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Federico Pistono is social entrepreneur, computer scientist, award-winning journalist, author, scientific educator, activist, and public speaker. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Verona, and in 2012 he graduated from Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Park.

His research has been utilized by major economic institutions, universities, and think tanks, such as the Society for Human Resource Management in collaboration with The Economist Intelligence Unit, and the Future of Jobs Summit in California.

He has ten years of professional experience in a variety of difference fields—IT Management, System Administration with Unix and Linux systems, Web Development, Product Management, UX design, Human Machine Interaction, Journalism and Science Reporting, Editing, Screenwriting, and Directing.

He's Founder and CEO of Konoz, a website where one can learn anything for free and support their favorite YouTube creators. He's author of the Amazon best-selling book "Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK: How to Survive the Economic Collapse and be Happy" and the Sci-Fi Novel "A Tale of Two Futures".

Federico has extensive experience with grassroots activism since the age of 19, having founded and coordinated social movements and non-profits to promote sustainability around the world. He's member of the Science Advisory Board of TEDxBologna, Founder and Honorary President of "Association Sustainable Society", Founder of TEDxVerona, Founder of Axelera, and Founder of The Zeitgeist Movement (TZM) Italy — TZM has half a million activists in more than 100 countries.

He routinely tours around the world, lecturing on exponential technologies at Fortune 500 companies, conferences, universities, and symposia; such as Qualcomm, Telenor, the University of San Paolo, the University of Oslo, the International Education and Resource Network Summit, TEDxVienna, and Singularity University. He was interviewed by several newspapers, radios, TVs, and magazines, among which are The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Folha de S. Paulo, Italian National TV; while he wrote for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, The Work Foundation, Il Corriere della Sera, and Forbes Magazine.

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Honors and Awards

  • 2014: Awarded $40,000 prize for entrepreneurship by the Chilean government and acceptance into the program Start Up Chile
  • 2012: Awarded the Young Italian Knights Award for his outstanding achievements and Social Impact
  • 2012: Awarded Full Scholarship for the Graduate Study Program at Singularity University, NASA Ames Search Park, Silicon Valley.
  • 2009: Winner of the International Journalism Competition on Climate Change for the COP15, European Journalism Centre.
  • 2007: Winner of the "Linux-Mega-Quiz" at LinuxTag, 2007.
  • 2004: Awarded Full Scholarship for the UWC (United World Colleges) Baccalaureate Programme

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Biography, Work and Education

Federico Pistono is a scientific educator, social activist, computer scientist, blogger, media expert, and aspiring filmmaker. In 2002, at age 16, he won a scholarship to UWCAD International College, where he received an education aimed on the sharing of ideas amongst different cultures, living away from home along with 200 students from 82 countries.

In 2007 he founded the "Grilli biellesi", a non-profit volunteer association with civic engagement and the protection of the rights of citizens whose topics of interest are energy, information, waste, connectivity and protection of water as a right to life.

From 2008 to 2012 he worked in a media company in Verona, as Project Manager, Media Strategist, Developer, Screenwriter, and Director, focusing on new media and the role of technology in the society.

In 2009 he received his degree in computer science from the University of Verona, Department of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, with a thesis on "Open Source Implementations of Encoding Algorithms for Video Distribution in the HTML5 Era”.

In 2009 he also won an international competition for blogging and journalism organized by the European Centre for Journalism and was sent to the COP15 in Copenhagen to cover the events on the conference on climate.

On May 2009, he founded The Zeitgeist Movement Italy, a global Sustainability Advocacy Organization which conducts community based activism and awareness actions through a network of Global/Regional Chapters, Project Teams, Annual Events, Media and Charity Work to promote a shift towards a Resource Based Economic model, where the solutions arrived at and promoted are in the interest to help everyone on the planet Earth, not a select group. He held the position of national coordinator and spokesperson for about three years -- until January 2012.

On October 2011 he started writing his first book, "Robots will steal your job, but that's OK: how to survive the economic collapse and be happy "

In 2012 he won a scholarship for the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley. Singularity University is a unique interdisciplinary, international and intercultural experience, whose aim is to assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies and apply, focus and guide these tools to address humanity’s grand challenges.