16 December 2009
Book Presentation "Verdure innamorate"
"Vegetables in love. The surreal vegetable garden of Mr. Saporoso" is the title of the new Alessandra Artale's book.
The conference introduced participants in a suggestive atmosphere that characterizes the novels of the author. 
The conference was attended by the writer Alessandra Artale, the Professor Bruno Rosalda and Dr. Paolo Coltro, Managing Editor of Mattino di Padova Culture Section.

15 December 2009 
VENICE 2015: a project to repopulate Venice 
The New Residentialities
"Venezia Progetta" carried out analyses on basic problems for the development and revival of Venice as "a lagoonal and cosmopolitan city". After facing issues concerning education and tourism, it will now try to cope with the most real, current problem of Venice's Residentiality. 
The meeting, moderated by Marta Locatelli, presented scenarios and possible solutions which might bring 
about a progressive repopulation of Venice in the next years. 
The housing emergency in Venice is rather complex: resident citizens and families with their living, elderly people, Italian and foreign students at the university, and the new residentialities owing to a new positioning of the City centrality within the economic and cultural scenarios at international level.
Thus, the objective is the provision of various solutions and answers to help people wishing to live in Venice temporarily or permanently, and above all, to plan a revival of the future - by means of a development program of residentiality and economic production activities - in a city which needs instant, coordinated and 
far-reaching measures to recover its own image.

14 December 2009 
Guided visit to San Salvador cloisters
Considering the success of the precedent editions, the Telecom Italia Future Centre organised a guided visit to discover the San Salvador Church and Convent. During the visit, visitors admired the Sansovian cloisters, the ceiling and the frescos of Refettorio, the ancient Cavana, and also De Barbari corridor.

12 December 2009
Concert of Musical Association Antonio Lotti "INCANTO A NATALE – Magic of Christmas"
The  Antonio Lotti vocal ensemble of Venice is a mixed choir, formed in 1975,  dedicated to the study, recovery and diffusion of vocal and instrumental compositions of any period and style, with particular regard to music by authors from Venetian School. 
This ensemble has executed numerous concerts, and taken part in national contests. It organizes and is present at reviews in its city and the Veneto Region, cooperating also to initiatives of different institutions. 
On Saturday 12, within the enchanting frame of the Future Centre, the Christmas Concert was held, with a program of traditional and popular songs, coming among others from Cono Sur (Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia).

10 December 2009
Conference on "Original cultural characteristics detected or developed for the first time in Venice"
The speaker, Prof. Marco Zanetto, an eminent expert of Venice History, will offer a wide-range view of Venetian arts and life, pointing out the innovative aspects discovered within the cultural expressions of the Serenissima.

4 December 2009 
FAI Venice Conference
The subject will be "Arts collecting in Venice. From its origin to the Sixteenth Century". 
Maria Camilla Bianchini d'Alberigo is the speaker, with participation of Stefania Mason, Michel Hochmann, and Rosella Lauber.

3 December 2009 
Study Day - "Internet of things: Technology, Applications and Perspectives"
The event is designed to introduce some basic concepts of the Internet of Things, with particular reference to aspects of networks and communication. 
It also aims at offering an overview of some possible applications of this technology, ranging from processes of creation and distribution of material goods to the "increased reality", to automotive logistics, to energy. Within this context new ways of communication are being developed, not only person-to-persons, but also "machine-to-machine"

 See/Download the Event Program

2 December 2009 
Conference on Venice, Anphibian City 
“Venetian specificity and risk of standardization” 
The refectory of Telecom Italia Future Centre will host the second meeting on Venice, Anphibian City, still presented by prof. Nelli Elena Vanzan Marchini. 
This time the main topic is focussed on the particular characteristics of Venetian culture, highlighting  elements of its specificity.

1 December 2009 
Barchetta Blu Meeting 
The Associazione Barchetta  Blu, whose activities started in this period ten years ago,  shall organise, in cooperation with the  Council  of  Educational Policies of Venice Municipality, a study day on infancy services, with the intervention of specialists in this domain: professors, psychologists, and
psychopedagogues. 
In addition to the meeting, the Study Day envisages the presentation of   proposals of creative games in an imaginary  children's town, designed in particular for teachers and parents, as well as ricreation activities for children, such as musical tales, creation of games, group games and readings.

25-26 November 2009
"In-Verso Tecnologico" Event

The In-Verso project, fostered by the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, has the aim of creating an opportunity 
for integration and comparison between university research and the world of work in the Venice reality, 
thanks to new applications in the communications sector by means of the new technologies.

24 November 2009
The production ecosystem

This first cycle of conferences will end with the analysis of the new production systems and products, set in environments that change as the products themselves are changing. 
So we will realise how the number of possible choices is far beyond our imagination and will try to understand how to behave among all such choices, whether one wishes to listen to a song or to select a book, or one needs taking a medicine or has to make a decision on what profession to choose.

7 June – 22 November 2009
La Biennale di Venezia - Gabon Republic Pavilion: Go nogé mènè

Yvette Berger Owanto, is the artist who has been chosen to represent Gabon in its first time at La Biennale di Venezia. Though Owanto (born in Paris in 1953), the daughter of a French father and a Gabonese mother, lived in Gabon for the first years of her childhood. 
She has actually spent most of her life in Europe – Great Britain, France and Spain. The commissioner of the artistic project is Fernando Francés from Spain, director of CAC Malaga, the Malaga Centre for Contemporary Art, which strictly complied with the general project laid down by the director Daniel Birnbaum, who intended to emphasize the creative processes.
From this point of view, Owanto’s work used scrap elements and landscapes as the raw material for drawing the image and the gaze. Degraded spaces, which show the traces of an evolution, but do not reveal the concrete identity of the territory. From this point of view, the show presented a series of photos of these places which are impressive yet full of questions about the fate of the world and mankind. A road which may lead to chaos, to crisis and even to destruction, but which, if re-oriented on the basis of the experience of other cultures, can evolve towards the construction of a more committed world. In this way, she also penetrates deeply into the ideas and lifestyles of the East and West, of Gabon and Europe. While in Gabon, the materials and landscape are nature and study, in the West they are technology and city. For this exhibition, she showed the “Tree House”, a piece which presents on a natural scale what in Gabon was a hearth, and in the West, in the everyday environment of the artist, is a toy house.

