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]

Hacking drones (and opensource the code)

When I say that I love my job at frog design, it’s because I work with amazing people that constantly amaze me.

The drone race was an experiment literally born out of nowhere but inspiration and constant willing to challenge ourselves: starting from commercial drones to create a first-person real time multi-user race.

Bravissimi Simone and Ema; thanks to the entire Milan ID team for amazing #3dprinted shells and hand-crafted race track; and special thanks to Diego Biasi for bringing Parrot in.

If you wanna know how we did it, read the article http://ift.tt/29xFTDt if you wanna replicate it, get a couple of drones, an android phone and download the code we have open sourced here http://ift.tt/29Dv87j

War zones. And documentaries.

Among my Amsterdam adventures I would also include having a beer with (J F’s friend) photojournalist Harry Chun. He’s currently planning his next trip to a war zone to picture reality as it happens.

Given the amount of travel I do, and the massive shit happening everywhere I have a peculiar security protocol at airports (TL;DR: get you ass after security as fast as you can) and I was interested in his, given the enormous amount of risks he faces.

And I say I am risk versed. Heh.

He answered that sometimes he wears a bulletproof jacket. But most of the times he leverages luck, and having the right friends who can come and save your ass if things go south.

This is his work. Amazing.