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Oct 11
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Oct 12
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Talk: Marco Ciurcina
  • Lunch
  • Talk: Matteo Monari
  • Dinner
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Oct 13
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Talk: Francesco Niutta
  • Talk: Dario Giudici
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Dinner
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors

Matteo Monari

Co-Founder and COO - BizUp SRL   |   LinkedIn

With a degree in European Languages and Cultures and an experience as researcher in Human Computer Interaction, Matteo has worked in online marketing for more than 7 years.
Matteo started his career as SEO manager for some of the world’s biggest affiliates in online gaming, helping them to successfully extend their business in Italy, France, Spain, Northern Europe and Eastern Europe.
More recently, Matteo has been working as Head of SEO and Crowdsourced Content for Populis, the European Leader in Content on Demand ( Excite, Blogo, Blogosfere and Mokono brands).

Since 2 years, he is the co-founder and COO of BizUp, an Online Marketing agency specializing in international projects and competitive segments.
Matteo is a regular speaker at Italian and European online marketing and SEO events. He is also Mentor for the Estonian startup incubator GameFounders and a regular contributor to the magazines iGaming Affiliate and iGaming Business.

Marco Ciurcina

Italian lawyer, working in the field of commercial and contractual law, Information Technology law, Copyright, Patent and Trademark law.
He teaches "Law and ethics of communication" at the Politecnico di Torino, Faculty of Information Science.
Free software and digital freedoms activist.

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Cristiano Esclapon

founder at   |   LinkedIn

When I was young I tried to be a mechanic but my first two attempts went very wrong. During the disassembly I was not taking notice of the parts and when I tried to put the engines back together a lot of vital parts were still rusting outside. When my father saw this poor result he told me that there was only one job where they don’t care if all the pieces go back together in the proper way, so I became a banker. Of course it was very boring so I started to use technology to explore the universe of the numbers with some high end computing machines called ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 that today you can find in some dusted museum. Investments and technology have always been part of my life since then and in 2007 I started some Angel Investments in Italy for me and for my clients. In 2013 I founded Club Italia Investimenti 2, an investment company that helps the Italian Accelerators financing the start up in the pre seed, helping them to set up a good business model and to get a better Seed financing round.

Francesco Niutta

Building at P101   |   LinkedIn

Michele Osella

Head of the Business Model & Policy Innovation Unit at Istituto Superiore Mario Boella   |   LinkedIn

Michele at Istituto Superiore Mario Boella is in charge of a multidisciplinary research team studying economic, social and policy implications of ICTs. In the academic sphere, he is PhD Candidate and Adjunct Lecturer in Innovation Management at the Polytechnic of Turin.

Since the early days of his career, he has always had a keen penchant for groundbreaking business models. Leveraging the business model culture, he has recently dipped his toes into the waters of social innovation and social entrepreneurship in an attempt to combine the quest for economic growth with the creation of value for society at large.
What else? Perpetual Beta mindset, Open Data enthusiast, wannabe journalist (as childhood dream).

Marco Combetto

Innovation and research project manager at TasLab - Informatica Trentina Spa   |   LinkedIn

Marco has a Master degree in “Computer Science” from University of Turin, and a M.S. in Telecom - COREP - Polytecnic of Turin - Italy. He worket at CSELT S.p.A (Telecom Italia) in Turin and at Microsoft Research External Research Office until the 2006. Since 2008 he has been working for Informatica Trentina S.p.A(100% owned by Autonomous Province of Trento), where he has been involved in several projects on the eGovernment, ePartecipation and Social Network thematic areas and he is the reference point for the “Trentino as Lab” living lab and he is part of the ENOLL (European Network of Living Lab) Council.

Dario Giudici

Founder at SiamoSoci   |   LinkedIn

I graduated in Banking, Finance and Insurance, so I knew from the beginning what would have been the biggest challenge in my working life: make it more exciting! My first step in that direction was to choose a career in Private Banking, where every single client is a different story, there is a chance to build up some friendship and trust and you don't die surrounded by numbers and charts. Taking care of private wealth has taught me a number of things, but one for all is that you can never stop looking for new forms of investment for your clients. That's why me and my team started looking at innovation and startups back in the end of the 90s, but back then the private market was not ready to step in. Between 2005 and 2007 we started to introduce the startup world to our clients, and it quickly became clear we could finally drive a big change in the way startups were financed, if we only found an efficient way to make those project visible and connected to everyone. That's how we started working on the idea of SiamoSoci, joining forces with some of the best web entrepreneurs in the country. I quickly realized that it would have been the most exciting job I could do, so in 2011 I became CEO of the company, and it was one of the best choices in my life!

Silver Sponsors

Puria Nafisi Azizi

Partner and CRM at Axant   |  

Digital Rights and Free Software hacktivist since always, Puria started Axant to ban those bad patterns learned and experienced in fortune 200 companies. Deep technical background and a curious hackish attitude helps him to be a smart problem solver and a great question

Giampaolo Mancini

Founder and C.E.O. at Trampoline

Paolo Errico

Ceo and founder   |   LinkedIn

Marketing manager and insight finder. I spent my last 10 years working on marketing strategies for innovative companies in IT and fmcg - industry sector. With, the company I founded, we help companies with marketing, email marketing and digital comunication strategies.

Christian Racca

Design Engineer @ TOP-IX Consortium   |   LinkedIn

Christian Racca after graduating in engineering chose the TOP-IX consortium as the first work experience. In later years he developed technical skills, particularly on the issues of streaming and cloud computing. Over the past 2 years he has focused on web startups, by mentoring several projects on business model and infrastructure and by developing relationships with venture capitals and seed-angel investors. He is organising the second edition of BIG DIVE a training course for data scientists and #bigdata addicted.

Leonardo Camiciotti

Development Program Manager at TOP-IX Consortium

Leonardo is responsible for the Development Program of the TOP-IX Consortium. The program aims at facilitating new business creation by providing infrastructural support, such as Internet bandwidth and cloud computing, to early stage Internet ventures.
He enjoys venture creation, business development, disruptive innovation, and, mostly, curious and passionate people!

Irene Cassarino

Founder & CEO at The Doers Project - IxD for startups   |   LinkedIn

Irene is currently leading - under the name of The Doers Project ( - a team of interaction designers and developers whose main mission and deep passion is to turn ideas and projects brought by startuppers into engaging digital services. Was: CIO at Cineama, Innovation Expert at Experientia. Edu: PHD on Innovation Management at Polytechnic of Turin / Oxford / QUT - Sloan School, MIT.

Manuel Gaetani

Software developer @ Microsoft Innovation Center   |   LinkedIn

Manuel graduated in Computer Engineering at Polytechnic of Turin and he works at Microsoft Innovation Center Turin. In addition to applied research activities in ICT field, he supports startups belonging to Microsoft BizSpark program, through direct cooperation for development of their own solutions. His activity also includes trainings on Microsoft technologies, in particular Windows 8, Windows Phone and Windows Azure.

Francesco Scullino

Software developer at Microsoft Innovation Center   |   LinkedIn

Francesco works at Microsoft Innovation Center as a software developer. In particular he developed technical skills about Windows Phone and Windows Azure, the cloud computing platform of Microsoft. During his working activity, Francesco provides technical support to startups that are part of the BizSpark program that develop web application using tools and programming languages of Microsoft.

Media Sponsors
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Mario Fontana
Massimiliano Ceaglio
Erika Pinna

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