Saturday 18 June the lights went out on the 10th edition of Wmf – The largest Festival on digital innovation on the planet, conceived and created by Search On Media Group, which has made Italy the center of the innovative revolution of the future by welcoming the world of innovation for the first time at the Fair, with a renewed and enhanced format. From 16 to 18 June, at the Rimini Fair, Wmf 2022 confirmed and relaunched, even more widely, its role as an accelerator of innovation, culture and training for the entire international context. This is confirmed by the presence from more than 26 countries, over 36,000 attendees, more than 300 exhibiting companies, 700 speakers and guests and more than 1000 startups and investors who have chosen the Festival as a platform for discussion and comparison for the Future. “The Wmf for us is a useful platform to connect different worlds, skills and ideas, all oriented towards building a better future” explains Cosmano Lombardo “, CEO of Search On Media Group and creator of the Wmf. The challenge, he stresses, “was enormous but we found great collaboration from all those who share this vision, with whom we dialogue as a Festival and as Search On throughout the year, and whose projects flow into the three days. Quest ‘year more than ever We Make Future has made explicit the mission we have always had to build a better future through the tools of technological and digital innovation, in light of the great potential for social impact they offer. Who was present at the event, and those who followed him from home have certainly grasped this great collective impulse towards an increasingly active and committed present for the future that we leave to the new generations “, he adds. The event, this year sponsored and sponsored by the Emilia-Romagna Region , in fact, at the Rimini Fair brought together the most brilliant minds from the world of innovation and digital, territories and local communities from north to south Italy – members of the Wmf Hubi project tat – foreign countries such as Croatia, Spain, Greece, Saudi Arabia, France – part of the Wmf International Roadshow – research institutes, universities, agencies, companies and startups from all over the world, which have put their experience and skills into a system. in turn, the Mainstage of the Festival, which saw the conduct of Cosmano Lombardo and the co-hosts Natasha Stefanenko, Anna Safroncik – a Russian and a Ukrainian to launch a message of peace – Diletta Leotta and Danielle Frédérique Madam saw an alternation of over 100 interventions and moments of shows, with great national and international guests who brought interventions with a strong inspirational component. Here took place the exclusive interviews with Mimmo Lucano, Nicola Gratteri and Robot Sophia – the most advanced humanoid robot in the world – and brought their experience to experts in the AI field such as the inventor of the 4004 microprocessor Federico Faggin, human rights activists and civilians such as Linda Sarsour, Savo Heleta and Siyabulela Mandela, exponents of the fight against the mafia such as the Director of the DIA Maurizio Vallone, institutions such as the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Health Andrea Costa and the Vice President of the Emilia Romagna Region Elly Schlein, and young Creators such as Giorgia Soleri, Camihawke and Mattia Stanga. Entertainment and shows then framed the most intense moments, giving the audience of the Festival fun and new food for thought: space then for concerts and live sets like that of Irama – in collaboration with Rds 100% great successes – and those of Roy Paci and Frankie hi nrg mc, (all translated into LIS by Rai Pubblica Utilità) but also at moments of pure technological spectacle such as the Italian preview, exclusively at Wmf, of the human flight carried out with the Jet Suit of Gravity industries. Over 300 companies and companies from all over the world have found space and opportunities within the Wmf Innovation Fair, in an exhibition area that has never been so large and full of events designed to facilitate business meetings, networking and the development of new projects between Italy and abroad. Important in this sense are the collaborations with over 18 Italian chambers of commerce abroad which animated the Export Stage for two days, offering internationalization scenarios to startups, and in collaboration with Ice, which attended the WMF with delegations of important investors from the UK, Israel, Turkey, France and Spain who met the startups present at the Festival in over 200 one-to-one pre events organized by the Wmf team. The international activity of Wmf will continue starting from September through important collaborations with local partners for the organization of events in Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Egypt, Valencia, Serbia, Malta, Australia, Canada, Mexico and other stops at of the International Roadshow project. Among the stands also those of the Emilia-Romagna Region – Main Sponsor of the event -, with its own brands Data Valley, Motor Valley, Apt and Visit Romagna, but also RAI Cinema and Rai public Utilities, Oplon, Intel, Eurid, Storyblock, Sprinkler, Aruba, Sole24Ore and Doxee. In the Exhibition Area also the result of important and multi-year collaborations of Wmf, such as the one with the Digital Library of the Ministry of Culture, which brought various initiatives to the fair and allowed interaction with one of the most advanced robots in the world, used for monitoring of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii: the quadruped Spot of Boston Dynamics. An entire pavilion of the Fair then welcomed the events of the World Startup Fest, an international reference event for startups, scaleups and investors which, in addition to the largest international Startup Competition Italia, has created dedicated stages such as the Startup Stage and the Entrepreneurship stage, exhibition spaces in the Startup District dedicated to innovative Italian and foreign projects and networking and business opportunities thanks to B2B meetings with delegations of investors, present thanks to the partnership with Ice – Agency for the promotion abroad and the internationalization of Italian companies e. Also worth noting is the Digital Job Fair, the fair dedicated to digital professions that has made available: the job placement service able to connect supply and demand, speed meetings, B2B meetings in the dedicated area powered by Mondoffice and various networking opportunities; the Wmf Youth hosted by the Postal Police truck; the Hackathon Europeans For Future, organized in collaboration with the European Parliament during the European year of young people, and the Innovation Film Fest with screenings, contests and meetings dedicated to the world of the ninth art which hosted names such as Pupi Avati and Alessio Cremonini The training, which has always been the heart of the event, has allowed thousands of web professionals and Stem professions to confront and expand their knowledge with more than 77 training courses and thematic open internships. Over 700 speakers, including professionals and industry experts, brought their experience to the Festival by analyzing new trends: Nft, crypto, blockchain, metaverse, the world of digital creators, social activism, neuromarketing. Various Open stages then welcomed exceptional guests, round tables and thematic panels dedicated to the most relevant topics of the near future, such as the Future of Italy, a stage that hosted important meetings with representatives of national, regional and local institutions who debated on the fundamental use of the PNRR and its impact on the digitization process of the country, or Start the Future, which presented the most visionary technologies and innovative entrepreneurial ideas ready to revolutionize the market, or even Book presentation – with the participation of Vera Gheno and Totò Cascio – Creators Live and Women in Tech but also Sustainability, Space Economy, TikTok. The three days of the Wmf placed Italy at the center of the innovative revolution process of the Future, creating and providing a real platform for meeting, exchange and sharing, open to the whole world. An all-round experience, a party dedicated to the cardinal principles of solidarity, equity, justice, legality that educates technological innovation as a tool for building a better future. The Wmf is the international fair on innovation that cannot be missed. The appointment for Wmf 2023 has already been set, for a new edition, which will return to the Rimini Fair on 15, 16 and 17 June.
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