Tech Policies and Communities

The WMF education program 2024

AI for Future

The AI for Future stage, part of the WMF's AI Global Summit event and sponsored by Globant, will offer talks on the application and future of artificial intelligence by leading Italian and international experts in the field. 
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Innovation Showcase

This stage, powered by SAP on the 13th of June, showcases products and services presented by startups, SMEs, and companies offering innovative solutions to corporate needs and, generally, the market.
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Google Innovations

The stage presents the latest trends and innovations in the Google ecosystem. Featuring international speakers and experts in the field, we will explore the dynamics of YouTube, Analytics, Performance Max, and GitHub/Scripts to harness the full potential of Google platforms for your digital success.
This stage is only accessible with a Full Ticket.

AI Marketing

The AI Marketing stage, part of WMF's AI Global Summit and sponsored by Get Response, offers talks on the application of marketing in the field of artificial intelligence and insights on AI from top Italian and international industry experts.
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Future of Open Innovation & VC

Embark on a journey to explore the characteristics of a global community of innovators committed to co-designing inclusive prosperity and a better future. Through immersion in diverse ecosystems and approaches, participants will gain valuable insights into the dynamics of open innovation and collaboration on a global scale. Together, we will cultivate a community of changemakers dedicated to shaping a more equitable and sustainable world for generations to come

Masterclass

The WMF proposes a Masterclass dedicated to the deepening of some hot topics for the AI & Digital-Tech sector through which it will be possible to understand the strategic use of Artificial Intelligence. The Masterclass will last two hours, in which it will be possible to relate with some of the leading experts in the field and are intended for a maximum of 25 people, to ensure the best possible interaction with the speakers.

Prophets of AI

In this stage, speeches and interventions by some of the most respected international experts in Artificial Intelligence will alternate.

Thanks to the partnership between Search On Media Group and WMF with Prophets of AI - a leading American entity for connecting with experts in the AI field - this stage will feature brilliant minds who have made significant contributions to the advancement of artificial intelligence, robotics, and consciousness fields, coming from diverse backgrounds such as computer science, art, finance, and informatics.

E-Commerce

The stage,  within the E-commerce Fest and sponsored by Connecteed, is dedicated to the main strategies for optimizing online sales: the biggest innovations in the world of digital marketing and the most interesting integrations will be presented by leading industry profiles.
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Advertising

The stage, powered by SMConnect, is the ideal place to discover new trends and best practices in digital advertising. Industry experts will provide insightful insights into the latest technologies and tools to help companies optimize their advertising campaigns and increase their ROI.
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Brand

The stage hosts prominent speakers that will offer their insights into the world of branding: through informative and vertical interventions, the strategic role of brands in the digital age, their relationship with consumers, impact on the social context, vertical platforms, communities, and much more will be thoroughly explored.
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SEO

On this stage, powered by SM CONNECT, industry experts will address the most technical and advanced areas of SEO. Presentations and case studies will delve into tools and strategies that continuously shape the entire digital sector.
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Social Media Strategies

The stage, powered by SMStrategies, offers informative speeches dedicated to fundamental strategies for measuring and optimizing performance on social media. You will delve into the most effective techniques to maximize the impact of your online activities, optimizing your social media presence to achieve your business goals.
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Mainstage

This is the biggest stage of the WMF that brings together all the themes of the Festival, where tech experts and innovators share their ideas and visions.

Inspirational talks, interviews, and debates will take place on the Mainstage to explore the latest technological developments and different aspects of innovation and its ethical, social and economic implications.

Not only creative insights and reflections on the Future but also moments of show and entertainment with concerts, live performances, the Startup Competition Final and award ceremonies with the WMF Awards. 

Please note: The program is constantly being updated and times may change.

WorkTech Policies

This stage is part of the GovTech Summit: the event on innovation in global policies, a meeting point to explore the synergies between technology, governance, and innovation.
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Tech Policies and Communities

This stage is part of GovTech Summit: the event on innovation in global policies, a meeting point to explore the synergies between technology, governance, and innovation.
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Book Presentation

The stage, part of the Book Fair at WMF, is dedicated to talks, book presentations, and interviews on the major developments in the publishing sector. Authors will discuss topics related to digital, sustainability, innovation, and social impact.

