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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.

Thu, 13.09.18 (09:00 - 09:45)

Jonas Lüscher

Writer

Born 1976 in Zurich, Jonas Luescher is a Swiss-German writer. He studied philosophy in Munich and Zurich and spent nine months as visiting researcher at Stanford University. His books have been ...
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Jonas Lüscher's Bio'

Born 1976 in Zurich, Jonas Luescher is a Swiss-German writer. He studied philosophy in Munich and Zurich and spent nine months as visiting researcher at Stanford University. His books have been translated in 17 languages and have won numerous prizes. His novel "Kraft" has been awarded with the Swiss Book Prize in 2017. Jonas Luescher lives in Munich.

Event Language: DE/EN
Location: Schiffbau

Thu, 13.09.18 (09:45 - 10:15)

Wael Ghonim

Social Entrepreneur and Product Manager Quora


Notes to my technologist self

Technology has changed our lives dramatically over the past few decades. Computers gave us an unprecedented capacity to store our memories. Internet gave us access to a wealth of information ...
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Technology has changed our lives dramatically over the past few decades. Computers gave us an unprecedented capacity to store our memories. Internet gave us access to a wealth of information previously not accessible. AI is help us making better decisions. The power of the people has become significantly greater than the people in power, and with great power comes great responsibility. Reflections on some of what Wael learnt about himself, humans, and their pursuit to unlock life's biggest mysteries.

Wael Ghonim's Bio'

Wael Ghonim is a computer engineer, an Internet activist, and a social entrepreneur. He is best known for his role in sparking the Egyptian revolution back in 2011. Wael worked for Google heading their Marketing and Product operations in the Middle East. In 2015 following his departure from Google , Wael co-founded Parlio which was acquired by Quora. Wael is a senior research fellow at Harvard and the author of: "Revolution 2.0: The Power of the people is greater than the people in power". Wael was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was named one of Time 100 most influential people and received the JFK Profile in Courage Award.

Event Language: EN
Location: Schiffbau

Thu, 13.09.18 (11:15 - 11:45)

Executive Talk

Executive Talk on Innovation

The world is moving faster and faster. How can companies tell which innovations and topics are relevant to them, and how can they be used productively and monetised? How can ...

The world is moving faster and faster. How can companies tell which innovations and topics are relevant to them, and how can they be used productively and monetised? How can classic projects and agile innovation be combined? How can you foster a corporate culture that enables innovation and motivates staff? Four executives from different industries and companies of different sizes will explore these questions together with the audience of the Digital Festival.

The executive talk is being held in cooperation with digitalswitzerland.

Event Language: DE
Location: Schiffbau

Thu, 13.09.18 (11:45 - 12:15)

André Loesekrug-Pietri

Speaker for J.E.D.I., former Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, founder of ACAPITAL

André Loesekrug-Pietri, dual French-German citizen, held leadership positions in private equity, government, industry and as an entrepreneur. Starting as assistant to the CEO of Aerospatiale-Airbus, he then spent 15 years in p...
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André Loesekrug-Pietri, dual French-German citizen, held leadership positions in private equity, government, industry and as an entrepreneur. Starting as assistant to the CEO of Aerospatiale-Airbus, he then spent 15 years in private equity and venture capital, including 10 years with China, investing in European companies with global ambitions. In 2017, he paused from the private sector to become Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence, responsible in particular for European Defense policy as well as technology and innovation. He is currently speaker (pro-bono) of the Joint European Disruptive Initiative (J.E.D.I.), aiming to accelerate France and Germany’s leadership in disruptive innovations. Graduate from HEC and from Harvard Kennedy School, he attended Sup-Aero aerospace engineering school. Nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, he is a private pilot and Colonel with the French Air Force People’s Reserve..

Event Language: EN
Location: Schiffbau

Thu, 13.09.18 (16:00 - 16:15)

Prof. Simone Schürle

Assistant Professor Biomedical Systems ETH Zurich

Simone Schürle ist Assistenzprofessorin für Responsive Biomedical Systems an der ETH Zürich. 2009 schloss Simone Schürle ihr Studium am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie mit Spezialisierung auf Mikro...
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Prof. Simone Schürle's Bio'

Simone Schürle ist Assistenzprofessorin für Responsive Biomedical Systems an der ETH Zürich. 2009 schloss Simone Schürle ihr Studium am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie mit Spezialisierung auf Mikro- und Nanosysteme ab. Während Ihres Studiums verbrachte sie auch Zeit an der Universität Canterbury, Neuseeland und an der Universität Kyoto, Japan. In ihrem Doktorat hat sich Simone Schürle auf magnetische Manipulationstechniken für Biomedizinische Anwendungen fokussiert und wurde mit der ETH Medaille für Ihre Doktorarbeit ausgezeichnet. Anschliessend verbrachte sie weitere Jahre in der Forschung am Koch Institut für Krebsforschung und am Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Nebst ihrer Arbeit in der Forschung ist sie Mitglied im Global Future Council des World Economic Forum und Mitgründerin des ETH Spin-offs MagnebotiX.


