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Techtalia 2021 a success!

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September 30th, 2021

In Person

Rome, Italy



Techtalia is an annual event set in Italy to offer top leaders an inspirational break to learn, enjoy, and recharge.

We are thrilled to invite you to join this year in Rome and for those around the world, online. Our theme, A New WayForward, will guide intimate panel and keynote discussions at the intersection of culture and technology.

Our Mission

We aim to create a positive change globally in tech and business.

Our Inspiration

Peggy Guggenheim, an American philanthropist, lived in Italy, and financed and inspired the top creatives in the arts, fashion, and film.

Our Vision

Our dream is to offer the “future set” of tech, business, and creatives an event that inspires you to make the world better.

Our Speakers

Ian Rogers
Chief Experience Officer at Ledger
Jason Van der Schyff
Author of Asymmetric Advantage
Stefano Rosso
CEO of D-Cave
Giulia Maresca
CEO & Founder of Public Pressure
Francesca Versace
Founder & Creative Director of Public Pressure
Sergio Mottola
President and Founder of Public Pressure & MAD Capital Managing Partner
Moreno Faina
Director of Illy Università del Caffè
Lorenzo Feruglio
Founder & CEO of AIKO
Francesco de Stefano
Co-Founder & CEO of CARACOL
Raffaele Mauro
Partner at Primo Space Fund
Rick Allen
Founding CEO of ViewLift
Veronica La Regina
CEO of Nanoracks Europe
Sandeep Bhatia
Founding Partner of Bridgeport Capital

Hosted at

Il Palazzetto

Techtalia will be hosted at Hotel Hassler's enchanting and beautiful Il Palazzetto, a 19th century "mini-palace" exclusively located at the top of the Spanish Steps. It’s one of the most spectacular hideaways in the very heart of Rome.

A letter from our host
As an American with Italian roots, I'm excited to host Techtalia 2021, as an innovative hybrid virtual and live event. This year, we look forward with hope for the future as life begins to emerge once again—and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Gabriel Schillinger
Founder, Techtalia


Final schedule to be announced the first week in September. All starred panels and experiences will be on Zoom. Time Zone: Central European Time.
  • Welcome to Rome! Local Tours

    (Optional) 9AM – 12PM

    Welcome to Rome! We suggest you get some culture in before lunch. Let us know if we can help organize any local tours for you of the Colosseum, Pantheon, and more. 

  • Mangia! Welcome Lunch

    12:15PM – 1:40PM

    We will start the day with food! Most events start with talks, well, we wanted to start with delicious food and great conversation. Please join us for lunch before the program starts at our venue, Il Palazzetto.

  • Welcome to Techtalia!*

    1:45PM – 1:50PM

    Live from Il Palazzetto atop the Spanish Steps in Rome, Gabriel Schillinger will introduce Techtalia and provide background on the history of the community and our vision for the future. 

First Session

  • A New Global Generation Reigns Supreme*

    1:50PM – 2:40PM

    Our first panel will be an intimate discussion on how millennial and Gen-Z generations are taking over positions in global leadership. The founders on this panel, with backgrounds in fashion, gaming, music, and NFTs, have created startups at the intersection of culture and technology. They will share how working in their various fields have opened their eyes to create a more prosperous and sustainable future.

    Panelists: Giulia Maresca, Francesca Versace, and Sergio Mottola
    Moderator: Stefano Rosso

  • Applying an "Asymmetric Advantage" to Your Life*

    2:45PM – 3:25PM

    Join us for a very special discussion with entrepreneur, technologist, and author Jason Van der Schyff. Jason's new book Asymmetric Advantage, which we are getting an exclusive preview of, teaches the leaders today and of tomorrow on how to build, manage, and sell your startup. He will be discussing his inspiration behind the book, one case study, and taking questions. Signed copies of his book will be available to all in person attendees.

    Panelist: Jason Van der Schyff
    Moderator: Gabriel Schillinger

  • Politics, Entrepreneurship, and Global Business*

    3:30PM – 4:00PM

    Flying in from Washington D.C, Rick Allen, founding CEO of Viewlift, will share his experiences of international business and working in politics over the last three decades. A top operating CEO for companies in all aspects of media and technology, Rick will shine a light on how the past political and business changes influences our future as we continue the journey through the 2020s.

    Panelist: Rick Allen
    Moderator: Gabriel Schillinger

  • Università del Caffè*

    4:00PM – 4:15PM

    Learn how to make the best espresso using the “Moka” method at home with Illy's Coffee Professor from the Universita del Caffe. Illy is sponsoring this very special live demonstration!

    Live Demo by: Moreno Faina - Director at Università del caffè at illycaffé s.p.a.

  • Intermission Break*

    4:15PM – 4:30PM

    Take a breather and get ready for our second session of the day.

Second Session

  • Leaving Orbit: Doing Business in Space*

    4:30PM – 5:15PM

    Space is one of the most exciting frontiers where founders, innovators, and dreamers are building today. These pioneers are pushing humanity forward beyond our planet. Join us as we discuss the current trends in space entrepreneurship including space tourism, space manufacturing (yes in space!), and new startups that aren’t just getting us to space - but figuring out what to do when we are there! This panel is sponsored by Primo Space Fund. 

    Panelists: Veronica La Regina, Lorenzo Feruglio, Francesco De Stefano.
    Moderator: Raffaele Mauro 

  • NFTs or Bust

    5:15PM – 5:30PM

    Sandeep Bhatia joins us via Zoom all the way from Singapore. As the founding partner of Bridgeport Capital, he will discuss his views on why NFTS are an asset, how Bridgeport looks at the rapidly growing space from an investment perspective, and where the nascent space needs to grow to become dominant longterm.

    Panelists: Sandeep Bhatia
    Moderator: Gabriel Schillinger

  • Fireside Keynote with Ian Rogers*

    5:30PM – 6:15PM

    Ian Rogers is one of the most sought after thought leaders and operational active entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs globally. Ian’s career spans across stints at the top of music (as CEO of Beats and Apple Music), fashion (CDO of LVMH), and now the world of cryptocurrencies, decentralized finance, and NFTs as Chief Experience Officer of Ledger. Ian will discuss a wide range of topics that focus on how the consumer experience will change dramatically over the next decade.  

    Interviewed by: Gabriel Schillinger

  • Aperitivo

    6:20PM – 7:00PM

    Time to unwind a bit before our evening events. Light snacks and drinks will be served. We will be providing transportation from 6:45pm onward to the Vatican.

  • Vatican Museums Night Tour

    7:30PM – 9:30PM

    From one sculpture purchased in the 16th Century to over 70,000 + pieces of art today, the Vatican Museums are not only one of the top visited museums in the world, but also one of the most visited tourist destinations in Italy. We are excited to have the opportunity to be invited guests of the exclusive Vatican Museum Night Tour led by Matteo Alessandrini. This is not to be missed! 

    Night Tour by: Matteo Alessandrini

  • The Altra Club: Cocktails & Dinner


    An intimate dinner inspired by Winston Churchill’s The Other Club, except we are in Italy, and this will be the “Altra Club." Expect some great conversations and delicious food and drinks to close out the day. 

    Location: Secret!