Humanizing Technology Through Design in Turin, Italy

Circolo del Design – Turin, with the aim of feeding and promoting the design culture through projects with territorial impact, and cultural and training activities, has launched its new cultural season with a program that will continue until September, under the theme HUMANIZING TECHNOLOGY.

Within this cultural calendar, Circolo del Design – Turin launches the international conference “Humanizing Technology Through Design”, which has taken place at OGR Torino from 17 to 19 June 2021.


The conference aims to disseminate the state of the art on the humanization of technology at a national and international level, with a view to providing new innovation tools to companies, institutions, service providers and designers.

The speeches will reflect current challenges and best practices in artificial intelligenceeducationhealthmobility and public services, with an opening session dedicated to the relationship between ethics and technology.

The conference has been structured as follows:

T H U R S D A Y  //  17 JUNE

Opening session on Ethics and technology — h. 10am-12.30 pm

Scenario speech — Molly Steenson, Associate Professor & Associate Dean at Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania)

Scenario speech — Marco Steinberg, Founder and CEO at Snowcone & Haystack in Helsink

Scenario speech — don Luca Peyron Director at Apostolato Digitale

Local player — Christian Greco, Director at Museo Egizio in Turin

Humanizing public services through design — h. 2-6 pm

Local player — Marco Pironti, Deputy Mayor for Innovation and Smart city for the City of Turin

Scenario speech — Sabine Junginger, Head of Competence Center Research in Design and Management at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lucerne

Case study — Roberta Tassi, Head of Service Design nel Digital Transformation Team – Italian Government

Case study — Claudio Celeghin, Head of the “Web Development and Communities” Service di Agid (Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale)

Seminar — TODO, design studio

F R I D A Y  // 18 JUNE

Humanizing healthcare through design — h.10am-15.30 pm

Local player — Franca Fagioli, Director of the Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Specialties – AOU City of Health and Science of Turin

Scenario speech — Marta Lago, EU lead for Patient Experience and Solution Design

Case study — Enrico Bassi, Director of fablab OpenDot Milan,

Case study — Andrea Boioli, Research & Innovation Manager at CELI – H-FARM Innovation

Seminar — Experientia, design studio

Humanizing artificial intelligence through design — h. 2-6 pm

Local player — Giovanni Squillero Professor of Computer Science at Politecnico di Torino for “Artificial Intelligence in support of Museums” by Compagnia di San Paolo

Scenario speech — Ruth Kikin Gil, Responsible AI strategist, Senior UX Designer per Microsoft

Case study — Carlo Ratti, Director of MIT SENSEable City Lab e Co-Founder di Carlo Ratti Associati

Seminar — Enhancers, design studio

S A T U R D A Y //  19 JUNE

Humanizing mobility through design — h.10am-15.30 pm

Local player — Matteo Pessione Coordinator of OGR Tech and innovation projects at the CRT Foundation, Lecturer in management and marketing at the University of Turin will intervene

Scenario speech – Thomas J. Stovicek Head of User Experience at Volvo Cars

Case study — Federico Parolotto partner e owner di MIC Mobility In Chain

Case study — Lowie Vermeersch CEO & Creative Director at Granstudio

Seminar — Pininfarnia, design studio

Humanizing learning through design — h. 2-6 pm

Local player — Juan Carlos De Martin Vice Dean for Culture and Communication at Politecnico, Turin

Scenario speech — Jan Eckert Head of the Design Unit at University of Gothenburg

Case study — Hector Ouilhet Head of Human Centered Innovation & Strategy at Google USA

Case study — Kris Krois, Head of MA in Eco-Social Design at Bolzano

Seminar — Fightbean, design studio

In the six sessions of the conference, national and international companies will participate with their designers, training institutes with their researchers and design studios with their design leads. Together with these speakers, in order to simultaneously express the work in this sense and the excellence of the territory, institutional local players will intervene to tell the projects and visions they carry out in their work and their innovative approach with issues related to the humanization of technology.

Circolo del Design – Turin is supported by the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation and the Turin Chamber of Commerce (main partner), with the contribution of the City of Turin, the Industrial Union of Turin and CNA, sponsored by Iren and Reale Mutua Assicurazioni.

Dedicated website: ht.circolodeldesign.it