Italy, EU and Global Diplomacy

This stage is part of the GovTech Summit: the event on innovation in global policies, a meeting point to explore the synergies between technology, governance, and innovation.
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AI Tools & Services

In this stage, speakers will examine how the corporate use of artificial intelligence can automate processes and improve overall performance

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Influencer Marketing

The stage, powered by SMStrategies, explores the world of digital influencers, delving into winning strategies for collaborating with influencers and identifying the best partnership opportunities, as well as creating engaging content that captures the attention of the target audience.
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Content Creators

The stage, part of WMF's Creators Fest, is where the world of Content Creators comes to life with interviews, sketches, panels, talks, and meetings with the protagonists of the content creation world and their communities.


Edutech

The Edutech Stage provides a comprehensive overview of the latest frontiers in educational technology. Through a series of engaging and informative speeches, industry experts will explore the potentials, challenges, and innovative applications that are transforming the way we learn and teach

Startup Stage

Every year at the WMF, all the players in the innovation ecosystem come together: meet the founders of the selected startups, who will be able to present their project to an international audience of potential investors, partners and media, and join the WMF's international network, thus accelerating the opportunities for success.

Ethics & AI

The stage dedicated to Ethics and Artificial Intelligence explores the latest trends, innovative applications, and future perspectives in the field of AI and ethics. Experts from around the world converge to discuss the ethical challenges and opportunities offered by AI, promoting collaboration and innovation, presenting a crossroads of ideas and perspectives that shape the future of ethics and AI in the digital age.

Work, HR & Digital Skills

The stage dedicated to the world of work delves into the challenges and opportunities in the realm of human resources and digital skills. Experts and HR managers from various national and international backgrounds will share valuable insights on emerging trends and possible future scenarios in the workplace context.

Climate Change

On this stage, researchers, consultants, and non-profit organizations will take turns presenting the state of the art and the major implications of climate change, focusing on existing solutions and key trends at both national and global levels

Digital Tools & Services

Xrs, chatbots, NLP, and many other revolutionary technologies will be at the heart of our speakers' interventions in this internship, such as augmented reality, virtual reality and chatbots, and how companies can use them to improve customer experience and engagement.

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Data Analytics

The stage, sponsored by Exelab, is dedicated to web data measurement, collection, and analysis processes aimed at optimizing their utilization. The speeches will examine the new tools in the field and the latest trends to improve campaign reporting.
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Knowledge Share

Voices and testimonies of innovation will take center stage at the Open Stage by Netval and Knowledge Share at WMF! On June 14th, 2024, get ready to dive into deep tech and technology transfer.

Not only will Netval and KS be present as partners, with an Expo Area featuring 40 of the most promising startups from the KS 2.0 platform and the national innovation landscape, but they will also bring best practices and industry professional viewpoints!

We'll delve into deep tech topics with a focus on the world of Start-Ups and Technology Transfer. But it won't be just theory: on stage, authoritative experts and pioneers will share experiences and concrete examples of the disruptive potential of deep tech in shaping our future.

Netval and Knowledge Share are not just present; they are the engines driving this extraordinary journey into innovation. Join us as we transform the event into an unforgettable experience, creating deep connections and opening the doors to a world of possibilities.

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this revolution: mark June 14th on your calendars and get ready to be transported to the forefront of global innovation.

Come discover the future with us at the Open Stage by Netval and Knowledge Share at WMF.

For more information about Associazione Netval: Who We Are - Netval

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Social Inclusion

During this stage, we will discuss with experts, academics, and activists how to promote the growth of a more inclusive environment by eliminating structural prejudices and recognizing, instead, the true value of diversity.

Marketing Automation

The stage offers a series of presentations by various speakers on the topic of Marketing Automation, aimed at illustrating how it transforms the way companies interact with their customers, enabling personalized and timely communication.

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Tech 4 Business

On this stage the speakers will examine how companies can leverage recent technological developments to improve operations, efficiency and innovation.

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Augmented & Virtual Reality

The stage, featuring prominent international speakers in the field, will explore the latest trends, innovative applications and future prospects of Augmented and Virtual Reality, delving into how these technologies are transforming industries such as gaming, education, design and more. 


