Organizers & Partners

The Social Business Forum is an international conference organized by OpenKnowledge, a company founded in Italy, with offices in London, Shanghai and Sydney.

OpenKnowledge is a consulting firm helping clients realize and increase their performance and efficiency through creative collaboration approaches. OpenKnowledge brings innovation into organizations by means of the new Social Business paradigm which is based upon a more participative, informal and bottom-up approach.

Advisory Board 

  • Sameer Patel (Global Vice President, Enterprise Social and Collaborative Software at SAP)
  • Mark Tamis (Associate, Social CRM and Social Business Strategist at NET-7)
  • Esteban Kolsky (Principal at ThinkJar, Advisor at Constellation Research)
  • Emanuele Scotti (OpenKnowledge)
  • Rosario Sica (OpenKnowledge)
  • Emanuele Quintarelli (OpenKnowledge)

Contact us

For more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Emanuele Quintarelli


Phone: +39 02 5810 7211
Skype: emanuelequintarelli

Valeria Pensabene


Phone: +39 02 5810 7211
Skype: valeriapensabene


AICA – Italian Association for Informatics and Automatic Computation – is the first and largest association of scholars and professionals in the Information & Communication Technology (ICT).

Founded in 1961, AICA is a not-for-profit association whose goal is the development of computer science knowledge in all its scientific, applicative, economic and social aspects.

For 50 years, professionals, teachers, students, public institutions and private individuals meet each other in AICA on the knowledge, activities and opportunities of our Company.

AUSED is a no-profit association between system users and Information Technologies, started in 1976 collects over 200 companies operating in the following fields: industrial, manufacturing, services, and some public authority

Founded in 1987, ClubTI, Club for Information Technology, is a free association of ITC professionals acting as a managerial, technological, and organizational consulting service.

The Marketing and Communication Club is a free, private, apolitical, and non-profit association, exclusively dedicated to promote and qualify the culture and the professions of marketing and communications in the interests of its members and of the international economy.

The Italian Chapter, part of the worldwide network of the most influential and inspirational marketing and advertising professionals that sets and maintains the standard in those industries.

The Province of Milan is the local authority  which coordinates activities in the territory.

Media Partner

FierceContentManagement reports on content management developments, providing an insider perspective of the technologies shaping the industry. IT leaders benefit from our coverage of content management systems/solutions, Web 2.0, records management, Enterprise 2.0, and more. Keep up-to-speed signing up for our free, weekly email newsletter.

AIIM is the global community of information professionals. We provide the education, research and certification that information professionals need to manage and share information assets in an era of mobile, social, cloud and big data.”

Since 1990, Cesop Communication helps organizations to define and realize integrated employer branding strategies amd tp communicate brand identity. The aim is to attract and retain talented resources. Among the top services: Job Meeting Network, the circuit of the largest job fairs in Italy;, web magazine dedicated to employment for graduates; CV Web, useful software to manage the recruiting process of selection and recruitment; Web Media Academy, a training project dedicated to the B2B human Resources 2.0

For more than 40 years, Computerworld has been the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Also present in Italy since 1982, this historical publication is an essential information tool for all IT professionals.

ESTE is a publishing company : founded in 1955 by a pioneer of management consulting, Peter Gennaro.
With a wide range of communication tools (magazines, conferences, seminars, round tables, books, monographs) ESTE has one goal: to enhance and to promote the culture of undertaking.

FASI is an independent media website providing information on funding opportunities and the evolution of EU, national and regional financial programmes. It includes:

  • Articles (News and Focus),
  • Grants Database,
  • Tenders,
  • Events (Conferences, Workshops, Training, etc.),
  • Guides, Legislation, Links, Forum,
  • Financial Markets, Interest rates,
  • Video Review on Funding Channel (Streaming video).

“Fior di Risorse – Persone al centro” is an Italian Business Community, founded on Linkedin in 2008. The Community collects more than 5000 members selected among managers and decision makers of leading companies in central Italy.
FdR aims to foster relationships between managers and local companies, even in an unconventional and informal way.
FdR organizes off-line meetings, free training experiences, always within company quarters where people share best practices and informations and promote mutual opportunities. Up to now several business partnerships and agreements has been signed thanks to FdR, giving even a chance for those who are looking for a new professional opportunity.

Hoepli a Publisher and International Bookseller. Born in 1870, is one of the oldest Italian publishing company and has in Milan one of the hugest bookshops of Italy.Hoepli Publishing Company is specialized in Handbooks, Grammars, Dictionaries, Technical and Scientific books, including architecture, engineering, electronics, computing, law, economics university and school books. In the last 10 years we have built a catalogue of computing and web marketing books, becoming one of the market leader in this field. Hoepli is one of the most appreciated and authoritative  brand in high level professional and educational books.

The Marketing Journal is the official source of the Marketing and Communication Club and spread its news directly to more than 50.000 Managers in Italy.