 See/download the Press Release (file .pdf, 190 Kb) 
 See/download the Exhibitions' Map (file .pdf, 3.792 Kb)

20 November 2009
Convegno Demotopia.net Meeting
 
At the Future Centre the closing meeting was held concerning the activities carried out 
this year within the Research Project Demotopia.net, fostered by the Regional Council of Veneto to stimulate reflections and suggestions for an actual involvement of citizens into the territory politics. 
The aim was to improve the dialog with the citizens of the network in terms of e- participation and active action in the age of web 2.0.

For further information: www.demotopia.net

19 November 2009
Conference on "Original cultural characteristics detected or developed for the first time in Venice"
The speaker, Prof. Marco Zanetto, an eminent expert of Venice History, offered a wide-range view of Venetian arts and life, pointing out the innovative aspects discovered within the cultural expressions of the Serenissima.

18 November 2009
From a factory to the factories
During the third meeting we will describe the new production systems, looking through the extraordinary and often unexpected complexity achieved in all fields, from the construction of a huge cruiser liner to the simple manufacture of a pair of shoes.

17 November 2009
Meeting "The goldsmith's art: gold and silverware at the artists workshops"
The sacred and profane art from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century through the everyday life of a goldsmith shop, described by the art historian Prof. Silvia Pichi. An opportunity to discover masterpieces of jewellery in their design and implementation. 
An ancient applied art or a minor art? We will try to find it out visiting the workshop of a goldsmith in past times, a breeding site of ideas and production, a heart of education and a life cell of the urban context of each town, and of Venice in particular.

16 November 2009
Guided visit to San Salvador cloisters
The Telecom Italia Future Centre will organise for the third time a guided visit to discover the San Salvador Church and Convent. Next meeting will be 16 of November. 
During the visit, it will be possible to admire the Sansovian cloisters, the ceiling and the frescos of Refettorio, the ancient Cavana, and also De Barbari corridor.

13 November 2009
Digital Cities between myth and reality: experiences and programs for the future of cities
In cooperation between Telecom Italia and Beltel Observatory, coordinated by Mario Citelli the third meeting was held of the cycle "Four events to talk about a near future", with the participation of 
Mario Dal Co (advisor to the Minister for Public Administration and Innovation, coordinator of Smart Services Innovation Lab), Patrik Kaerberg (London School of Economics), arch. Andrea Meani, Stefano Pambianchi (Cisco Systems), Maurizio Tondi (Italtel), Michele Vianello (VEGA Science & Innovation Park Venice).

12 November 2009
Conversation about "Modernità e Cività Anfibia"
In cooperation with the Unesco Office of Venice-Bresce, the second meeting of the cycle "Modernità e Civiltà Anfibia” took place, chaired by the professor Nelli Elena Vanzan Marchini, president of the "Committee Venice Anphibian Civilisation".
The topic of discussion was the specificity of Venice and the risk of standardization, with the participation of Isabella Scaramuzzi (COSES Director), Gianni De Checchi (CGIA Venice), Roberto Papetti (Editor in chie of "Il Gazzettino”), Amerigo Restucci (IUAV Rector), Engelbert Ruoss (Director of Unesco Venice-Bresce).

6 November 2009 
CROSS AGES: final conference 
During the last decade Europe faced an important change in the age of its population, characterised by a marked aging process. 
To face such a challenge, the partners of the European Project "Intergeneration Learning: from Diagnostic to Impact Evaluation - CROSS AGES" have worked out a learning modelbased on the intergenerational exchange. 
Selecting "good practices" within Permanent Education and initiatives for elderly people involving their vocational activities and social life, the CROSS AGES Project has aimed at the adaption and integration of experiences from the world of work to local communities.  
Thus, intergenerational learning models as well as Permanent Education models have been experimented and developed through the exchange of elements of previous culture and experiences.

For further information: http://www.formazionecontinua.org/index.php?page=progetto-cross-ages

3 November 2009 
“Your fabric at home” - Nanotechnologies and computers in each object
Starting from the observation of how nature in the course of billions of years has achieved to produce its "products", we will become then acquainted and familiar with the technologies that allow us to imitate such production system, namely the nanotechnologies and software. 
Among other things we will see how researchers base their work on nature to develop the devices of the future, following the instructions typical of the natural world and applying them to the construction of "machines".

26-30 October
Manweek 2009
The Future Centre will be the venue for the 5th edition of the international meeting addressed to representatives of the academic and industrial world, who will describe and discuss recent progresses wiithin the management of networks and services. 
The scientific program includes proceedings by the main invited speakers as well as presentations based on documents of referees selected by the International Programme Committee.

22 October 2009
Conference "Original art characteristics
The speaker, Prof. Marco Zanetto, a well-known historian of Venice, will give a wide ranging survey of Venetian culture, focussing on innovative aspects of art expressions of the Serenissima.

20 October 2009
Venice Sessions - The Future of Media in the Digital Era
Research goes on, and the digital era brings about every day new scenarios of change.
"Venice Sessions" investigate the possible consequences of the future, and on October 20 a new meeting will be held at the Future Centre focussed on "The Future of Media in the Digital Era".
The challenge among distinguished experts capable of opening up the route to new worlds by "destroying and re-building", as well as by stating new paradigms will go on alongside with Martin Sorrel, WPP's CEO,
Giuseppe Vita, chairman of the supervisory board of Axel Springer AG, David Weinberger from the Harvard Berkman Center, and many others. 
On the occasion of the fourth meeting, the project aims at finding out and ascertaining the new ways of communication which may upset any forecast, law, control. 
We have entered the twitter age, and the need arises to discover the consequences of future to present life.

