Join us
October 8, 2014 at 6 PM
Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue,New York, NY 10065

For an engaging evening of expert panel discussion, video showcase of companies across EU, and networking with thought leaders and practitioners interested in strategies and business innovation for positive social transformation as well as highlighting the EU and US's shared commitment to Creativity, Social Progress, Technology advancement and a vibrant public-private sector.

This EU-sponsored event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to attend.
Light refreshments will be served at the event.

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Jean-Baptiste Michel
Data Scientist, Founder at Quantified Labs
Jean-Baptiste is a leading data scientist. While at Harvard and Google, he invented new ways to extract meaning from Big Data of all sorts - including social, genomic, and cultural data. His technologies, used by tens of millions of people, were featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, on the cover of Science, and on TED talks. His book, Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture (Aiden & Michel, Riverhead) has been called "irresistible" by the New York Times.
Jean-Baptiste holds a PhD from Harvard and is an Engineer of Ecole Polytechnique. He was a Visiting Faculty at Google, was named a Forbes "30 under 30", is a visiting scholar at Harvard, a Lavin speaker, and a TED Fellow.

Claudio Vaccarella
Serial Entrepreneur at HyperTV; Vejo Park
Claudio Vaccarella is a an Italian serial entrepreneur. He is the founder of over 6 successful tech companies, including CPG/Smarten (sold for more than $100m+ in 2001). In 2011, Mr. Vaccarella launched HyperTV, the leading Context Aware app development platform. HyperTV's mission is to help TV Networks and Brand enhance the user experiences of their apps and monetize engagement in innovative ways. After becoming market leader in Italy, in 2012 Claudio decided to expand its operations in the US.
Mr. Vaccarella is also the Founder and CEO of Vejo Park, an incubator based in Rome that nurtures and invests in projects at the intersection of technology, new media and digital content. Mr. Vaccarella holds a degree in Computers and Electronics from La Sapienza University. Mr. Vaccarella is married and has two children.

Grant Garrison
Director, GOOD Corps
Grant Garrison is a Co-Founder and Director at GOOD/Corps, GOOD's social innovation consultancy. Drawing upon experience in philanthropy, community organizing, the nonprofit sector, movement-building, marketing and social innovation, Grant helps client "intrapreneurs" across sectors identify opportunities for transformational leadership that leverage core competencies. Together with the multi-disciplinary team at GOOD/Corps, Grant develops partnerships that involve research-driven program design, public engagement, collective impact, and just about whatever else is required to realize a compelling vision for accelerating social impact. Grant has led initiatives with Dick's Sporting Goods, Pepsi, Starbucks, 100Kin10/The Carnegie Corporation of New York, Origins, The Nature Conservancy, Girl Scouts of the USA, Aquafina, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining GOOD/Corps, Grant served as a Program Officer for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and a consultant to diverse independent sector organizations.

Bill Hoffman
Head, Telecommunications Industry Group, World Economic Forum
William Hoffman heads the World Economic Forum’s Telecommunications Industry Group, where he supports a global community of industry partners in addressing some of the world’s most pressing economic, social and environmental challenges. One of his primary areas of focus is leading a global initiative entitled Rethinking Personal Data. This multi-year project is designed to catalyze action and shared understandings on how to shape a personal data ecosystem that crates opportunities for both social and economic value creation as well as protecting the rights of individuals.
Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, William was the Director of Enterprise Marketing at AT&T. With broad experience in the communications industry, he has an extensive background with the adoption of emerging technologies, data analysis and strategic planning. William holds degrees from Syracuse University as well as the University of Pennsylvania.


Maria Teresa Cometto
Maria Teresa Cometto is an Italian journalist with more than 25 years in the media industry. Since 2000 she has been based in New York, covering business, financial markets and high-tech, and writing for some of the most important Italian papers such as Corriere della Sera, which is the daily with the largest circulation in Italy, and Il Mondo, the most authoritative Italian business magazine. She is well known for her articles on the US technology industry and for her many interviews with leading economists, including 14 Nobel Laureates. Maria is also the author of several books, among which Figli & Soldi (“Kids & Money”, 2008).

Mission At-Large

Striving to make a significant impact on society, economy and the environment while providing sustainable jobs and facilitating social and work integration

Main Characteristics

Operating in the market through the production of goods and services in an entrepreneurial and innovative way while making a significant impact on society, economy and the environment.

Strategy and Approach

Focusing on innovation and web technology. Leveraging scientific and technical advancement. Unlocking the potential of rapid economic growth and sustainability.


Fostering innovative partnerships to include broad actors such as the public sector, civil society, businesses, academics and social entrepreneurs to facilitate an integrated approach and access to capital, hence creating momentum, scale and inclusive economic growth.