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We usually describe ourselves as a "Data Intelligence Lab", born in 2010 from the entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the world of data and digital technology that unites our founding partners. Got off the ground as a start-up of the international research center FBK, we have seen our business grow exponentially, also thanks to many and varied projects developed over the years.

Not only we acquired new skills, but also the team has gained new members! After Thinkinside's successful spin-off experience (company active in the field of analytics for indoor spaces), which took up most of the resources, our crew has been restructured and it counts today twelve employees.

Learn more about our team!

At U-Hopper we appreciate and value diversity - we believe it represents a real wealth! Different backgrounds, countries and cultures, and a good gender balance are just some of our strengths.

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Davide Piazza Chief Executive Officer

Davide is on his journey to bring his vision into reality, a vision of trust and excellence, pride and truth, passion and love. Leading an extraordinary team to become the best ever version of itself, on the mission to unveil the power of Data, in every way technology will allow us.

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Daniele Miorandi Chief AI Officer

10+ years of experience in European and industrial research projects, he is the Chief AI Officer and R&D key figure at U-Hopper. When not busy running the company, you will spot him riding his bike, climbing up a mountain or making jokes (careful, he has an English humor). All this often with his two young boys.

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Diego Taglioni Senior Partner & Co-Founder

Serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of managing experience in telco MNEs, he is an expert in business development. Sometimes he gets nostalgic and starts telling the whole team the incredible story of his 2-year experience as a business advisor in the "Land of the Rising Sun".

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Rossana Bartolacelli Product Manager

Grown-up in Bolzano and settled down in Trento, Rossana is the Product Manager and the creative mind behind any piece of design at U-Hopper. After working as a graphic designer for several Italian digital marketing agencies, she joined UH in 2014. Her main responsibility is guaranteeing that every project has a clear direction and that her colleagues know and follow it! Moreover, when not busy on Meet or planning the next tech sprint, she creates stunning and user-friendly interfaces. Mad for gym workouts and healthy food, she daily brings to the company contagious smiles and incredible positive energy.

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Stefano Tavonatti Senior Software Engineer

Electronics enthusiast and passionate photographer, he jumped into data science and turned it into his job. Precision and attention to detail are a constant in his work, nothing gets past him! He prefers his couch over any kind of sport, and his motto claims "muscle fever is the proof that sports hurts".

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Marco Angheben Senior Software Engineer

Twenty years spent on software development make Marco the longest-serving figure on our development team, having experience with a large number of platforms, programming languages ​​and technologies. GIS expert, he loves programming and finding creative solutions to problems. In his free time, photography is his greatest passion, especially when alone in the familiar woods and mountains of Vallarsa. Sharing with him the passion for trekking and mountaineering, his wife and daughters are now resigned to having to wait for long moments for the right light to arrive. All that remains is to convince them that classical music is not boring and he will be content.

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Elena Leonelli Data Scientist

Born and grown up in Trento, Elena moved to Veneto for studying Physics of Data at the University of Padua. However, right after completing her Master degree with honors, U-Hopper called her back to Trentino and hire her as Data Scientist. As soon as she can, she climbs up a mountain to recharge the batteries - unless, of course, there is a Bang! match going on or if someone invites her out for a stracciatella ice-cream! Dynamic and tenacious, she however has one little flaw - she's like a "doubting Thomas": if she doesn't see, she doesn't believe!

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Samuel Bortolin Data Scientist e Software Developer

Enthusiasm as fuel, curiosity for new technologies as the spark! Grew up on bread, basketball and math, Samuel loves listening to music and never leaves without his Beats. He also likes whizzing aboard his kick scooter and watching TV series, even better while enjoying a good pizza. Uh, and travelling. He couldn’t survive without!

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Luca Zardini Software Developer

Growing up among the vineyards around Verona, Luca has three great passions: science, history and information technology - the latter one has also become his daily bread. Besides this, he loves football and tennis… well, to be clearer: watching professional players on tv rather than practising them himself. He says he prefers reading a fantasy, a thriller or even an atlas: ask him the capital of Curaçao, he will know it for sure!

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Nicola Arpino Software Developer

Born in a small village in the Apulian countryside and grown up in Senigallia, Nicola kept moving North until he first landed in Cesena to kick off his studies in Computer Science, and eventually in Trentino to complete his Master. If he weren’t working at U-Hopper, he certainly wouldn’t be bored given his countless hobbies: from performing arts to bakery, to classic cars restoration. What else? Oh yeah, you could hear him strumming a guitar or a mandolin - a passion that was handed down to him by his beloved grandfather.

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Antonella Di Paolo Operations Officer

Born in Trentino under the sign of optimism, Antonella has a PhD in Human Resources Management and her role at UH is (among the others) taking care of her colleagues, sometimes even spoiling them. Career woman and mother of two girls, her talent cannot be other than multitasking. Whenever she has some free time, she loves watching cooking shows or preparing cookies and cakes for her family. Her speciality? The chocolate cake!

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Simone Brentan Software Developer

Lover and connoisseur of good coffee, he assures every day begins with a cup of his favorite coffee. Powered with renewed energy, he’s ready to tackle the rest of the day, fixing bugs left and right. When not coding algorithms, he delves into the secrets of Japanese, exploring kanji in anticipation of a future trip. Always been a sports enthusiast since childhood, a bit of gym time is essential to release the leftover end-of-day energy. In the little free time that remains, he relaxes by watching some TV series, but nothing too dramatic!

Mixing work and fun!

We are a super team, full of energy and with a strong enterprising spirit; we work hard, we are committed to what we do and we like to experiment with new technologies, as any self-respecting (lovely) nerd! But we also balance work with life, and we like doing it with style, by combining our three main passion: nature, sports and, of course, good food!

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