Textile sensor workshop at the Eu Parliament

On May 31, the EU institutions  hosted the first-ever EU Institutional Maker Faire in the European Parliament building.

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I was invited by organizers to give a 1-hour workshop about wearables, so I proposed a simple hands-on activity to involve participants into discovering the world of e-textile:

“Make a DIY textile sensor” – Smart textiles are fabrics developed with new technologies allow seamless integration of textiles with electronic elements like microcontrollers, sensors, and actuators. Wearable electronics gained lots of attention because they are becoming more accessible to the non-technical crowd thanks to recent open source and educational approach. In this workshop you’ll learn about textile sensors and soft interactions: create your own sensor and connect it with a micro-controller to explore its behaviour.

Here’s a gallery of images about the event:

And some twits from participants:

 

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Shaping the Future of Digital Social Innovation in Europe

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In 2013 I was invited by Nesta to join the Advisory Group to advise on a major new policy study on digital social innovation in Europe. The study has been looking at grassroots civic innovation enabled by the internet, and at how social innovation is being enabled by the “network effect” of the Internet and new open innovation models.

The study has been run by Nesta, in partnership with the WAAG Society (NL), ESADE (SP), IRI (FR), and Future Everything (UK) and it has been exploring how emerging technologies in the digital economy can transform society by the mobilisation of collective action, enable a more collaborative economy, new ways of making, citizen participation, sustainability and social innovation.

In February I’ll be in Brussels to discuss lessons from the 18-month research and the future of DSI in Europe. Continue reading Shaping the Future of Digital Social Innovation in Europe

Anarchy in the EU

Shades of pink and green
Shades of pink and green

(EN) Some infographics (stickers inside the book!) I made for Anarchy in the EU, Movimenti Pink, Black, Green e Grande Recessione” by Alex Foti. In the bookshops from the 9th of May.

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(EN) Pubblico le infografiche che ho realizzato (ci sono anche gli adesivi nel libro!) per Anarchy in the EU, Movimenti Pink, Black, Green e Grande Recessione” by Alex Foti. Nelle librerie dal 9 Maggio.

The genetic map of Europe/La mappa genetica dell’Europa

Genetic map of Europe
Genetic map of Europe

How are french, spanish, italians, finnish and other europeans related to eachother in term of genes? Some scientists tried to answer this question analyzing the DNA of 2500 europeans. The results are visible in a map published in this article on Current Biology in august and commented by the New York Times.  The map shows structural similarities with the geographical map but it also shows two genetic barriers, one in the north with the finnish, a very small population that expanded in isolation; and one in the south with italians, separated by the rest of Europe by the Alps.

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(EN) Quali sono le relazioni tra il corredo genetico di francesi, spagnoli, italiani, finnici e tutti gli altri europei? Un team di scienziati ha provato a rispondere a questa domanda analizzando il DNA di 2500 europei. I risultati sono riportati su una mappa pubblicata in un articolo di Current Biology in agosto e commentato dal New York Times. La mappa mostra ovvie analogie strutturali con la mappa geografica ma mostra anche due barriere genetiche: a nord con i finnici, che rappresentano una popolazione molto piccola che si è espansa quasi in isolamento, l’altra a sud con gli italiani, separati dal resto d’Europa dalle Alpi.