies”. Claire will work in collaboration with CELI as Tech Partner and with Superbudda as Cultural Partner.
Claire Tolan is an artist and a programmer living in Berlin, Germany. Artistically, Tolan has worked primarily with ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) since 2013. She hosted an ASMR radio show, “You’re Worth It”, on Berlin Community Radio from 2013-2019.
She has exhibited, performed, and presented her work at venues such as Martin Gropius Bau, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berghain, Volksbühne, CTM Festival, Münchner Kammerspiele, Goethe-Institut London, ArkDes, and Sónar+D.
As an engineer, Tolan led two technology teams as co-CTO of decentralised music-streaming cooperative Resonate and as CTO of New Eelam, a distributed housing cooperative. For nearly a decade, she has contributed to web and software projects focused on distributed, online communities and digital privacy.
Tolan studied English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago and Archival Science and Information Analysis at the University of Michigan School of Information.
Matt Adams co-founded Blast Theory in 1991, an artists’ group making interactive work. Blast Theory is renowned for its multidisciplinary approach using new technologies in theatre, games and visual art. The group has collaborated with scientists at the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham since 1997. Blast Theory has shown work at the Venice Biennale, Sundance Film Festival and Tate Britain. Commissioners include Channel 4, National Theatre Wales and the Royal Opera House. Awards include the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica, the Nam June Paik Art Center Award and four BAFTA nominations. Matt has curated at Tate Modern and at the ICA in London and has taught widely. He has lectured at Stanford University, the Royal College of Art and the Sorbonne. He was the Visiting Professor in Interactive Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama from 2007 to 2014.
Mario Calderini is professor at the School of Management of the Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches Social Innovation. He is Director of the Alta Scuola Politecnica and vice president of the Polytechnic Foundation. He is director of Tiresia, the Research Center on Finance and Social Innovation of the School of Management of the Politecnico di Milano. He was scientific advisor to the Minister of Research and Innovation and appointed Government Sherpa for the G7 Science. His numerous publications in prestigious international journals deal with various topics in the field of innovation and social impact finance. He was a member of the G8 Task Force for Social Impact, chaired the Italian Advisory Board for Social Impact Finance and is President of the Scientific Committee of the Social Impact Agenda for the Italian Association (NAB Italy). He helped promote the social innovation agenda in Italy by launching the sector's first public consultation. He was part of the government advisory group that recently drafted the Third Sector Reform and was subsequently a member of the Government Task Force for Social Impact Investments. He is currently President of the Lombardy Region Forum for Research and Innovation. He sits on the Advisory Board of Unicredit Italia, he is the spokesperson for Torino Social Impact and he is the President of the Committee for social entrepreneurship of the Turin Chamber of Commerce.
Brice Coniglio is part of the artistic duo Coniglioviola (www.coniglioviola.com), active since 2000 in the field of experimentation with new media, with performance and hybridization between the artistic disciplines. In 2009 he founded Kaninchen-Haus (www.kaninchenhaus.org), an independent organization, internationally active in the promotion of contemporary art, through the invention of original devices of integration between the artistic practice and the reference communities and in the innovation of the format artist-in-residency. In 2016 he created in Turin the residency program viadellafucina16, the first international experiment of Condominium-Museum"(www.condominiomuseo.it)
She collaborates with Arteco curating cross-disciplinary educational projects in dialogue with museums, schools and archives. In addition, she works as communication and cultural events manager for Alliance Française de Turin. She graduated in History and Conservation of Architectural and Environmental Heritage and she obtained her Master’s Degree in Architecture at Politecnico di Torino. She wrote for art and architecture magazines in Belgium, Italy and the UK, and she worked in the field of design education, collaborating with museums and independent platforms.
Giorgio Marsiaj is Founder, Chairman and Ceo of Sabelt S.p.a, Vice Chairman and Ceo of M.Marsiaj & C.. He is President of Unione Industriale di Torino and President of Consulta per la valorizzazione dei beni Artistici e Culturali di Torino. He is also Member of Confindustria General Council; board member in different Companies: Vittoria Assicurazioni S.p.A., Fenera Holding S.p.A., Olympic Re S.p.A., Olyfen Properties S.p.A. Giorgio has a longstanding experience as President of different multinational Companies such as TRW Automotive Italia (from 1985 to 2015). He has also realized successful partnerships with Electrolux and Sumitomo.
She works as assistant curator for Arteco and as editor for the publishing house hopefulmonster in Turin. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Economics and Management of the Arts from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, with a thesis on aesthetics of reception. For several years she curated several exhibitions and educational projects between France and Italy. She has collaborated with institutions such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Grassi | Punta della Dogana, as co-coordinator of the festival “Printemps de l’Art Contemporain '' in Marseille, and of the network of contemporary art spaces Marseille Expos.
