A visit at the Porsche factory, taking a glimpse of the future of Human/Robots collaboration

Today I was at the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen. Where they build the 911 and the and the 718. Not really where the Porsche legend started, but surely when it started to have roots.

I was humbled by the craftsmanship of the workers and the continuous optimization of the assembling process.

And most of all I have seen, for the first time in my life, the sci-di stories I used to read as a kid becoming reality: robots and humans working together. Not in a basic man/machine relationship, but as colleagues. As co-workers.


P.S. Unfortunately they took all the cameras and phones before entering the plant. So no photos this round. But blessing memories.

When Matteo runs

If it’s a while you read my posts on these pages you already know my love/hate relationship with running. I would not be able to live with out it, albeit I (re-)started almost by chance at the beginning of 2014.

This has been the best year ever for every of the data I measure. A very good progression; #mehappy.

Let’s take a look:

Distance run: 1286KM (was 850Km last year) – this is the real deal; especially with the life I live it takes constant effort in finding time to run. Record month was March with 160Km run in a single month (right, Giorgio Cordiner? :) An average of 107Km per month.

Time spent running: 111 hours 27 mins (was 75 hours 45 minutes last year). Again happy of how I managed this despite all my travels.

Altitude gain: 5212m (was 5398 last year). I hate running up/dowhill probably as much I hate running on the treadmill.

I almost ran zero races so I cannot comment my official pace; let’s just note down that it has improved to the point that I can without too much effort keep a race pace btw 4:40 and 4:45 min/km and moved my training pace down to 5 min/km. With fastest (single) Km at 4:22.

Looking forward to another year on the road.

A new product launch: Frontiers Health 2016 in Berlin

As it happens at the end of every conference we organize, I’m ready to welcome the vertical drop of adrenaline in my body. Then I will start feeling seriously tired and ready to spend time to go through the enormous amount of photos, posts, tweets that every Frontiers event generates.

Till then, on my flight back home from Berlin, I am looking back to how everything started. How I kicked Frontiers Health off.

My reason why in a nutshell of why I keep doing this.


[Matteo enters stage]

Matteo Penzo opens Frontiers Health in Berlin

Matteo Penzo opens Frontiers Health in Berlin

The path that brought me to this stage in front of you started 10 years ago in a university classroom in Milano; where with my partner Leeander we decided to disrupt the Italian conference scene by mashing-up experience, industries and players. We planned not to organise conferences, but to design them. They were cozy. They were focusing on the intersection between design and business. They were bringing people together into something new.

Our plan has always been to extend our impact on other industries and other markets.

Last year it marked the 10th anniversary of our conference. And on the stage in Milan I announced a new conference, Frontiers Health, to be held in Berlin in 2016. A new product. A new location. And the same coziness and inspiration that people are used to have at a Frontiers event.

Healthcare is an industry on the edge of enormous shift; some would say the disruption is already happening. It’s a disruption that has its roots into the digital sphere, but with branches that spread way beyond it.
We’re here today and tomorrow to explore what is going to happen in the next two years. Where you are going to invest your next budget.

We have chosen Berlin as the home of Frontiers Health because of the inspiring energy of this city. An energy we have used to shape up this event. I’m sure you will enjoy this space a lot in the next two days.

Thanks for the trust you have put in us by deciding to be here.

We have designed this conference to be an incredible source of inspiration; and cross-pollination; and new ideas and new friends. We have brought speakers from the entire industry, and start-ups, and investors, and scientists, and musicians. And amazing people among the attendees.

We have worked with one of the best leaders in the healthcare innovation space to shape the content and the speakers line-up of Frontiers Health. I met him years ago, at one of our conferences, as a speaker of our first prototype in delivering digital healthcare content. It’s incredible watching serendipity at work.
Ladies and gentlemen I’d like you to welcome our curator, CEO of Healthware, Mr Roberto Ascione.

[Matteo greets Roberto; exits stage]