Next June 3 and 4 Frontiers of Interaction will take place in Rome, Italy (disclaimer: I’m the Conference Director). This will be the 6th edition of the conference and it represents a rara avis in the Italian scenario.
I first got in contact with Frontiers during 2009 as a “regular” delegate (my review of Frontiers 2009). I was surprised by the caliber of the event and the passion of the organizers: co-founders Leandro Agro‘ and Matteo Penzo, and Carlo Maria Medaglia leading the operations of the team based in Rome.
Frontiers was born in 2005 to explore topics and ideas in the world of Interaction Design and moved on to embrace innovative topics related to technology. As Riccardo Luna, Wired Italy’s director, said: “It feels like being in Silicon Valley”.
I joined Frontiers of Interaction as Conference Director to coordinate the effort and add my experience in managing international events. My goal is not to make it part of the international circuit of kick-ass events (formal definition) but also to give something back to Italy, by fostering a space for innovators, makers and entrepreneurs to meet.
The 2010 edition will count several international and local speakers. We have privileged having a higher number of less mainstream names which have tons of value, projects and ideas to share. From robotics to economics for startups, from disruptive thinking to advanced data visualization… all embedded in a continuous show that stimulates all senses. We have even involved the Italian Minister of Public Administration and Innovation as a testimonial of the system the Italian innovators have to deal with.
Until now the pre-event has been a success: top quality sponsors have joined us, speakers are amazing and will surprise us… and the local audience is reacting rather well… but there are still challenges ahead. We are a small event with high hopes.
Frontiers will feature conference sessions, workshops, live music, videos, hands-on demos, great catering, top notch networking, cool gadgets and even an iPad App!…. Curious? Come and join us at the beautiful Acquario Romano… and hey, June is the best month for taking a short break in Rome too!
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