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Riccardo @ Linux Day 2012

Riccardo, our lab developer at Linux Day - Pisa the 27th of October.

Riccardo @ Linux Day 2012


Linux Day is a very important event about Linux, open source and free software, and openness in general. The title of the conference was "Il Software Libero nella Piccola e Media Impresa" and Riccardo presented Python.

Slides about the Riccardo talk at Linux Day in Pisa "Introduzione a Python", available on: slideshare (in italian).

See more on LinuxDay event: http://www.linuxday.it/

Internet Festival follow up: Digital Experience Day

Riccardo has published a blog post about the 2012 Pisa Internet Festival

"Tra gli eventi dell' Internet Festival era presente anche un interessante workshop denominato "Experience Day" in cui i partecipanti avrebbero costruito il business plan per una startup. A Reflab abbiamo già avuto esperienze simili anche se fai-da-te: il progetto più completo e interessante è stato sicuramente MioMood, un diario in cui le persone potevano registrare il proprio mood e che usava il profilo di Facebook in modo da evitare all'utente di dover ricostruire il proprio network su un'altra piattaforma"

Check out Riccardo's post:  Digital Experience Day (in italiano)

See more on Internet festival 2012:  http://www.internetfestival.it/

Riccardo teacher @ Gulp!

Gulp, Gruppo Utenti Linux Pisa, organizes a course about Python in Pisa the 14th and the 21st of November

"Python - Corso base" is the name of the course (in italian) with teacher Riccardo, our über developer. During the two lessons will be tackle the following topics with practical examples:

  • Introduction to Python
  • Syntax
  • Base Types and Classes
  • Statements
  • Standard Libraries


See more about the course: https://www.gulp.linux.it/2012/11/07/python-corso-base/

Francesco @ Wikimania 2012, Washington, D.C.

The Wikimania 2012 conference will be held July 12-15 at George Washington University.

Francesco @ Wikimania 2012, Washington, D.C.


"Wikimania is the annual international conference of the Wikimedia community. Wikimania allows the community and the general public to learn about and share their experiences with free knowledge initiatives all over the world."

Francesco is very glad to participate to the this great event about wikis, free and open content/software, and global development/education.

More on the International Wikimania Conference: http://wikimania2012.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Logistics Capacity Assessments get digital

The Digital LCA project by WFP and Logistics Cluster officially launched.

The new project, developed by Reflab with the World Food Programme and the Logistics Cluster moves toward open data in humanitarian emergency preparedness.

Logistics Assessments are now shared with the humanitarian community through the DLCA web and mobile site, portable and embedded (dlca.logcluster.org).

"The Logistics Capacity Assessment (LCA) is a long-standing tool of WFP Logistics, has been shared as an interagency tool via the Logistics Cluster website since 2008.
WFP Logistics took the initiative to create a digital version of the tool, available for web, mobile and offline usage."

See full project case: Digital Logistics Capacity Assessments

EuroPython 2012 is near!

As every year we will participate to the EuroPhython conference. This year again in Firenze (Italy) from the 2nd to the 8th of July 2012.

"EuroPython is the official European conference about the Python programming language. It is aimed at everyone in the Python community, of all skill levels, both users and programmers. EuroPython 2012 will be held in the world-famous beautiful city of Florence."

We are very glad to participate to the this event, we hope to meet there the many friends and colleagues that have embraced Python. See you in beautiful Firenze!

See more on euroPython event: https://ep2012.europython.eu/

Francesco @ Frontiers of Interaction 2012

FOI 2012, will be in Rome the 7th and 8th of June.

"Frontiers of Interaction was founded in 2005 to explore topics and ideas in the field of Interaction Design. In a very short time, it has become known as the leading Innovation conference in Italy. Frontiers of Interaction is a hybrid show that attracts inspiring international speakers and Italian talents, creating a bridge between Europe and Silicon Valley (digital cultural “hot spots” around the world)."

Francesco is very happy to participate to the this great event and get as much as possible inspiration to continue to be innovative, every day!

More on Frontiers of Interaction 2012: http://frontiersofinteraction.com/

International Space App Challenge voting is open!

In April some of us, together with Ushahidi folks and a couple of volunteers, hacked again on online-offline mobile web applications!

The mobile web application is an Ushahidi community project aiming to make data collection and incident reporting very easy from almost any web-enabled device (mobile, tablet, laptop, ...) and in conditions of limited/no internet connectivity!

The solution has been selected among "virtual participation" hacks as finalist!

Support our friends and vote for our Innovation Challenge Space App: "Mobile web app in HTML5 (for Ushahidi)".

Designing for limited connectivity

Francesco has published a long-due post on designing web tools for ”limited connectivity” contexts.

