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Digital spring in Terni
Event report from the Study Visit in Terni 21-22 May


Day 1 – 21 May

The first part of day 1 focused on a three main study visits which information had been anticipated through the study visits preview.

The first visit took place at the Council's Multimedia Library (BCT) where partners were welcomed by Mr Bartolini and Mr Guerra respectively councillors for Innovation and ICT and Councillor for Culture. Terni’s staff gave a brief historical excursus of the BCT main transformations and recent regeneration design to what is now an Idea Store combined with a traditional ICT advanced library.

Partners moved to CAOS Multi-Culture Centre (a creative lab set up in the once chemical factory of the Papal states and recently largely renovated to host a various museums and creative labs - please find the presentation on CAOS here).

Late in the morning presentations continued with:

  • The project School web2.0 by the ICT High School A. Volta,  a high school that seeks to improve educational opportunities for students through the adaptation of programs and activities and integrating educational and productive processes.
  • The initiative Digital Umbria at Ideario by SIR ICT Regional Consortium. A set of The "ideario" is a public consultation launched by the Umbria region to solicit design ideas useful in Umbria Digital Agenda 2013-2014 and the theme "Digital Growth" in the new 2014-2020 programming period.

In the afternoon presentations continued with:

  • HackLab,  an open laboratory where people meet and share their knowledge, learn from each other and explore the field where electronics, science and art mix.
  • Italeaf T.E.R.N.I. Research Group in Nera Montoro (20 km off Terni). Set up in 2005 in the heart of Umbria, As part of T.E.R.N.I. Research Group, ITALEAF has achieved the national leadership in the photovoltaic field. They have been always committed to achieving ambitious targets in terms of growth and openness to new markets.

Day 2 – 22 May

Part of the morning session was open by technical communications from external experts in the frame of the Seminar on Digital intermediaries/mediators. The event was restricted to partners and external experts.

Three were the main presentations:

  • ICT and Democracy: Old hidden dangers, new perspectives and challenges of inclusion - Ms Alessandra Valastro, Associate Professor of Public Law Institutions of the University of Perugia, Faculty of Political Science.
  • Technologic Parks as means of territorial innovation. Overview of a case of excellence - Mr Michele Vianello, Director of Vega Consortium (former MP and Deputy Mayor of the City of Venezia).
  •  A virtual platform for real participation - Prof. Luca Dini, Enterprise Communication Strategies of the University of Perugia, Faculty of Communication Science.

The second part of the morning and the early afternoon were devoted to WG sessions with specific communication from the LP, C3 Coordinator and WGs leaders. A representative of each group in the afternoon presented results of individual discussion among WG members.