Trivago Hackathon in Düsseldorf

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Trivago cerca 50 esperti di informatica, appassionati, sviluppatori o programmatori per il Trivago Hackathon che si svolgerà presso la sede di Düsseldorf in Germania il 5 e 6 luglio 2014. La lingua ufficiale del Trivago Hackathon è l’Inglese.

Per partecipare dovete:
1. Candidarvi gratuitamente entro il 6 giugno compilando il modulo online
2. Leggere attentamente le condizioni di partecipazione
3. Incrociare le dita per essere scelti tra i 50 partecipanti!

Il Trivago Hackathon offre:
– 2 giorni di hackathon a Düsseldorf
– 50 partecipanti scelti
– 10 team di lavoro
– 1 giuria di esperti

Mancano solo pochi giorni alla chiusura delle iscrizioni e quindi alla scelta dei 50 partecipanti all’hackathon. Buona fortuna a quanti di voi decideranno di inviare la propria candidatura e rappresentare le eccellenze italiane nel campo dell’informatica!

3 nerds at DroidCon Turin 2014

Posted by Lorenz Cuno Klopfenstein

From thursday 6th to sunday 9th february the DroidCon Italy event was held in Turin. It’s the italian version of the important Android conference dedicated both to developers and the B2B market. (And people like us, it appears.)

Our three LaBlog writers (Gioele, Saverio e Lorenz) jumped on the opportunity of enjoying two days of vacation the conference in order to improve their Android skills. As soon as they arrived at the conference building, Gioele was exposed to a very severe and unfair badge discrimination, as shown in picture. (He also didn’t get the glass cleaning cloth shaped as a droid, a precious object giving +10 nerdiness to the user.)


As we noticed during the opening keynote, one of the themes of the conference would indeed be Google Glass: several people around the hall did indeed wear a pair of Glasses, and were usually inclined to talk about them and to show off their capabilities. During the BarCamp at the end of the first day there was an improvised talk about Google Glass, also showing one of the most interesting applications: providing hands-free information to fire-fighters doing their dangerous job.


Among the topics, several sessions were focused on mobile app security: Luca Baggio from did talk about the security issues that impacted Linux and Android devices at large so far, while Marco Grassi from viaForensics gave an interesting overview of the (many) attacks to mobile apps and data stored in them. He also presented some useful hints for developers in order to avoid most common problems, which usually are disregarded by larger developers as well. We doubt anyone cares about our shopping lists, but just in case you intend to store more important data…

There were several talks about testing setup and testing environments, while GenyMotion presented their new x86 Android emulator based on VirtualBox. We were very interested and their solution was also mentioned by some of the speakers, meaning that perhaps this could be a solution to the usually quite sluggish default Android emulator. We’ll need to check it out!

The spanish developer Victor Díaz then entertained us by showing some very interesting ideas of “atypical” smartphone usage: starting with a coordinated ballet, speed challenges (meaning the speed with which a phone on vibrate can cross a table) and his City Fireflies project where groups of people can use their smartphone to defeat evil space invaders attacking a public square of a city. He then also presented Protocoder, an interesting platform that can be used to rapidly develop application prototypes in Javascript. Very useful for quick testing or for teaching programming to kids, without having to use professional tools (which are quite hard usually) like Eclipse (also known as “big IDE of doom”). He wrapped up his talk encouraging other developers to develop interesting, modern and innovative applications — not the usual ListView + ActionBar.

Maco Picone held his talk about “The Android Platform in the era of Internet of Things” by presenting a system developed by a research group of the University of Parma that makes the discovery of Machine2Machine protocols very easy. Very interesting, we say!

Finally, there were several UI/UX (User Interface/User Experience) talks as well, especially targeted for Android developers. From the promising “One code to play ’em all” (about Fragments and responsive app development) which was little more than the official Android documentation unfortunately, to the intriguing “From Android App to Killer App: How to Reach the Million-Downloads Milestone”, to the talk by the author of, who unfortunately confirmed how verbose and difficult it can be to present graphics and layouts which could, in theory at least, be optimized by the Android UI runtime.


