Past Events   

   2019   


* in reverse chronological order


November

INNOVATION DAYS – SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Organized by the Italian Trade Agency in cooperation with the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). 


Focus Sector: Advanced Manufacturing

Together with ASME, the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) hosted the The Italian Way to Advanced Manufacturing round-table discussion panel for the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition (IMECE) conference participants in the advanced manufacturing and related conference tracks. The Italian Trade Agency had also exhibited at the conference at Booth #400. The main event took place on November 13th, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel at City Creek, Salt Lake City, UT from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. 

Furthermore, the event included an exciting debate discussion by ASME members and industry experts from Italy on novel technologies coming out of Italy and the best practices for collaborations between Italian and US companies and research centers in the area of advanced manufacturing.  During the reception, the Advanced Manufacturing Track's Best Paper Awards was presented by the ASME.

The 2019 Innovation Days - Salt Lake City, UT was the second edition of the Innovation Days (ID) initiative which aims to reaffirm Italy’s position as a top solution provider to the US while encouraging engagements between some of Italy’s leading companies and universities to create and or further enhance existing partnerships with their US counterparts in commercial and research areas.




October

ITALY-USA INNOVATION FORUM – PALO ALTO, CA

Organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italian Trade Agency, Confindustria, Stanford University


Focus sector: Big Data & Machine Learning in Life Sciences, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Manufacturing & Industry 4.0, Mobility & Smart Cities, Space Industry, Science & Technology


Description: On October 18, 2019 an Italy-United States Innovation Forum took place in Palo Alto (California) at Stanford University. The conference represented a strategic moment to strengthen relations between Italy and researchers in the scientific and technological fields. At the center of the symposium was the discussions between representatives of the Italian Hi-Tech sector and executives from Silicon Valley companies, along with scholars and students.


In addition, the Forum served as an opportunity to encourage collaborations between researchers and leaders in advanced technological, industrial and scientific sectors, and to further our understanding of academic research in a number of technical fields and the state of technological innovation in Italy and Silicon Valley. In the afternoon the Forum featured three round tables on business and research in the fields discussed in the morning panels.


The Forum was a part of the official visit to the United States by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella, who attended the Conference along with the President of Stanford University, Marc Tessier-Lavigne.


Local partners: Stanford University - School of Materials Science and Engineering; School of Medicine


Links:  Program - Video  - Pictures




 January

INNOVATION DAYS – SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Organized by ITA Los Angeles


Focus sectorBiotech and Life Sciences


Description: In conjunction with the JP Morgan Annual Healthcare Conference, Biotechnology and Life Science sector, the ITA presented US companies and their Italian counterparts with B2B meetings and a networking event to follow.


Local partners: JP Morgan


Video Link: Healthcare: Italy on the Move 2019




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 December

INNOVATION DAYS – ORLANDO, FL

Organized by ITA Los Angeles


Focus sector: Renewable Energy 


Description: In addition to ITA - Miami participation in Power-Gen 2018 

the Renewable Energies sector show, the ITA organized a presentation on US renewable energy solutions and energy policies. Also, the presentation showcased Italian participants of the main Smart Cities and Smart Energy projects. 


Local partnersSEPA, SEIA


Links: Power-Gen 2018 event site



November
INNOVATION DAYS – HOUSTON, TX
Organized by ITA Houston

Focus sector: Aerospace 

Description:  
The Italian Trade Agency-Houston office, in collaboration with the Italian Space Agency and AIAD,  the Federation of Italian Companies for Aerospace, Defense and Security attended SpaceCom conference, a two-days event full of workshops, demonstrations and panels, aimed to stimulate investment and growth in aerospace research. SpaceCom, the only civilian conference and exposition where NASA, aerospace and industries can come together to connect was chosen by the Italian Trade Agency as the optimal context where to showcase 15 leading Italian companies in the field of aerospace, as to foster the image of Italy as a country exporting industrial excellence even in such specialized sector.

Local partners: NASA, GHP, Boeing, Houston Airports, SpaceComExpo, Spaceport

Links: SpaceCom 2018 Innovation Days event site




October

INNOVATION DAYS – SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Organized by ITA Los Angeles


Focus sector: Startups


Description: On the occasion of participation in Launch Festival, ICT Startup sector /Investments: presentation of Italian and Californian speakers (incubators, accelerators, research and innovation centers, VC funds); "Investors arena", pitch of Italian startups; networking event; guided tours to local accelerators; training sessions. 


Local partners: "500 Startups" Global Silicon Valley / GSVLabs, Silicon Valley Forum and Plug and Play



 

June
INNOVATION DAYS – DETROIT, MI 

Organized by ITA Chicago


Focus sectorAutomotive and Advanced Manufacturing


Description: The first event of the Innovation Days USA 2018 series was dedicated to Advanced manufacturing and Automotive. It began with a half-day long conference in Detroit dedicated to the presentation of the two countries' policies, business environment and academic progress, by speakers from various backgrounds. A B2B session, between the 25 Italian companies' and universities' delegates on one side and USA counterparts on the other , followed. The Italian delegates went then through a three-day program of visits, to Universities, companies and training centers with several meetings, including another B2B session, in Detroit, Chicago and Rockford, IL, in order to get a glimpse of the potential for enhanced collaboration with local counterparts. 


Local partners: Association for Advancing Automation (A3), Automation Alley, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Rockford Area Economic Development, Northern Illinois University, Wayne State University, Purdue University, LIFT, MxD, UI Labs and other US universities and regional bodies.


 

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