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Digital
Festival

September 13 - 17,
2017 Zurich

Program

#DiFe17

Conference meets festival, information meets exchange, technology meets inspiration, innovation meets vision – the Digital Festival is all about where the future will take us. It is conceived as an incubation platform for plans and ideas, with a huge range of exciting speakers, workshops, labs and parties that will provide real inspiration and plenty of networking opportunities. Come and experience 5 days of new ideas and answers to the most important question being asked right now: What’s next?

Keynotes

Our speakers definitely have their feet on the ground. The content is focused on Switzerland without losing sight of the bigger picture. Listen, learn, connect.

The Speakers

Sessions

This is a festival. So head out of the meeting rooms to the city, rooftops, museums and barbecue spots. It's easier to inspire each other and network if you're not looking at the back of the head of the person in front of you.

All Topics

Labs

Digital leaders up close and personal. Gain a deeper insight into current topics interactively in small groups and experience new technologies over the course of three days.

To the Labs

HackZurich

For years, HackZurich has drawn talented developers from around the world to Zurich. In 40 hours new digital solutions are designed, with a jury giving awards to the most innovative approaches.

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Speaker

Thu, 14.09.17

Max Stossel

poet & filmmaker


The Internet vs. humanity: When everyone profits from our attention, we all lose.

The Internet vs. humanity keynote is an interweaving of nine years of media expertise and poetic storytelling. A talk on how the forces that shape our digital world are steering ...
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The Internet vs. humanity keynote is an interweaving of nine years of media expertise and poetic storytelling. A talk on how the forces that shape our digital world are steering the future of our species, and how we can build an attention economy that values our humanity more than our screen time.

Max Stossel's Bio'

Max Stossel is an award-winning poet and filmmaker, and one of the leaders of Time Well Spent, a movement to align technology with our humanity. His work consistently goes viral, has spanned across 14 languages, won multiple film festivals and influenced the way digital media organizations tell the stories of mass murder in the news.

Before entering the worlds of poetry, film and digital activism, Max was a media strategist with an extensive background in the social field. The merging of these fields allows him to provide a fascinating perspective on the state of modern culture and the digital world.

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Max Stossel

Event Language: EN
Location: Kaufleuten Clubsaal

Fri, 15.09.17

Marty Weiner

Founding Engineer at Pinterest and former CTO @Reddit


Scaling Tech Start-ups from 0 to 300

Based on his experience growing Pinterest and Reddit, he will go through some key learnings he wished he had many years ago that would have helped through rapid growth phases. ...
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Based on his experience growing Pinterest and Reddit, he will go through some key learnings he wished he had many years ago that would have helped through rapid growth phases. He will dig into what it looks like to scale a company through traction and some lessons for choosing appropriate technology, how to think about and build a successful culture, and how to evolve your organization.

Marty Weiner's Bio'

Marty Weiner was the CTO at Reddit for two years, and is now advising while on sabbatical writing a book about building great engineering organizations. Before this, he was a founding engineer at Pinterest where he got to be part of building the company from the founder's apartment to an 800+ international team.

Marty Weiner also enjoys advising rapidly growing tech companies on how to scale culturally and technically through traction based on his experience building Pinterest and Reddit. On the side he writes video games, makes full-scale droids, and is trying to find time to finish up an animatronic parrot and a new input device prototype for the wrist.

medium.com/@MartyWeiner

Event Language: EN
Location: Kaufleuten Clubsaal

Labs

Wed, 13.09.17

Dr. Joël Luc Cachelin & Barbara Josef




Learning organisation makes a comeback

Wissensfabrik

Agility requires an adaptive organisation. In this lab, we discuss what contributions human resource management (HRM) can make in this regard, what HRM prototyping looks like, and why the second ...
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Agility requires an adaptive organisation. In this lab, we discuss what contributions human resource management (HRM) can make in this regard, what HRM prototyping looks like, and why the second step in a transition process is often more important than the first.

wissensfabrik.ch

Event Language: DE
Location: Haus Hiltl, Seminarraum Lena & Celine

Wed, 13.09.17

Lisa Müller & Mayce El Kharouf




Practical application of human-centered design methods

Amazee Labs Zurich

In this lab, we explain the concepts of human-centered design (HCD) and design thinking. With a case study as the basis, we will go through the various methods and demonstrate ...
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In this lab, we explain the concepts of human-centered design (HCD) and design thinking. With a case study as the basis, we will go through the various methods and demonstrate theory versus practice. How can the methods be applied in a real design process?

amazeelabs.com

Event Language: EN
Location: Stiftung zum Glockenhaus, Saal New York

Sessions

Wed, 13.09.17

Creativity goes digital

How digitalisation is changing the creative industry

The Digital Festival in Zurich will be hosting Creative Zürich Wednesday. The theme of the event will be the interface between creativity and digital processes, and how digitalisation is c...
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The Digital Festival in Zurich will be hosting Creative Zürich Wednesday. The theme of the event will be the interface between creativity and digital processes, and how digitalisation is changing the creative industry in particular. This industry is also being influenced by digitalisation and the latest technologies, not only in terms of distribution and marketing, but also in terms of creation and production.

Representatives from the creative fields of music, film, art and design will present innovative, inventive projects and discuss the possibilities that are opened up by the creative-digital interaction between business, science and society. The event is sure to provide an inspirational platform for learning, discussing and experiencing new things! It will be followed by a networking drinks reception.

Creative Zürich Wednesday is an event sponsored and organised by the Zurich Office for Economic Development and the Canton of Zurich. It is free of charge.

goo.gl/UXtIYs

Event Language: DE
Location: Kaufleuten Clubsaal

Wed, 13.09.17

Barbecue

With so much good food on offer, no one will go hungry at the Digital Festival. The evening barbecue on the roof terrace is the perfect example – networking is so...
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With so much good food on offer, no one will go hungry at the Digital Festival. The evening barbecue on the roof terrace is the perfect example – networking is so much nicer when combined with a sizzling grill and a chilled glass of your favourite tipple.


Location: Kaufleuten Terrasse

Reactions to the festival

The Digital Festival 2016 is a totally new type of event, combining business and hands-on tech experiences that proved out to be absolutely outstanding.

Daniel Gutenberg

IT entrepreneur and investor

It is a place where developers, start-ups and companies can really converse.

Michael Müller

CEO Valora

I’m convinced that the Digital Festival will make a major contribution to helping Switzerland advance in terms of digitalization and generating added value for society.

Pascale Bruderer

Councillor of State and management consultant

The first Digital Festival was a huge success and should be given a permanent spot in the city of Zurich’s events calendar. The team behind it has breathed new life into Switzerland’s digital scene with this innovative format und proved a lot of courage, ambition and far-sightedness.

Simon Lehmann

President Phocuswright

Locations

Kaufleuten

Zurich's most traditional club is just a few-minutes walk from the main station and is the core of the first Digital Festival.

Pelikanstrasse 18
8001 Zürich

Technopark

10 minutes from Zurich's main station, in Zurich West, where culture and business come together, is where HackZurich will take place.

Technoparkstrasse 1
8005 Zürich

We recommend travelling to the event by public transport. Timetable: ZVV

The festival in numbers

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