#sotn14: Do a thing

#sotn14 has started today in Trieste. Live streaming on State of the Net website. Here is my opening speech.

Buongiorno! Benvenuti a Trieste.

We struggle every year to be here with you.
The first news is: here we are. Again.

This was a tough year too. But we’d like not to talk about the future of the conference, during the conference. So, be sure that you will be informed, but not now.
We often hear that “the world is changing”. By hearing “the world”, we feel a kind of relief. Ok! It’s the world, not my company, not my town, not my friends. We can go on like before.

Well. Wrong.

The world is changing, one little thing at a time. We are changing it. We human, not some robot. We the people, with great ideas, hard work, fail and passion (because money is not enough to bring change). The good thing is that the ability to bring change – in some cases – is really empowered. The technology is the accelerator, but who made technology? Just humans can think different. We have access to knowledge, we have access to technology. We just need to do things.
We are changing, our economy is changing. We do think online, our operating system is the Internet. When we don’t realize this, we feel the pain. So many companies feel the pain, many Italian companies too.

You have to face the truth. So we wanted to do something. State of the Net. We do it because we like it. And basically, we do it because we all want a (good and beautiful) thing to be done.

Maybe you can remember something if I say “Just do it”. Let’s say “Do-a-thing”. It’s kind of a start.

Welcome #DDayFVG

Arriva il Digital Day in Friuli Venezia Giulia, una giornata per raccontare e vivere la rivoluzione digitale, portarla nelle scuole e nelle piazze (speriamo anche nelle aziende).
Domani State of the Net partecipa al #DDayFVG con un workshop sugli Open Data a Pordenone. La piccola rivoluzione (culturale) è sempre protagonista di State of the Net, quest’anno #sotn14 è in agenda tra il 12 e il 14 giugno a Trieste.

Too much college, appunti su “How to be-come Smart”

Il tema guida del 2014 di State of the Net è “How to be Smart. For Real“. Inizio a prendere appunti in vista della riunione del nostro comitato promotore, perché continuo a pensare al lato “How to be-come Smart”. Le migliori università? Laszlo Bock, senior vice president per il personale a Google, dice:
Too many colleges “don’t deliver on what they promise. You generate a ton of debt, you don’t learn the most useful things for your life. It’s [just] an extended adolescence”.
E ancora:

“G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless. … We found that they don’t predict anything”.

Please, save the date for #sotn14

My Smart-phone reminds me to create an Event. Being Smart will be the theme of State of the Net 2014. Save the date.

We all hear too often about smart cities, smart communities, our inseparable smart phones, smart moving, smart politics, smart food. We want to extend this concept to the whole society, while facing the biggest and scariest transformation since industrialization: there must be a different way of thinking, of doing things, more efficient, quicker [continue reading our announcement]