On friday we left Turin with a load of stimulating ideas, unfathomable fears about the security of our mobile apps, the certainty that ordering too much nachos for dinner is bad for you™ and, most importantly, a renewed craving for code!

ICT2013: Envisioning the future of ICT in Europe

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ICT2013 has just finished. The event, organized by the European Commission, has presented the state of the art of information and communication technologies in Europe, and anticipated the contents of the Horizon2020 programme. The details of the evnt can be found at

I share my personal notes, taken with the brevity imposed by Twitter (account @neutralaccess, hashtag #ICT2013eu). Please feel free to contact me for further details.

ICT2013: The next 7 years of ICT in Europe

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More than 5000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, young people and politicians will get together in Vilnius next week for ICT2013, Create, Connect, Grow (#ICT2013eu). The event will focus on Horizon 2020 – the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020. The University of Urbino will be there to present the results of FP7 project ULOOP, tested last month by the students of the Laurea degree program in Applied Computer Science during NeutralAccess13, and to conduct a networking session focused on Global-scale Energy Demand Management for a Greener Internet.Please dowload the invitation card in high resolution.

Post Laurea Stories

Posted by Alessandro Bogliolo

This is a new section of the web site of the Laurea Degree Program in Applied Computer Science devoted to storytelling. The stories we would like to collect and share in this section are those of our graduates. This is not just a way of celebrating the success of our graduates, but a mean for asking them to provide to our students and graduation candidates first-hand information, tips, and advice on job placement and postgraduate studies.

To contribute to this section, please use the online form to post your story on the “Post Laurea Stories” category.

Thank you for your help!

Late enrollment

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For this academic year enrollment was open until October, 8, 2013. Extensions, until December 20, may be granted for compelling reasons. Late enrollment is subject to approval and it entails an additional fee of 30 Euros.

Teaching activities have just started. Those who itend to apply for late enrollment are strongly invited to contact us (at +39 0722 4475) in order to gain access to the face-to-face and online activities without further delays.

Survey of adult skills

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The first OECD Skills Outlook has just been published. It presents the initial results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), which evaluates the skills of adults in 24 conutries, including Italy. It provides insights into the availability of some of the key skills and how they are used at work and at home. A major component is the direct assessment of key information-processing skills: literacy, numeracy and problem solving in the context of technology-rich environments.

Chapter 5 of the report shows that reading and using ICT at work and in everyday life can significantly coontribute to maintain and develop information-processing skills (i.e., literacy and numeracy proficiency).

Thesis defenses on October 4, 2013

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Eight canidates defended their thesis in Applied Computer Science in Urbino last Friday and achieved their Laurea degrees.

The dissertations discussed last week provide clear examples of the application of advanced information technologies in many different fields, such as: usage of WebSockets and HTML5 in building automation [“Progettazione di interfacce per il controllo remoto di sistemi domotici”, Matteo Bernardi], development of Android mobile apps for academic institutions [“ESSE3: un approccio per Android alla gestione dei questionari”, Matteo Campani],  usage of SignalR ADP.NET library for building real-time web-based applications [“Software web realtime con ASP.NET MVC: integrazione e portabilita'”, Alessandro Degola], development of lightweight Linux distributions devoted to penetration testing [“Sviluppo del framework NEMESIS e progettazione di SPIKE, una distribuzione Linux per il pentesting”, Ettore Di Giacinto], centralized and distributed virtual currency systems [“Il denaro virtuale: panoramica sui sistemi esistenti”, Alberto Farina], virtual restoration of ancient manuscripts apparently unreadable [“Rilevamento mediante raggi UV ed elaborazione delle immagini di scritture sbiadite in manoscritti antichi su supporto pegamenaceo”, Ermindo Lanfrancotti], acceleration of numerical meteorologic models on graphics processing units [“Compilazione efficiente di algoritmi di modelli numerici meteorologici con coprocessore CUDA”, Edoardo Rosa], analysis and simulation of business processes [“Implementazione di algoritmi per l’elaborazione e la simulazione di processi aziendali”, Mattia Smacchia].

All new graduates have agreed to provide details on their dissertations to interested people.