Expo grounds could be mini Silicone Valley

Support growing for proposal.

One of the ideas for using the Expo Milan 2015 grounds after the exposition closes in October is to turn it into a hi-tech industry park.

Authoritative UK-based IT innovation trade magazine Techworld reports that one of the world’s foremost technology service companies, Accenture, is putting its weight behind the proposal already shared by Assolombarda – and that Samsung and Tech Italia are also supporting the suggestion.

The concept is that the Expo grounds should become a tech centre home to the R&D labs of multinational technology companies, local university research centres and as many technology start-ups as possible.

Accenture, already one of Expo Milan 2015’s sponsors, points out that the €1.3 billion site is tailor-made for the project: close to the city centre and with excellent transport and internet connections, and close to leading universities like Bocconi and Politechnico di Milano.

The company’s Italian branch, with operations in Milan, Turin and Rome, recently launched a campaign to recruit another 2,400 staff to join the 3,500 professionals already signed up over the past three years.

And the idea isn’t new: part of London’s Olympic Park built for the 2012 games is being transformed into a tech cluster known as Here East, planned to become the UK’s largest tech centre.