The year was 2016, when we published "2099"

In the book 87 great Alumni collected as many tips for young people, peering into the future. Are they still valid, 5 years and a pandemic later?

“In the face of changes, we must ask ourselves if what we do is still relevant”. "We must fight for inclusion and overcome the economic ceiling that prevents access to a dignified life for all". "Change is the only constant: learn to grasp the signs". "Do not lose sight of what cannot be measured: human relationships". “Once a month, have a digital detox day!”. “Less ego, more eco: we must design with sustainability as our goal”. "It is difficult to predict for the next decades, but an important reflection remains nonetheless: you will need it to be ready for changes and adapt more quickly". "We must get out of the perspective of the crisis and try to understand what has changed".

Five years ago we asked 87 C-Level Alumni to imagine what the world would be like in 2099. In the meantime, many of them have changed roles, companies, in some cases even industry. Some have grown up, others have retired, others have sadly left us. Some will certainly have changed their minds, and today they would answer our question differently: how do you imagine the world in 2099?

In these years all sorts of changes happened, but, reading these messages, we might have the impression that they were written today. So, we have two options: either the world has not changed at all (unlikely, right?); or the Alumni have a crystal ball (equally unlikely). Or, more likely they are aging like wine: improving.

"The Alumni of Politecnico di Milano are architects, designers and engineers who work in various sectors of our society, from technology to the design of living spaces, from economics to industry, from art to culture"

wrote President Zio in the preface to Towards 2099: 87 tips from great Alumni of the Politecnico di Milano to shape yourself for tomorrow , a title that says everything about their intentions. "This group of women and men", he continued, "is an innovation engine of extraordinary importance for our country". 2099 is a treasure trove of experiences for those who have already built a future for themselves and guide it in the present, facing challenges, making mistakes and in any case, always learning. Concludes prof. Enrico Zio: “Let's not stop learning today to make less mistakes tomorrow”.

2099 was joined in alphabetical order by: Roger Abravanel, Marco Airoldi, Stefano Arganese, Paolo Baratta, Paolo Battiston, Luca Belenghi, Roberto Beltrame, Paolo Bertoluzzo, Luciano Bonetti, Guido Bortoni, Angelo Bosoni, Elena Bottinelli, Daslav Brkic, Francesco Caio , Guido Cami, Marco Candiani, Tino Canegrati, Carlo Capè, Giulio Cappellini, Carlo Carganico, Alessandro Cattani, Luciano Cavazzana, Paolo Cederle, Andrea Certo, Giulio Cesareo, Aldo Chiarini, Aldo Cingolani, Antonio Citterio, Luca Colombo, Roberto Crapelli, Giampaolo Dallara, Claudio De Albertis, Gianandrea De Bernardis, Enrico Deluchi, Giuseppe Di Franco, Fabio Dinale, Elio (Stefano Belisari), Mauro Fenzi, Luigi Ferrari, Guglielmo Fiocchi, Gianbeppi Fortis, Angelo Fumagalli, Aldo Fumagalli Romario, Marco Galletti, Giovanni Gemmani , Luciano Gobbi, Ugo Govigli, Vittorio Gregotti, Andrea Incontri, Alberto Iperti, Andrea Keller, Ugo La Pietra, Pietro Lissoni, Andrea Lovato, Fabio Maccari, Virginia Magliulo, Stefano Ma rzano, Alessandro Matera, Renato Mazzoncini, Alessandro Mendini, Angelo Meregalli, Marco Milani, Riccardo Monti, Alberto Negri, Maurizio Nichetti, Fabio Novembre, Alessandro Ortis, Giulio Pastore, Bartolomeo Pescio, Stefano Pessina, Carlo Purassanta, Paolo Ramadori, Giorgio Rossi Cairo , Walter Ruffinoni, Stefano Scaglia, Marco Sesana, Stefano Siragusa, Sergio Solero, Francesco Starace, Maurizio Teora, Vico Valassi, Patricia Viel, Franco Villani, Enrico Zampedri, Luca Zanotti, Elena Zucchetti.