The Internet of Places Days


The “internet of places” days

Join us at ICLAB, Viale Alessandro Guidoni, 103, Firenze, 50123 Italia

The event is now closed, thanks to those who have joined us!


The Internet of Places Days

The Internet of Places Days

The last few years have seen a radical paradigm change in the way we all consider access to information on the web. Whenever we want to find a restaurant in the nearby, an hotel for our summer holiday, we do not search the Internet through standards search engines (e.g. Google) but we increasingly make use of tools which use the concept of “location” (e.g. Google Maps, Google Earth, NASA World Wind, Microsoft Bing Maps etc.). This cultural change paves the way to an evolution of the Internet as we have known it towards a “location-aware” Internet that we call the internet of places.

Inspired by this location-based approach during the two days participants will be challenged to create a useful application using virtual globes (e.g. Google Earth or NASA World Wind) around the themes of Life Beyond Tourism and Florence. The participants will be working to create new applications (requiring software development) as well as rich geo-data mash-ups using existing multidimensional viewers.

(much better than a hackathon!)

As you will have two days instead of one night to develop. Moreover, you don’t need to be a software developer! The event will bring together software developers with geo-experts, practitioners and volunteers collecting  open data to create new stimulating experiences that follow the paradigm of the “internet of places”.

The framework of this international students’ workshop is the Florence Youth & Heritage Festival, parallel event of the ICOMOS General Assembly & Symposium 2014.


The scientific committee will evaluate the projects during the following week and the person or the team which will develop the best solution will be awarded during the i-locate Conference (November 20) with a trophy and a diploma. If the award cannot be accepted in person the ceremony will be organised in video conference.

TOP THREE teams will receive the official NASA t-shirt.

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When and Where

Opening date and hours
November 10, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Registrations 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. )

Closing date and hours
November 11, 9 a.m. – 19 p.m.

ICLAB, Viale Alessandro Guidoni, 103, Firenze, 50123 Italy


, Italy

How to register

The required fee is € 10,00

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Contact info

Organizing Secretariat
Life Beyond Tourism Events
ICLAB,. Viale Alessandro Guidoni, 103, Firenze, 50123 Italia Florence
Tel. +39 055 284722
Fax +39 055 283260

Further information about the event 
Giuseppe Conti (

The registration includes

  • Welcome kit
  • Free Internet connection
  • Free food and beverage during the event (10-11 November)
  • Free entrance to the Florence Youth and Heritage Festival, 10-11 November*
  • Inauguration drink, 10 November at 7 p.m.
  • AperYouth, 11 November from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Discount on accommodation 9-14 November (all participants will receive a discount code after the registration, to book online at

*Entrance to the festival 12-13 November, is € 5,00/per day to be paid onsite

Scientific Committee

  • Patrick Hogan, NASA World Wind, US
  • Maria Antonia Brovelli, Politecnico di Milano, Polo Territoriale di Como, Italy
  • Giorgio Zamboni, Politecnico di Milano, Polo Territoriale di Como, Italy
  • Pietro Elisei, URBASOFIA (Romania) and ISOCARP
  • Giuseppe Conti, Trilogis, Project Manager and CTO, Italy
  • Sven Schade, JRC – Joint Research Centre
  • Venkatesh Raghavan, Osaka University, Japan
  • Peter Baumann, Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany
  • Gabor Remetey-Fülöpp, Hungarian Association for Geo-information (HUNAGI)
  • Rodi Jolak, Politecnico di Milano
  • Enrique González Guerrero, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotà, Colombia

  • Marco Piragnolo, Università di Padova


Local Technical Committee

  • Nicola Dorigatti, Trilogis
  • Stefano Piffer, Trilogis
  • Andres Quinones, Politecnico di Milano
  • Irina Saghin, Young Planners ISOCARP


Where & When?

Two full days:

  • 10 November from 9.00 AM to 10.00 PM
  • 11 November from 9.00 AM to 9.00 PM.

In Florence (Italy) at ICLAB, Via del Giglio, 10, 50123


remotely via video conference.. In this case contact for further details.

Who can join?

Teams can be made of one to three members. Members can be software engineers, programmers or simply enthusiasts willing to build or even just propose interesting projects that will benefit society if implemented!

What is the goal?

Quite simple: Describe or implement a “location-aware” concept that uses mobile devices connected to the internet ( “internet of places”). Something you will complete over the two days.

The resulting work will advance how we can use the concept of location to improve the quality of life. This can be a new piece of software using NASA World Wind or simply describe a creative way to use Google Earth.

The focus can be on the data needed, the user interface, or the user experience anything that will address a societal issue and how it can be solved by the use of “location-aware” information. . Come work and play intensely with us for two days.  We’ll have some really productive fun working together to solve some of the world’s problems!

How will it work?

Very simple. Each team will be free to organise their own working schedule. A server will be configured to let participants “commit” their work. The committed software should be a self-running package ready to be executed and evaluated by the jury.

At the given cut-off time, access to the server will be closed… from that point on the jury will start reviewing the various contributions.

Which will be the criteria to select the winner?

There will be two tracks:

  • content/project creators: those focusing on content, e.g. creating mash-ups using existing software or datasets. In this case evaluation will be made in terms of: 1) quality of data, 2) overall user experience, 3) overall innovation level.
  • software developers: those focusing on software development, e.g. creating new interfaces, new navigation metaphors, etc. In this case evaluation will be made in terms of: 1) complexity of the final results, 2) advancement beyond state of the art, 3) potential impact.

Software environment

Each team will be free to use the software environment they like. Each team will have to bring their own laptop.


All the code developed during the event will be released as open source to the community!

Food & beverages

During the event there will be snacks, coffee and beverages to help participants keep going …you are welcome to bring your own drink if you like.

Have fun

The scientific committee will evaluate the projects during the following days and the person or the team which develops the ‘prize’ solution will be awarded during the i-locate Conference (November 20) with a trophy and a diploma. If the award cannot be accepted in person the ceremony will be organised in video conference. 

Pictures of the event

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Organizing partners and institutions


NASA World Wind


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i-locate EU PSP




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