First “Festival of popular digital”: 8 and 9 October Turin at the centre of the national debate on digital issues

13 Jul 2022


Turin will be the “home” of digital with the Popular Digital Festival. On Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October – with a preview on Friday 7 – the Piedmontese capital will host the first Italian event dedicated to digital culture and policy, organised by the Fondazione Italia Digitale under the patronage of the City of Turin.

Cartoonist and TV author Makkox; actress and sports executive Cristiana Capotondi; epidemiologist Gianni Rezza; former footballer Claudio Marchisio; national football team captain Sara Gama; philosopher Maurizio Ferraris; social communication expert and former TikTokUffizi team creative and strategist Ilde Forgione; and the musical group La Rappresentante di Lista.

These are the first guests announced today at the conference presenting the event, held in the Sala Colonne in the presence of the Councillor for Ecological and Digital Transition, Smart City Project and Innovation of the City of Turin Chiara Foglietta and the President of the Fondazione Italia Digitale Francesco Di Costanzo. The ‘special’ guest of the presentation was footballer and entrepreneur Giorgio Chiellini, one of the Festival’s protagonists, who sent a video greeting from Los Angeles, and who experienced some of the best and most decisive moments of his career in the city of Turin.

The digital transformation concerns people first and foremost: it is a valuable ally for improving the quality of life of citizens and promoting more democracy, equality, inclusion and sustainable growth,commented Councillor Chiara Foglietta. But technology must represent an opportunity for all citizens and not be the cause of a divide in favour of a technological and economic oligarchy. Technology can be a means of fighting inequality and promoting social and labour inclusion, provided that everyone can make full use of it, Foglietta continued.Even in our city there are many, too many, people who are not connected, who do not have sufficient digital skills, or who are not at ease in the digital ecosystem. This is why it is important to talk about popular digital: the path towards this goal cannot disregard the increasing involvement of those segments of the population that have so far remained on the margins’.”.

“”Digital is a great opportunity in the daily lives of all of us, with the pandemic there has been an acceleration and a huge spotlight has been turned on these issues with the growth of awareness on the part of citizens, public administrations, companies – explains the president of the Fondazione Italia Digitale, Francesco Di Costanzonow is the time to make this change structural, to bring digital into the places of normality, to make it popular. This is why with Fondazione Italia Digitale we are working on digital culture and policy on a daily basis Digital technology performs its task best if it is simple, fair, concrete, safe, within everyone’s reach. Hence the idea of a popular Digital Festival, for the first time in our country and in a city, Turin, which has always been sensitive and attentive to innovation’.”.

The parterre of guests will also be enriched by the presence of experts and personalities from the world of institutions, including Patrizio Bianchi, Minister of Education. During the Festival, in fact, a special space is dedicated to the world of young people with the direct involvement of schools and an important focus on digital education.

PA, school, sport, culture, museums, books, travel, tourism, mobility, podcasts, satire, new forms of content enjoyment, gaming, rights, health, sustainability, mobility, work, economics, communication and information, these and many other topics will be addressed under the leitmotif of the digital revolution.

During the conference, the Festival’s official logo was unveiled, whose slogan is Restart, restart the system to mark the country’s restart after more than two years of pandemic. While the Italian comics phenomenon JosephineYole Signorelli, aka Fumettibrutti, was entrusted with the creation of the Festival’s Manifesto. A collaboration born thanks to Etna Comics.

Talks, workshops, in-depth studies and laboratories will animate the kermesse, which opens with a preview on Friday 7 October at La Nuvola Lavazza, before going into full swing on Saturday 8 in the spaces of CAP 10100 and ending on Sunday 9 at La Nuvola Lavazza.

The aim of the event is to bring the many digital issues close to the people through an inclusive festival, open to everyone’s participation.

Festival info and programme constantly updated on and on the Foundation’s social channels. This is the page dedicated to the event

The Popular Digital Festival is realised thanks to partnerships with pagoPA, TikTok, Best Western, INWIT, Affidea, Karma Metrix, TOP-IX, Onda, Nuovi Sogni, Torino Wireless, CSI Piemonte, Etna Comics, Arci Torino and the organisational and communication support of To Be Events and Mate Agency. Many other partners are joining the event.

Participating in the Festival are the supporting members and partners of Fondazione Italia Digitale Amazon Web Services, Bird, Campus Biomedico, Colossus, Flixbus, Google, HT&T Consulting, Meta, Municipia, Next Code Academy, Osservatorio Digitale, Sicurtransport, Synesthesia, Torelli – Hanzo and the founders Associazione PA Social, Istituto Piepoli, Open Comunicazione, Lievito Consulting, Mediaddress, L’Eco della Stampa, Associazione PerCorso,, cittadiniditwitter – First “Popular Digital Festival”: 8 and 9 October Turin at the centre of the national debate on digital issues