05 April (19.00 – 21.00)

Welcome reception

06 April (9:00 - 19:00)

8.45 – 09.30: REGISTRATION

FIRST SESSION (Open for registration HERE


Paola Pisano, Council Member Innovation and Smart City, Municipality of Turin
Claudio De Vincenti, Minister for Territorial Cohesion and the South
Marco de Marie, Head of Research in Philanthropy, Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation
Diego Teloni, Managing Director, FGB

International experts will offer a panoramic view of the system conditions that cities can implement in order to boost their capacity to innovate and generate an inclusive environment for economic development.


Blair Levin, Senior Fellow - Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution

Andrea Bonaccorsi, Professor, University of Pisa

Margherita Russo, Professor, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Member of the Scientific Committee of FGB

Mario Cervantes, Senior Economist, Science and Technology Policy Division, OECD*

Moderator: Giuseppe Ciccarone, President of FGB and Professor at the Sapienza University of Rome

SECOND SESSION (Open for registration HERE) 

11.00 – 11.30: PITCHES

Pitches from the best solutions selected from the International Call

Moderator: Marco Nannini, CEO Impact Hub Milan

THIRD SESSION (Open for registration HERE)

11.30 – 13.00 Roundtable

Roundtable policy and instruments
In reaction to the evidence and analysis session, the roundtable will host views from representatives from local, national and international institutions on how to generate sustainable integrated local development.


Paola Pisano, Council Member Innovation and Smart City, Municipality of Turin

Eva Nussmueller, Team leader, DG Regio, Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development

Marie Yeroyanni, Senior Expert, DG Research & Innovation

Veronika Manova, Expert, Sofia City Council 

Danny Green,  Deputy Chief of Policy, City of Boston 

Paolo Castiglieri, Head of Smart City Strategy and European Projects, Municipality of Genoa

Lucia Scopelliti, Smart City Office Manager, Comune di Milano

Gianmarco Montanari, General Director, ITT

Özgur Guven Direcot, Rural Affairs at Ankara Municipali

Moderator: Fabio Sgaragli, Open & Social Innovation Manager, FGB


13.00 – 14.00 NETWORKING LUNCH (Upon invitation only)


14.00 – 16.00 Tech demonstrator tour
Tour of the Technology Demonstrator (upon invitation only ). 
With the presence of Technology Compass by Watify, a campaign of the European Commission, DG Growth.


FIFTH SESSION (upon invitation only)

16.00 – 18.00 DIALOGUES First part 

Interactive, small group sessions dedicated to hot topics:

  • Open Innovation Hubs 

    Co-Chair: Marco Cantamessa, Chairman of The Board and CEO, I3P Incubator; Josep Miquel Piqué, President, La Salle Technova Barcelona; Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Cork City Council and Member of the EU Committee of the Regions

  • Enabling technologies 

    Co-Chair: Fabrizio Porrino, Senior Vice President Global Public Affairs, FacilityLive; Iordana Eleftheriadou, Policy Coordinator, DG Internal Market Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs 

  • Migration 

    Co Chair: Eddy Adams, Thematic Pole Manager, URBACT Operational Programme III; Mario Calderini, Professor, Politecnico di Milano, School of Management, Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering; Martin Noack, Senior Expert, Bertelsmann Stiftung 

20.00 – 22.30 EVENING SOCIAL EVENT  (Upon invitation only)



07 April (9:00 - 17:30)


SIXTH SESSION  (Upon invitation only)

09.30 – 11.30 DIALOGUES Second part 


  • Entrepreneurship development platforms 

    Co Chair: Diletta Doretti, Global Partnerships, Innovation and Entrepreneurship unit, The World Bank; Charles Wessner, Research Professor, Georgetown University

  • Human Capital, Skills & Education 

    Co Chair: Terence Hogarth, Senior Advisor at FGB; Geraldine Gardner, Director, Urban and Regional Policy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States; Siria Taurelli, ETF, Strategic Project Leader in VET governance

  • Science Culture & Creativity 

    Co Chair: Marina Otero Verzier, Head of Research and Development, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Fabrizio Sammarco, MD of Italia Camp


SEVENTH SESSION (Open for registration HERE

12.00 – 13.00: Dialogues report back and closing remarks
The closing session of the Summit will serve the purpose of reporting back on the dialogues’ outcomes and it will be the opportunity to draw general conclusions and share the lessons learned during the Summit.

Speaker: Anna Maria Simonazzi, President of FGB Scientific Committee and Professor at the Sapienza University of Rome

13.00 – 14.00 NETWORKING LUNCH (Upon invitation only)

14.00 – ONWARDS: BILATERAL MEETINGS (Upon invitation only)


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