XYZ2018 ☆ Officina degli Esordi
from July 23rd to 31st @ Bari

Research and Co-design Lab
organized by La Scuola Open Source

🔥 Partecipanti a XYZ2018

↓ Communication

↓ Tools
Access System
Digital Wall

↓ Processes
Calendar / Program

☆ Transforming Space

After a year full of surprises XYZ is back — if you don't know what is it, click here and here — with a new challenge.

The Labs goal:

To co-design identity e website (X), access system and internet of things (Y), governance and services (Z) of the Urban Lab OFFICINA DEGLI ESORDI.

9 days, 6 teachers + 3 tutors + 3 coordinators + 60 participants + the inhabitants of the space:

☛ an indipendent library [Spine];
☛ a musical production and promotion team [Playbrown];
☛ an artisan and gardener [Luca Cascella];
☛ a press agency [Mila Uffici Stampa];
☛ a film production company [Dinamo Film];
☛ a cinema and photography workshop organization [SpazioTempo];
☛ a dubbing school [Voice Art Dubbing];
☛ a show business production organization [Bass Culture];
☛ manager of the Laboratorio Urbano together with [Kismet Theatre] (a multidiscipinary artistic centre), and the headquarter of the local creative industry community [Apulia Creative Production Disctrict];
☛ an antimafia web radio [Radio Kreattiva] and a cultural promotion organization [BluSatùro];
☛ a consortium supporting companies and start-up [Matera Hub];
☛ an independent bike lab [Cicli Selvaggi];
☛ an organization supporting urban art [Pigment Workroom];
☛ a foundation committed to cultural projects throughout Italy [Fondazione FITZCARRALDO];
☛ a café with kitchen [Boe]
☛ and then at last [La Scuola Open Source].

What is — and how does it work — an “Urban Lab”?

The management of Apulian Urban Labs is entrusted, through public tenders, to companies and associations. Each Urban Lab has its own contents and characteristics: spaces for art and entertainment; places of social use and experimentation of new technologies; youth employment, training and entrepreneurship services; exhibition spaces, socialization and hospitality. Together they form a regional network of spaces at the service of young people and of the policies dedicated to them.


Starting from our relocation, we started a research path that was organized through a series of ethnographic interviews to the various subjects who live in the Urban Lab “Officina degli Esordi”.

We have thus collected and mapped data, processes, problems and dynamics:
personal data

We’ll start from this material to co-design – on the three axes X, Y and Z – the new route of the Urban Lab "Officina degli Esordi", a transforming space.



visual identity and communication tools

design and development of the website of the urban lab


implementation of an access system based on the internet of things and arduino;

new prototypes of products and services for the space;


service design applied to the development of a co-working service;

design thinking on the shared programming process (in all its phases and addressed to different kind of stakeholders).


All outputs will be designed:

to be evolved, modified and improved over time;

in accordance with the functioning dynamics of the space;

in accordance with the functioning dynamics of the space;

in accordance with the multiplicity vocation of space;

in order to aggregate, manage and enhance the offer (activities, services, events and / or products) of the individual subjects;


Why we teach, despite all
→ Salvatore Iaconesi e Oriana Persico

Why do you do it, if they won’t pay you?
→ Tommaso Guariento

Open Source Teaching
→ Alessandro Tartaglia

Open points on teaching processes
→ Salvatore Zingale + AA.VV.

12 things I learned co-designing the Open Source School
→ Paolo Musano

An open source thought
→ Daniele Bucci

Collective design and Anti-discipline
→ Daniele Bucci

The need to make mistakes, knowing you’re wrong
→ Sebastiano Pirisi

☆ Archive

SOS Blog
→ Reports, interviews and articles database

SOS youtube channel
→ Video database

La playlist di XYZ2016

La playlist di XYZ2017

☆ Daily schedule

9.30 / 10.30 — Plenary meeting
→ public debate on the progress of the works

10.30 / 13.00 — Research and co-design
→ teachers, tutors and participants working together on the project works

13.00 / 14.00 — Lunch break

14.00 / 15.00 — The “Controra”

15.00 / 19.00 — Research and co-design
→ teachers, tutors and participants working together on the project works