Generative AI

The proposed stage, sponsored by Telematic International University Uninettuno, provides the opportunity to immerse oneself, through various speeches, in the world of Generative AI, a rapidly growing field that combines artificial intelligence and creativity.
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WMF Off

The stage hosts round tables, debates, and the Festival's community coming together to discuss topics that have always been close to the heart of WMF. Discussions will therefore alternate between newsletters, new digital scenarios, and trends in the technology sector.


Future of Entrepreneurship

In this stage you will be inspired by stories of entrepreneurial successes, by the efficient and creative use of today's digital tools, and by visions of the future!

Digital Commerce & Marketing Services

In this stage, speakers will discuss strategies and tools to help companies succeed in e-commerce, including tips for increasing sales, optimizing user experience, and using effective marketing techniques.

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Digital Strategy

The stage will offer case studies and working models, marketing and communication with informative and vertical talks to develop successful digital strategies and explore the most effective planning to tackle the challenges of the contemporary market.
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Machine Learning

The stage offers insightful and focused talks on the latest trends in computer programming. Participants will have the opportunity to delve deep into the vast universe of software development, gaining essential skills to tackle complex challenges and craft innovative solutions.

Human Rights

The stage explores, with the participation of leading international speakers, the crucial issues that define the global human rights agenda. We will delve into current issues, new challenges and best practices for promoting and defending human rights around the world, providing a global and interdisciplinary perspective on a critically important topic.

Content Marketing

In this stage, industry experts will discuss strategy and creativity. A place where the brightest minds converge to share ideas and inspire innovation.
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Sustainability & Tech

The stage offers, through interventions by various international and non-international speakers, insights into the theme of sustainability and technology. Participants will focus on how technological innovation can currently drive the transition towards a more sustainable world.


AI for Health

The AI for Health stage, powered by the GIMBE Foundation, offers a unique opportunity to explore the application of artificial intelligence in healthcare. You will be involved in the study of best practices and winning strategies for using artificial intelligence to improve people's health and well-being.
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Tech for No Profit

The stage dedicated to the Third Sector: non-profit organizations, institutions, volunteers, and experts offer informative speeches on the latest innovations and trends aimed at promoting actions to support a more equitable and inclusive society.

TikTok

This stage, sponsored by TikTok Italy, explores the creative and technical dynamics of the platform. Training sessions, case studies and best practices to better elaborate strategies on TikTok.
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UX & UI

The UX & UI stage, powered by Architecta, will immerse you in the world of user experience and user interface. Those who follow this stage will have the opportunity to explore and deepen best practices for designing engaging and intuitive digital experiences.
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Impact to Business

The program of this open stage will help you understand how to co-design a sustainable, inclusive and scalable model of prosperity and increase the positive impact of initiatives born to respond locally to global challenges on your community and the environment around you.

Coding Front-end

The Frontend Coding stage offers in-depth and focused talks on the latest trends and practices in frontend development. Here, participants will have the opportunity to explore key aspects of user interface design and implementation in detail, gaining essential skills to tackle complex challenges and develop innovative, cutting-edge solutions.

Back-End & Cloud

The stage provides comprehensive and targeted discussions on the latest trends and strategies in backend development and cloud computing. Attendees will delve deep into crucial aspects of server-side programming and cloud infrastructure, acquiring vital skills to address intricate challenges and engineer innovative solutions tailored to modern computing environments.

E-Sports & Gaming

This stage hosts discussions on the present and future of the gaming and eSports business

Tourism

The stage provides training sessions on innovations in the tourism sector and digital integrations to optimize offerings in an international market

Cybersecurity

On this stage, experts address the increasingly fundamental topic of Cybersecurity with informative and specialized speeches.

Space Economy

On this stage, there will be talks dedicated to the opportunities and challenges in the space economy. Here, industry experts and innovators will share ideas and strategies to maximize the commercial and technological potential of space and discuss the future of the sector.

Video Marketing

On this stage,  the world of video marketing will be explored through expert interventions that explain how to use videos to promote a product, a service, or an idea, increasing engagement and involving the target audience.

