On October 4-7, 2012, Pisa will be the stage of the Internet Festival (IF), an event promoted by the city and province of Pisa, along with the Tuscan region, and the Camera di Commercio di Pisa, Cnr, Registro.it and Istituto di Informatica e Telematica del Cnr (research center), Università di Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore, Scuola Superiore “Sant’Anna”, and the Associazione Festival della Scienza. It is under the direction of Edoardo Fleischner.
As we can read on the website, the Internet Festival explores the future from within a city rich with events, conferences, experiences, workshops. Opportunities for exchange and learning are provided by the over 100 experts, influencers, critics, politicians, entrepreneurs, top users, artists and passionate Internet users from around the world. This year’s theme is “Shaping the Future” and the rich programme of events and meetings explore the connections and relations that, thanks to the Internet, have redesigned the social, cultural and economic landscape at a global level. The Internet Festival is coordinated by Fondazione Sistema Toscana.
The program will be divided into three thematic areas:
• Internet for Citizens (I4C): Digital democracy is the theme here. It is an opportunity to explore new forms of urban development and dialogue online; to look at participation in political representation (especially in elections in both Italy and the USA); to present new and innovative applications of technology to public service and health sectors that impact daily life.
• Internet for Makers (I4M): This section will analyse the theme of business and economic development introduced by the Internet.
• Internet for Tellers (I4T): This is the “discussion” area of the Internet, considered a locus for the expression of opinions in places where liberty and rights are limited or censured – the amplification of the voices of dissidents, minorities and the persecuted – and how the Internet can be an efficient tool for specific political strategies.
A lot of guest speakers are invited to the Festival to present their point of view on the Internet. The guests are experts, researchers, artists, entrepreneurs, critics, top users and regular, interested people from the across world, who will be protagonists in shows, labs and meetings that will animate the entire city.
The official language of the Internet Festival is Italian. There will be an interpreter service during events conducted in English.
Pisa is a symbol of the Italian Digital Age, since the first degree course in computers started there in 1969, and over 50 years ago the first calculator was invented in Pisa. Thus, it is a logical location for the 2012 edition of the Internet Festival.
The Internet Festival is being held in 15 different locations, all in the heart of Pisa: this means that they are all no more than a 20-minute walk from the central train station. Online there’s information about the location of each event, including a map, alongside each individual event description. It’s also possible to get directions to events using the Internet Festival smartphone apps. Some of these locations are particularly attractive and prestigious, like Teatro Verdi, Orto Botanico, Logge dei Banchi, Palazzo Lanfranchi, Piazza Santa Caterina, Cinemateatro Lux, Sant’Anna, Scuola Normale, Polo Carmignani, and Piazza Garibaldi.
The formats chosen for the festival’s meetings are interactive and participatory:
• IF Keynote Speech: Meetings and conferences with experts, professors and scientists of worldwide fame on topics related to the world of the Internet, but also personal stories about online experiences.
• IF Lab: Laboratories for students of elementary, middle and high schools, from programming and problem solving to making apps and planning eBooks, to discussions of Internet security.
• IF Event: Events of various types planned for the learning experience of a diverse audience, with different types of planned interaction. Beyond the table of speakers, the audience will be called upon, representing an important element in this format.
There will also be workshops and seminars for experts and persons working in the field and one special lab on “how the Internet works” for speakers and members of the organizational and volunteer committees of the festival.
Internet Festival, October 4-7, 2012, Pisa
Free entry (except for paid events, noted in the program)
E-mail address: info@Internetfestival.it
Telephone number: 050 910777