☆ Teachers / Tutors


Alessio D'Ellena [CAST]
→ Type and Graphic design

Andrea Bergamini [DISPLAY.XXX]
→ Publishing and Graphic design

Emidio Torre [FF3300]
→ Web design / development and Coding


Costantino Bongiorno [WEMAKE]
→ Making / Bloody revolutions

Piero Boccadoro [Politecnico di Bari]
→ Electronic prototyping / Coding

Mohamed Fadiga [Doing Studio]
→ Electronic prototyping / Coding


Guglielmo Apolloni [Schoolraising]
→ Service design / Design thinking

Nunzia Coco [Università Ca'Foscari]
→ Design thinking / UX

Kedy Cellammare [Cozinha Nomade]
→ Design thinking / UX

☆ Teaching methodology

The "typical" hacker learning process starts byy detecting an interesting problem, working to solve it using a variety of sources and then and putting the solution through a rigorous testing phase/period. Very often these are non-linear paths guided by passions more than a formalized method. For instance, it has been verified as the use of "reverse engineering" is recursive. Another typical aspect of this model is that you’re never ashamed to ask for help from those who know more.

Disintermediation allows you to transmit knowledge in a smarter way: those who know more will transmit to those who will come to a level that would develop the need of rare knowledge (and not to anyone). Meanwhile most of the network knots – in possession of less rare information – will create the fertile ground in which, through continuous and reciprocal exchange, a substantial quality of the information (as well as a collective consciousness) will develop faster.

When a hacker is studying the source code of a software, he often further develops it so that others can learn from this work. Around the various problems, a constant and continuous conversation with several voices develops. A critical, iterative and evolutionary polyphony.

A critical, iterative and evolutionary discussion using the following methodological principles:

☛ Iteration
☛ Open work
☛ Interdisciplinarity
☛ Non-linearity
☛ Cooperation
☛ Informality
☛ Learning by doing

The reward for participating in this process is peer recognition.

☆ Who are we looking for?


♥ lazy types designers ♥ collective imaginary agitators ♥ code ministers ♥ multiplicity designers.


♥ digital pirates ♥ intercom manipulators ♥ mistake artisans ♥ contraption builder ♥ keyboards consumers ♥ crazy scientists.


♥ lego pros ♥ community farmers ♥ process triggers ♥ indecision theorists ♥ post-it serial stickers ♥ imaginary cartographers.

☆ Applications

The workshops will be held at the Urban Lab “Officina degli Esordi”, via Crispi n° 5 - Bari. Activities will take place from July 23th to the 31st.

The labs will begin with a welcoming (July 22) and a briefing (July 23) and will end with a public output presentation and final party (July 30), plus a day of relax, greetings and departures (July 31).

In order to join X, Y or Z, fill out the application no later than 11:59 pm of the 06/23/2018.

Registration requires a motivational letter and a curriculum vitae (mandatory). In addition, a portfolio can be attached (if you got one).

Portfolio = any file certifying or testing the experience acquired in your field of activity: design, IT, video, publishing, making, hacking, coding, etc.

The 3 labs are free of charge and open to everyone.

If the amount of requests would overcome the available slots, we’ll select between 15 and 20 participants for each workshop.

The evaluation elements, in case of selection, will be:
lettera motivazionale
curriculum vitae
eventuale portfolio

The main evaluation factor will be the profiles consistency with the research areas.

The list of all selected participants will be published on this website on 06/24/2018.
All the selected will be contacted both by phone and email address they provided at the time of application.

Join us!

☆ Sharing

During the workshops we’ll set up a small temporary library with the books that each participant will consider useful to bring with him. At the end of the workshop all the books will be returned to their rightful owners.

The list of textsshared during the labs will be made public.
We’ll also collect obsolete hardware and books that you wish to share or donate to the school.

☆ Motivational letter

In the application form you’ll be asked why you want to participate in the workshops: selection will be based on this too. You can't get away with writing mind-your-business. Once deadline is over the motivations of the selected participants will be published in a section of the site together with name, surname and place of origin.

☆ Board and lodging

Although participation in XYZ is completely free of charge, room and board are at the expense of the participants, who can organize themselves as they see fit. Self-organization and the valuation of the time we’ll spend together will be facilitated through:
→ a slack group;
→ a map of the town where the basic services are detailed;

In this way you can share travel and/or accommodation.

☆ Contacts

To request information write to: "info [@] lascuolaopensource • xyz"

Alessandro Tartaglia
→ Project manager LAB — X:
☎ +39 340 081 63 52

Alessandro Balena
→ Project manager LAB — Y:
☎ +39 380 37 97 188

Lucilla Fiorentino
→ Project manager LAB — Z:
☎ +39 338 63 48 436

☆ Socialmedia

SOS on Facebook
SOS on Instagram
SOS on Twitter
SOS on Youtube
SOS on Slideshare
SOS on Github

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts

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