Accelerate your talent within the Like a Coffee community

Innovation ecosystem and community

The sharing strategy to generate opportunities.

In this rapidly changing age where work is the output of multiple minds, we are moving towards the creation of an ecosystem which involves the smartest people for them to be an asset and to add value to the organization.

Innovation to be truly open needs a community environment which is more and more able to generate common visions and opportunities.

Community Like a Coffee

Its founding principles.

We are the result of different experiences, different personal stories, different educational and professional paths. Web and mobile development, design, IoT, Industry 4.0, mobile and design thinking, social recruiting are some of the present themes within the Like A Coffee community, just to name a few.

Our goal is to gather the different competencies to find innovative solutions to smarten people’s lives.

Mentoring Approach

Grow your know-how thanks to the support of the community.

The mentoring work within the Like A Coffee community is carried out passionately towards the talent coming from the universities. As an example, in the following video Antonio Torre, one of our mentors, explains our approach.

For the talent accessing the Like A Coffee community, professional growth means learning by doing and by working on our projects to apply his or her university knowledge and, at the same time, to implement the acquired eLearning knowledge during the Like A Coffee “Talent to Expert Journey”.

Projects can be experimental, as the Preso project where Giuseppe, as a new talent, is currently working on its mobile app development which goes hand in hand with the IoT device.

Growth means also developing a final thesis together with a concrete project which could turn out to be useful for the talent professional process.

This is the case of Luigi Cutolo, who is about to graduate in Information Technology at the University of Salerno.

Talent to Expert journey

The importance of the learning journey to deal with the practical world of work

When the talent is about to graduate or has just graduated, he or she generally does not feel he or she has the necessary practical experience to face the present world of work. The Like A Coffee community is active to this end by supporting the young talent during his or her professional growth process by means of a dedicated learning path in order to help him or her become an expert developer to work on customer projects on an international scale.

On 8th November we will be at the Università di Salerno where Professor Vittorio Scarano hosts us to present the Like A Coffee community and the projects we are currently carrying out.

How has the project evolved over time? [VIDEO]

The project has gone a long way from its original version.

We started with a series of case prototypes, believe it or not, over 10 up to now.

The one we showed in the campaign is just a prototype and we are still working on new versions of it. The Preso device interacts constantly with the PresoApp, which allows you to create a Preso network.

The good thing about an IoT device development is the continuous testing both on the software side and on the hardware performance side.

The Preso evolution is still in an early-stage. Support us during our first Kickstarter campaign to drive it forward!

Talent build-up during the Preso development [VIDEO]

Giuseppe is one of the junior developers we met at the beginning of this year.

His Master IT studies are about to end and at the same time he’s living a working experience following the Talent journey within the Like A Coffee community.


In this video Giuseppe tells us about his overall experience during the development project of the Preso device and app (see Preso website link!…) as well as with the other team members, such as designers, project managers, IoT specialists and testers.


A  real 360° experience for someone like him who is coming from the university world.

He then highlights the paramount role and added value of his mentors during his build-up path.

The following video has been shot at a live coding session when our Preso team members met in person to work side by side.

“Even though we are remote web developers, we meet in person from time to time for working together” says Antonio Torre, mentor of the Like A Coffee community.

How was the idea of Preso developed? [VIDEO]

Preso was designed by Attilio starting from an Italian common specific need: the control of the home power consumption while the high-consuming household appliances are on.

Attilio thought how complicated could be for Granny Teresa to tackle this issue and, therefore, proposed his team to develop Preso and its App.

An easy-to-use IoT tool able to control the home energy consumption as well as the monitoring of each connected device.

Preso has become far more than an opportunity: it is an ally for those who crave to convert their house in a “smart” one with little money, according to one’s needs.


As Attilio says, Preso is a hackable open device and can be improved or enhanced starting from the original version developed by the Like A Coffee team.

Preso – the hackable smart outlet

Like A Coffee is pleased to announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign that will allow the public to meet Preso. Preso is an hackable open device that allows you to control your household devices behaviour and to monitor your home power consumption.

“Preso arose from the need to tackle a local Italian problem about the total installed capacity of 3 kW”, says Attilio Mandola, Co-inventor of Preso. It now overcomes this limitation by creating a network which steadily controls the energy consumption of each connected device. Should one instantly absorb too much energy, Preso will disconnect at once the lower priority devices in order to let the whole system keep on running.”

But Preso can improve your quality of life in more ways than you might think.
As it is a microcontroller based system, capable of creating a wi fi network among all the Preso devices, it can be a potential energy-saving tool by keeping track of the status of your appliances and, thus, fulfilling your desire to cut expenses whenever possible.
Inside Preso there are an energy power meter, a relay which turns on and off the energy power supply, a small display releasing an instantaneous stream of information about the device and two push buttons so as to programme functions for your devices to work autonomously.
Moreover, as the software is open source, you can reprogram Preso via the Arduino IDE. The possibilities are really never-ending. You can embed Preso in any custom-made environment. Or hack its hardware by means of sensors and actuators to expand its functionalities and to make it a prototyping platform.

What’s more, you can customize your home appliances behaviour from the corresponding easy and intuitive PresoApp combining accessibility and comfort at your fingertips.
Your new smart devices will be continuously supplying information to your phone or tablet so that you will be controlling remotely your appliances status, even when you are out and about.

“It will transform our simple homes into smart homes”, says Giuseppe Rivello, Content Designer.

Preso is being designed and manufactured by Like A Coffee, a team of professionals in the ICT sector which supports companies in their digitization processes. This time they are willing to introduce Preso directly to consumers, being confident that this little smart home controller could change your day-to-day life!

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