Bending Spoons

Bending Spoons S.p.A. is an Italian mobile application developer, founded in 2013 and based in Milan. The company is known primarily for iOS mobile apps, including Splice, 30 Day Fitness, Live Quiz, and Remini.[1] Bending Spoons is one of the world's leading mobile developers, by number of app downloads.[2]

Bending Spoons S.p.A.
TypePrivately held company
  • Luca Ferrari
  • Francesco Patarnello
  • Matteo Danieli
  • Luca Querella
  • Tomasz Greber
  • Thirty Day Fitness
  • Splice
  • Live Quiz
  • Remini

On 17 April 2020, the Italian government released a statement on its website announcing that Bending Spoons had been selected to design and develop Italy's official COVID-19 contact tracing app, Immuni.[3] Bending Spoons granted the government a perpetual and irrevocable license for Immuni, free of charge.[4] The app was released on 1 June 2020.[5] It was initially released in four regions, then countrywide.[6]


  • 2020: Top 10, Best Workplaces™ in Europe
  • 2019, 2020: Winner, Best Workplaces™ (50–149 employees) in Italy
  • 2022: 2nd place, Best Workplaces™ (150–499 employees) in Italy
  • 2019: Winner, Best Workplaces™ for Women in Italy
  • 2019, 2020, 2021: Winner, Best Workplaces™ for Millennials in Italy
  • 2019: 2nd place, Best Workplaces™ for Innovation in Italy


Immuni is Italy's official contact tracing app in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. Bending Spoons designed and developed Immuni under the direction of the Special Commissioner for the COVID-19 Emergency, the Ministry of Health, and the Minister for Technological Innovation.[7] Bending Spoons granted the government a perpetual and irrevocable license for Immuni, free of charge.[4]

The Immuni project was announced in a press release on the Italian government website on 17 April 2020.[8] Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte discussed the Immuni project in a televised press conference on 30 April 2020.[9] Immuni was awarded the maximum five stars by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Technology Review Contact Tracing Tracker in May 2020.[10]

With Immuni, Italy was the first major European nation to launch a contact tracing app, and it received 2.2 million downloads in its first ten days since launching on the App Store and Google Play Store on 1 June 2020.[11]

The nameEdit

In a 2019 interview with Forbes Leader's Talk, Bending Spoons co-founder Luca Ferrari stated:

The meaning of the name came [ … ] from the movie The Matrix. We loved it immediately because it captured some big ideas we believed in—and still believe in. These are the power of the mind to do what seems impossible, like bending spoons with your thoughts, and the value of persevering to achieve those goals.[12]

Other notable activitiesEdit

Bending Spoons has published open source libraries on GitHub. As of June 2020, its modern Swift framework "Katana" has received over 2,000 stars.[13]

Bending Spoons runs annual bootcamps for promising students. These include First Ascent International,[14] First Ascent Italy,[15] and First Ascent Business[16]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bending Spoons Apps IVS Revenue & App Download Estimates". Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  2. ^ Morning Future (2 November 2018). "The brain drain is in reverse and Netflix and Spotify are facing competition". Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  3. ^ Pollina, Elvira (1 April 2020). "Italy tests contact-tracing app to speed lockdown exit". Reuters. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b Italian Minister for Technological Innovation (2 April 2020). "Un aggiornamento sull'applicazione di contact tracing digitale per l'emergenza coronavirus". (in Italian). Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  5. ^ Italian Minister for Technological Innovation (3 June 2020). "IMMUNI APP available for downloading on the APPLE and GOOGLE stores". Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  6. ^ Horowitz, Jason; Satariano, Adam (1 June 2020). "Europe Rolls Out Contact Tracing Apps, With Hope and Trepidation". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  7. ^ "immuni-app/immuni-documentation – Immuni's High-Level Description". GitHub. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  8. ^ Ministry of Health. "Contact tracing: Arcuri firma ordinanza per app italiana". (in Italian). Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  9. ^ Conte, Giuseppe (3 April 2020). "Ripresa attività economiche, informativa del Presidente Conte al Senato". (in Italian). Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  10. ^ Howell O'Neill, Patrick; Ryan-Mosley, Tate; Johnson, Bobbie (7 May 2020). "A flood of coronavirus apps are tracking us. Now it's time to keep track of them". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  11. ^ Amante, Angelo; Pollina, Elvira (1 June 2020). "Italians embrace coronavirus tracing app as privacy fears ease". Reuters. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Bending Spoons, le meilleur des applications mobiles". Forbes France (in French). 29 April 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  13. ^ "katana-swift". GitHub. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  14. ^ "Milano. Al via la I edizione di First Ascent International". Avvenire (in Italian). 7 May 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Parte First Ascent 2019: 3 giorni gratis a Copenhagen per 20 tra i migliori studenti di Ingegneria Informatica d'Italia". ANSA (in Italian). 5 February 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Formazione. Tre giorni a Barcellona per i migliori 20 studenti". Avvenire (in Italian). 2 July 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2020.

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