Acireale/Italy, July 2017: The memorable inauguration ceremony of the largest Innovation Hub of South Italy took place in Acireale in presence of local authorities and international partners and customers.
Free Mind Foundry has opened its doors to the large public on July 17th, marking a new beginning for many digital companies and talented people that can now stand side-by-side and exchange their vision of the future in the most technologically advanced Innovation Campus ever opened in Southern Italy.
More than 400 hundred guests have attended the grand inauguration ceremony that took place in Acireale: local authorities, international partners and customers, colleagues and families of employees have all together celebrated this great momentum.
To warmly welcome the guests, introducing the next-gen Innovation Campus, was Dr. Eng. Simone Massaro, BaxEnergy CEO and co-founder of Free Mind Foundry, followed by His Excellncy Antonino Raspanti, Bishop of Acireale, Antonino Raspanti, Dr. Saverio Continella, Managing Director of Credito Siciliano and Deputy Manager of Credito Valtellinese, other authorities, Representatives of Partners and Customers from Italy, Germany, Portugal, Austria as well as Professors from Universities of Catania and Messina.
“Today we celebrate the opening of the Free Mind Foundry, the new home for a community of young, talented, passionate individuals that love innovation and technology and have decided to join forces together to realise their dreams”, said Dr. Eng. Simone Massaro, who added: “There is nothing more powerful than an idea and this place is exactly that. Free Mind Foundry represents that idea that grows from a small seed into a giant tree”. In his speech, Simone Massaro has also emphasised the importance of the human capital that make Free Mind Foundry a unique place: “Our companies are made up of people. People with passion, great enthusiasm, with willingness to overcome obstacles, limits and geographical borders.”
To the same extent, His Excellency Anotnino Raspanti, Bishop of Acireale, expressing his congratulations to this new community of innovators, affirmed: “It is fundamental recreating a people-centred work environment and this Innovation Hub represents the ideal space where international teams can reach their personal and professional growth”.
“Lots of realities in Italy, especially in Sicily are digitally underdeveloped. This innovative project combines innovation and tradition and it is extremely important for us being part of it”, said Dr. Saverio Continella.
After the conference session, the inaugural punch through a paper wall replaced the traditional ribbon-cutting, officially starting the Innovation Hub’s tours where visitors have the possibility to discover and enjoy the different areas of the campus: the co-working space equipped with tailor made innovative desks, the IoT Lab, the Print Center, the Meet-up Rooms, the Gaming Room, the Digital Gym and the inner Backyards.
More than proud to be part of this reality, Digital Shell is among the companies that are populating the Innovation Hub, which are specialized in different sectors of cutting-edge technologies from software and hardware to IoT and Big Data, from renewable energy management to computer graphics & gaming, from cloud computing to machine learning. “Joining the Free Mind Foundry is a big step forward for Digital Shell. This Hub is a promising reality where you can do everything in-house, taking care of all the development phases of high quality projects that end in the implementation of software solutions for sizing customers’ biggest challenges with success”, explained Mr. Lorenzo Vetrano, Program Manager at Digital Shell.