For further information: http://venicesessions.it

19 October 2009
Guided visit to San Salvador cloisters
The Telecom Italia Future Centre will organise for the second time a guided visit to discover the San Salvador Church and Convent. Next meeting will be 16 of November. 
During the visit, it will be possible to admire the Sansovian cloisters, the ceiling and the frescos of Refettorio, the ancient Cavana, and also De Barbari corridor.

15-16 October 2009
EWD - European Wholesalers in Dialogue
At the Future Centre the periodic meeting will be held of the main European WS for exchanging the various national experiences and presenting ideas on business strategies based on the description of situations in which business issues are to be tackled and of the vision of market scenarios involved.  

12 October 2009
Conversation about “Modernità e Civiltà Anfibia”
In cooperation with the Unesco Venezia-Bresce office, there will be the meeting with Marie Paul, Monique Veaute, Giuseppe Cristinelli and Luca De Fusco, coordinated by the Professor Nelli Elena Vanzan Marchini.

12 October 2009
Nature at work
From the invention of the mass production and its introduction at the end of  the nineteenth-century, which brought about a significant decrease in costs, and allowed huge transformations in the last century, we are now living in an era where products seem to be "customer tailored" in terms of user's requirements. 
The possibility of cutting down production costs to a low level, through scale factors, and at the same time  "tailoring" the results to the needs of the individual user is typical of the products made by nature. 
If we just reflect, each living being is the results a mass production: all butterflies of a given species are similar, all apple trees are similar, all human beings are similar, though each is at the same time unique and different.

8 October 2009
Meeting of the  European Central Bank Governing  Council
Telecom Italia Future Centre will host the international  prestigious meeting of  the  European Central Bank  Governing Council which, in the presence of Jean Claude Trichet, periodically brings together the main experts of finance and bank institutions of Europe.

 See/download the Press Release (file .pdf, 942 Kb)

2 - 3 October 2009 2009
Meeting of studies on reforms of the law concerning corporative institutions and foundations
Organised on behalf of the Department of Law studies of  Ca' Foscari University of Venice (introduction by Carmelita Camardi; chairman Pietro Pierlingieri), the seminar goal was to make an in-depth analysis of reciprocal interferences between the institutions of book I and the subjects of book V, and to bring to light present trend lines, in order to possibly define a common basis of reflection with distinguished experts in civil and commercial law branches. The meeting was regarded as an event of great scientific and social interest for the topics on agenda, with a view to the present institutional context.

29 September 2009 – 6.30 PM CET (free entrance)
Presentation of the novel "The frog's song” - "Il canto della rana" 
Gianni Nassi, the author, talked about his work, the main topic of which is "travelling" or, better, the metaphor of travelling. A travel does not absolutely imply a physical displacement in space, and is above all an internal evolution where the target is one's spiritual growth. 
A route that the main character (Vittorio Ricci) begins when he retires. The route starts with the fear of widening the boundaries of his knowledge, the consciousness of his limits, the nostalgia for the past, the wish of looking for the "new". All that through a self-forming knowledge evolution, which takes him back to his native village, in Tuscany, from where he had started, to end eventually his travelling by the frog's song  together with his old school friends. In this "magic circle", as is called by some the completion of one's spiritual evolution, the main character of the novel succeeds in reaching an explanation of the sense of his life.

23, 26- 28 September 2009 (free entrance) 
Galileo’s Worlds – I mondi di Galileo
A key-figure in the definition of the modern scientific research method, Galileo was not only an astronomer, but also an experimenter, ahead of his time, an uneasy spirit of multiform intelligence. 
To investigate the many facets of Galileo's personality, Venice devoted him a week of various eventswww.imondidigalileo.it.
In particular the Telecom Italia Future Centre Refectory was the venue for a series of conferences by leading representatives of the international scientific world. 
There were present, among them, André Brahic, the discoverer of Neptune rings, the epistemologist and assayist Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond, INAF president Tommaso Maccacaro, astrophysicist and radio astronomer, Paolo De Bernardis, a distinguished expert of the cosmic ground radiation, Francesco Paresce Marconi, ESA consultant for the Hubble Space Laboratory, Paolo  Saraceno, coordinator of the Italian commitments for "Herschel", the European space observatory, Matteo Valeriani, expert of Galileo as engineer. 
In-depth investigations, experiments, dialogs and games were envisaged on Saturday 26 (from 10 AM to 1 PM and from 3.30 PM to 6.30 PM) and Sunday 27 (from 10 AM to 1 PM) at the main cloister of San Salvador for people wishing to challenge their friends in a run along the whole twentieth century through history, arts and science.
 See/Download the Event Program (file .pdf, 1.2 Mb)

24 September – 2.30 PM CET (free entrance with inscription)
Green Technologies: ICT for a better environment and life
In collaboration between Telecom Italia and Beltel Observatory, coordinated by Marco Citelli, there will be the second meeting open to public and subject to request to: beltel@beltelonline.com.
A sustainable technology which also helps a sustainable economy; ICT in particular as a rationalisation means, especially if based on a broadband and a widespread connectivity. 
The intelligent control of traffic, electronics applied to energy distribution, domotics as a means of optimization of household consumptions, Internet of things and the on going change in the relationship among  Network, Objects and Environments are the main themes of this conference.
Broadband solutions will be presented allowing a strong reduction of all harmful emissions, since more information and less people would travel. In a country where more than 90% of population are on the move every day, significant savings in terms of costs and pollution decrease will be achieved.

22 September 2009 
From photos to emotions 
Photography is not only technique and technology. It is above all the art of transferring emotions. It is ability of transmitting and fixing one's personal perception of reality, our perspective of the world. 
Changing a perspective in observing things, the two-dimension representation of things changes. All of us have an objective, or better, two objectives. Our eyes. Their functioning is exactly the same as that of a photo objective, and also to them the same optics laws apply. Let's discover these laws. 

