This project started during a lecture where some external speakers shared their innovative experiences with us. That day, a young man called Federico talked about his emotional experience in Silicon Valley: back from California he came up with a new idea, a good network for its development and a new challenge !
After Federico’s experience, two faculty members and three students decided to go to California : they came back full of new contacts, enthusiasm and a different look on life. Thanks to that experience students and professors started to collaborate with organizations both in Silicon Valley and in Italy, and changed their approach towards new ideas, developing businesses and interacting with different people. Collaboration, contamination and openness to new cultures, ideas and people are all part of a new atmosphere created between organizations, faculty members and students of the Computer Science department in Torino. The organizations who funded last year’s project received from the students some of the network ‘s contacts, good scouting s in Silicon Valley and an entire year of publicity thanks to the conferences students held around Italian Universities.
For those who teach and do research in ITC innovations and in the field of entrepreneurship ,like we do, Silicon Valley is an important benchmark where skills like technology, innovation and coming up with new ideas will revolutionize the way you develop a business .
During our journey in Silicon Valley we went not only to Google, Facebook, IBM, VMware, and new start up companies, but also to Berkley and Stanford Universities. We met many Italians who were extremely appreciated in Silicon Valley for their background, ability in innovation and problem solving: these were our students ..
PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT
Give 4 students the chance to go to Silicon Valley and organizations the opportunity to enrich their business !
We would like to repeat the same experience every year and give the best four students in the Computer science department of Torino the chance to finish the “innovation and new business” course not only with an assessment but with a genuine opportunity to fulfil their dream, open their mind and go to Silicon Valley. A place where different cultures collaborate and blend with one another, where . students can actually talk to CEOs (and CEOs listen to them), where universities collaborate with companies, and entrepreneurs with researchers. A place where you breathe enthusiasm, cooperation, openness and self-confidence.
We want our students to master new skills and knowledge, learn about collaboration, openness and innovation, and acquire self-confidence.
On the other hand, we want to enrich the collaboration between our department and companies by giving organizations the opportunity to assess our students as their employees (a sort of pre –recruiting experience) expand their network, discover what happens in Silicon Valley, the cradle of innovation and entrepreneurship, and go and visit the companies of the valley.
And last, but not least, the organizations that will finance our project will be rewarded in terms of brand advertising: the four students will talk about their experience in all of the universities that are developing the same project.
Student with be chosen among the best, most capable people according to their curriculum and initiatives shown during the four conferences on innovative issues
To create a BTOU WORD !
We want to create an innovative standard course where every year the best students will have the chance to go to Silicon valley to improve their skills and where the organizations who will finance them will get, in return, new ideas, networks, a scouting in Silicon Valley and, why not, an assessment of a potential human resource to hire !
We want to test this innovative project and get feedback from everybody so we can improve it for the years to come... creating a successful story that will urge Universities and Organizations to collaborate together with the help of students
The Computer Science Department of the University of Turin believes and supports this project with Eppela, to help students get a better future !
Last year I met Federico, he was full of life and happy to share with me and my students his amazing experience in Silicon Valley. When we came back he finished university, started a project, got venture capital, and went back to Silicon Valley.
After two hours of Federico’s speech both students and faculty were enchanted by the experience and willing to go there! And we did go : we went to Berkley and Standford Universities, but we also visited o Cisco, Vmware, IBM, Facebook, Google.
The atmosphere was different: work becomes extremely important if the employee is happy, we will work better and the company will grow and the country will grow... and finally everybody could gain from this positive situation.
To be happy, workers need to spend some time on their hobbies, which can become ideas or activities connected with their job. They shouldn’t have too many problems with time management in their everyday l life. They should be able to take care of their children and their house, go to the gym or swimming pool to keep in shape, listen to music, play music if they like, walk, go to the hairdresser’s, eat some healthy food, possibly not in front of the computer, etc..
Everybody works hard, so hard that you can find a sign in WMware that says, “if you are sick, please stay home and do not work : don’t come here to contaminate everybody...”
Everybody respects everybody and each worker is important for his/her company. Workers work hard and take responsibility even if they are not a project leader...there is actually teamwork where people collaborate with each other, and they win or lose as a team. Team building and team balancing is crucial: young people are important because they need to work and they are willing work but, above all, they do not ask themselves if a work can be done or not, they just do it!
The risk is important in Silicon Valley, you are encouraged to take risks, the more you risk the more you learn “it’s the fail culture” a positive way of reacting to failure: it’s not how you measure your failures, but how you get back up again.
That week, I met young entrepreneurs: they don’t eat, sleep, they just follow their dreams from an Api marketplace “Mashape” to a hardware that processes big data called “Ronnie”.
My colleague and I came back full of new ideas: we started new activities, developed a social network, started focusing on the relationship between universities, organizations and students.
We have set up good contacts in Silicon Valley, now we are exploiting a project with A3cube, a silicon Valley start-up company , we have two students that work in Italy for a company in Silicon Valley and one student that is working on his final project in Silicon Valley for Cosimo Spera , a serial entrepreneur who is developing an innovative application called “Bebell”. We have enlarged our team.
The Silicon valley experience is working : new networks, new opportunities , new skills, new businesses and a big network!!
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Siamo un team di docenti, collaboratori e studenti del Dipartimento di Informatica: studiamo innovazione e start up, sviluppiamo innovazioni tecnologiche con l’obiettivo di creare prodotti, partecipare a progetti fare ricerca e creare innovazione. Sviluppiamo la cultura dell’innovazione, della collaborazione e dell’apertura per insegnare ai nostri studenti e per far crescere loro, noi stessi e il nostro Paese.
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