MarketsandMarkets is a full service and consulting firm that produces strategically analyzed full length reports track more than 10 industries. M&M plans to launch industry-wise and country wise market tracker for all the verticals tracked. This intelligence database comprising of about 60000 reports a year will form one of the world’s largest intelligence resources worldwide.
MarketsandMarkets has effectively used technology to automate management of large and
complex data for forecasts. MarketsandMarkets aspires to help its client to achieve sustainable growth by providing incisive business insights into their respective business partners. Our 200 global strategic accounts with topline revenues in excess of USD 1 Billion annually. Delivered syndicated research studies to top publishers globally on a subcontracting model. The major industries that we cover in our market intelligence deliverables are Pharma & Biotech, Telecom & IT, Healthcare & Life sciences, Chemical & Advanced Material, Electronics & Semiconductors and Foods & Beverages.

MilanIn ( is Milan’s premier Business Networking organization, providing an off-line compliment to Networking on-line (“classical”) for the Northern Italian Business Community.

Nova24: a weekly section dedicated to scientific and technological innovation, a tool to interpret trends in technology and understand their potential and evolution.

Persone&Conoscenze is the magazine for HR Managers and Training Managers. In general, the magazine is aimed at those who manage groups of people in complex organizations.

Quaderni di management is a new management review addressed to anyone (managers, consultants, academics) interested in deepening his/her knowledge about management, in a critical way and with a focus on innovative and “leading edge” subjects. The main topics are company organization and management, both for private and state-owned, industrial and service firms.

ReportsandReports comprises of an online library of 50,000 reports, in-depth
market research studies of over 5000 micro markets, and 25 industry specific

Our client list boasts of almost all well-known publishers of such reports across
the globe. We, as a third party reseller of market research reports employ
number of marketing tools such as press releases, email-marketing and effective
search engine optimization technique to drive revenues for our clients. is the most known and read institutional and information website on interim management, developed 12 years ago by Temporary Management & Capital Advisors and ISTUD. The website works in harmony with the institutional activities of IIM – Institute of Interim Management Italian Chapter, first example of international collaboration on flexible management issues.

Virgilio Expo 2015 Contact è il nuovo canale verticale del portale generalista Virgilio, gruppo Telecom Italia, incentrato sul grande evento internazionale che si terrà a Milano nel 2015 e sulla tematica che ne sarà protagonista “Feeding the planet, Energy for life”. All’interno del sito saranno presenti news aggiornate dall’Italia e dal mondo. Ma anche approfondimenti dedicati alle strutture e alle infrastrutture collegate a Expo in corso di realizzazione. Uno spazio di particolare interesse, poi , sarà rappresentato da “Food 4 Life”, un canale nel canale dedicato alle tematiche dell’alimentazione, argomento principe di tutto il progetto.

ZeroUno is a monthly magazine about Ict solution addressed  to company Chief Information Officers and managers. The editorial focus is about information technologies and how they can be integrated with corporate business. ZeroUno is a complete editorial “echosystem” with initiatives like round tables, executive meetings with users, an articulated website (, supplements and books, and it  is universally acknowledged in Italy as an editorial qualified meeting point about ICT subjects. ZeroUno is published by Next Editore.

Technical Sponsors

Rich and full-bodied, yet velvety smooth: distinctly illy.  Ask discerning coffee lovers what makes them passionate about illy, and chances are, this is what they’ll say.  You’ll hear it in 140 countries, where illy’s singularsignature blend – a rich symphony of nine pure, sustainably grown Arabica beans from four continents – delights millions of coffee lovers at home, at fine hotels, restaurants and cafes, and at work, every day.

From unpolluted alpine glaciers, the lightest water in Europe

MailUp is a robust and scalable email marketing platform, with thousands of customers around the world. It also supports text messaging and social media campaigns, all under one roof, all delivered as a SaaS solution.

Modalia is a web agency providing services to support its international clients’ online presence and communication. We have an extensive experience with web site design and implementation, the development of vertical communities, SEO and keyword-based advertising campaigns both on search engines and social media channels.

Agency of event organization and planning: business event (product launcg, meetings, convetions); PR events (press conferences, media event, gala dinners); marketing programs (fairs, large openings); tours or special events (concerts,ceremonies, parades). Customers rely on our Company since 1990 to coordinate a series of activities including the creative, technical and logistics of the event (or only some of these based on the needs, skills and budget).

Creativity and accuracy, quality and professionalism, but primarily a passion for
technological innovation: STS Communication for over 25 years is on the
market (fashion, music, conventions, trade shows, television) as a partner for corporate
events,commercial, investment, training and professional updating, STS Communication
ensures the newest products, techinical expertise and ensure total security. Our products
and services: Video projections, videomapping, 3D, media servers, LED screens, TV
shooting, interactivity, audio and lighting.

Logistic Partner – HOTEL RESERVATION SERVICE ( is the leading portal in Europe for hotel bookings. Founded in Cologne, Germany, in 1972, HRS operates branch offices in Shanghai, London, Paris, Warsaw, Rome, Istanbul and Moscow, counting almost 600 employees around the world. The company is market leader in Germany and among the first 3 Online Travel Agencies (OTA) in the rest of Europe. HRS features over 250,000 hotels for business and leisure travellers in 180 countries, covering all price categories, from small family-run properties to international hotel chains. The website offers free bookings and instant confirmation. HRS regularly receives accommodation reservations from more than 30,000 companies organising business trips, conferences and group travel, benefitting from special HRS business rates with up to 30 percent off the day’s current prices.