Location: Schiffbau

Fri, 14.09.18 (09:00 - 09:45)

Chris Slowe

Co-Founder & CTO Reddit


Reddit Then, Now and Tomorrow

Reddit is home to the most authentic conversations on the internet. As of 2018, its popularity has surged to 330 million monthly active users in spite of a UX largely unchanged for ...
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Reddit is home to the most authentic conversations on the internet. As of 2018, its popularity has surged to 330 million monthly active users in spite of a UX largely unchanged for a decade. This year, Reddit tripled its size, scaled its engineering and launched its first major redesign to ultimately make Reddit more welcoming to more people.

In his keynote, Chris Slowe, CTO and Founding Engineer of Reddit, will tell the story of how Reddit evolved from its founding days into the company it is today. He will show how the company was built – and rebuilt – to enable its teams to scale rapidly and successfully unveil its highly-anticipated redesign. Lastly, he’ll give attendees a glimpse into what comes next for the front page of the internet.

Chris Slowe's Bio'

Chris is CTO and Founding Engineer of Reddit. Though a software engineer by vocation, his first attempt at a career started with his finishing a PhD in experimental physics at Harvard where he learned about the importance of modeling, critical thinking, statistics, and (honestly) welding. He uses the first three skills regularly. The final years of his PhD were concurrent with him breaking into startups and getting accepted to the first YCombinator class, where he subsequently met Steve and Alexis and became Reddit's first employee five months into the company. After five years at Reddit, he left with Steve to work on Hipmunk as Chief Scientist. He's been back at Reddit for 18 months and has just transitioned to CTO after a year as Director of Engineering.

Event Language: EN
Location: Schiffbau

Fri, 14.09.18 (09:45 - 10:15)

Torsten Reil

Founder NaturalMotion


100 Million Is Not Enough - How To Think Big

In Europe, too many entrepreneurs settle for small to medium success. Why is this so, given that the work required to build a small company is the same as building ...
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In Europe, too many entrepreneurs settle for small to medium success. Why is this so, given that the work required to build a small company is the same as building a big one? Torsten Reil is going to show how early strategic thinking, taking calculated risks and - most crucially - setting your sights high can transform your chances of building a truly meaningful and lasting company.

Torsten Reil's Bio'

Torsten Reil is the founder and former CEO of NaturalMotion, a UK-based games and technology company spun out of Oxford University. NaturalMotion's AI-based animation technology powers some of the biggest blockbuster movies (e.g. Lord of the Rings) and video games (such as GTA IV and V). In 2011, the company started developing its own game IP, resulting in the largest racing franchise on mobile (the 200m-user CSR Racing) and the award-winning Clumsy Ninja. In 2014 NaturalMotion was acquired by Zynga for $527m.

Torsten has spoken at TED, Apple's iPhone 5 keynote and Google Zeitgeist.

Event Language: EN
Location: Schiffbau

Fri, 14.09.18 (11:15 - 11:45)

David Ngo

CEO Behavior Delta


Behavior Design und Human Wellbeing

Takeaway essential language and the #1 core tool of Behavior Design and immediately apply it to your innovation project. How? Get reinspired and clarity on why we’re all in the bu...
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Takeaway essential language and the #1 core tool of Behavior Design and immediately apply it to your innovation project. How? Get reinspired and clarity on why we’re all in the business of human well-being. An interactive experience. Come ready to high-five.

David Ngo's Bio'

David Ngo created the first Behavior Design program at Stanford, becoming the world's first Behavior Design graduate in 2013. During his time at the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, he began consulting on designing products that positively influenced people's lives. Together with BJ Fogg, the internationally renowned pioneer in behavioral design, David co-authored guides to share the 7-Step Behavior Design process to more of the world. In 2011, the World Economic Forum honored the Fogg Behavior Model as the framework for positive change in health behavior. David is the founder of Behavior Delta, a firm that has worked with forward-thinking teams ranging from UNICEF, VISA, Pearson, and Spotify.

