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Digital Festival #2:
13–17 September 2017

Over five days, the Digital Festival in Zurich will bring together digital start-up founders, established brands, programmers and CEOs. This unique world-class meeting is a festival for topics that affect the Swiss economy. It is a place to discuss questions about the digital future and get hands-on with new technology, and where prototype apps are created in just 40 hours thanks to HackZurich.Inspiration, cooperation and an unforgettable experience are guaranteed.

Daniel Gutenberg

Daniel Gutenberg

IT-Entrepreneur and Investor

When I was asked to help on the Advisory Board of yet another business conference, I was a bit hesitant. I should have known better: 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. The organization, the speakers, the workshops and the discussions about questions of the digital future where all equally top-notch. I really enjoyed the social part, too! Congratulations to this first edition – it will be very hard to top that one!

Michael Mueller

Michael Mueller

CEO Valora

Valora was a partner of HackZurich for the second time, and also of this year’s Digital Festival. The innovative, interactive format of the Digital Festival is impressive and offers many opportunities for interesting discussions. It is a place where developers, start-ups and companies can really converse. New, creative ideas are generated at HackZurich, and we can show talented young people how exciting retail is.

Pascale Bruderer

Pascale Bruderer

Councillor of State & Management Consultant

I was very impressed by the unique atmosphere and innovative mood at HackZurich – and also by the results! The 560 highly talented participants from over 50 countries created admirable prototypes in just a few days. As a member of the Advisory Board, I’m convinced that this event and the Digital Festival in general will make a major contribution to helping Switzerland advance in terms of digitalization and generating added value for society.

Key Topics

Digital Readiness

No company in Switzerland can afford to ignore this topic: the digital revolution is creating new products, business models and entire industries. Is your organization fit for digital change?

Business Models in Transition

The digital transformation is affecting the core of established companies: we are starting to question, reconsider and expand business models. At the Digital Festival, experts from successful international companies will provide an insight into their experiences and strategies.

Brand Management in the Digital Age

The question is not "Facebook or no Facebook". The question is how to build and maintain a consistent presence in the digital sphere. It's not just about a strategic identity in respect of consumers but about an overall understanding of the brand that is practised within and outside the company.

User Experience & Design

We are living in a consumer age. Never before did individuals have so much power. But how many companies place the customer at the centre of their business model? With the right approach, companies can find, inspire and retain loyal customers even in the Digital Age.

Robotics, Internet of Things & Virtual Reality

What can robots do today? Which jobs will die out? Which new ones will be created? How will daily life change if almost every object is networked? Can virtual reality be used meaningfully in business?

Data Analytics

The digital society is producing more and more data. People who read data correctly and use them to optimize products and to innovate have an advantage. But how can this be done? Which questions are relevant in order to turn big data into smart data?

keynotes

Keynotes

Inspiration from expertise

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.

labs

Labs

Share and discuss experiences

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.

sessions

Sessions

Discover new things and be creative

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.

hack

HackZurich

The biggest hackathon in Europe

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.

TOP Speaker 2016

Alain Chuard

Alain Chuard

Co-Founder Wildfire

Philip Inghelbrecht

Philip Inghelbrecht

Co-Founder Shazam

Clara Buchanan

Clara Buchanan

CEO & Founder Hypergrow

Dirk Slama

Dirk Slama

Director of Business Development Bosch Software Innovations

David Shing

David Shing

Digital Prophet AOL

TOP Impressions
2016

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Digital Festival 2016

Digital Festival Zürich, 15.–18. September 2016 #DiFe16

Our Mission

We are creating a festival of inspiration for questions about the digital future.

The technology sector has produced stars of a calibre reserved until recently only for athletes, rock stars and great thinkers. New technology is changing the world and society too. Old, inefficient business models will disappear in the short or long term, making way for things that fit the Digital Age. We now want to take the next step.

Digital innovations don't just change the way business is done, they also create values and potential. Let's take a look at these new business models and find out how they can exert a positive influence on our companies in the Swiss market.

We're bringing the digital makers and shakers who are at home in this new world order to Zurich.

The Digital Festival is a meeting place for people who have long since started to change the world. Not an elite that is the victim of its own success but a fresh, up-and-coming, rebellious elite that is out to change things, that thinks what nobody has thought before about things that everyone has seen for a long time.




Who we are

We're bringing digital leaders and decision-makers together

Jonathan Isenring

Jonathan Isenring

Manuel P. Nappo

Manuel P. Nappo

Rasmus Rothe

Rasmus Rothe

Schoscho Rufener

Schoscho Rufener

The Digital Festival is being conducted in cooperation with Contexta AG

Advisory Board

Pascale Bruderer

Pascale Bruderer

Councillor of State & Management Consultant

Anita Martinecz Fehér

Anita Martinecz Fehér

Deputy Head of Location Promotion for the Canton of Zurich and project manager

Simon Lehmann

Simon Lehmann

former CEO Biketec AG & Interhome

Daniel Gutenberg

Daniel Gutenberg

IT entrepreneur & investor

James Larus

Prof. James Larus

Dean of the School of Computer and Communications Science (IC), EPFL

Marco Tempest

Marco Tempest

Cyber illusionist

Hugh Forrest

Hugh Forrest

Director at South by Southwest (SXSW)

Abraham Bernstein

Abraham Bernstein

Director Department of Informatics, University of Zurich

Venues

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.

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Technopark

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

Find connection

The festival pass includes free use of public transport (Zurich, Zone 110).

Partner

Main Partner

post.ch randstad

Supporting Partner

Educational & Science Partner

Media Partner

Other Partners

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