UFO - Urban Flying Opera is a project stemming from a collaboration among institutions, companies and research centres with complementary mission, know-hows, and competences.

UFO aims to create a new model for cultural development and urban innovation.

The Compagnia di San Paolo is one of the biggest private foundations in Europe. Founded in 1563, the Compagnia pursues socially useful objectives in order to promote cultural, civil and economic development within the communities it operates, to achieve goals of public interest and utility. Through the promotion of UFO - Urban Flying Opera project, the Compagnia di San Paolo gives its resources and competencies to support the use of innovative digital technologies in fields of artistic production - so to promote the emergence of new professionalisms and the progress of the traditional ones. To the Compagnia di San Paolo, investing in UFO project means to stimulate the development of production and cultural innovation, promoting new behaviors and know-how - so to support creativity and new business models.

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Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) is an international design and innovation office based in Turin, Italy, with branches in New York and London. Drawing on Carlo Ratti’s research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the office is currently involved in many projects, embracing every scale of intervention - from furniture to urban planning. The work of the practice merges design with cutting-edge digital technologies, so as to contribute to the creation of an architecture “that senses and responds”. CRA has created the UFO - Urban Flying Opera concept and it is the curator for the project.

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ISMB is a research and innovation center dealing with ICT technologies. It was founded by the Compagnia di San Paolo and Politecnico di Torino university. The center’s work focuses not only on the creation of innovation, but also on its implementation and evolution. ISMB will coordinate the UFO project thanks to its expertise in the innovation technology field, giving its support to hybrid localization and cooperation systems that will be used to track drones with a high level of accuracy.

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In collaboration with

Algoritmo is an Italian company that designs and develops software technologies for UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) - used in aeronautics and robotics. Since its foundation, Algoritmo has been collaborating with ISMB and always meets the most advanced standards in the technology research field. Algoritmo will contribute to the UFO project, offering its expertise and technologies. Coherently with the company’s vision - which sees technology not as a mere end but as a means to improve people’s quality of life - Algoritmo aims to experiment through UFO the potentialities of UAV systems in the cultural and social realms.

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Thanks to

for the workshop and the didactic curation

For the testing space

Under the patronage of