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Three key events for Rome as a hub of innovation

There is a common thread that can give Rome the right energy and make it the capital of Italian innovation. It is a very real thread, connecting three events: the 2013 Rome Cup, showcasing the best in robotics; Codemotion, the great event for hackers, programmers, and code devourers (March 20-23); and the Maker Faire Rome (MFR), the first European edition of the festival dedicated to makers, which will be held on October 3-6.

What flows along that thread is explained in Mondo Digitale, with an interview with Stefano Venditti, President of Asset Camera, the special agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Rome that supports the three events. “Through the World Wide Rome project,” Venditti said, “Asset Camera aims at enhancing and disseminating initiatives that can generate innovation in the entrepreneurial system in Rome and the surrounding metropolitan area.”

One of the best ways to renew the Italian ecosystem is to do make it dialogue with foreign countries. To this end, on March 21 the “2013 Maker Faire Rome Tour “ was launched. Its mission: to travel across Europe in a motor home, seeking out the best maker talents and bringing them to Italy for the Maker Faire in October. The goal is to identify new inventions (made of atoms, not just bits) and to promote them by offering them free participation in the MFR.

However, the quest for innovation does not end here. Before the European tour started, Maker Faire Rome launched a Call for Makers for inventors who want to present their craziest, most visionary projects. The best will be offered a spot in Rome. You have time until June 2 to come forward.

“We face a challenge we cannot refuse,” Venditti says. “We must build the best conditions for innovation to become one of the added values of Rome and its economy.” Expectations are running high, as preliminary data released by StartupItalia! reveal that Rome is the city with the highest number of startups in Italy. Now all we have to do is transform bits into atoms.

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