WebRatio (WBR)

Founded in October 2001 as a spin-off from the Politecnico di Milano University, WebRatio s.r.l is an independent company that operates worldwide in the market of software tools and methodologies for Web based applications and Business Process Management solutions. Its founders have developed the WebML® language, recognised in the international ICTcommunity as the first Domain Specific Language for visual modelling of Web/SOAapplications. Its team has developed WebRatio®, a WebML based IDE for designing the applications, generating all the code for the JEE platforms. In 2010 WBR has developed WebRatio BPM, which features the best free BPMN editor for the Eclipse environment and an enterprise-class code generation technology for transforming BPMN specifications into JEE applications automatically. WBR also maintains a wide network of over 60 international Universities in the Academic Partner Program. WBR has a staff headcount of 36.

The key poeple involved are Stefano Butti, Aldo Bongio, Roberto Acerbis and Emanuele Molteni.

MoonSubmarine (MSM)

MoonSubmarine is a newco started up in 2012 to capitalize on the 20+ years experience of
the founders in mobile application development and the more recent expertise matured in application gamification. The company has the aggressive objective of becoming a strategic innovation partners for companies wishing to target mobile users, in the B2B and B2B2C markets. The technical team brings a unique mix of capacities matured from B2C app development, portal development, game plot design and implementation, and mobile user experience design and implementation. Among the achievements of the founders there are the development of the iPad game “London: The Game”, in association with “The London Museum” (, the creation of the plot for the vertical applications to be embedded into the first PDA of the history (Olivetti Quaderno, 1993), the first Lego worldwide distributed screensaver (“Lego pump the fun”, 1995), large Yahoo! rollouts like Y! Shopping and Y!Travel 2000/2001), strategic support to the local marketplaces like eBay Alumni, the current version of the Scarabeo Online game, the official iPad version of the game for “La settimana Enigmistica”, and the ongoing gamification of the WebRatio community and technical support services. MSM has a current staff headcount of 2.

The key people involved are Giuseppe Pasceri and Fausto Dassenno.

ForwardSoftware (FOR)

Forward Software, founded in 2011, is the reference partner for the companies working in
Asset Finance and Financial Services in general. The company focuses on Business
Process Management and workflows, ensuring a complete functional coverage of Frontoffice, Middle-Office, Back-Office, and Accounting, including mobile business process in sectors like Customer Relationship Management and Sales. Its specialty is building modular and integrated systems, multi-level (Group/ Country/Company) and multi-product, which comply with all the administrative requirements in complex and highly regulated market sectors, for international enterprises and groups who want a common platform that can handle the peculiarities of different countries. FOR has a staff headcount of 8.

The key people involved are Diego Brotto, Constantin Neagu and Laurentiu Radu.

ARMINES, Research group at Ecole De Mines De Nantes (ARM)

ARMINES is a non-profit organization enabling public higher educational and research
establishments to entrust their contractual research activities to private organizations.
ARMINES has a contract-based relationship with its partner schools, which include the
network of engineering schools overseen by the Department of Industry (Mines Paris Tech,Saint-Etienne, Douai, Alès, Nantes and Albi-Carmaux).  AtlanMod is an INRIA research team located in the École des Mines de Nantes and specialized in the use of model-based technologies for software production, operation and evolution. AtlanMod will use its expertise in modelling and model-transformations by being the leading contributor in developing a domain-specific language for the specification of mobile applications together with the model transformation techniques to adapt these models to the different mobile platforms available.

The key people involved are Jordi Cabot and Massimo Tisi.

Politecnico di Milano (PMI)

The Politecnico di Milano was established in 1863 by a group of scholars and entrepreneurs belonging to prominent Milanese families. Its most eminent professors over the years have included the mathematician Francesco Brioschi (its first Director), Luigi Cremona, and Giulio Natta (Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1963). The Politecnico di Milano is now ranked as one of the most outstanding European universities in Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design, and in many disciplines is regarded as a leading research institution worldwide. Politecnico di Milano is nowadays organised in 16 departments and a network of 9 Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design spread over 7 campuses over the Lombardy region with a central administration and management. The 9 schools are devoted to education whereas the 16 departments are devoted to research. The Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioinformatica, known as “DEIB”, hosts the ICT research of Politecnico and is one of the major university departments in Europe, both for its size and for the quality of its research. DEIB’s mission is to improve constantly the scientific and technological knowledge in the fields of Systems and Control, Computer Science and Engineering, Telecommunications, and Electronics. With over 500 members, researchers, collaborators, PhD students, technical and administrative staff, the Department is a vital institution capable of promoting education, fundamental and applied research, and technology transfer to companies. DEIB professors (Carlo Ghezzi and Stefano Ceri) have been recipient of two IDEAS ERC Grants of 2.5 million € each in the 2008 Call, for the projects Self-Managing Situated Computing (SMScom- http://www.erc- and Search Computing (SeCo- In particular, a high synergy will be exploited with the Search Computing project, who is constructing an advanced platform for performing multi-domain queries across heterogeneous data sources.

The key people involved are Marco Brambilla, Piero Fraternali and Andrea Mauri.

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