21 September 2009 
Guided visit to San Salvador cloisters
The Telecom Italia Future Centre organised for the first time a guided visit to discover the San Salvador Church and Convent. Next meetings will be 19 Of October and 16 of November. 
During the visit, it was possible to admire the Sansovian cloisters, the ceiling and the frescos of Refettorio, the ancient Cavana, and also De Barbari corridor.

17 September 2009 
Conference on the book "Donne e pensiero politico" – “Women and political mind” 
Letizia Lanza and Giovanni Distefano presented the book by the writer Floriano Graziati. The work aims at providing a general survey and objective information - free from any partisanship - of the main European  free-thinking women of the twentieth century. 

16 September 2009 
Confartigianato Day
The meeting with representatives of General Confederation of Italian was aimed to launch the partnership with Telecom Italia and present innovative services to be promoted toward their members. Topics of the event were: integration, innovation, partnership, customer-tailored offer. 
The primary objective of the meeting, within the new agreement between Confartigianato and Telecom Italia, is in line with the new format "Impresa Semplice": launch of the new innovative sales channel of the associate counters, presentation of the new offer to Confartigianato members, description of Telecom Italia positioning as a technological and innovative leader.

7 – 10 September 2009 Multimedia projection Canal View -Venezia dall'acqua” 
11 September 2009 Closing evening
Watching Venice from its main street: Canal Grande, strolling along this street as through any other street,   moving back and forward through it, observing at 360° its buildings. This exciting idea was the basis of the interactive event to be held at Telecom Italia Future Centre from September 7 to 11. On the walls of the fascinating cloister an interactive, panoramic video displayed Canal Grande images, whereas the reversed shape S of Canal Grande is shown on the floor. 
The visitors entered the light beam and control the vision of the frame by moving stopping and turning around. They were allowed to look around and interact with the Canal image, feeling to be at its centre. 
The installation is the result of a research project of various groups operating at a most advanced stage in the field of photography, interaction design and software development. 
The closing evening, scheduled on September 11, was attended by Alberto Toso Fei, who on the background of this picturesque interactive show was to integrate the program  through interesting comments and cross references to his latest book "I segreti del Canal Grande". 
 See/ download the press release (file .pdf, 62 Kb)
 For further information: www.canalview.it

8 September 2009
Improving your digital photo album 
We have taken, retouched and sorted our photos. We can create a story, a sequence, a plot. Do not think that a photo is static. We have the means for allowing its animation, connecting it to others, and adding music and our voice. 
Our digital photo album may then be shared with near or far friends over the network.

6 September 2009 
Opening of the event “Canal View – Venezia dall’acqua”
The event "Canal View" in the Sansovino Cloister of San Salvador showed a unique sensorial experience: an interactive trip through Canal Grande. 
The panoramic display formed by more than 1500 photographs assembled into 500 in-depth images is a vision of  the city from the point of view of the Canal Grande, its main street.
The show was integrated, in the opening evening, which is the day of the Regata Storica, by the presentation of the new book by Alberto Toso Fei "I segreti del Canal Grande" (Secrets of Canal Grande) .  By means of this interactive display, the author leaded the audience into a tale made of stories, anecdotes, odd facts about Venetian palaces and ancient buildings, fascinating stories, events that have been a part of the history of Serenissima, from Casanova to Pope Alexander III, to Lord Byron.

5 September 2009
Press Room Premio Campiello 
The event was the occasion to present the five finalist authors and their novels:  "Conta le stelle , se puoi"  (Count the stars, if you can - Einaudi) by Elena Loewenthal; "Venuto al mondo" (Born  into the world - Mondadori) by Margaret Mazzantini; "La croce e la sfinge, vita scellerata di Giovan Battista Piranesi" (The cross and the sphinx, G.B. Piranesi's wicked life - Bompiani) by Pierluigi Panza;   "Il superstizioso" (The superstitious man - Sellerio) by Francesco Recami, and "Almeno il cappello" (The hat at least - Garzanti) by Andrea Vitali.
During the event, few hours before the winner proclamation, the five finalists met Andrea Tomat,  President of Veneto Confindustria and Alessandra Pivato, President of Comitato di gestione. 
There were present also Cesarina Vichy that won the Premio Campiello Opera Prima with her “L’ultima estate” (The last summer).

23-26 June 2009 
Next Generation Data Centric 
As the industry moves towards more and more mobile wireless data services, carriers are working to find ways to increase their data services average revenue per user (ARPU).

One goal of providing a wide variety of seamless data services is the idea of “Always Best Connected Services”. This requirement has a profound impact on future networks and handheld devices. 
The aim of this workshop was to bring the entire mobile wireless industry supply chain together to explore the needs and business models of future data services and the impact these future data services have on the network and handheld devices for Always Best Connected Services.

This event, organised by the IWPC (International Wireless Industry Consortium) a pro-active, technology neutral organisation of more than 150 wireless and RF product OEM's and their suppliers, took place from 23 - 26 June 2009, at Molino Stucky Hilton. On Friday, the 26 of June, all the participants visited the Future Centre to know more about its activities and goals.

 See/download the agenda

3 - 13 June 2009 
La Biennale di Venezia – Susan Kleinberg installation
 
Susan Kleinberg presents her latest projection, “Tierra Sin Males,” during the opening week of the 2009 Venice Biennale at the Telecom Italia Future Centre in the exquisite 16th Century Cloister of San Salvador, designed by Sansovino.

"Tierra Sin Males," is a digitally generated video piece that spins, fractures, spirals, spins back faster, hits, rolls, hesitates, pivots out of balance at the fulcrum, regroups, continues ... both with and against any predictable laws of physics or nature. The image distorts, contorts, looks primeval and of the future.The context of the room and its shadows roll and spin, against gravity. Its reverberating sound track in some ways leads it.
Susan Kleinberg's work has been seen in Venice in the 2001 Biennale; and in 2005, projected in Campo S. Stefano in collaboration with the Istituto Veneto. Her piece “Sposalizo del Mar,” floated between San Marco and San Giorgio in “Arte Laguna,” part of the Venice Biennale 1995.