"Connectivity is just a promise still for many on our planet: in large urban settings, and places like the north of Europe it is even difficult to imagine but in a crisis, in an emergency, in rural contexts, in remote areas of developing countries the best you can get is: “limited” connectivity."

Check out Francesco's post: Designing for limited connectivity

New Tagetik website launched

Tagetik website is now live with a new design, new features and improved navigation.

We are proud of our latest work for Tagetik: the new public website has been designed with great attention to usability and visual communication, and has been well received and appreciated.

We just started monitoring the progress and measuring the results: this new project is also a basis to build the future web marketing initiatives: event, campaigns, online services, etc., and will soon be extended to all Tagetik regional offices.

See the project case: New Tagetik website

GUT Distribution Digital Catalogues for tablets

Our latest project brings our expertise to iPad.

GUT Distribution Digital Catalogues for tablets

Gut Distribution Digital Catalogs

The Catalogs application is our latest custom development on tablets; developed in HTML and deployed using PhoneGap, the new system is improving GUT salesforce and product management.

The need was to streamline the whole process of creation, management and distribution for their different sales networks, while keeping (if not improving) the quality of the final result, even with very large sets of products.

See the project case: Gut Distribution Digital Catalogs

L'esperienza di Reflab descritta nel libro "Social Innovation"

Social innovation. Reti sociali: le nuove protagoniste dell'innovazione. Una guida pratica per le aziende italiane - Aleardo Furlani, Francesco Lutman

L'esperienza di Reflab descritta nel libro "Social Innovation"

Social Innovation

"Giornata mondiale della Terra", "Dai una mano ai diritti umani", "E tu che mondo vuoi?". Sono alcuni dei tweet diffusi nella primavera 2011 da Reflab, una giovane azienda ICT toscana. L'idea è comunicare un modo nuovo di fare impresa, nel quale tecnologie sociali, passione imprenditoriale ed esperienze concrete di solidarietà creano delle sinergie. E generano valore. Per questo Reflab utilizza le reti sociali (Twitter, ma anche Facebook) per promuovere messaggi di utilità sociale, favorendo il passa-parola di iniziative a carattere umanitario, come ad esempio campagne contro la mortalità materna o a difesa di minoranze."

Siamo molto contenti di essere citati, con la nostra esperienza, in questo libro: cerchiamo di unire la nostra passione per azione umanitaria e sociale anche aiutando a promuovere campagne secondo noi molto importanti.

La scheda di presentazione del libro: Social Innovation. Reti sociali: le nuove protagoniste dell'innovazione. Una guida pratica per le aziende italiane

Social Media for Emergency Management - CrisisCamp Italy

The second CrisisCamp Italy, will be in Bologna, the 17th of March 2012.

Social Media for Emergency Management - CrisisCamp Italy


CrisisCamp is a network, an informal collective coming together around issues of socio-technical tools for crisis management and emergency Internet. It is also a space for meeting and dialogue for the actors with this area of interest and joint action.

After the very promising start of the first meeting in November 2011 and following the emergecies of the last weeks  (earthquakes then snow) the italian crisiscampers decided to organize a one-day camp on Social Media in Emergency Management (SMEM).

"The web is actually playing an important role in the exchange of informations, and Twitter is becoming an undisputed source of informations, we would like to discuss and propose, together, how to best use Twitter and other social media in risk management and in emergency."

Participation to the Camp is open and free.

See more on CrisisCamp Italy 2012: http://crisiscampitaly.wordpress.com/

Logistics Cluster website gets some love

We continue to work with the Logistics Cluster to constantly improve the effectiveness of their information management tools.

Logistics Cluster website gets some love

Logistic Cluster

Logcluster.org is the main information channel of the Cluster in it's daily support to logistics coordination in large-scale humanitarian operations and complex emergencies.

The upgrade aims to make the site even more usable, reliable and nicer too!

In the last two years, after the main redesign the site has achieved excellent results in terms of usage and effectiveness. A successful project we are proud of continuing developing with the Cluster.

See the project case: Logistics Cluster Website

OOPS gets an upgrade

The Online Offline Publication System is a project being developed by Reflab to answer a very basic need: to have always updated information available in the fields, without the need of a permanent internet connection.

The OOPS platform has been upgraded to give it support for the first browsers implementing HTML5 offline storage, in particular enabling the OOPS to deliver contents on mobile devices and tablets. Althought not all platforms and browsers support this emerging standard this second release aims to provide support for very widespread platforms such as iPhone and iPad, Android and possibly more.

The new release include a multi-dump function that allow several optimized online-offline output: web, mobile and PDF can be provided out of the box.

Several other improvements have been made: dowload of single subsections of a manual, better management of updates, easy embedding of dynamic (online only) contents, better usability.

See the product page: Online offline Publication System