On the 6th of October 2012, a Digital Futures brainstorming took place as part of the Internet Festival (IF) in Pisa, Italy. The event emerged in full harmony with the Internet Festival, as well as the specificity of the city of Pisa, renowned for its hosting of proeminent events, meetings, discussions, cultural performances and workshops, but also for its deep-rooted connections to science, research, scientific research, eventually informatics, technology, ICTs. From Galileo (Galilei) onwards.
Each year, the IF gathers experts, researchers and scientists, together with opinion-makers, influencers, entrepreneurs, policy makers, as well as artists and users from all over the world. They meet in the first Italian city to be acquinted with the Internet (decades ago already) with the purpose of discussing the future, opportunities and threats related to the very same (or not quite the same) interrelated network that we today use on a daily basis, the ubiquitous and forever addictive Internet.
The Digital Futures Brainstorming @ Pisa Internet Festival managed in this context to unfold a participatory visioning process aiming at the development of scenarios for 2050, but also of political "paths" based on long-term progress in ICT that may be leading to these scenarios. The scenario making process involved not only the participants' fragmented aspirations for the futures, but also their enlarged visions and domain of study-related probabilistic calculations based on both scientific knowledge and human intuition.
Participation at the Digital Futures Brainstorming @ Pisa Internet Festival was open to all persons interested in making a journey into the future of technology, imagining what the future will be like. Participants did not need a thorough knowledge of ICT, as in fact the multidisciplinary nature and diversity of the participants made for a more interesting exchange.
The Internet Festival, the host event of the Digital Futures Brainstorming @ Pisa Internet Festival, was organized by the Region of Tuscany, the city of Pisa, Province of Pisa, Pisa Chamber of Commerce, National Research Council, University of Pisa, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Scuola Normale Superiore and the Association Festival of Science in Genoa. The Director of the event was Edoardo Fleischner, and its coordination was entrusted to Fondazione Sistema Toscana.
Pisa, the venue of the IF, is considered as the best city to host such an important ICT event, for it is well known as a cradle of science in Italy and not only. The very first Faculty of Computer Science in Italy was established in Pisa in 1969. Also the Institute for Informatics and Telematics (IIT) of the National Research Council, which carries out scientific and technological research in the field of Internet and serves as a register of all domains, is located in this city in Tuscany. Therefore, the Digital Futures Brainstorming @ Pisa Internet Festival had a lot to gain from the inspiring atmosphere of the city.