Pietro Molini

Pietro Molini

research & development


Pietro received his MSc in 2005 in Telecommunications Engineering from University of Genoa University of Genoa, Italy. He worked for University of Genoa, for the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics and for the University of Padua before joining the ICT4G at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento.


Zero A Scuola

Role: PM, education coordinator

The main goal of this project is reducing food waste in school canteens by measuring how much food each student leaves on the tray at every meal and by generating awareness on food waste among the students.

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The App Factory

Role: Research and training

The project has the goal of sharing, consolidating, and improving current practices to build software products for emerging markets, taking into account different constraints, such as time-to-market, value for users, and maintainability. The project is implemented through the exchange of experiences (of the partners and of the SMEs collaborating with the partners), training of students on the methodological aspects, and experimentation.

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Hour of Code

Role: Facilitator

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching over 100 million students in more than 180 countries. It started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.

We have been organizing Hour of Code from 2015 in different events and in different venues. Here is a list of the most relevant ones:

  • Researchers' Night 2015 @ Trento
  • Chiamata alle Arti e alle Scienze 2016 @ FEM
  • Illuminiamo il futuro 2016 @ FBK
  • Introduzione all'informatica @ Carcere di Spini 2015
  • Introduzione all'informatica @ Carcere di Spini 2016
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Role: PM & Server Development

App and Website for a contest organized by Fondazione Banco Alimentare (the Italian Food Bank), and LaFabbrica, funded by the Ministry of Agriculture to promote food collection for charity in oratories.

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Role: PM & Server Development

Using IT to reduce waste

This is a long-term collaboration with AMNU, the company for waste disposal in Alta Valsugana, with the goal of experimenting technologies for reducing domestic waste

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Maputo Living Lab

Role: Teaching and Supervision

The Maputo Living Lab (MLL) aims at applying the open innovation paradigm of Living Labs by involving the local community as a source for project ideas and as end-user group for the Living Lab's products.

Furthermore, being located in a developing region, MLL will have the goal of fostering local development by working as a start-up incubator to promote local entrepreneurship, helping the execution of innovative projects that can contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in Mozambique.

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ICT in Low Resource Settings: Innovating for Africa and Europe through Living Lab

Role: Visiting Researcher

The implementation of ICT projects in developmental contexts is a growing phenomenon. It presents interesting social and technical challenges.

Understanding of lessons learnt and best practices under extreme conditions such as the ones found on the African continent can provide valuable insights for ICT deployment in developed countries.

At the same time, the experience in use cases and technical know-how of developed countries can help regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa in harnessing the full potential of ICT for social and economic development.

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Social Accountability in Mozambique

Role: Android Development, Training

Empowering citizens in making Governments more accountable and transparent in the services they provide has gained more attention in the last few years both in the developing and in the developed world. At the basis of any such exercise, information and data collection activities play an important role.

SAMO stands for "Social Accountability in Mozambique" and the project, conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Mozambique, the World Bank and the Maputo Living Lab had the goal of collecting data about various procurement indicators of primary schools in the Moamba district, a rural area of Mozambique.

For this purpose we developed a data collection platform and a mobile application to conduct field work and collected 677 interviews.

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  • Ciaghi, A., Eshete, B., Molini, P., & Villafiorita, A. (2013). SAMo: Experimenting a Social Accountability Web Platform. In B. Thies & A. Nanavati (Eds.), ACM DEV (p. 17). ACM.

  • Ciaghi, A., Eshete, B., Molini, P., & Villafiorita, A. (2012). Social Accountability in Mozambique: an Experience Report from the Moamba District. In E-Infrastructures and E-Services on Developing Countries: Fourth International ICST and IEEE Conference, AFRICOMM 2012, Yaounde, Cameroon, November 12-14.

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  • Ciaghi, A., Molini, P., Villafiorita, A., & Weldemariam, K. S. (2013). Maputo living lab summer school of ICTs: An experience report. In IST-Africa Conference and Exhibition (IST-Africa), 2013 (pp. 1–8).

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