Italo Vignoli


Italo Vignoli is a founding member of The Document Foundation and the LibreOffice project, the Chairman Emeritus of Associazione LibreItalia, an Ambassador of Software Heritage, and a proud member of Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). He is a past board member of Open Source Initiative (OSI).
Italo co-leads LibreOffice marketing, PR and media relations, co-chairs the LibreOffice Certification Program, and is a spokesman for the project. He also handles advocacy and marketing activities for the Open Document Format ISO standard.

He has contributed to several large migration projects to LibreOffice, and is a LibreOffice certified migrator and trainer since 2014. From 2004 to 2010 he has been involved in the OOo project.

In his professional life, he is a marketing consultant with more than four decades of experience in high tech PR, and a visiting professor of marketing, public speaking and PR post-graduate courses.

Italo has a Degree in Humanities at the University of Milan, based on a typewritten thesis in human geography (well before the PC era) and MBAs in Marketing, Public Relations and Journalism.

Italo was born on August 12, 1954, at 6PM CET, 27 years before the announcement of the IBM PC in Boca Raton, Florida, on August 12, 1981, at noon EST. Shortly after, he was hired by the second largest computer company to manage high tech PR. Coincidence, or destiny?

LibreOffice Technology, a FOSS platform for personal productivity

LibreOffice was announced in 2010 to relaunch innovation of the already stagnant OpenOffice project. Since 2011, LibreOffice has evolved from a single desktop product to a technology platform supporting applications for the desktop, the cloud and mobile. All products share the same engine, which provides superior consistency.
This has been achieved in stages, following the evolution of the office suite market. First, it has been necessary to pay the technical debt inherited from OpenOffice. Then, source code has been refactored, with the introduction of new technologies to replace legacy ones. Third, the user interface has been modernized and made more flexible, with options for users migrating from proprietary software.

Today, the LibreOffice Technology platform is based on the same software engine for all modules, based on a clean and refactored source code, with a focus on code quality and consistency, and supported by easy and extensive APIs.

LibreOffice consistency represents a strong advantage over the “siloed” approach of all other office suites, where there is a different software engine for each application and each platform. The result is a lack of consistency for files, which are also different by platform.

LibreOffice Technology is the best open source platform for personal productivity, and is tightly integrated on desktop, mobile and cloud.

Young Outstanding Researcher

Young outstanding researchers are the future of the scientific community, and we want to recognize and celebrate their achievements. This competition is designed to identify the most outstanding young researchers and provide them with the recognition they deserve.

We'll be looking for researchers who have already demonstrated exceptional talent and promise in their field. Whether it's through groundbreaking research, innovative ideas, or a commitment to advancing the frontiers of knowledge, we want to see evidence that you're already making an impact in your field.

We're particularly interested in researchers who are working on cutting-edge topics or exploring new areas of inquiry. We're looking for individuals who are pushing the boundaries of what is currently known, and who have the potential to make significant contributions to their field in the years to come.

We'll also be evaluating the quality and impact of your research work. We'll be looking for evidence of rigorous methodology, innovative thinking, and the potential for real-world application. We'll be assessing the quality of your publications, the impact of your work, and your potential for continued success in the field.

But we're not just looking for exceptional researchers - we're also looking for individuals who have the potential to become leaders in their field. We'll be evaluating your leadership potential, communication skills, and ability to collaborate with others.

Overall, the Young Outstanding Researcher competition is an opportunity for you to showcase your exceptional talent, dedication, and promise as a young researcher. We encourage you to apply and show us why you're the most outstanding young researcher in your field.

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Most Contributing Researcher

The Most Contributing Researcher competition recognizes researchers who have made significant contributions to their field over the course of their careers. We're looking for individuals who have dedicated themselves to advancing the frontiers of knowledge, and whose work has had a meaningful impact on their field and beyond.

But we're not just looking for exceptional researchers - we're also looking for individuals who have made meaningful contributions to their community and society as a whole.

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Most Popular Researcher

This exciting competition is designed to help talented students like you showcase your research skills and connect with top professionals in academia and industry. Our focus is on selecting the most popular researcher from among the participating students, and we'll be evaluating a variety of factors to determine the winner.

One of the key factors we'll be looking at is your connection with academia and industry. We believe that strong connections and collaborative potential are essential for success in research.

We'll also be considering your communication skills, leadership abilities, and overall potential to become successful researchers. Effective communication and collaboration are critical in research, and we'll be looking for evidence that you have these skills and the potential to develop them further.

Overall, the Research Talent Event provides an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your research talents, connect with top professionals in academia and industry, and potentially win the title of most popular researcher. We encourage you to apply and show us what you've got.

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