Sinnova, technology made in Sardinia on display. Headlights focused on the "Silicon Valley" of the Mediterranean


Potentially, it’s seen as the "Little Silicon Valley" of the Mediterranean. To discover the reasons for such an optimistic forecast, the sixth edition of Sinnova, the Innovation Exhibition of Sardinia, will take place in the former tobacco factory in Cagliari on 11 and 12 October. The event promoted and organized by Sardegna Ricerche with the Regional Planning Department is the main showcase of the innovations presented on the island. Conceived as a fair, it’s a meeting place and the point of intersection, discussion, sharing and birth of new projects for entrepreneurs, innovators and startuppers. Artificial intelligence, robotics and the cartoon industry are the three main themes of the 2018 edition.


The 104 companies present were included in five sectors: 60 companies for ICT, 24 between Tourism, culture and environment, 8 for smart networks for efficient energy management and 6 for Agroindustry and Biomedicine respectively. There are 26 start-ups present, and 14 are female companies. Like every year, the event devotes great space to partners and institutions with which it collaborates. Starting from the regional Ministries for Planning , with Europe Direct and Por Fesr 2014-2020, Education with the Virtual Archaeology project, a virtualization project of the archaeological and cultural heritage of Sardinia and Industry, with B2B meetings already established between Sardinian companies and foreign investors. The Universities of Cagliari and Sassari, the Joint Innovation Centre, the innovation laboratory of CRS4, Huawei and the Sardinia Region, Porto Conte Ricerche and Imc, will also be present, together with the Crs4 with the social wall. The Città della Scienza (City of science) of Naples is participating to promote the Italy-China Science Week which in December will make a stop in Cagliari. Among the other participants, we find Confcommercio, Banco di Sardegna and the Digital Innovation Hub of Confindustria Sardinia.


«A few years ago Sinnova was a gamble, today it is a solid reality, a point of reference for national and international companies that focus on technological innovation for their present and their future», says Minister Raffaele Paci. «Technological innovation breaks down barriers and creates connections; it allows us to be in contact with the whole world, encourages the comparison between companies, eliminates the structural gaps such as the geographical one that Sardinia suffers but that can overcome precisely through digital innovation» says the vice president of the Region. "Sardinia has all the potential to become a true island of knowledge and innovation at a global level - he concludes - with so many excellent professionals ".


The Regional Ministry of Industry will also be present to Sinnova. "Our presence is in line with the activities we carry out to allow Sardinian businesses, especially the ICT, to deal with foreign investors and the main international realities," says Minister Maria Grazia Piras. "On this occasion we offer our companies a further leap in quality in the path of internationalization that we have been conducting with excellent results for the last three years".


For information on the full program for the 2018 edition, visit the official page at the following link:


Research and innovation, Small and medium enterprises