Digital Social Innovation and the future of Care

Digital Social Innovation and the Future of Care

We are happy to invite you to join our opencare conference taking place in Milan on 22nd and 23rd of November.

Conference Documentation

We’ll discuss what are the new models for community care and how are they gaining ground thanks to digital technologies. What urban or organizational conditions can facilitate the spread of open and collaborative care systems? What is the role of new digital manufacturing players in processes of social innovation and care?

The conclusion of the European project opencare is a real chance to tackle these themes with both local and global communities, with researchers, key international experts and policy makers.

22nd November Digital Social Innovation and the Cities

23rd November New Urban Economies and Care

22nd and 23rd November Exhibitions


22nd November | Digital Social Innovation and the Cities

  • (the conference will be held in English)

14:00 – 14:30 | Registration e Welcome coffee

14:30 – 14:45 | Welcome & Agenda

  • Cristina Tajani City of Milan
  • Roberto Costantini Milano Luiss Hub for Makers and Students

14:45 – 15:00 | opencare, a CAPSSI project: an overview

  • Renato Galliano City of Milan

15:00 - 15:15 | Digital Social Innovation and Citizen Engagement

Next Generation Internet (NGI) - To what extent is it possible to create awareness of problems of sustainability and put collective solutions in place? The Internet of the future should provide better services, more intelligence, greater involvement and participation. It needs to reflect European social and ethical values: ie freedom, openness and more interoperability. What does it take to make this happen?

  • Loretta Anania Programme Officer, DG Communication Networks Content and Technologies, Next Generation Internet Unit, European Commission

15:15 - 16:30 | From Collective Intelligence to Social Innovation

Digital technologies can transform societies by mobilizing collective actions and enabling a more collaborative economy. This would include new ways of ensuring a wider citizen participation and equitable social innovation. How is “digital” space helping bottom-up initiative become sustainable?

  • Keynote speaker:

  • Francesca Bria Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, City of Barcelona

  • contribution introduced and moderated by Fabio Sgaragli, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini:

    • Alberto Cottica Edgeryders
    • Paulien Melis Creative Care Lab of Waag Society
    • Olivier De Fresnoye Echopen project
    • Winnie Poncelet / Anthony Di Franco Open Insuline project

16:30 - 16:45 | Coffee break

16:45 - 17:45 | Cities as Platforms for Open Innovation

Are Cities “Innovation Machines”? And how can City Administrations foster innovation through linking up all stakeholders, including the smallest and the newest, to guarantee that the most voices are heard and the most resources are exploited? How does this create an ecosystem? A reflection from Milan’s strategies and practices.

  • Keynote speaker:

  • Marco Zappalorto, Nesta Italia

  • contribution introduced and moderated by Claudio Calvaresi, Avanzi:

    • Renato Galliano City of Milan / Milan and its “crowdsourced policy making”
    • Carolina Pacchi Polytechnic of Milan / Civic crowdfunding and citizen-led micro-regeneration in Milan and in European cities
    • Cosimo Palazzo City of Milan / WeMi as a digital/physical platform to reconnect care solutions with societal need

17:45 – 18:00 | Final remarks

  • Zoe Romano WeMake

18:00 – 19:00 | Call for solutions Open Innovation for Community Care Exhibition

Selected projects exhibition + happy hour

23rd November | New Urban Economies and Care

  • the conference will be held in italian and english with simultaneous interpreting

9:00 - 9.30 | Welcome coffee

9:30 - 10:30 | New Urban Economies and Digital Manufacturing: City of Milan’s vision

  • Keynote speaker:

  • Annibale D’Elia City of Milan

  • Contribution :

    • Stefano Micelli Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia
    • Cecilia Manzo Università di Firenze
    • Marco Taisch Politecnico di Milano
  • Wrap-up:

  • Cristina Tajani City of Milan

10:30 - 10:45 | Make to Care: an emerging innovation ecosystem

  • Stefano Maffei Politecnico di Milano

10:45 - 11:15 | From care services to care as an open system: opencare’s perspective

  • Rossana Torri City of Milan
  • Costantino Bongiorno WeMake

11:15 - 11:30 | Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00 | Economies of care and innovation

  • contribution introduced and moderated by Francesco Samorè Fondazione G. Bassetti

    • Erik Lakomaa Stockholm School of Economics
    • Mario Calderini DIG - Politecnico di Milano
    • Lucia Scopelliti Comune di Milano - Direzione Economia Urbana e Lavoro
    • Gaela Bernini Fondazione Bracco
    • Angela Simone, Fondazione Giannino Bassetti - SMART-map

Collaborative economics and new technologies are today contributing to radical innovation in care solutions for citizens, personalizing them by re-establishing the centrality of those needs not met by traditional welfare systems, but under what conditions? What are the economic impacts of innovation on the care world? Is the active use of models based on co-design and customization sustainable? And how can the public actor rethink its role within “open” care systems?

13:00 - 13:15 | An introduction to the exhibitions

  • Fabrizio Marta Rotellando, Liat Rogel Naba
  • Davide Crippa curatore della mostra “Secondo Nome: Huntington”

13:15- 14:30 | Light Lunch

14:30 - 16:15 | Rethinking care systems

Rethinking care systems for people and with people, with the help of digital fabrication, co-design and innovation in production processes.

  • contribution introduced and moderated by Bertram Niessen cheFare

    • Costantino Bongiorno WeMake & Lisa Noja City of Milan Open Rampette
    • Gehan McCloud GalGael Trust - GalGael
    • Carlos Arturo Torres - IKO - Lego prosthetic for children
    • Antonia Madella / Cristina Dornini, Together To Go, Project UNICO
    • Antonella Bertolotti Fondazione Cariplo - Codesign for Rehabilitation and Wellbeing - CReW

16:15 - 16:30 | Final remarks

  • Marianna D’Ovidio Università degli Studi di Bari

16:30 - 17:30 | Call for Solutions Pitch and Awards

  • 3 Minutes-Pitch and Projects Awards

22nd and 23rd November | Exhibition



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