Alessandra Bianco is Corporate Communication Director of the Lavazza Group. She is responsible for the Corporate Communication Strategy, Media Relations and cultural, corporate and heritage projects of the Group. She is also Sole Director of Lavazza Eventi spa, the start-up that manages the Lavazza Museum and the event area at La Centrale, both located inside Nuvola, the new Lavazza Headquarters. Alessandra Bianco graduated with honors in Modern Liberal Arts at the University of Turin, and she earned a Master in Corporate Communications at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
Matteo Pessione, after his PhD in Marketing for Business Strategies, experienced the research and development and market analysis areas in the design and creative industries sectors. OGR Tech coordinator, he deals with innovation projects for CRT Foundation. Professor of management and marketing at the University of Turin.
Unwired Dance Theatre is directed by Clemence Debaig who is a dance artist, designer and creative technologist. Her work explores notions of control, empathy and intimacy, questioning how technologically mediated interactions influence human behaviours.
She often works with telepresence, networked wearables, Mocap technology and VR. With a background as a dancer and creative technologist - and a previous career as a UX designer - she brings a unique perspective to choreographing interactive and participatory experiences. In the past years, her work has been presented at various venues and events, including Ugly Duck, Kallida festival, Oxo Tower, Tramshed and Open Online Theatre.
Alessandro Avataneo is an Italian film and theatre director, author, and professor.
Working between Europe, North America, and Japan, he holds a degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and master's degrees in Storytelling, Performing Arts, Animation, and Digital Entertainment.He produced and directed the feature films Leghorn, House of Oz, Poema Circular, A Tale of the Hills and the musical 6likeUs. He created a brand-new city storytelling format within Creative Europe, worked as artistic director for the audiovisual installments at 2011 Biennale of Architecture in the Netherlands and designed the strategy for Maastricht European Capital of Culture for the Government of Limburg. In 2009, he published the novel A Tale of the Hills and, in 2015, the Atlas of Italian Wine. He is the founder of www.hypercritic.org, a global platform for young humanists to tell the story of world culture interweaving all the arts. His most recent initiative was the reading marathon 88 Poets to Change the World, featuring the works of 88 women poets worldwide. The event has involved artists, writers, athletes, and readers from 50 countries, broadcasting 2,468 hours of video on social media. In 2020 Hypercritic has been awarded by the European Cultural Foundation as a creative solution against the global pandemic and was included amongst the World Economic Forum's Pioneers of Change.He has been lecturing at Maastricht University and Slow Food University of Gastronomic Sciences, and since 2012 he teaches Cinema and Storytelling at Scuola Holden in Turin.
Adriano Bacconi has obtained the Maitrise in "Sports Sciences" at the University of Dijon. He is a professional football coach and athletic trainer and he worked for Serie A and B teams in Italy. He holds lectures and conferences in the field of technological innovation in Italy and abroad. He designed the DigitalSoccer match analysis system by collaborating with the Italian national team and some of the major Italian and foreign clubs. In particular, he participated, as head of the match analysis area, in the WC2006 in the staff of Marcello Lippi.
He is currently strategic consultant of Infront Italy for the development of digital innovation projects and of MathandSport, a spin-off of the Politecnico di Milano, with which he has created a new software for the real-time analysis of the match based on predictive algorithms and artificial intelligence with 5G network: the Virtual Coach.
Naturally curious, part of Carlo’s role as Group Chief Evangelist is to push boundaries and ensure innovation remains at the heart of Deltatre.
When he joined Deltatre, he was one of just five employees – a far cry from today’s 1000-strong global team. In the early days, he would spend up to 200 days a year travelling the world to support the company’s work with many of the world’s leading sporting events. Over the years, he has worked alongside Formula 1, the Alpine Ski World Cup, The IAAF Athletics, the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA World Cup, NFL, MLB, and the Olympics.
Today his focus has moved to innovations surrounding the combination of data, UX, and content as well as OTT and direct-to-consumer experiences.
Morgana Lalli is a data scientist at the Deltatre Innovation Lab whose work concerns the analysis of the different types of data related to the sports world. Currently, her work spans from the analysis of User behavior and Fan data to the definition of the best approaches to extract relevant metadata from multimedia content.
She received BSc and MSc deg. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pisa (2015) and Politecnico di Torino (2018), and then she attended the 2nd lev. Master in Sports Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino in 2019. Starting in 2019, she joined Deltratre, becoming part of the Innovation Lab at the end of the same year. Focus has moved to innovations surrounding the combination of data, UX, and content as well as OTT and direct-to-consumer experiences.
Following over 10 years of experience in live event operations and project management for Deltatre, Pietro Marini was selected to lead the new-born Deltatre Innovation Lab – a global unit which coordinates the innovative efforts within the company.
His main goal as Head of Innovation is to facilitate a corporate cultural shift towards an innovation-oriented mindset in which everyone is encouraged and contributes to the innovative process beyond their day-to-day responsibilities. Ideas can come from anywhere, and he is responsible for ensuring that robust processes are in place for ideas to be shared and implemented successfully.
A journalist, an art critic and a curator, Maria Grazia Mattei has been investigating digital culture since 1982.
