Events 2020

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Opening Conference - RE: MAKE THE WORLD TOGETHER

This difficult year 2020 may have confined us within our homes, but it has also confronted us with new and unprecedented challenges. We want to leave this year with a new awareness of what “collaboration” means.

It is true for everyone, but even more so in the world of makers, innovators, and those who transform their ideas (sometimes their dreams) into real projects.
Maker Faire 2020, a very special, all-digital edition, will start right here.

Famous and less famous names from the world of innovation will share with us their dreams, projects and innovations, but above all their thoughts for the future.

In a two-hour trip from Stanford to Kenya, we will move from robotics to artificial intelligence, from fashion and design to the circular economy and sustainability. A journey that will also focus on how involved and supportive makers have been during the pandemic with their selflessness, their drive to take action and their creativity. So many ideas to put into circulation, with that makers spirit that has always inspired us. Anyone can connect for free with their smartphone, tablet or PC, wherever they are.

In this case, losing the material proximity of Maker Faire is not about losing contact; it’s about breaking down distances.
Oussama Khatib and Bernie Roth from Stanford will guide us through the world of robotics, making and design. With Anouk Wipprecht we will delve into fashion tech and wearable technologies, while with Barbara Caputo we will explore the themes of artificial intelligence.
There will also be a special area under the title “Maker’s Response” dedicated to the experiences of Italian, African and American makers throughout these months of the pandemic: inventions and activities to combat the disease and help improve health and safety systems.

In short, good ideas turned into facts just when they are needed.
And as always, we will start off our journey with Massimo Banzi, founder of Arduino.


Thursday 10 December

From 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm CET

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Opening Conference - RE: MAKE THE WORLD TOGETHER

Lorenzo Tagliavanti

Graduated in Economics and Commerce from Sapienza University of Rome. President of National Infocamere, the Rome Chamber of Commerce and Unioncamere Lazio. He was for a long time Director General of Cna (National Confederation of Crafts and Small Businesses) but he also held the position of President of Tecnoservice Chambers, a service company of the national chamber system and other important positions in the credit sector.

Riccardo Luna

Much more than just a journalist and writer, he “connects the dots” to help the growth of Italian innovators. He began his career by collaborating with Il Messaggero, Avvenire and the Italian journalistic agency, Il Sabato, in 1991 he entered in la Repubblica, of which he became chief reporter in 1996 and editor in chief in 1998. In February 2009 he was chosen as director of the nascent Wired Italia Magazine, the same name of the US magazine, which deals with technology. In 2021, he launches and directs the online magazine CheFuturo! Curator of Makers!, the first Italian conference on the third industrial revolution, and for the following five years he will be the curator of the European edition of Maker Faire Rome, the format he imports from the US and with which he overturns the communication of innovation "from below”. In 2014 he was appointed by the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi Digital Champion, a figure in charge of leading national initiatives to "make every European digital Since 2016 he has been the Chief Executive Officer of the AGI press agency owned by Eni, which he left in July 2019 when he returned to collaborate with the newspaper la Repubblica, curating the column "Future Station". He was advisor to E&Y, TIM for the "Risorgimento Digitale" project, and Senior Project Lead for Eni's startup accelerator Energizer And among the founders of Wikitalia, of which he was first president and honorary president. He teaches “Internet and social media studies” at La Sapienza in Rome He conceived and conducted "L’Italia Chiamò", the online solidarity marathon broadcast in live streaming on the MiBACT YouTube channel last March 2020 to support the Civil Protection committed to stem the advance of COVID-19 with a fundraiser.

Davide Mariani

Quasar Institute for advanced design teacher since 2012, teaches "Physical Computing & Additive Manufacturing" in the Interaction Design course. Since January 2016 he is the lab manager of the Fablab in Rome, bringing the technological dissemination of rapid prototyping and 3D printing in the Roman and Lazio territory. Since 2019 he has been coordinator of the Digital Manufacturing laboratory of the Quasar Institute for advanced design.

Oussama Khatib

Oussama Khatib received his PhD from Sup’Aero, Toulouse, France, in 1980. He is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Robotics Laboratory at Stanford University. His research in robotics focuses on novel control architectures, algorithms, sensing, and human-friendly designs for advanced capabilities in complex environments. With an emphasis on enabling robots to interact cooperatively and safely with humans and the physical world, these studies bring understanding of human movement for therapy, athletic training, and performance enhancement. This work on understanding human cognitive task representation and physical skills is enabling transfer for increased robot autonomy. With these core capabilities, we are exploring applications in healthcare and wellness, industry and service, farms and smart cities, and dangerous and unreachable settings – deep in oceans, mines, and space. Professor Khatib is a Fellow of IEEE, Co-Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (STAR) series, and the Springer Handbook of Robotics. He is the President of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR). He is recipient of the IEEE RAS Pioneer Award, the George Saridis Leadership Award, the Distinguished Service Award, the Japan Robot Association (JARA) Award, the Rudolf Kalman Award, and the IEEE Technical Field Award. Professor Khatib is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, NAE.

