International keynote speakers. Thematic workshops. Talking robots. 3D scanners and printers. Music. Debates. Guided tours. And a warm sun that lit up the city's streets, crowded with visitors and curious onlookers.
Rovereto hosted last weekend (6-7 May) the Wired Next Fest, the largest free event in Italy dedicated to innovation and technology, which this year chose Trentino to kick off its programme of events.
The topics discussed were Artificial Intelligence, synthetic meat, space travel, health, privacy, renewable energy, blockchain, robotics, virtual reality, cinema, TV series, podcasts, music, vaccines, climate change, the universe, quantum computers and much more.
It was a great opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss with experts, scientists and intellectuals in order to think about the present, while looking to the future together.
Wired Next Fest Trentino
Wired Next Fest is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and has chosen the topic 'ITALY, PLACE OF INNOVATION' as its leitmotif. A tribute to our country as an area that knows how to combine creativity, art and technology. A window on the future and the challenges to be faced, on the skills to be developed, but also on the legacy of a past that can be a guide in this process of transformation.
The festival has decided to start with the events of this very special edition from a territory that has made innovation its hallmark. Research centres of excellence, avant-garde technological poles, innovative enterprises and a special focus on sustainability make Trentino the ideal place to discuss the future and debate the major issues animating the national and international public debate.
One wonders: why did the Autonomous Province of Trento and Wired choose Rovereto as the location for the initiative? Invest in Trentino jumped at the chance and, going back over the centuries, retraced all the stages that have made the city the Trentino capital of innovation.
Read the in-depth analysis "Rovereto and the innovative side of Trentino".
Wired Next Fest in numbers
Wired Next Fest began on 5 May with a spectacular concert by Italian pianist and producer Dardust and closed on 7 May with a talk by rapper Nitro. In between, two days of concerts, panels, debates, workshops, which animated the city from morning until evening.
Prominent names included Francesco Profumo, Antonella Viola, Esteher Paniagua, Giorgio Saccoccia, Fabio Fava, Alessandro Masala, Ersilia Vaudo, Meredith Whittaker and Alan Friedman.
Let's discover together the numbers of this first edition of Wired Next Fest Trentino:
- 114 guests
- 97 meetings
- 5 stages
- 10 exhibits
- 6 live performances
- 30 hours of live streaming
- 16 local authorities involved
Wired Next Fest Trentino has been organised by Wired Italia in partnership with the Autonomous Province of Trento, Trentino Marketing and Trentino Sviluppo and in collaboration with the Municipality of Rovereto and the University of Trento. Together with the editorial staff of Wired Italia, the Bruno Kessler Foundation, the Edmund Mach Foundation, the Provincial Institute for Educational Research and Experimentation - IPRASE, the MUSE - Science Museum and the Trentino Innovation Hub Foundation contributed to the construction of the programme.