In 2005 she designed and launched Meet the Media Guru (MtMG), a platform aimed to promote public dissemination on innovation and digital culture towards a non-professional audience. In 15 years MtMG has brought to Milan +100 thought leaders including Zygmunt Bauman, Edgar Morin, Manuel Castells, Jane McGonigal, Paola Antonelli, Joi Ito, Giorgia Lupi, Don Norman, John Maeda, Carlo Ratti, Daito Manabe, Lawrence Lessig. In 2018, Mattei has founded and chaired MEET, the first Italian center for digital culture with the support of Fondazione Cariplo, one of the largest philanthropic foundations in Europe. MEET designs and promotes onlife meetings, exhibitions, workshops and digital performances with a humanistic perspective on creative technology and emerging digital trends. In October 2020, MEET building opened its doors at the heart of Milan.
Daniela Paolotti (F) has a background in Physics (BSc, MSc, Ph.D.). She is a senior researcher at the ISI Foundation in Turin, Italy. Her work has a strong interdisciplinary approach. For more than ten years she has been studying the spread of infectious diseases from an epidemiological and social point of view using tools in the fields of complex systems, network science, data science and computational social science. Since 2008, she has developed and coordinated a European network of web platforms for the participatory surveillance of flu-like diseases called Influenzanet. More recently, at ISI she co-founded a research area dedicated to topics related to Data Science and Social Impact.
Menno Weijs (1981) is Project Manager at the European Cultural Foundation. This lottery funded foundation based in Amsterdam promotes European solidarity since 1955, by developing and supporting cultural initiatives that let us share, experience and imagine Europe. Menno is responsible for a portfolio of projects and programmes fostering a European public sphere. This includes supporting young citizens reclaiming their right to the city through media (MediActivism) and developing new ways to bring together citizens, public administration and the cultural sector to co-design our cities (Cultural Creative Spaces & Cities).
Paola Sabbione has been working at the Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo since 2008, firstly in the Scientific Research Area, then in the Cultural Innovation Area, and since 2020 in the Culture Goal.
She is in the team of the “Building capacity to attract” mission, working in the field of Digital for Culture. She is also Project manager of SWITCH a call for the digital transformation of the cultural Institutions.
She also cooperates in the “Encouraging active participation” mission, dealing with the Communication and Dissemination of Science and its relationship with the society and the Civic participation. She coordinates the partnership “Sistema Scienza Piemonte” among Institutions and Associations devoted to the dissemination of the scientific culture, and she is member of PICS: Picturing in the Communication of Science, a think tank on this field. She is also project manager of “CivICa”, a call for projects in Civic Innovation.
300.000 Km/s (www.300000kms.net) is an urban innovation office based in Barcelona that explores the potentials of data and new computation paradigms to extract relevant information with the aim to improve urban planning and decision-making.
Directed by Mar Santamaria Varas and Pablo Martinez Diez, our interdisciplinary team works in the fields of urban analysis, cartography, strategic planning, development of digital tools, and digital humanities. In the last five years, we have collaborated with public entities, international firms, cultural and scientific institutions and non-profit organisations.
3000.000 Km/s projects have been recognized with various awards and mentions – among others BBVA-Civio Data Visualisation Award (2014), Open Data Institute Awards (2016), CityVis Prize (2017), Biennial Española de Urbanismo y Arquitectura (2018), LLuís Carulla Award (2018) and S+T+ARTS Prize (2019)- and have been exhibited at Ars Electronica, the Biennale of Venice, the Chicago Arts Institute, the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona and Madrid CentroCentro, among others.
Ciro Cattuto, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department of the University of Turin, a Principal Researcher at ISI Foundation, and a Member of the Steering Committee of CRT Foundation. His interests include data science, complex systems, public health, and the social impact of data. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Perugia, Italy and has carried out interdisciplinary research at the University of Michigan, USA, at the Enrico Fermi Center and Sapienza University in Rome, and at the Frontier Research System of RIKEN, Japan. He is a founder and principal investigator of the SocioPatterns collaboration, an international effort on studying human social networks with wearable sensors, with applications to epidemiology. He is an editorial board member of Nature Scientific Data, EPJ Data Science, PeerJ Computer Science, Journal of Computational Social Science, Data & Policy journals. He is a Fellow of the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) and a member of the Italian Ministry of Labor's working group on Algorithmic Governance. He has served as an expert in Covid-19 task force of the Italian Ministry for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition.
Milou currently works for the City of Amsterdam as Advisor Digital Rights & Ethics and coordinates the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights in this capacity. Her background lies in international Policy & Innovation studies and Philosophy of Science, Technology & Society. She works on advancing the safeguarding of public values and digital rights in urban digital contexts, with a focus on policy & implementation.
NONE is an italian artistic collective moving between the boundaries of art, design, and technologic research founded by Gregorio De Luca Comandini, Mauro Pace, Saverio Villirillo. NONE collective is a physical and conceptual space that develops cross-media projects which interpret the contemporary condition of coexisting with the digital society.