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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

Bracken Darrell

CEO Logitech


Why innovation should be design-led

Most companies innovate but not all companies are design companies. After all, why would they be? Bracken Darrell will share his perspective on why innovation should be design-led. And why (...
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Most companies innovate but not all companies are design companies. After all, why would they be? Bracken Darrell will share his perspective on why innovation should be design-led. And why (and how) entrepreneurs and start-ups can eat bigger companies for lunch.

Bracken Darrell's Bio'

Bracken Darrell joined Logitech as President in 2012 and became CEO a year later. In this role he has led a transformation of Logitech. He is a proponent of the importance of the liberal arts and design in business, especially of their role in innovating product experiences for consumers. He is an English major from Hendrix College.

Bracken brings to Logitech experience in product and brand building through design. He has worked around the world on iconic brands like Old Spice, Gillette and Braun, for which he was president. He has spent time at Procter & Gamble, GE, Gillette, and Whirlpool. Since he took over three years ago, Logitech has been a top performer on the SIX Swiss Exchange and in the top 10% of the NASDAQ. The company’s stock price and profits have almost tripled in the same period.

Logitech

Event Language: EN
Location: Kaufleuten Clubsaal

Wed, 13.09.17

Martin Eberhard

Entrepreneur and Occasional Visionary


Entrepreneurs Chat - The Future of Mobility and Automation and the Impact on Society, Individuals, and the Economy

In this exclusive Entrepreneurs Chat, Martin Eberhard is going to share insights and experiences from his entrepreneurial journey starting with the co-founding and running of Network Computing Devices (IPO in 1992), ...
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In this exclusive Entrepreneurs Chat, Martin Eberhard is going to share insights and experiences from his entrepreneurial journey starting with the co-founding and running of Network Computing Devices (IPO in 1992), NuvoMedia (exit for $187mio) and Tesla Motors. Learn proven methods and best practices of how to develop new ideas and how to make them successful. Take this unique opportunity to benefit from Martin' Eberhard’s s wealth of experience in the fields of mobility (both public and private), and more. Join in on the discussion of the effects of future technological developments in mobility, automation, etc. at the societal, economic, and individual level.

Martin Eberhard's Bio'

Martin Eberhard is an engineer, a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and inventor on at least 22 granted patents. He received a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1982 and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the same school in 1984. Recently, he was inducted into the University of Illinois Engineering Hall of Fame.

In 1996, Eberhard founded NuvoMedia with his colleague, Marc Tarpenning, where they developed the Rocket eBook, the first e-book with secure Internet delivery of content. Eberhard served as Chairman and CEO until NuvoMedia’s acquisition by Gemstar in 2000.
In 2002, Eberhard and Tarpenning founded Tesla Motors, where Eberhard served as its CEO until November 2007. Eberhard and his team reinvented the electric car, changing public perception of electric cars to fast, sexy, desirable cars that will obviously become the future of transportation.
In 2007, Eberhard left Tesla Motors with a fair bit of press drama, as his largest investor took control of the company. Despite the drama, Eberhard is very pleased to watch Tesla succeed in the trajectory that he first envisioned.

After leaving Tesla Motors, Eberhard served for two years as Director of EV Development at Volkswagen. He has lectured around the world on reasons for reducing the use of carbon fuels, on the advantages of electric drive over other automotive technologies, and on entrepreneurship and the need for more young people to pursue degrees and careers in science and engineering.

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.

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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

2.500
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