WordPress 4.7 & React — A perfect marriage?


On the 12th of April, 2017, during the Ticino’s FrontEnders monthly meeting hosted at DOS Group, Ryan introduced the audience to the experience we made in developing a complex and production-ready WordPress theme only in React (+ its must-have add-ons).

The WP Rest API made it to the core in WP 4.7, which finally lets us decouple our themes from PHP using whatever technology we want. In other words, we are now able to build a pure (almost), beautiful and feature-rich JavaScript theme and never have to look back to the legacy spaghetti-code that WordPress usually throws in.

The setup, the choices and certain minor hacks all contributed to obtain an amazing result. But with many pros, there where also several cons.
Find out more by having a look at the embedded slide deck.

Image courtesy by DOS Group

State councillor Vitta visits our office spaces



Last week Mr. Christian Vitta, Canton of Ticino’s State Councillor and Director of the Department of Finances and Economy (DFE), came to visit the digital branch of Tecnopolo Ticino in Chiasso.

We, and other 5 companies headquartered on the two dedicated floors, had the opportunity to introduce our activities and services in a detailed fashion. We also had some dedicated time to tell him about our commitment towards entrepreneurship, technology and innovation, which are also the essential building blocks of the long term strategy carried out by the DFE. Read more on »

Plastical and its commitment to the startup scene


In these last 2 years we positioned ourselves clearly as one of the few consultancies that deal with startups and innovation. We really believe that the potential of young talents, creative projects and endless hours of intensive work to make an idea happen are the real driver toward success.

We helped several startups and amazing entrepreneurs reach their goals and succeed. It’s our business and we’re paid for it.

But we also thought that, after such an intense work with and into the scene, it was time to give back. Read more on »

What it means being a TEDx speaker (for a day)



When in January the Lugano’s TEDx team asked me to be a speaker for their second event hosted at the Franklin University I started to get nervous. Although honoured and pleased by this invitation, I was really concerned about the contents and how those could have a real impact on the audience.
I’m quite used to talk in public, so the main problem was to build a story which had the potential to: 1. engage the audience and 2. to come up with something worth spreading. Read more on »

Tech&Lunch events. Joining the local startup community


Together with Fondazione Agire we’re hosting a series of events at the Tecnopolo Ticino. The next one will be awesome: we’re bringing MassChallenge, one of the biggest accelerator programs worldwide in Ticino open to all the local startups willing to experience 4 months in one of their locations: Boston, UK or Israel.

That’s why we are looking for the top Ticino Startups!

Startups in MassChallenge receive free resources and opportunities, including mentorship, office space, and access to a global network. Finalist startups will also compete for millions in non-dilutive cash awards: over $1.5 million in MassChallenge Boston and £500 thousand (~$760 thousand) in MassChallenge UK.

Info Session details
Date: March 20th 2015, 11:30 – 14:00
Location: Tecnopolo Ticino, Stabile Suglio, Auditorium, Via Cantonale 18, 6928 Manno
Guest speaker: Nick Balestra, founder and CEO Beyounic.

Attend for free!
Enjoy the Tech&Lunch event series at Tecnopolo Ticino.
Pizza, drinks and networking for people willing to share and learn from amazing entrepreneurs.

Register now: http://event.plastical.com


The diary #013: 48 hours in one of the top accelerators in Europe.


Nearbors pitch
A week ago we got an email from Louisa, COO of StartupBootcamp Berlin, telling us that we were one of the teams selected to pitch on the 27th of May in Berlin for the Smart transportation & Energy program happening next Fall.

StartupBootcamp is among the top accelerators in Europe (and rating really high worldwide), backed by amazing companies such as Bosch Global, Castrol, Cisco, EnBW, Here (Nokia), and Mercedes-Benz. We applied to SBC with our Nearbors project some weeks ago and we forgot about it. When we read the email we were enthusiastic, but also panicking! We had less than 4 days to book our stay in Berlin, get ready with the best pitch we could put together and do our best to be admitted in the program. Read more on »