Event Language: EN
Location: Schiffbau

Fri, 14.09.18 (11:45 - 12:15)

David Weikersdorfer

Tech Lead Isaac Nvidia & Co-Founder OTTO Trucking

Nvidia

David Weikersdorfer was born in Munich, Germany, where he studied Mathematics and later did a PhD in robotics at the Technical University Munich. Following his passion for artificial intelligence he ...
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David Weikersdorfer's Bio'

David Weikersdorfer was born in Munich, Germany, where he studied Mathematics and later did a PhD in robotics at the Technical University Munich. Following his passion for artificial intelligence he went to the Silicon Valley to join Google’s robotic team. A little more than a year later he became a co-founder at Otto, a self-driving truck startup, where he was leading the perception software stack. In 2016 Otto set the world record for the longest fully-autonomous journey by a driverless truck on public highways. Otto was acquired by Uber for over 600 million dollar and integrated into Uber’s self-driving car effort. David left Uber in 2017 to join Nvidia where he is now the technical lead of Nvidia’s Isaac SDK for robotics, a full-stack solution to revolutionize how we program and teach intelligent machines.

Event Language: EN
Location: Schiffbau

Fri, 14.09.18 (14:00 - 17:00)

Alexander Sorkine­-Hornung

Research Scientist & Technical Lead for Mixed Reality at Oculus Zurich

Alexander is Research Scientist and Technical Lead for Mixed Reality at Oculus Zurich. With the teams in Zurich, he focuses on developing core technologies that bridge the boundaries between the ...
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Alexander is Research Scientist and Technical Lead for Mixed Reality at Oculus Zurich. With the teams in Zurich, he focuses on developing core technologies that bridge the boundaries between the Real and Virtual World, ranging from 3D computer vision and machine learning to high-performance graphics and experience design. Before his time at Oculus, Alexander headed the Imaging and Video group at Disney Research. The research and technologies developed by his group have significantly impacted Disney park attractions and movie productions such as Soarin’ over California and Soarin’ around the World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Maleficent, Cinderella, Big Hero 6, and various others. Alexander obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science at RWTH Aachen in 2008, and spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Computer Graphics Laboratory at ETH Zurich. In 2012 Alexander received the Eurographics Young Researcher Award.
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Event Language: EN
Location: Schiffbau

Fri, 14.09.18 (14:00 - 17:00)

Dr. Alexander Ilic

Magic Leap & Dacuda

Alexander Ilic is the head of Magic Leap Switzerland and an experienced high-tech entrepreneur. He co-founded the ETH Spin-off Dacuda (acquired by Magic Leap in 2017) and served as Assistant Professor ...
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Dr. Alexander Ilic's Bio'

Alexander Ilic is the head of Magic Leap Switzerland and an experienced high-tech entrepreneur. He co-founded the ETH Spin-off Dacuda (acquired by Magic Leap in 2017) and served as Assistant Professor at University of St.Gallen. In 2011, he won the Swiss Economic Award and was named «Entrepreneur of the Year» in 2012 by E&Y.


Location: Schiffbau

Fri, 14.09.18 (14:00 - 17:00)

Prof. Margarita Chli

Computer Vision for Robotics ETH Zurich

Margarita Chli is a Professor at ETH Zurich leading the Vision for Robotics Lab at ETH Zurich. Originally from Greece and Cyprus, she studied Information & Computing Engineering at the ...
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Prof. Margarita Chli's Bio'

Margarita Chli is a Professor at ETH Zurich leading the Vision for Robotics Lab at ETH Zurich. Originally from Greece and Cyprus, she studied Information & Computing Engineering at the University of Cambridge and has conducted her PhD at Imperial College London, UK. Margarita’s interests lie in Computer Vision for Robotics and her work contributed to the first vision­based autonomous flight of a small helicopter. In 2016, she featured in Robohub’s list of 25 women in Robotics you need to know aboutand in 2017, she received the biannual Zonta prize on the basis of her high impact contributions to the development of robotic vision and was a speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Event Language: EN
Location: Schiffbau

Sat, 15.09.18 (09:00 - 09:45)

Philipp Leutiger

Chief Digital Officer LafargeHolcim


The internet of need and a call for open innovation in heavy industries

When we speak of digital innovation, we often think of the high-end products and platforms of Silicon Valley. Philipp Leutiger, Chief Digital Officer at LafargeHolcim, offers a change of perception ...
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When we speak of digital innovation, we often think of the high-end products and platforms of Silicon Valley. Philipp Leutiger, Chief Digital Officer at LafargeHolcim, offers a change of perception and addresses a second view point on digital: the internet of need. This is about providing some of the most basic requirements for people with new and innovative ideas. In this space you will find other types of user groups with new kinds of challenges - rugged environments, frugal infrastructures, low price points. While the internet of need has been growing significantly already, it is time for the European open innovation community and some of the largest European players active in these areas to enter center stage.

