The World Expo 2010 in Shanghai started on May 1.
On this occasion, the Italian Minister for Public Administration and Innovation launched “Italia degli Innovatori” (Italy of Innovators), an initiative to create a temporary exhibition and promotional activities dedicated to technological excellence, highlighting Italian genuinity and inventiveness as evidence of Italy’s innovative tradition.
The creation of “Italia degli Innovatori” is already the result of an innovation, since it is the result of a selection of proposals received following the launch of the call for participation presented on 3 June 2009.
This initiative was promoted by the Ministry for Public Administration and Innovation and the General Commissariat of the Government for Shanghai Expo 2010, and led to the identification of 265 projects divided in ten categories (construction and urban planning, environment, communication and media, health, civil protection, heritage conservation, mobility, security, e-government and other sectors).
At the opening cerimony, Antonio Cianci, as advisor to the Minister of Public Administration and Innovation, presented 10 famous innovations that have made Italian history and helped make the world what it is today.
“We Italians invented the telephone with Meucci, but also the first prepaid card, and the Sim cards that are widespread everywhere today are an Italian invention. Olivetti invented the first personal computer and Italy is also the inventor of the Mp3 compression format, which today makes it possible to listen to music all over the world”, summarised Cianci.
In addition to the exhibition – in Shanghai until 7 August – the next two weeks dedicated to innovation include a busy agenda of appointments between Italian and Chinese companies, and a varied programme of visits to Shanghai’s main science and technology parks.
Here some pictures of the event.