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U R V S: Visualizing debates and government activity in a city

16 April 2015 – 10.13 am

URVS URVS is a digital project for the city of Venice starting from its complexity and uniqueness—particularly the fact that people move around the city on foot. URVS enables people to vote on proposals related to current interventions, proposals and debates, representing the mood of the citizens through the metaphor of the weather.


12 April 2014 – 4.59 pm
Diallog logo

Diallog is a mobile application that allows people to communicate publicly or privately exclusively by voice and sound. The app is a social phone service—a hybrid between a voice call and a text message. Users can record and share sound fragments, through a voice or touch interface, and can pin them to geographical locations to make them discoverable by other users of the service. [More]

Communio: Intergenerational communication in a system of volunteers.

27 April 2013 – 9.49 pm

Communio aims to restore contact between old and young people through an exchange of help in a system of voluntary work: an exchange of information and lessons for the mutual benefit and enrichment of old and young. Older people provide the skills and experience of work accumulated over their lifetimes, while young people provide a link with development and technological innovation.[More]

Terrarium: Living maps

11 April 2013 – 11.46 pm

Terrarium is a mobile geographic information system that keeps track of the user’s movements to progressively build a personal geography. It helps them remember the places they have been to and reach new places based on their past knowledge: the representation of the world it gives is subjective, adapted only to the user and based on the information he or she personally recorded. [More]

OnAir: Broadcast your playlist

23 April 2012 – 9.53 am

The evolution of music listening in the contemporary era is becoming more private. OnAir is a smartphone application that instead uses music as a vehicle for social relations and has been designed to create a community of music lovers.
The app transforms an ordinary smartphone into a radio station, allowing the user to create and share live playlists. [More]

Fulcra: A Platform for Disaster Relief Assistance by Online Volunteers

18 April 2012 – 10.22 am

Fulcra is a digital platform, accessed through the web, for aid relief organizations to crowdsource menial tasks related to information management. This community of volunteers helps the aid workers by organizing, rating and finding information that can help coordinate a better response. Tasks can include information bulletins with updates taken from the Internet on the disaster, contextual reports for assessing the social and cultural aspects of the area where the aid worker will be deployed. [more]

TuneUp: A sound application to manage teenagers’ diabetes

10 April 2012 – 5.12 pm

TuneUp is an application for mobile devices that helps diabetic teenagers with the technical and emotional management of their condition by creating a sound image which represents collected glucose data. The app aims to increase knowledge about the daily management of diabetes and, , through sound, emphasise the importance of proper self-management. [More]

I Mirabilia: three interactive dolls for hospitalized children

3 August 2011 – 12.36 pm

I Mirabilia (“The Wonders”) are a family of three interactive dolls, Odo, Lucio and Tello, for hospitalized children. Each doll takes care of a specific psychological need such as guilt, solitude and shyness and through different interactions and behaviours they allow children to improve their relationships in hospital with other people, like doctors, psychologists and similarly hospitalized children. [More]

Demo: A game about democracy

4 April 2010 – 9.50 am


Demo is a video game to encourage people to take an interest in the democratic process. It allows users to play and compose music together—but in order to play they must first read news items and vote on opinion polls taken from Yahoo! News: Politics. The research’s target audience is teenagers and young people, aiming to involve them in political debate and make them understand media bias and the importance of free information. [More]

Trace: Create, share, find travel experiences

19 May 2009 – 11.47 am

TraceTrace is the study of an iPhone software application and its graphic interface. It allows people to record and share their routes and experiences. The user-generated, geotagged travel contents comprise notes, tips, photos, videos and audio recordings. People can contribute individually to broadening or modifying existing routes, characterizing and making them unique. The software and service- system is applied to the Parco Naturale dei Castelli Romani, a national park near Rome. [More]