Bending Spoons

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Bending Spoons S.p.A.
HeadquartersCorso Como 15,
Italy 20154
ProductsiOS mobile apps

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, and Live Quiz.[1] Bending Spoons is one of the world’s leading mobile developers, by number of app downloads.[2]

On April 17, 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 June 1, 2020.[5] It was initially released in four regions, then countrywide.[6]


  • 2019, 2020: Winner, Best Workplaces™ (50-149 employees) in Italy
  • 2019: Winner, Best Workplaces™ for Women in Italy
  • 2019: 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 Minister for Technological Innovation and the Ministry of Health.[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 April 17, 2020.[8] Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte discussed the Immuni project in a televised press conference on April 30, 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 June 1, 2020.[11]

The name

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 activities

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]


  1. "Bending Spoons Apps IVS Revenue & App Download Estimates". Retrieved 2020-07-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. Morning Future (2018-11-02). "The brain drain is in reverse and Netflix and Spotify are facing competition". Retrieved 2020-06-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. Pollina, Elvira (2020-04-17). "Italy tests contact-tracing app to speed lockdown exit". Reuters. Retrieved 2020-06-23.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Un aggiornamento sull'applicazione di contact tracing digitale per l'emergenza coronavirus". (in italiano). 2020-04-21. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  5. "IMMUNI APP available for downloading on the APPLE and GOOGLE stores". 2020-06-03. Retrieved 2020-06-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. Horowitz, Jason; Satariano, Adam (2020-06-16). "Europe Rolls Out Contact Tracing Apps, With Hope and Trepidation". The New York Times. Retrieved 2020-07-02.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "immuni-app/immuni-documentation – Immuni's High-Level Description". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-07-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. Ministry of Health. "Contact tracing: Arcuri firma ordinanza per app italiana". (in italiano). Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  9. Conte, Giuseppe (2020-04-30). "Ripresa attività economiche, informativa del Presidente Conte al Senato". (in italiano). Retrieved 2020-07-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. Howell O'Neill, Patrick; Ryan-Mosley, Tate; Johnson, Bobbie (2020-05-07). "A flood of coronavirus apps are tracking us. Now it's time to keep track of them". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2020-07-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. Amante, Angelo; Pollina, Elvira (2020-06-12). "Italians embrace coronavirus tracing app as privacy fears ease". Reuters. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  12. "Bending Spoons, le meilleur des applications mobiles". Forbes France (in français). 2019-04-29. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  13. "katana-swift". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-07-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. "Milano. Al via la I edizione di First Ascent International". Avvenire (in italiano). 2019-05-07. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  15. "Parte First Ascent 2019: 3 giorni gratis a Copenhagen per 20 tra i migliori studenti di Ingegneria Informatica d'Italia". ANSA (in italiano). 2019-02-05. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  16. "Formazione. Tre giorni a Barcellona per i migliori 20 studenti". Avvenire (in italiano). 2019-07-26. Retrieved 2020-07-02.

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