For further information: http://www.susankleinberg.com/

11 June 2009 
Closing Ceremony of the Master Degree in Sports Business Strategies
 
The Master in Sports Business officially ended its Fourth Edition, with the hand out of diplomas to the 35 students of the 2008/2009 course. 
The ceremony took place at Telecom Italia Future Centre on June 11, at 11  AM, in the presence of Alessandro Benetton and the Magnifico Rettore of Ca' Foscary University, Venice, Pierfrancesco Ghetti.

After the awards in the previous editions to Dino Meneghini and Alberto Tomba, the honorary SBS Master degree was assigned  this year to Leonardo, the  international soccer star, former member of Brazil world champion team, and recently appointed as a trainer by F.C. Milan.

Further, from 2009 on a new special award was introduced  - the "Premio Assicurazioni Generali"- conceived together with the insurance company partner to the  SBS Project, due to the increased  attendance by women  (from 5 at the 1st edition  to 16 at present  in a course of 35 students).

For further information: www.mastersbs.it

10 June 2009 
Premio Campiello - Meeting with the finalists authors
 
"Conta le stelle , se puoi"  (Count the stars, if you can) (Einaudi) by Elena Loewenthal; "Venuto al mondo"(Born  into the world) (Mondadori) by Margaret Mazzantini; "La croce e la sfinge, vita scellerata di Giovan Battista Piranesi" (The cross and the sphinx, G.B. Piranesi's wicked life) (Bompiani) by Pierluigi Panza;    "Il superstizioso" (The superstitious man) (Sellerio) by Francesco Recami, and "Almeno il cappello" (The hat at least) (Garzanti) by Andrea Vitali.
These are the finalist novels of the 2009 Literary Campiello Award, XLVII Edition, which were selected on Saturday May 23, by the Literary Jury, whose chairman this year is architect Mario Botta.

On June 9, the five finalists authors met for the first time the public in Milan, at Biblioteca Ambrosiana. 
There were present Mario Botta, Philippe Daverio, as a jury member, and Stefano Salis, a "Sole 24 Ore" journalist, acting as the moderator.

On Wednesday, June 10, the five writers interviewed as guests at Telecom Italia Future Centre, to offer the audience the opportunity to listen from their voices an account of their novels.

The moderator was Antonio Di Lorenzo, a journalist of "Il Giornale di Vicenza".

 See/download the invitation (file .pdf, 130 Kb)

9 June 2009 
Your photos on the web 
Sharing photos of your journeys, friends and family, holidays, living location, it is easy today, through the exchange of e-mails and MMS, the use of instant messenger and special places on the web  where  our own  photo archives may be published. 
The web allows us to share the emotion of a photo, and above all   publish in the whole world,  easily retrieve  what we have  filed on line, and "aggregate" around our photos also persons unknown to us.

4 June 2009 – 2.30 PM CET (by invitation only)
Small "Big companies", broadband and innovation

Telecom Italia and the Beltel Observatory shall organize four events to discuss about a near future. 
The first meeting takes place on June 4 in the Refectory of the Future Centre on the topic "small and big companies". 
Its purpose is to try an in-depth investigation of the evolution under way within the world of businesses, answering questions involving the whole Country as a system. 
As an example: why Italian companies are against a change? Or, which is the critical size which makes flexibility easier and yet proves fit for globalisation?

The subjects on the agenda will be handled by very qualified speakers from the world of businesses and universities, appropriately coordinated by Mario Citelli. 
The next meetings are going to cover topics of great interest, such as Green Technologies, Digital Cities and E-Health.

 See/download l'agenda Piccole "Grandi Imprese" (file .pdf, 615 Kb) 
 See/download il programma dei prossimi appuntamenti (file .pdf, 199 Kb)

4 June 2009 – 6 PM CET (by invitation only)
Opening of La Biennale di Venezia - Gabon Republic Pavilion

Also this year the Future Centre will be a hosting venue of the 53rd International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, specifically at the Gabon Republic Pavilion. 
In the second cloister there will be displayed photographic works and sculptures by Yvette Berger Owanto, who offers a personal interpretation and view of this fascinating country.

1 June 2009 - 5.30 PM CET (free entrance)
Conference of Circolo Britannico – Writing about Venice

Michelle Lovric and Tiziano Scarpa will present Writing about Venice.
Michelle, an English writer, divides her time between London and Venice and writes almost exclusively on Venice. Her novels include Carnevale; The Floating Book and The Remedy, the latter listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Tiziano, a native of Venice, has recently produced two successful books on the city: the guide Venezia è un Pesce, now available in English and the historic novel Stabat Mater which is receiving excellent reviews.
This talk will illustrate their different approach to writing about the city, ask whether Venetians see themselves as being over-exposed and explain how it feels to write about a city that has been written about so much over the centuries by so many. This talk will be presented in English and Italian.

 See/download the Conferences Programme (file .pdf, 452 Kb)

30 May 2009 – 16.30 PM CET (free entrance) 
“Forza Rosa in Venice – Feeling wave of life...Rowing  to excite body and mind”
Forza Rosa is the name of a team of Canadian women with breast tumour taking part to the 2009 Vogalonga together with the group of other Italian women having the same disease. For both groups Vogalonga is a new and unusual opportunity to make people aware of the struggle against breast tumour and describe their life experience.

On Saturday May 30, at the Future Centre a meeting will be held of "Forza Rosa in Venice", with members   of the two canoist teams addressing the audience, and the participation of A.V.A.O. Venezia  (Voluntary organization for the assistance of oncology patients).

