Martina is passionate about policy-making and technological innovation. She is a post-doctoral fellow at the European University Institute focusing on digital trade and data flows and she acts regularly as a consultant for several institutions including the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and the World Bank. Her research also covers topics related to digital transformation and digital education, which are connected to her work outside academia. Martina founded and manages FabLab Western Sicily, a non-profit organisation that brings creative digital education to Sicilian schools and she was listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 for her work with Oral3D, a start-up in the area of 3D printing and dentistry. For her work in these areas, she was listed in 2018 among the 15 most influential Italian women on digital issues. She is part of the Scientific Committee of Fondazione EOS.
To know more about my work, visit the website www.martinaferracane.com
Founder & President of FabLab Western Sicily
Bringing positive change through creative education
While the digital revolution has the power to reduce inequalities, this can only be achieved if young people are equipped with adequate skills. However, the poorest regions in Europe (such as Sicily) are also those with the lowest level of digital skills, which is likely to lead to even higher levels of inequality. That is why our mission at FabLab Western Sicily is to empower young people to take an active role in the digital revolution, shape its direction and grow up as creators. To fulfill this mission, we promote creative digital education in Sicilian schools and support the establishment of creative spaces.