Festival of the Future 2020: «Designing the new world». 3-day digital edition, over 40 expert talks

13-11-2020 | News

Three days, over 40 guests and 20 between debates, keynote speeches and interviews: the Festival del Futuro di Verona returns with a second edition all digital, from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 November live on the web with a format, a real TV series, which will have lasting visibility over time. The ambition? "Designing the new world", title chosen by the promoters of the Athesis Publishing Group, Business Excellence and Harvard Business Review.

Among the speakers, the Minister of Agriculture Teresa Bellanova, the director of Telethon Francesca Pasinelli, Enrico Giovannini, spokesperson for Asvis, Massimo Gaudina, head of the representation of the European Commission in Milan.

How to participate

From the stage of the Festival their interventions will be broadcast in live streaming on the websites of the Festival del Futuro, of newspapers The Arena, The Journal of Vicenza is Brescia today, of the tv TeleArena is TeleMantova and of Radio Verona, as well as on the respective Facebook pages and on Ansa agency website.

"The invitation to try to design the future, in this 2020 crossed by an unprecedented health and economic crisis, is meant to be a spur to deploy the best skills of our country to come out better, stronger and more competitive than before" they say the promoters Enrico Sassoon, editor of Harvard Business Review, Luigi Consiglio, president of Gea and of Corporate Excellence, e Matteo Montan, CEO of the Athesis Publishing Group.

"It is precisely in the most difficult moments that we must try to have a future vision on which to focus our commitment, which goes beyond the current emergency - he says Gian Luca Rana, CEO of Pastificio Rana, main partner of the Festival del Futuro -. Innovation is one of the fundamental drivers on which to invest now and in the coming years in order to create value, encourage the development of new skills, qualify one's professionalism and thus give concrete job opportunities to our young people ».

The promoters and partners

The Festival of the Future enjoys the patronage of the European Commission and important bodies that testify to its roots in the territory: the Veneto Region, the Municipalities and Chambers of Commerce of Verona, Vicenza and Brescia sponsor the festival, the Confindustria of Verona, Vicenza and Brescia are institutional partners. The Universities of Verona and Padua are among the scientific partners of the event, alongside institutions that guarantee the solidity of the contents of the festival: Humanitas, Asvis - Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development, Futura Network, European Commission, Italian Institute of Technology , Politecnico di Milano, 30% Club Italy, SheTech, Bocconi University, Luiss, Oxford Economics, Food Trend Foundation and Ministry of Agriculture.

The festival is also sponsored by InnovUp - Italian Innovation & Startup Ecosystem, the main association of the innovation ecosystem in Italy.

Veronafiere is hosting partner of the event, Pastificio Rana is its main partner, while the platinum partners are Banco BPM and Cattolica Assicurazioni, gold partner Calzedonia Group, UniCredit, VIVIgas Energia and Volkswagen Group Italia, silver partner Camozzi Group, Grownnectia, Hdemy Group, OCTO Telematics, PwC and Studio Torta, supporting partner Bergen, Clinica San Francesco, CUBI and Hinowa. The Ansa agency, media partner, will guarantee a wide and constant coverage of the event.

The program for Thursday 19 November

The Festival begins on Thursday 19th November at 11 am with greetings from the President of Confindustria Verona Michele Bauli, of the President of Veronafiere Maurizio Danese, of the mayor of Verona Federico Sboarina and the President of the Veneto Region Luca Zaia.. Three panels scheduled for the opening day.

At 11.30 the first panel "The global challenge of health", in collaboration with the University of Verona and Humanitas, with Giuseppe Lippi, Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Clinical Molecular Biology at the University of Verona, Francesca Pasinelli, Director General of Telethon, Luciano Ravera, CEO of Humanitas, e Andrea Crisanti, Professor of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology at the University of Padua.

At 12.30 there will be a keynote speech by Sabrina Baggioni, 5G Program Director, Vodafone.

At 13.30 the panel "5G applications and possible scenarios", in collaboration with Confindustria Vicenza, will see a dialogue Filippo Miola, Delegate for Innovation and Factory 4.0 of Confindustria Vicenza, e Stefano Quintarelli, IT entrepreneur, member of AI European Expert Group, Chairman of the AGID steering committee.

At 2.30 pm the second panel "Climate change: the challenge of sustainability begins now", in collaboration with Asvis and Futura Network, with Donato Speroni, general secretary of Asvis, Roberta Marracino, Head of Group ESG Strategy & Impact Banking at UniCredit, Federico Fraboni, Sustainability Manager of Calzedonia Group, Carlo Alberto Pratesi, full professor of Marketing, Innovation and Sustainability at Roma Tre University, e Daniela Bernacchi, secretary general, Global Compact Network Italy.