 See/download the invitation (file .pdf, 452 Kb) 
 See/download the press release (file .pdf, 25 Kb)

29 May 2009 – 5.30 PM CET (free entrance)
Presentation of the book “Venezia Città Anfibia” 
Nelli-Elena Vanzan Marchini presents her latest book with pictures titled "Venezia Città Anfibia". 
In the whole world the physical isolation is a negative aspect for sociality; in Venice, however, insularity has been  an aggregation value of a civilization that was able to transform an archipelago into a town and the lagoon into a safe place, characterised at same time by cosmopolitism.  
Stones and monuments in Venice are a very remarkable arts epiphenomenon, yet for sure less original as compared to the technical solutions and the daily work which have implemented Venice during the centuries, connecting its small isles through bridges, defending it from the filling up with earth of its rivers and from the sea power as well as providing drinkable water, thus rendering liveable and pleasant a habitat which was unreliable.  
Today, to keep safe the habitat structure of Venice, we must be aware of and comply with its specificity, defending from standardization towards other metropolitan realities of the land, which do not belong to it.

Nelli-Elena Vanzan Marchini, a Venetian historian specialised in paleography, is the autor of 19 books and  tens of publications on Venice history and has been a teacher of  Turin University at Vercelli.

For further informationwww.vanzanmarchini.com
 See/Download Venezia Anfibia e-book (file .pdf, 1.8 Mb)

26 May 2009 - 6.00  PM CET
Taking photographs through a cell phone
Nowadays everyone has a cell phone, many have a cell phone with camera, however only a few are able to take nice photos. 
What are the small tricks to improve our cellular shots, and how can we photograph - like a professional - a face, a foreshortened view, a flower?
Starting from the framing, we will handle the problems of ambient light and consider later some small and yet important details.

25 May 2009 – 6 PM CET (free entrance)
Jacopo De’ Barbari view of Venice, dated 1500 
Developed almost unexpectedly within the arts and cartographic environment of the first part of Cinquecento, the view of Venice by de' Barbari is an unprecedented example of technical know-how,  artistic creativity and vision ability. 
Made by Jacopo de' Barbari, probably with the help of a team of aides for its different stages of implementation, the great map is still today sort of a riddle. In fact, how was it possible, given the limited resources available at that time, to implement such an accurate and effective drawing? Which  were the techniques applied?  Which were the previous experiences? 
The conference by Piero Falchetta is an attempt to answer the above questions and will illustrate the development of urban cartography during that period.

For further informationwww.tridente.it/venetie/fhome.htm

5 – 22 May 2009 
“Water Motors” Exhibition 
The first San Salvador cloister will be the enchanting environment for watercolours by Marco Nebiolo, who offered to the public, from 5 to 22 May, his personal interpretation of the world of motors in both past and present.

From the unique Fiat 500 to the more sought-after and rare vintage cars, from railway engines to motorcycles, Marco Nebiolo translates on paper the roar of unknown motors in a city such  as Venice, which however fascinate whoever has always cherished their sound in a dream.

The watercolours presented are mainly the result of works commissioned by enthusiasts of a past world, who not only love their jewels mollycoddling them in a garage or polishing them for contests or shows, but even transfer them to the house walls, looking for and creating sort of a parental connection.

Marco Nebiolo's works were well located into the charming context of the Future Centre, where past and present integrate daily. Vehicles and bits may in fact be regarded, considering their different nature, as communications tools linking together persons, thoughts and things.

For further information: www.marconebiolo.it/

21 May 2009
Presentation of the novel "Story of you two" 
"Story of you two" by Bruno Ialuna is a novel fully focussed on Venice and Reyer, and in particular on subjects that are typically dealt with in the various works by Ialuna, and yet have never been interlaced so strongly as in this captivating and moving story.

The autor is a teacher of Italian literature at Montecatini Terme, where he was born and lives. He is also a keen basket trainer at Altopascio. He conceived "The pink nights", he is the art director of the first one born in Italy, and located at Arezzo, and has already published various books.

19 May 2009 
Conference on Life and Lives by bits -The Information Society
The availability of information will become greater and greater, and more and more information will be collected from a variety of infrastructures. Systems of distributed collection of information such as telephone networks may play a basic role.
Let us look into the future and imagine new services, made possible by this world represented by bits: this is, if you want, the Information Society 2.0, where information are not only accessible, but also translated into services by a variety of services.

18 May 2009
A Venetian poet: Aldo Vianello.
Aldo Vianello began his literary career in 1964 when his first collection of poems "Timide Passioni" was published. Selections from this and his second publication "Cuore e Abisso" were translated into English under the title "Time of a Flower" and published by Anvil Press Poetry of London in 1968 in a limited, signed edition. Since then his writing has been prolific and he has produced a vast selection of poetry and prose. Last year, Anvil Press published “Selected Poems”, a new bilingual collection of works taken from "Time of a Flower" and his many succeeeding volumes.
Aldo Vianello was present.

With the participation of Massimo Cacciari, Sindaco di Venezia; Peter Jay, founder and director of Anvill Press and translator of ancient and modern poets and Armando Pajalich, Professor of English in the Dipartimento di Studi Europei e Postcoloniali at the University of Venice.

 See/Download the CIB Programme (file .pdf, 17 KB)

15 May 2009 
Press Conference - Presentation of Vogalonga 2009
In one of the meeting rooms of the Future Centre a press conference took place for the presentation of the 35th Vogalonga, a celebration for the rowing people taking place on May 31, 2009.
Vogalonga is a historical society that starting from 1974 gathers all the enthusiasts of the Venetian rowing, and preserves and keeps with time its main objective: the diffusion of knowledge, and deep respect for the nature and culture of Venice. It is the result of passion and endeavour of a group of Venetians who for more than 30 years have succeeded in promoting this traditional meeting, thanks to the support of the public administration and all the organizations connected to rowing. Success has been continuously growing: in 2007 participants were 5800, with 1550 boats.