Anouk Wipprecht

Anouk Wipprecht is an innovator working in the field of "FashionTech and wearable technology", a rare combination of fashion design combined with engineering. Anouk combines the latest in science and technology to make fashion an experience that transcends mere appearances. Sensors embedded in the design monitor the space around the wearer, and body-sensors check in on stress levels as comfort or anxiety. Her Intel-Edison based 'Spider Dress' is a perfect example of this aesthetic, where sensors and moveable arms on the dress help to create an more defined boundary of personal space while employing a fiere style.

Luciano Mocci

Graduated in Sociology at Sapienza Universiti of Rome, Master from Bocconi University of Milan, for years he has been General Manager of Federlazio, the Association of small and medium-sized enterprises in Lazio. He also holds the position of President of Innova Camera, the special Agency of the Rome Chamber of Commerce that deals with technological innovation and digitization. He has also obtained honors: he is Commander of the Italian Republic, Knight and Officer of Merit.

Cristian Fracassi

Cristian Fracassi is a construction engineer-architect from Brescia with a doctorate in materials for engineering and a master's degree in economics and business idea development. Married to Carlotta for two years, in 2014 he co-founded ISINNOVA srl, a research center and incubator of ideas, with the aim of helping individuals and companies to create new innovative products. He also holds the role of president of PHARMADOME srl and sole director of CAMELOT srl. Curious by nature and extremely persevering, he loves to test himself constantly with new projects and in all kinds of competition.

June Madete

June Madete is an engineer, researcher and senior lecturer at Kenyatta University who seeks to develop biomedical engineering within Kenya through knowledge and skill transfer with students, lecturers and scientists across various sets of expertise. Having served as a member on various sub-committees looking into the establishment of various policy’s and standard to be followed at the newly build Kenyatta University Hospital, she aims to advertise and make biomedical engineering known within Kenya. She is the Coordinator of African Biomedical Engineering Consortium (ABEC)that aims to educate students and staff on Biomedical engineering using summer school and innovation competitions across Africa. A Coordinator of the African Biomedical Engineering Mobility (ABEM), EU sponsored project which aims to train 33 Masters and PhD students. In addition, KU is a partner of the UBORA project, which she coordinates, where it aims to build a “Wikipedia” of medical devices that can be utilized in low income setting. She has been a mentor to numerous students in Engineering for the last 10 years and continues to mentor at the Chandaria Business and Incubation Center. Dr.Madete received her bachelors and masters Degrees in Medical Engineering her PhD in the same specializing in Biomechanics, motion capture, imaging studies and patient data collection.

Martina Ferracane

Martina is passionate about policy-making and technological innovation. She is a post-doctoral researcher focussing on digital trade and data flows at the European University Institute and she acts regularly as a consultant for several institutions including the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and the World Bank. On top of regulatory issues connected to data flows, including trade governance, cybersecurity and privacy, her research covers topics related to digital transformation and digital education. Martina founded and manages FabLab Western Sicily, a non-profit organisation that brings creative digital education to Sicilian schools and she was listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 for her work with Oral3D, a start-up she co-founded in the area of 3D printing and dentistry. For her work in these areas, she was listed in 2018 among the 15 most influential Italian women on digital issues.

Barbara Caputo

Barbara Caputo is Full Professor at the Polytechnic of Turin and Senior Researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Stockholm Polytechnic (KTH), Sweden in 2005. From 2007 to 2013 she was Senior Researcher at the IDIAP Research Institute, Martigny, Switzerland. He sits on the board of directors of the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (, leads the ELLIS Unit of the Polytechnic of Turin and the National Doctorate on AI & Industry 4.0. She is part of the AgID AI task force, and is one of the 30 MISE experts who have developed the Italian strategy on AI. She is one of the 'Inspiring Fifty' 2018 (, of the 100 experts of the Bracco foundation initiative '100 experts for Italy' ( /), winner of an ERC award and ELLIS fellow.

Francesca Zarri

In 1997, she was hired by Agip S.p.A in the Fields Department as a model maker and reservoir engineer and in 2000 she worked on the assets operated by Eni in Scotland (North Sea). In 2004, after moving to the Engineering and Projects Department, he became responsible for Adriatic Off-shore projects in the Ravenna District. In 2006, he returned to take care of wells and operations, becoming head of the Production Optimization Technology unit which, at the time, also included a large part of the Eni Laboratories in Bolgiano. From 2007 to 2010, he dealt with West Africa, in the position of Project Director in Congo, bringing to an end new and demanding project activities in the country (oil, gas and power). In 2011, he further expands the experience by diversifying in the procurement area where he will occupy the roles of Head of the Americas Region, Head of Procurement Services and of the Professional Family. During the same period, he was Eni's representative in the Commercial Committee of the South Stream Project. In 2013, he returned to follow the development of upstream projects as Vice President for Technical Coordination and Monitoring of West Africa Projects and later in Eni Congo as Development Projects Director where he also assumed the position of President of the Enrico Mattei School in Pointe Noire. In 2017, she was called back to Italy to hold the position of Head of the Southern District until November 2019, when she was appointed Senior Vice President for Italy Activities Coordination. Since April 2020, he has been President of Eniservizi, President and CEO of SPI, Eni representative at Assomineraria. Since 2014, he has been a Director on various boards of directors of Eni subsidiaries, both Italian and foreign. She graduated with 100/100 in Mining Engineering at the University of Bologna; he also attended Eni's MEDEA Master course in Economics in 1995.

