Changemakers for Expo 2015 chooses an innovative technology project by a team from Emilia Romagna that is destined to have great social impact

03/12/2013 - 11:30 AM

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The enterprise acceleration programme promoted by Telecom Italia and Expo Milano 2015 rewards the ingenuity of four young people from Cervia and Cesena,  inventors of a service that permits virtual guided tours in places that are hard to access.

A team from Emilia Romagna is included among the protagonists of Changemakers, the enterprise acceleration programme promoted by Telecom Italia and Expo Milano 2015 with the ambitious aim of changing the life of 10 million people. The innovative Trail Me Up project, developed by four young people from Cesena and Cervia (in the province of Ravenna), is in fact  one of the 10 best ideas selected at national level to be developed and transformed into sustainable and innovative potential startups.

Trail Me Up is a web service that uses augmented virtual reality technology that can provide guided tours in places that are only accessible on foot. The trip along the virtual path is made possible using a special 360° photographic acquisition system fitted to a backpack, that allows the user to see the landscape from the same perspective as the real traveller. The Trail Me Up team is composed of: Fabio Zaffagnini, 36 , geologist; Gabriele Garavini, 28, IT specialist; Erida Rembeci, 29 psychology graduate; and Francesca Sirri, 25, final year undergraduate student of entrepreneurship and innovation.

With the other 9 teams selected, the team has started the process to develop their project in the last few days, in a technology campus in Milan where the young talents will live and work together, in close contact, for the two months, with advice from an experienced and select group of experts, professionals, managers and creative people of proven competence as teachers and mentors.

At the end of the acceleration period, the projects will be presented to a panel of potential investors and business partners who can guarantee their realisation.


Cesena, 12 March 2013