For further information: http://wwwvogalonga.com

15 May 2009 
Press Conference - Presentation of Détournement Venise 2009
On Friday May 15, at the historical Refectory of the Future Centre, the presentation of Détournement Venise 2009 took place: a walk through the memory, a tour of contemporary art in Venice, involving almost thirty historical sites and gathering a hundred artists from all over the world.
It is an event collateral to the 53rd International Art Exhibition, supported by Biennale di Venezia, which promotes intercultural exchanges. 
The project aim is to recognise to art the role of a bridge toward the variety and heterogeneity of cultures in the world.
A network of international artists and some of the most enchanting sites of Venice will mix up creating a number of interdisciplinary events: exhibitions, art actions, endorsements , theatre performances, movies, workshops.
The initiative is based on two different time periods: some sites shall be inaugurated in June; other sites, among them the Future Centre, Campo del Ghetto Novo (Ghetto Ebraico) and the Green Areas of Molino Stucky shall open in September.

For further information: http://www.arte.go.it/eventi/2009/e_1158.htm

13-14 May 2009 
MIT Communications Futures Program
The Communications Future Program is an ambitious endeavour promoted by the MIT and Industry to look into tomorrow's telecommunications environment, considering both the technological evolution and the changing markets.
On the technology side, there is a consensus that in addition to the availability of more ubiquitous networks providing users with much increased capacity we will see the growth of new networks created by the interplay of terminals, like cell phones, cars, objects, each providing a local communication space partly overlapping with those created by other nearby objects. Communications will flow across these communications area in what is known as viral communications.
These evolutions displace the current paradigms where networks are infrastructures provided by few (big) companies and where the more users are on those infrastructures the less capacity is available to each of them. In fact, with viral networks we will have individuals as providers of network capacity and as such the more there are, the more capacity will be made available.
Along with this technical and architectural evolution we will see an evolution of the market space. Here the ideas are less precise; the market is much more unpredictable than the technology.
The Program studies what are the possible business models that can be applied in this new domain and look at what are the control points that can be in place to harvest value. It also studies the security issues and the expected usage landscape.
The meeting in Venice was the first in 2009, a second one will take place in Cambridge in the Fall.

For further information: http://cfp.mit.edu/index.shtml
 See/Download the CFP Meeting Program (file .pdf, 16 KB)

12 May 2009 
Venice Sessions
Technology and Contemporary Art” met in Venice. 
The discussion theme of the third Venice Sessions event was aimed to explore two frontiers of innovation, seemingly far, but with interesting similarities.

The Venice Sessions is a research project promoted by Telecom Italia and Nòva Sole 24 Ore, finalised to analyse the future and its consequences.

For further information: http://venicesessions.it

5-8 May 2009 
FSAN – Full Service Access Network Group Meeting 
The Full Service Access Network (FSAN) Group is an interest group for the world's leading telecommunications services providers, independent test labs and equipment suppliers, working towards a common goal of truly broadband fiber access networks. The Mission of FSAN is to drive applicable standards, where they already exist, into the services and products in the industry, while simultaneously advancing its own specifications into the appropriate standard bodies to provide further definition to the Full Service Access Network. FSAN has more than 50 members representing the leading implementers of Gigabit rate G-PON and B-PON Passive Optical Networking.

Telecom Italia hosted the second FSAN Meeting of 2009 at the Future Centre in Venice, from May 5 to May 8.

The agenda of the Venice meeting included sessions of the two main FSAN Task Groups:

- The Interoperability Task Group is working at the achievement of a plug-and-play interoperability for GPON systems. The activity of the TG includes the organization of GPON interoperability events and an input to the ITU-T for interoperability related new Standards.

The Next Generation PON (NG-PON) Task Group is studying the evolution of optical access systems beyond GPON. The NG-PON TG is studying the various technologies and architecture options for next generation optical access systems (e.g. WDM, 10 Gbit/s and increased reach/split) and how an operator would evolve from a deployed ITU-T GPON (or IEEE GE-PON) to a next generation access system.

5 May 2009 
Conference on Life and Lives by bits -  Bits in our society
We explored the world of complex systems to examine seemingly random behaviours that may change into fully foreseeable behaviours, if millions of elements are simultaneously taken into account.
Statistics and the study of “small words” can originate continuous surprises, applicable to everyday’s world, form the study of epidemics to traffic control.

29 April 2009 
4th NGMN IPR Plenary

Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Allianz is the world’s leading alliance of currently 56 international network operators, technology vendors and universities. It comprises network operators representing more than half of all mobile phone users worldwide and technology vendors representing more than 90 percent of implemented mobile wireless infrastructure. Telecom Italia is a member since the very start of NGMN in 2006 together with T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange, KPN, Telefonica, China Mobile, and NTT DoCoMo.

The key objective of the alliance is to provide a platform for innovations for Mobile Broadband Communications that enables both cost-effective and user-friendly services. An NGMN White Paper summarises the vision for Mobile Broadband Communications and common operator requirements as well as standardisation requirements for the next generation of mobile broadband networks and services.

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) can have a significant impact on next generation mobile technology and the related development of the ecosystem and industry, In the NGMN Alliance this matter is in charge of NGMN IPR Plenary. The 4th meeting of NGMN IPR Plenary will be held on the 29th of April in the Future Centre, the Venetian location of Telecom Italia.

For further informationwww.NGMN.org

24 April 2009
National Info Day 2009
Intelligent Energy for Europe

RENAEL, REte Nazionale delle Agenzie Energetiche Locali, organized a National Info Day about the Energy Intelligent call for tender for Europe 2009. The event aimed to present the Comunitary Politics, the national applications in the field of the energy and, in particular, the characteristics of the 2009 tender.

 See/Download the event Program (file .pdf, 473 KB) 
 See/Download the Application form (file .pdf, 257 KB) 
 See/Download the Contact Corner form (file .pdf, 257 KB)

22-23 April 2009
ETNO Energy Task Team

The Energy Task Team (ENGY TT) is a sub-group of the ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association) Sustainability Working Group (SUS WG).  The mission is to improve ICT environmental performance with relation to energy production and consumption.

On April 22 and 23, Telecom Italia is hosting the event at the Future Centre in Venice.

