Over twenty students of USI’s Master in International Tourism took part in the first edition of “fu-turismo”, the hackathon dedicated to the tourism sector of the future in Ticino, last October 3 and 4. At the awards ceremony, held on 7 October, two USI projects, FermaTI and Eyemate, reached the second and fifth place respectively on the winners’ podium.
The fu-tourism hackathon, which took place online and coordinated by Impact Hub Ticino, saw USI students imagine a tourism development that meets the needs of current tourists and the regions that host them, protecting and improving, at the same time, opportunities for the future . A tourism that satisfies economic, social and landscape needs while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes and bio-diversity. Students, with the help of tourism specialists, were able to collaboratively explore the potential for positive transformation that tourism can bring, thus contributing to a better quality of life for all by developing their ideas on topics such as transformative and / or inclusive tourism.
At the award ceremony on 7 October, the FermaTI and Eyemate projects ranked second and fifth and were carried out by students enrolled in the second and first year of USI’s Master in International Tourism respectively. The FermaTI project, conceived by Alice Geronzi (Switzerland), Cecilia Tampieri (Italy), Giulia Operti (Italy) and Rossella Reale (Italy), intended to create a set of multifunctional cards that encourage discovery and enrich the journey through simple stimuli for listening, reflection, memory and action. The Eyemate project, created by Amélie Keller (Switzerland), Clarissa Dozza (Italy), Irene Balboni (Italy), Kanan Shamilov (Azerbaijan) and Skúli Halldórsson (Iceland), aimed to make tourism in Ticino accessible to people with disabilities.
All five winning projects are now in the incubation phase, with the aim of being further developed and implemented in the near future. Participation in fu-turismo was a great opportunity for USI students to apply what they have learned, and will learn, about tourism and sustainability in a creative way.
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