5 things I learned attending C2 Spark in Milan

c2_logoA few weeks ago I had the privilege to attend C2 Spark conference in Milan. It is a “business conference somewhere between genius and insanity by Sid Lee, Cirque du Soleil, Fast Company and Microsoft” and try to mix Commerce and Creativity. It started in Montreal a few years ago and this was the first time in Europe (Zurich and Milan).

Talks were awesome and people were awesome too. Is quite strange for me meet non tech people and I really enjoy the day. I learned a lot of things attending the conference. Here the most fascinating ones.

Technology will change everything, again.

David Rose, scientist at MIT Media Lab and author of “Enchanted Objects” talks about the way we imagined the future. Internet of Things will be a huge opportunity and a lot of products are already here. Here is the “periodic table” of the Enchanted Objects who David shown us.

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Microsoft has enough money to reboot its business

Ten year ago Microsoft make a lot of billions on Windows and Office. Now Windows and Office worth nothing and Microsoft is trying to reboot its business with cloud (Windows Azure), mobile (Nokia and Surface) and wearable (Microsoft Band). Carlo Purassanta, CEO of Microsoft Italia, was clear: Microsoft is changing. He first ran for the conference wearing a Microsoft Band.

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Non tech people are awesome

I never had great respect for the non-technical people. “I can change the world, they can’t“, a lot of modesty and respect. I grow up inside a really close environment made by nerds and geeks and I always thought non-technical people have nothing to give me. I was wrong. I was absolutely wrong. At the event people came from different fields: diplomacy, medicine, sales, biology, advertising, marketing, law and more. Each of them has enriched me in some way. Non tech people are awesome 🙂

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Creativity could be an analytical process

Sid Lee, creativity firm behind C2 Spark describes the process behind its most successful advertising campaigns. A lot of myths about creativity are just myths and, with the right process, anyone could express his creativity.

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Jump on table to move them is definitely cool

Time between talks and workshops where staff move tables is usually boring. At C2 Spark tables were moved by a parkour crew jumping and dancing around the room. It was absolutely useless by definitely cool! 😀

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[UPDATE 2014-12-27 21:10 CET]

Seems a lot of people at Microsoft liked my article 🙂 Carlo Purassanta (CEO at Microsoft Italy), Carlo Rinaldi (Digital Marketing Group Leader at Microsoft Italia) and Chiara Mizzi (CMO at Microsoft Italia) shared it:

A week with Jawbone UP

A couple of weeks ago @lastknight lent me his Jawbone UP because I want to buy an activity tracker in order to log my sleep “performances” and my workouts and I was undecided between the Jawbone UP24 and the Fitbit Force.

The UP is really interesting from a technical point of view. Is a small set of sensors (mostly accelerometers) with a battery (up to 10 days of use).

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jawbone_up_app_logoFeelings are good: is lightweight enough to don’t notice when you wear it. You can track steps, sleep and a large set of activities (giving a different meaning to steps informations). There is not web interface yet. The only way to sync your device and view you data is your smartphone.

I started using the new 3.0 version of the app so i don’t know how the previous versions were.

I added my friends @gigisommo, @luka_bernardi and @dieguitoweb and I started to track all my activities. Dashboard shows your everyday progress:

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And there are details about walk, sleep and workouts:

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After a week I’m quite happy with this device. Steps are probably overvalued and sleep tracking is not perfect but data seems near enough to reality to be useful. Since I started to test it I tried to sleep more and do more steps and challenge with my friends was really fun. I really miss the web interface. Would be the best addition to this ecosystem.

Anyway I’m probably going to buy an UP24 on january. If you are part of this network add me as friend 😉