Gui Cavalcanti

Gui is the founder and co-Executive Director of Open Source Medical Supplies. Previously, he founded Breeze Automation, an effort with Otherlab, Inc. to develop mass-produced low-cost robots; MegaBots, a viral entertainment company creating gigantic battling robots for international robot duels that earned 40 billion impressions in the press over 4 years; and Artisan’s Asylum, one of the largest makerspaces in the Northeastern United States featuring 40,000 square feet of shop facilities and microstudios. He has extensive experience building virally-growing communities and companies around hardware design and fabrication, combined with experience creating nonprofits for the greater social good.

Enrico Bassi

Enrico Bassi, graduated in "Design & Engineering" and "Product Design" at the Milan Polytechnic, worked as an Innovation Designer in Milan and Miami for three years. He coordinated the first Italian Fab Lab in 2011, Fab Lab Italia. Later he was president and coordinator of Fab Lab Torino, the public laboratory of Officine Arduino. In 2015 he completed the international "Fab Academy" course, a study program on Digital Manufacturing taught by MIT lecturer and founder of the first Fab Lab Neil Gershenfeld. In 2016 he became "instructor" of the new edition of the Fab Academy, held at Fab Lab Opendot, which he has been coordinating since 2014. He is the referent for several European and international projects, in particular on the theme of the circular economy and in support of people with disabilities. He has taught "Digital Manufacturing" and "Design & Engineering" in various universities and academies, including: LABA (Free Academy of Fine Arts of Brescia), NABA (New Academy of Fine Arts of Milan), Domus Academy (Milan) and the Master of advanced studies in interaction design of SUPSI (Lugano).

Bernie Roth

Dr. Bernard Roth is the Rodney H. Adams Professor of Engineering at Stanford University. He earned an M.S. and a PhD. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and has honorary PhDs from the University of Paris and the University of Casino. He has published widely in the areas of design, creativity, education, kinematics and robotics, and has many awards for both his teaching and research. He has served as a director of several corporations and has held top leadership positions in international professional societies. He is a co-founder of Stanford’s “,” where he now serves as the Academic Director. His latest book, The Achievement Habit, published by HarperCollins, has been translated into Italian and 14 other languages.

Massimo Banzi

Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of the Arduino project. He is an Interaction Designer, Educator and Open Source Hardware advocate. He has worked as a consultant for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol, Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. Massimo started the first FabLab in Italy which led to the creation of Officine Arduino, a FabLab/Makerspace based in Torino. He spent 4 years at the Interaction Design Institue Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions allover the world. Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect,both in Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient, Labour Party, BT, MCI WorldCom, SmithKlineBeecham, Storagetek, BSkyB and Massimo is also the author of “Getting Started with Arduino” published by O’Reilly. He is a regular contributor to the italian edition of Wired Magazine and Che Futuro, an online magazine about innovation. He currently teaches Interaction Design at SUPSI Lugano in the south of Switzerland and is a visiting professor at CIID in Copenhagen.

Jeffery Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs è un professore universitario e direttore del Center for Sustainable Development presso la Columbia University, dove ha diretto l'Earth Institute dal 2002 al 2016. È anche direttore dell'UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network e commissario della Commissione per la banda larga delle Nazioni Unite per lo sviluppo. È stato consigliere di tre segretari generali delle Nazioni Unite e attualmente è avvocato per gli SDG sotto il segretario generale António Guterres. E’ stato per più di vent'anni professore all'Università di Harvard, dove ha conseguito il suo B.A., M.A. e Ph.D. gradi. È autore di numerosi libri bestseller. Il suo libro più recente è The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions (2020). Sachs è stato nominato due volte come uno dei 100 leader mondiali più influenti dalla rivista Time ed è stato classificato dall'Economist tra i primi tre economisti viventi più influenti.

Fidel Makatia Omusilibwa

Final year student of BSc Electrical and Electronics Engineering in Kenyatta University. IEEE Photonics Society volunteer. Chairperson & pioneer of IEEE Kenyatta University Students’ Branch, Chairperson & pioneer IEEE Photonics Society Kenyatta university chapter, Chairperson & pioneer IEEE Communications society Kenyatta university chapter. Student representative at IEEE Kenya Section. Lead Inventor of Tibavent ventilator. Team leader of the KUCUBE nanosatellite project. Team member of the digital learning device team (team by ministry of ICT Kenya, to develop tablets for learning in primary schools). I was awarded the 2020 United Nations person of the year- principal innovator award. I was also awarded the UBORA 2020 project of the year I led a team of fifteen students to come up with Africa’s first ever locally designed and developed ventilator. I was the brain behind Tibavent and led the team to design a standard pressure control ventilator both for COVID-19 use and post COVID use.

Antonio Cosimati


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