Coming up with digital solutions
If there’s any sphere is which technology reigns supreme it’s in start-ups, and the awards confirmed that this also goes for Italy. From Simone Beckerman, the father of Depop, the e-commerce platform for vintage clothes that Gen Z is wild about, to Giuseppe Virgone, the entrepreneur who is digitising public administration services with his PagoPa Spa, there was no shortage of founders in the Italian Tech Person of the Year list.
Other jewels in the crown were Simone Mancini, who returned to Italy from Australia specifically to set up ScalaPay, a start-up offering deferred payment solutions for online shopping, and Luca Rossettini who, with a doctorate in advanced space propulsion, launched dozens of satellites into space through his company D-Orbit.
Technology for entertainment and information
Lastly, it’s impossible to ignore the importance of technology in communicating messages, transmitting emotions and educating more immediately, accessibly and amusingly.
Candidates who made this their motto include Norma Cerletti who, after resigning as a teacher in an infant school, started up the YouTube channel Norma’s Teaching, where her English lessons have earned her 42,000 followers within the space of just one year.
Other contenders were Khaby Lame, the 21-year-old TikToker with the platform’s second most followed profile in the world, and Giulia Galieti, chosen as a Standard Bearer of the Republic aged just 18, for creating a video on Covid vaccination that went viral, both selected for having demonstrated their ability to exploit the new media to get their messages across.
Last but not least was Ambra Sabatini, the Olympic athlete who has continued to run after an accident and garner medals and records thanks to a running-specific prosthesis. Yet another testament to the power of technology to push us beyond our limits.