Environment Transformation

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Session for 13 june

13 june
12:50 - 13:30
Tech Policies and Communities

Biometric recognition: from unlocking smartphones to mass surveillance

Moderator: Vincenzo Tiani
This panel discussion delves into the expanding role of biometric technologies, which have moved beyond simple applications like smartphone security to become central in extensive surveillance networks. It highlights the critical privacy and human rights issues that arise as these technologies are increasingly embedded in everyday life. The conversation will cover the ethical challenges, regulatory frameworks, and future implications of biometric data use, emphasizing the need for balanced advancement that respects individual privacy and prevents potential misuse. 
Tiani
 Turola
Vincenzo Tiani
Data Regulation Expert   
PANETTA, VUB, IULM University   
Martina Turola
The Good Lobby Italia   
Head of Communications    
13 june
14:20 - 15:00
Tech Policies and Communities

Navigating the Future: Artificial Intelligence, Digital Media and Political Communication.

Moderator: Antonio Palmieri
In collaboration with Fondazione Pensiero Solido
In 2024, over 50 elections worldwide and a voter turnout of 2 billion citizens marked it as the most electoral year ever. The discussion centers around the growing role of artificial intelligence and digital media in politics, focusing on generative AI and its revolutionizing effect on political communication. Ethical challenges and political implications are addressed, along with strategies to ensure responsible and inclusive use of these technologies in digital governance, promoting transparency, accountability, and democratic participation
Palmieri
Di Costanzo
Salmi
Giovanna Cosenza
Antonio Palmieri
President   
Fondazione Pensiero Solido   
Francesco Di Costanzo
President   
Fondazione Italia Digitale   
Lorenzo Salmi
CEO   
Piave Digital Agency   
Giovanna Cosenza
Full Professor   
Università di Bologna   
13 june
17:00 - 17:40
Tech Policies and Communities

Power dynamics in digital platforms: impacts and questions

Moderator: Antonio Palmieri
In collaboration with Fondazione Pensiero Solido
The panel will analyze the economic and social impacts of digital platform expansion, exploring their influence on capital, information, and power flows. It will examine how these platforms shape user-content interactions, impacting visibility and marginalization. Discussion will include their use of data and algorithms to create business models that prioritize user attention, potentially harming diversity and fair competition. Experts will evaluate these effects on socio-economic structures and propose regulatory measures to address growing digital power centralization.


Palmieri
Sgueo
Casaleggio
Antonio Palmieri
President   
Fondazione Pensiero Solido   
Gianluca Sgueo
Professor of Digital Democracy & Public Spaces   
SciencesPo Paris    
Davide Casaleggio
Author of the book   
“Gli algoritmi del potere. Come l’IA riscriverà la politica e la società”   
13 june
18:00 - 18:40
Tech Policies and Communities

Algorithms and Humanity: Navigating technology, data, and AI

Moderator: Antonio Palmieri
In collaboration with Fondazione Pensiero Solido
The panel delves into biases in algorithms and AI on digital platforms, exploring their ethical impact on diverse communities and individuals. It discusses how algorithms can perpetuate biases or create new forms of discrimination, affecting access to opportunities. Experts propose interdisciplinary strategies to identify and rectify these biases, advocating for a fairer, more inclusive use of technology centered on human decision-making.
Palmieri
Quattrociocchi
Sartori
Enrica Sabatini
Antonio Palmieri
President   
Fondazione Pensiero Solido   
Walter Quattrociocchi
Full Professor   
La Sapienza, University of Rome   
Laura Sartori
Professor   
Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna   
Enrica Sabatini
Co-founder    
Camelot SB   

Session for 14 june

14 june
09:20 - 10:00
Tech Policies and Communities

The future of artificial intelligence, between AI law, ethics, intellectual property and the reality of organisations

Moderator: Vincenzo Tiani
It explores the future of AI, considering law, ethics, IP, and organizational realities. Experts will navigate evolving regulations, addressing ethical concerns like bias and privacy. Dive into IP complexities, including ownership and protection strategies. Gain insights into integrating AI, from cultural shifts to strategic challenges. Illuminate the path forward amidst legal, ethical, and practical considerations.
Tiani
Bisconti
Mastrangelo
Sartore
Sartini
Vincenzo Tiani
Data Regulation Expert   
PANETTA, VUB, IULM University   
Piercosma Bisconti
Co-Founder and Researcher   
DEXAI - Artificial Ethics   
Lara Mastrangelo
Associate Departement IP   
DLA Piper   
Federico Sartore
Partner   
PANETTA Consulting Group   
Elena Sartini
Legal Counsel, Privacy and Data Protection   
Launchmetrics   
14 june
12:20 - 13:00
Tech Policies and Communities

