The first Italian football Hackathon which runs for 48 hours on 14th and 15th October in Trento so that digital innovators can find new solutions, has piqued the curiosity of European stakeholders.

The marathon of innovation promoted by the FIGC in collaboration with the University of Trento and the Autonomous Province of Trento was presented to representatives of the european institutions at the Representation of the European Region of Tyrol- South Tyrol - Trentino, as part of the seminar "Sport & Innovation: Reflections from the Heart of Europe". The event was launched in 2013 by the local university and developed during the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union as well as by the speakers which share a complementary vision.

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In the previous week, a partnership was announced between Hackathon FIGC and EIT Digital. Besides the support of the European Parliament and of the european Commission, the Minister for Sport and CONI President Giovanni Malagó offered their support too.

The event was an opportunity to explore synergy between sport, culture, youth, universities and business leaders including Infront, FESI (Federation of European Sporting Good Industry) and FacilityLive. The European Commission was represented by Luisa Fernandez-Esteban (Deputy Head of the Sport Unit, European Commission), FESI by Alberto Bichi and the FIGC was represented by Niccoló Donna EOSE (European Observatoire of Sport and Employment) and the Professor Thierry Zintz. Greetings from Trento were made by Gabriele Pedrini with Professor Jose D’Alessando, which concluded the event. Francesco Mantegazzini (Infront Lab), Fabrizio Porrino (SVP of FacilityLive and European Tech Alliance) and Silvia Paleari (Senior Consultant, Cabinet DN) spoke in turns.

The event came at a key time for the European Union as the Erasmus + programme is implemented along with a new multi-annual sport project.

The presentation in Brussels was an opportunity to internationalize the Italian system as shown by the informal involvement of Fabrizio di Clemente (Italian Trade Agency) , Kole Gjelosha (International Federation of University Sport) and various representatives of the European Commission and the Regions of Tuscany, Lombardy and Umbria. "An informal workshop show the will of the FIGC to internationalize and play as a team," said Niccoló Donna. The session ended with a drinks reception sponsored by Hackathon partner Cantine Ferrari.

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