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iPhido: a service to track dogs based on Lorawan (student project)

Every year, I ask my students of the Digital Product Design course to design a product starting from a challenge. This year, teams had to choose a technology and explore their potentialities. The iPhido team chose Lorawan, a wide area network technology for the Internet of Things, and has devised a service to track a dog’s position. During the investigation (empathy) phase, an important...

DRD4-7R. The Wonderlust Gene

According to a very common myth in our society, people are against novelties and change. The truth is that people do not like the changes they perceive as too dangerous. In the absence of risk, human nature makes us instinctively attracted to both novelty and change. Leonard Mlodinov discuss these ideas in Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Constantly Changing World, reporting that scientists have...

Innovation can be learned, but you should be prepared to make (many) mistakes

Last Thursday, I was invited to speak at the inauguration of the Palazzo Innovazione, a beautiful medieval building in the historic center of the city that today – thanks to Roberto Ascione, founder of Healthware International – hosts a hub dedicated to digital innovation: 4,000 smt, 300 desks, a 100-seat event space, high-speed connectivity. I talked about the importance of teaching...

Why I’m not teaching the Lean Startup anymore

In the last twenty years, a plethora of models and tools have emerged whose aim is to help innovators to design, develop and distribute a new product while minimizing the risk of failure. Among these: IDEO’s Design Thinking, the Job-to-be-Done theory by Tony Ulwick and Clayton Christensen, Steve Blank’s Customer Development and Eric Ries’s Lean Startup. Just to mention some of...

The Innovation School of Rome will train 1.000 innovators in 5 years

In the last ten years, I have designed, organized, managed or supported many initiatives to promote the birth and development of new innovative companies. From TIM Working Capital to Microsoft BizSpark, from Appcampus (a joint venture between Microsoft and Nokia) to the Founder Institute. Moreover, I was a mentor for many acceleration programs, I judged Startup Weekends, hackathons and so on...

Building a chatbot with Stamplay and IBM Watson: lesson learned

In recent months, my company Stamplay worked together with IBM to create a chatbot for a small town in Tuscany, Poggio a Caiano. The initiative was promoted by the vice-mayor Francesco Pugelli, IBM provided its natural language processing and conversation management technology, while the Stamplay team used our platform to develop the application logic and the integration with Facebook Messenger...

From solution to business in 4 steps and a lot of know-how…

  Whether you are a startup or an established company, you need to create new products, bring them to the market and growth them to a sustainable business. I tried to sketch the four key phases and what do you need regarding knowledge and smart money. We can apply this scheme both to startups and corporations. 1. You start with a solution to a problem. To minimize risk, you can use many...

Some quick notes on food and innovation

I’m passionate about food, and I’m doing some thinking on innovation in this sector. It is a very exciting space and I believe that there are many opportunities to innovate and to change things for the better.

A Non-Developer’s Thoughts for Software Developers: Don’t Work in a Vacuum (3/4)

I once worked with two developers who had the ability to completely lose contact with reality: they worked for several days sleeping just a couple of hours per night. They advocated this method, saying that deep concentration was the only way to tackle complex problems. They were brilliant engineers, but sleep deprivation has a very destructive impact on behaviour and inhibits the ability to work...

Open Innovation and the 5 Pillars of a Startup Community

Open innovation and the 5 Pillars of a Startup Community from Nicola Mattina   In a world, where every company has to become (more or less) a software company, it is necessary to promote the transition from closed innovation (R&D centers) and open innovation models (crowdsourcing portals) to innovation ecosystems (like Cintrifuse in Cincinnati). In innovation ecosystems, startups...

InnovactionLab 2014

InnovAction Lab is an association founded in 2011 that introduces Italian university students to the world of entrepreneurship and innovative startups. Laboratories are aimed at students with multidisciplinary academic backgrounds who, through a series of seminars and webinars, learn to evaluate the economic potential of an idea and present it effectively to private investors. InnovAction Lab is...

Stamplay wins Hy! Berlin and opens a public beta

It’s not every day that you go to an event that takes place inside a pool. Literally! But I guess that in Berlin is not so strange to be in places that once served another scope. So, why not use pools to organize events? Just keep them dry 😉 Everyone in the pool for Hy! Berlin, the most significant German event dedicated to startups, that this weekend showcased 8 accelerators and 24...

Playing with Lego Mindstorms

This Christmas I asked my father to give me the Lego Mindstorms EV3, because I wanted to play a little ‘;-) Here are my first impressions. 1. In the pack there is a huge number of small pieces (601) divided into various envelopes. It would have been much better if they put a container inside the box with dividers to neatly store everything. From what I see from the site of Lego, these...

What an amazing year for Stamplay!

It’s been almost a year since we started working on the current version of Stamplay. At the beginning of 2012, we were working on a catalog of applications for online marketing and loyalty programs. One day we asked ourselves: what if, instead of developing many different apps, we invent a tool to create these apps? A real visual programming language that everyone can use to create any web...

Stamplay wins the Facebook Hacknight in Rome

Last week, Stamplay won the hacknight organized by Facebook in collaboration with Ezecute and LUISS Enlabs in Rome. Among the mentors and the jury members: Luca Colombo, country manager in Italy, Daniele Bernardi, solution engineer, Andrea Lai, PMD program. During the night, the engineering team Stamplay (Giuliano, Alessandro, Mirko, Cristian and Claudio) have developed two new modules for our...

McKinsey: «digital engagement of customers accelerates»

McKinsey&Company has published an interesting report about the acceleration of digital in enterprises and about commitment of CEO in shaping and driving digital strategies. From my point of view as founder of Stamplay, the most interesting data are these: Executives say each of the five digital trends we asked about is a strategic priority for their companies.3 Of these, the trend that ranks...