Digital Security Ecosystem: Strategies for Addressing Cyber Threats

In the increasingly interconnected digital landscape, cybersecurity emerges as a fundamental priority to protect critical infrastructure, sensitive data, and individual privacy. This discussion will cover the various strategies employed by governments, institutions, and law enforcement to secure digital networks and mitigate cyber threats. The implications of cybersecurity in sensitive sectors such as healthcare, finance, energy, and personal data protection will be examined. Through an interactive and in-depth dialogue, this session aims to provide a thorough understanding of the challenges and solutions in protecting digital infrastructures.
Gabrielli
Galasso
Ivano Gabrielli
Director   
Postal and Communications Police (State Police of Italy)   
Gianluca Galasso
Central Director of the Operations Service   
National Cybersecurity Agency   
14 june
14:00 - 14:40
Tech Policies and Communities

The new frontiers of digital infrastructure: Science, Technology and Innovation

Digital infrastructure is crucial for businesses and the public sector, transformed by trends such as cloud computing, edge computing and IoT. The panel will explore how these technologies improve efficiency and scalability, while also addressing security and privacy challenges. The integration of these technologies for resilient and stable infrastructures will be discussed, examining common challenges and strategies to overcome them, promoting a digital ecosystem that fosters innovation and social progress.
Saracco
Daneo
Micozzi
Guido Saracco
Full Professor, Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT)   
Polytechnic of Turin   
Chiara Daneo
Institutional Relations   
Department for Digital Transformation    
Paolo Micozzi
Director of information systems service and statistics    
Ministry of University and Research   
14 june
15:00 - 15:20
Tech Policies and Communities

Regulation and Growth: how startups can succeed

Start-ups are engines of innovation, redefining key industries with technologies such as blockchain, cryptocurrency and NFT, but they face complex regulatory challenges. The panel will discuss how existing regulations can adapt to the digital age and potential new regulations. It will also examine the obstacles startups face and the importance of staying informed, seeking advice, taking a proactive approach and collaborating. This event provides essential knowledge for operating successfully in a changing regulatory environment.
Centemero
Ciron
On. Giulio Centemero
Member of the Finance Commission   
Chamber of Deputies   
Giorgio Ciron
Director   
InnovUp   
14 june
17:50 - 18:30
Tech Policies and Communities

Regulatory Evolution in the Era of AI: Perspectives for Digital Governance

Moderator: Camilla Rangoni
The panel will focus on the relationship between AI and legislation, starting with an in-depth look at the current legislative landscape, particularly in light of recent developments introduced by the EU. It will then delve into the role that Italian politics can play in facilitating the use of AI while simultaneously protecting the rights involved in its use.
Rangoni
Lombardo
Finocchiaro
Camilla Rangoni
Speaker   
Geopolis   
Sen. Marco Lombardo
Secretary of the European Union Policies Commission    
Senate of Italian Republic   
Giusella Finocchiaro
Full Professor of Private Law and Internet Law   
Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna   

Session for 15 june

15 june
09:40 - 10:00
Tech Policies and Communities

Presentation of the book "The Algorithms of Power. How AI will rewrite politics and society."

Moderator: Massimo Bugani
Bugani
Davide Casaleggio
Massimo Bugani
Councilor for the Digital Innovation   
City of Bologna   
Davide Casaleggio
CEO & Partner   
Casaleggio Associati   
15 june
14:40 - 15:20
Tech Policies and Communities

Beyond the Chronometer: How digital is revolutionizing the world of sports

In collaboration with CONI - Emilia-Romagna
In the digital era, the intersection of sports and health grows increasingly vital. This panel will delve into the diverse facets of this digital revolution in health and sports, exploring how technology aids physical and mental well-being. It will analyze how apps, wearables, and online platforms monitor activity, tailor training programs, and offer targeted nutrition advice. Addressing challenges like online misinformation and data security, experts in sports, public health, technology, and innovation will offer a comprehensive vision of digital well-being's future.


Vaccaro
Vittorio Andrea Vaccaro
Vice President; Scientific Director   
CONI Emilia-Romagna; Regional School of Sport