Philipp Leutiger's Bio'

Philipp Leutiger is Chief Digital Officer of LafargeHolcim, the leading global building materials company. Philipp is responsible for creating global initiatives in all steps of the building materials value chain to digitalize the entire business of LafargeHolcim. Prior to joining LafargeHolcim, he was Senior Partner at RolandBerger, specializing in digital transformation of industrial companies. Philipp is a believer in use case driven, open innovation approaches for the Industrial Internet. He is working to apply this thinking at LafargeHolcim, a company with one of the world’s largest and heaviest industrial footprints.

Event Language: EN
Location: Schiffbau

Sat, 15.09.18 (09:45 - 10:15)

Vlad Yatsenko

Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder Revolut


From Hackathon to Unicorn

Building a fintech unicorn takes time. In his keynote Vlad covers some major lessons he learned and gives some ideas that apply not only in fintech but many other "...
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Building a fintech unicorn takes time. In his keynote Vlad covers some major lessons he learned and gives some ideas that apply not only in fintech but many other "techs", some of which may be just emerging.

Vlad Yatsenko's Bio'

Vlad is a Co-Founder and CTO at Revolut. He wrote the first lines of code and scaled Revolut from 0 to 2 million customers across Europe in under 3 years. Revolut is currently valued at a staggering $1.7 billion. He previously built advanced financial systems at Tier 1 investment banks, amongst others, Deutsche Bank and UBS. He holds a master's degree cum laude in Computer Science and has been referred to as the "ninja assassin coder".

Event Language: EN
Location: Schiffbau

Sat, 15.09.18 (11:15 - 11:45)

Margarita Quihuis

Co-Director Stanford Peace Innovation Lab


Designing Behavior for Peace

What does peace look like from a behavior lens? What is the value of creating trust, respect, compassion to products, services and your bottom line? How do we use the ...
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What does peace look like from a behavior lens? What is the value of creating trust, respect, compassion to products, services and your bottom line? How do we use the powerful tools of behavior design and persuasive technology in an ethical way to create the world we want?

Margarita Quihuis's Bio'

Margarita Quihuis is a researcher and behavior designer at Stanford’s Behavior Design Lab and co-directs the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford and the Peace Innovation Institute in The Hague where she conducts research in behavior design, wide scale innovation, persuasive technology & the potential of technology to change society for the better. She is a recognized thought leader in the areas of innovation, emergent social behavior and technology. Her accomplishments include directorship of Astia, a technology incubator focused on women entrepreneurs where her portfolio companies raised $67 million in venture funding, venture capitalist, Reuters Fellow at Stanford, and Director of RI Labs for Ricoh Innovations. In 2004, Women's eNews named her as one of their '21 Leaders for the 21st Century'​ and was one of WITI's Women to Watch in 2003. She was named 'One of The 100 Most Influential Latinos in Silicon Valley' and received the Maestro Award by Latino Leaders Magazine.

Event Language: EN
Location: Schiffbau

Sat, 15.09.18 (11:45 - 12:15)

Shailesh Prakash

Chief Product and Information Officer Washington Post


Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Automation at The Washington Post

The Washington Post has emerged as a leader in the creation and use of technology. Chief Information Officer Shailesh Prakash will talk about The Post’s technology strategy, the tools th...
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The Washington Post has emerged as a leader in the creation and use of technology. Chief Information Officer Shailesh Prakash will talk about The Post’s technology strategy, the tools that they have built and their fast-growing global software business called Arc Publishing.

Shailesh Prakash's Bio'

Shailesh Prakash is the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Digital Product Development at The Washington Post. He is responsible for all aspects of Product Development and Technology, including web, mobile, video, print and advertising. WIth the support of Jeff Bezos (Owner since 2013) and under his leadership, The Post has seen tremendous digital growth. The Post’s digital audience hit an all-time high in November 2016, reaching 107 million unique visitors in the U.S. alone. The Post also had the largest mobile audience of any individual news/information site in the US in October 2016. AdWeek named The Washington Post the “Hottest Digital Publication” in 2016. In 2015, Fast Company magazine named The Washington Post “The World’s Most Innovative Media Company”. Prakash has also spearheaded the development of Arc Publishing, The Post’s rapidly growing software-as-as-service business.
Shailesh has an extensive track record in senior positions spanning multiple industries. He began his career as a software engineer in Silicon Valley moving to positions of increasing responsibility at Sun Microsystems and Netscape and Microsoft where he was a key member of the Bing search engine. An engineer at heart and by training, Shailesh holds a BS in Computer Science from IIT, Mumbai, a MS in Computer Science from Clemson University, and an MBA from Georgia State University.s.

Event Language: EN
Location: Schiffbau