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Digital Skills for Manufacturing 4.0

Global Shapers - Genoa Hub

Mercoledì 26 settembre 2018 dalle 14:30 alle 17:00 (CEST)

Digital Skills for Manufacturing 4.0

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Disruptive technologies will have a profound impact on the jobs of tomorrow. Education will play a crucial role. Which skills will be needed from a Manufacturing 4.0 workforce?

This workshop aims at bringing together technology and education experts from industry, business, and academia in order to present their experiences and propose viable, scalable, and multi-stakeholder solutions.



  • Enrico Verga, Senior strategist (consultant) & Member of Artificial Intelligence Task Force in AgID, Italy

Hashtag: #DS4M18

The event is organized by Global Shapers - Genoa Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with World Manufacturing Forum and the Italian Global Shapers Community.

Long Abstract

Disruptive technologies, like additive manufacturing and machine learning, will have a profound impact on the jobs of tomorrow. A number of professions will disappear in the coming years, new ones will be created, and many will radically change. This phenomenon is not new at all. The nature of jobs has always been evolving in the last century, due to electrification, automation, computer science, and other technological improvements.

What is really changing now is that jobs are changing in a much swifter manner: workers need to continuously adapt and update their expertise and know-how during the span of their careers. This process can be an opportunity, but also a risk, especially for tasks in which robots or AI-enhanced software may completely substitute workers (e.g., telemarketers, deliverymen, clerks, and taxi drivers), and may thus represent a potentially existential threat.

History comes in handy to admonish us: consider the Luddites, a group English textile workers from the 19th century who sabotaged and destroyed machines to protest the use of new industrial equipment in a fraudulent manner to get around standard labour practices. We should learn from the past without giving up, rather stepping up, efforts to shape a human-centred vision for innovation, since new technologies also have the potential to bring about immensely positive impacts on human life. As an example, smart systems — homes, factories, farms, grids, or cities — will have useful repercussions on many of the major problems of our century, from supply chain management to climate change, health and life quality. In order to proceed towards sustainable innovation we cannot forget to add humans to the equation, by including them in the transformation processes and responsively leading businesses and communities through these transformative times.

The education of the next generation of professionals and the retraining of currently at-risk workers and unemployed people will play a crucial role for the future of human societies and whole economic systems. Which skills will be needed from a Manufacturing 4.0 workforce, and how shall it be nurtured in the interest of all? This workshop is aimed at bringing together technology and education experts from industry, business, and academia in order to present their experiences and multi-faceted views on this challenge and propose ambitious, viable, scalable, and coordinated solutions.

The Global Shapers Community ( ) is a network of hubs founded and led by young
people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their

The Global Shapers Community:

  • is united by a common desire to channel the members’ tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world.

  • is diverse in demographics, geographical areas, social backgrounds and sectors The Global Shapers Community

  • provides youth with a global platform to shape the future, integrating the personal, community and global dimension.

  • catalyses and enhances, individually and collectively, fresh ideas and entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

  • provides the shapers with the opportunity to get involved in crossmentoring with the communities of the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum ( is:

  • an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

  • a not-for-profit foundation, tied to no political, partisan or national interests.

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Villa Erba - Centro Internazionale Esposizione e Congressi
4 Largo Luchino Visconti
22012 Cernobbio

Mercoledì 26 settembre 2018 dalle 14:30 alle 17:00 (CEST)

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Global Shapers - Genoa Hub

Born as an initiative of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is a network of inspiring young people under the age of 30 working together to address local, regional and global challenges. With more than 6,000 members, the Global Shapers Community spans 378 city-based hubs in 160 countries.

In each city, teams of Shapers self-organize to create projects that address the needs of their community. Projects are wide-ranging – from responding to disasters and combating poverty, to fighting climate change and building inclusive communities. Shapers are diverse in expertise, education, income and race, but are united by their desire to bring about change.

The Genoa Hub is a rapidly growing group of talented people determined to improve the status quo for a better future. We benefit from a 360° diversity based on our professional and cultural backgrounds and a special attention to internationalization and gender balance. Our shapers'​ backgrounds include economics, engineering, research, journalism, politics, law, high technology, marketing, and education.

We are currently active on several long-term efforts around Industry 4.0, Education and Social Responsibility.

- ReGenoa Project

Genoa is undergoing a major economic vision adjustment from heavy industry towards high technology and advanced logistics. High-tech centres are increasing the density of technical skills in the labor market and enabling growth, but this is not yet sufficient to organically drive the prosperity of the entire city and overcome excessive unemployment, especially on the outskirts. With the ReGenoa initiative, the Genoa Hub orchestrates and scales up efforts in creating more innovative business environment and helps young people to seize opportunities of the 4IR for employment and entrepreneurship. Follow our updates on Facebook:

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