At 3.45 pm "Between digital and sustainability: a new trajectory for companies", in collaboration with Confindustria Verona, with Giovanni Todaro, Chief Digital Officer, IBM Italia, Andrea Calabrese, End User Channel Sales Manager, North East Area, Schneider Electric, Fabio Orlandi, Logistics Operations Manager, COCA-COLA HBC Italia SRL, e Francesca Milani, Head of SpeedHub - Digital Innovation Hub.

At 4.30 pm the third panel of the day: "New guidelines for anticipating and managing crises and emergencies", in collaboration with the European Commission. Protagonists Mario Nava, Director General for Reforms of the European Commission, Enrico Giovannini, spokesperson for ASviS, Maria Pierdicchi, president of Nedcommunity, e Massimo Gaudina, head of the representation of the European Commission in Milan.

The program for Friday 20 November

Four panels and several speeches and keynote speeches are scheduled for Friday 20 November.

At 9 am “Can Italy become a technological leader? The enabling conditions. Errors to avoid ”, in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Technology, with Gianmarco Montanari, director general of the IIT, Gianluigi Viscardi, president of Intellimech,

Alfonso Fuggetta, Cefriel CEO, e Marco Hannappel, Vice President of Confindustria Anitec-Assinform and President and CEO of Philip Morris Italia.

At 10, keynote breaks on “Innovation and technology at the center of Italian industrial development” with interviews with Gian Luca Rana, CEO of Pastificio Rana, ea Vincenzo Russi, CEO of e-Novia.

At 10.30 "Technology and work: the new paradigms", in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano, with Alessandro Perego, director of the Department of Management Engineering at Polimi, Umberto Bertelè, president of the Polimi Digital Innovation Observatories, Ornella Chinotti, managing director of SHL Italy and France, e Maurizio Milan, president of the Italian Association of Trainers.

At 12 "What role of women in the design of the new world", in collaboration with 30% Club Italy and SheTech, with Giulia Baccarin, Founder of MIPU, Lisa Di Sevo, president of SheTech, Paola Mascaro, president of Valore D, e Odile Robotti, Country Leader of 30% Club Italy.

At 1 pm interview on "Mobility and smart city: new development trends", in collaboration with Bocconi University, with Gabriele Grea, director of GREEN at Bocconi University, e Stefano Sordelli, Future Mobility Director of Volkswagen Group Italia.

At 2 pm keynote speech by Grace Pertile, director of the Ophthalmology Unit of the IRCCS Sacro Cuore Don Calabria Hospital in Negrar.

At 3 pm the “Innovation and start-up” panel, with speeches by Angelo Coletta, president of InnovUp - Italian Innovation & Startup Ecosystem, Francesco Cerruti, general manager of VC Hub Italia, Daniele Meini, Associate Partner New Ventures, PwC Italia, Massimo Pasquali, Head of Coordination for Banco BPM Companies, Massimo Ciaglia, CEO of Grownnectia and partner of Hdemy Group, Paolo Cellini, VP Product Innovation of OCTO Telematics, e Mauro Except, president of Studio Torta.

At 4.30 pm the panel "The economic and industrial prospects of Italy in the new global context", in collaboration with Luiss and Oxford Economics, with Andrea Prencipe, rector of the Luiss University, Emilio Rossi, CEO of EconPartners and Senior Advisor of Oxford Economics, Maria Savona, Professor of Economics at Luiss, Carlo Ferraresi, CEO of Cattolica Assicurazioni, Fabrizio Di Amato, president of the Maire Tecnimont group.

At 5.45 pm keynote speech by Andrea Montanino, Chief Economist of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and chairman of the Italian Investment Fund SGR.

The program for Saturday 21 November

Saturday 21 November begins at 9 with the panel "Agriculture & Innovation: the future is already present", in collaboration with the Food Trend Foundation and the Ministry of Agriculture, with Paolo De Castro, Member of the European Parliament, Luigi Consiglio, president of Gea and of business excellence, Michele Morgante, full professor of Genetics at the University of Udine, scientific director of the Institute of Applied Genomics and member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Federico Vecchioni, CEO of Bonifiche Ferraresi, and Carlo Lambro, Brand President of New Holland - Agriculture and CEO of CNH Industrial Italia.

At 10.30 it was the turn of the panel “The future of wine: different visions, one perspective. Current scenarios and possible challenges for the next decade ”, promoted by Veronafiere Spa, Vinitaly is Wine2Wine. Followed by the Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies Teresa Bellanova will hold the final keynote speech of the Festival of the Future.

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