Current members of ENGY TT are: Telecom Italia, Belgacom, British Telecom, Cable & Wireless, Cyprus Telecommunications Authority, Deutsche Telekom, Eircom, France Telecom, KPN, Magyar Telecom, Mila Siminn, P&T Luxembourg, Portugal Telecom, Swisscom, TDC, Telefónica, Telekom Austria, Telekomunikacja Polska, Telenor, Teliasonera.
Both the ENGY TT and the SUS WG are chaired by Telecom Italia in the persons of Lorenzo Radice and Danilo Riva.

Specific objectives

- To contribute to national and global efforts to reduce Green House Gases emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
- To improve knowledge sharing through the use of benchmarking and case studies. 
- To demonstrate the viability of voluntary actions. 
- To provide members with tools that allow them to:

- use the most efficient network equipment; 

- scout for the most energy efficient network components; 
- apply the most efficient cooling systems; 
- run the most energy efficient datacentres; 
- market the most efficient end-user equipment; 
- market the most Green House Gases friendly services and products; 
- use the most energy efficient buildings, cars, grids, logistics, etc. ; 
- have the most energy conscious employees. 

For further information: www.ETNO.be

21 April 2009
Conference on Life and Lives by Bits – Storing our lives
Day after day we build up a huge quantity of information on ourselves, on what we do, what we see and listen. Not only that. Our day is made of actions which causes other persons to build up information on us. Just think, as an example, of purchases made by a credit card, which on one side originate a receipt and on the other the transmission of bits to a data bank, specifying what, when and where we made the purchases involved. Let us imagine how the digital shadow that we consciously or unconsciously are creating, might be exploited…

11 April 2009
Evanston Township High School Concert Choir
On Saturday, the 11th of April, The Evanston Township High School Concert Choir performed in the Future Centre cloisters.
The Choir consisted of an auditioned group of upper classmen, a mixed choir of approximately 75 singers. The group performed throughout the school year in concert at Evanston Township High School and in the Chicago metropolitan area.

7 April 2009
Conference on Life and Lives by Bits – How many bits in a live?
Have you ever tried to imagine how many books could contain our memories? From our youth diary to photos, from press cuttings to souvenirs boughts on journeys…There are lots and lots of objects and situations taking us back in time.
How does our brain store those memories and retrieve them sometime "on demand"? Are they accurate memories or rather interpretations changing with time?
Why do I remember a face, but not the name of a given person? Why is it easier to remember a face instead of a telephone number?
Today, thanks to technology, the possibility of fixing in time memories has increased dramatically.
Bits are becoming the representation of our memories: in fact images, sounds and, why not, even emotions may be kept by bits. Let us see how this happen.

31 March 2009
Venice Sessions (by invitation only)
In cooperation with Nova and Sole 24 Ore, the second meeting of Venice Sessions took place, with the topic "The future and its story". The goal was to discover a new way to describe the future.
The event has been the occasion to meet well known people involved in different sectors, ranging 
from literature to art, from technical and scientific research to new business expressions.

For further information: http://venicesessions.it/

24 March 2009
“When the container is better than the content”
What causes us to wish, buy, use of a product? Of course, there is not only one answer, since reasons may be very different depending on product and situation. 
A basic element that often is not perceived is the container. Such element may even become more important than the content in terms of compulsion to the choice of an object. 
In the next years the container shall evolve considerably thus acquiring even a much higher value than it has today. It might even happen that various types of a container are used for the same content and consequently the container makes the value and price.

21 March 2009
Panathon Club International Event
The Presidents of Triveneto Sport Service Club had their annual meeting  in Venice, 
at Telecom Italia Future Centre, the historical location where it was founded in 1951. 
From here the Club spread then internationally pursuing its aims of promotion of sport ethics and competition values.

3-4 March 2009
SAC Fire Workshop
Increasing complexity of pervasive computing is requiring technologies and solutions capable of interconnecting and managing heterogeneous systems and huge amounts of small devices tied together in networks of networks. This represents an interesting application scenario for autonomic technologies. An autonomic system is capable of: making decisions on its configuration, checking and optimizing its performances and adapting to changing conditions (even only with limited human intervention). 

For more information:
http://www.cascadas-project.org/sac_fire_workshop.php

27 February 2009
Conference " The eighteen Century at Venice"

10 February 2009
Conference on Atoms and Bits: A world of labels
The identification of objects has an ancient history and has now become an integral part of modern logistics. The labels used for identifying a product are part of our common experience. They however are the result of the automation of distribution and sale processes, necessary due to the increasing complexity of such processes, which has been made possible through electronics. 
There are labels designed for machines and others, more interesting, designed for consumers. The latter labels are partly meant to improve the evaluation of the product (just consider the evolution of labels on wine bottles) and partly conceived to provide a specific information (for instance the ingredients of a product, or instructions for use).
During the meeting Roberto Saracco and Katia Colucci were our guides in making us familiar with the variety and information content of the labels' world.

3-14 February 2009 
Multimedia show of "Basket and Caravaggio”

30 January 2009
Guided tour of FAI (Italian Fund for Environment) Turin at the Future Centre

28 January 2009
Conference to present the photo book on “Basket and Caravaggio”

Presentation of the books on sports photos by Alessandro Rizzardini, proposing an interesting parallelism between painting and photography, between sport and art.
At the event the following people will be present: Dr. Giovanni Caniato, researcher and export in history of the State Archive in Venice; lawyer Giorgio Chinellato, Vice-President of the S.S. Reyer; Professor Sandro Simionato, spokesman for Sport and Social Politics of Venice municipality and lawyer Massimo Stefanutti, Secretary of the Photographic Club “La gondola”.

20 January 2009
Conference on Atoms & Bits: How to become aware of the world around us

Our eyes and our hands give us each moment the possibility of recognising what is around us. 
If however an accurate check on an given object is required, said object must be identified in an accurate manner, so as we do, for instance, for a piece of parmesan by means of a bar code reader, when the cashier issues the sale slip.
Technologies allow the identification of an increasingly greater variety of objects, whether they are mountains or lakes, pieces of cheese, monuments or persons.
In the course of the meeting we explored some of these technologies and relating applications, in their most peculiar and tangling aspects.