Christoph Ebell, EPFL Lausanne
John Kreisa, Hortonworks, VP International
moderated by Hans-Jörg Dohrmann, CEO m-way ag (Migros Gruppe)
Dr. Martin Reese, Omicia
David Farmer, Coinbase, VP International
Ralph Eichler obtained his doctorate in Physics from ETH Zurich.
After being active as a researcher in the USA (Stanford University in California and LAMPF/Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility in Los Alamos/New Mexico) and Germany (DESY/German Electron Synchrotron, Hamburg), as well as at the Institute for Medium Energy Physics at ETH Zurich and as a project manager at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), he became a Professor of Physics at ETH Zurich in 1989. His scientific career then took him once again to DESY, this time as spokesman of the international collaboration H1, before he took on leading roles at PSI, firstly as Deputy Director from 1998 to 2002 and then as Director from 2002 to 2007.
From September 2007 to December 2014 Ralph Eichler has been President of ETH Zurich.
Ralph Eichler is member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) and is Chairman of the Foundation 'Schweizer Jugend Forscht'. In addition, he is a member in the Board of Directors at Belenos Clean Power Holding Ltd. in Biel.
He is member of the Venture Foundation and the Oberwolfach Stiftung.
He is member of the Board of Councillors of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and member of the International Board of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).
Roland Siegwart is founding co-director of the Wyss-Zurich and professor for autonomous mobile robots at ETH Zurich. He studied mechanical engineering at ETH, spent ten years as professor at EPFL (1996-06), was vice president of ETH Zurich (2010-14) and held visiting positions at Stanford University and NASA Ames. He is and was the coordinator of multiple European projects and co-founder of half a dozen spin-off companies. He is recipient of the IEEE RAS Inaba Technical Award, IEEE Fellow and officer of the International Federation of Robotics Research (IFRR). He is in the editorial board of multiple journals in robotics and was a general chair of several conferences in robotics including IROS 2002, AIM 2007, FSR 2007 and ISRR 2009. His interests are in the design and navigation of wheeled, walking and flying robots operating in complex and highly dynamical environments.
Roland Siegwart, was founded in 1996 at EPFL Lausanne and is part of the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS) at ETH Zurich since 2006. Our mission and dedication is to create robots and intelligent systems that are able to autonomously operate in complex and diverse environments. We are interested in the mechatronic design and control of systems that intelligently adapt to different situations and cope with our uncertain and dynamic environment. We are fascinated by novel robot concepts that are best adapted for acting on the ground, in the air and in the water. We are furthermore keen to give them the intelligence to autonomously navigate in challenging environments. This includes novel methods and tools for perception, abstraction, mapping and path planning. In consequence our research resulted in novel designs and navigation concepts for wheeled, legged, swimming and aerial robots.
Daniel Gutenberg is angel investor, venture capitalist and unicorn hunter. He invested in more than 60 startup companies during the last 20 years and serves as board member for various companies. His focus is on IT and he enjoys living his passion to find the next big investment opportunity. He has received numerous awards and was elected business angel of the year 2011. Furthermore he’s president of the Swiss Technion Society and YPO member since 1998. Daniel started his career as CEO of Gutenberg Communication Systems AG, a company he founded in 1991. After selling his company in 2000, he became an active business angel and joined VI Partners in 2003 as a Venture Partner focusing on IT.
VI Partners is a Swiss venture capital firm that supports university spin-off's as well as other promising start-up companies with capital, coaching, consulting and its extensive contact network. Via the current "Venture Incubator" fund VI Partners invests "Smart Money" to develop promising technology-based ideas for products and services into successful businesses. Venture Incubator was established by McKinsey & Company and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ), and started operations in 2001. It now manages an investment fund of CHF 101 million. The investors represent ten blue-chip enterprises from the industrial and financial services industries.
holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the ETH Zurich and is lecturing at ETH since many years. He worked as software engineer in the Silicon Valley and seven years at Google in Zürich, receiving three Google OC awards for his engineering contributions. He is a board member of several companies and has co-founded several Internet technology startups in Switzerland, among them Spontacts (exit to Scout24), Contovista and Frontify. He is co-founder and president of the Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC.ch).
The Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC) is a Switzerland based association that connects "smart money" seed and early stage Internet startup investors. www.sictic.ch
David has been running European operations at Coinbase for the last year. Before joining Coinbase, David spent four years at Bain & Company specializing in their payment and financial services practices in Europe and the US. David graduated from the University of Bristol, UK, with a BSc in Economics and Politics.
Coinbase is a hosted wallet and trading platform that allows users to spend, trade, and hold bitcoin. Coinbase was established in 2012 in San Francisco, California and has over two million users around the world.
Christoph Ebell is the Executive Director of the HUMAN BRAIN PROJECT. In this capacity, he heads the Project Coordination team. Prior to this position, he served as the Science and Technology Counselor at the Swiss Embassy in Washington, D.C. In this diplomatic post, he linked Switzerland and the United States in the fields of science, technology, innovation, higher education, and professional education. Before working in the United States, EBELL was part of the Swiss Department of Economic Affairs in Bern, Switzerland, where he headed the international cooperation section for innovation, education and international organizations. Specializing in innovation policy issues, EBELL has worked as a delegate at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Committee for Scientific and Technology Policy, and at United Nations Commissions. He has also been part of several expert working groups, including the panel on the OECD Innovation Strategy. Previously, EBELL gained extensive experience in Research & Development-related EU institutions and multilateral cooperation mechanisms, at both European and global level, with an emphasis on advanced manufacturing. He began his career at the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation—Switzerland’s innovation funding agency. Before joining government services, EBELL carried out research in American and Afro-American studies in Switzerland and the United States (Harvard University). He received Master’s degrees from the University of Bernand the University of Illinois at Chicago, and also taught at the University of Basel.
The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a 10-year European Commission Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship. The HBP is developing information and communication technology (ICT) tools for an integrated understanding of the brain, and to enable collaboration and data sharing, brain reconstruction at different scales, mathematical models to better understand the functioning of the brain, federated analysis of clinical data to map brain diseases, and development of brain-inspired computing systems. One of the main aims of the HBP is to build an enduring ICT Research Infrastructure (RI). This will enable the HBP to provide the community with robust, user-friendly computational and big data integration tools and services, and will allow scientists to significantly accelerate progress in the fields of computing, medicine and neuroscience.
He is Vice Head for companies and politics at Handelszeitung, the leading economic weekly newspaper in Switzerland. In his team six journalists report on topics about economical politics, macro economic subjects and regulated industries. This includes the financial services sector, electrical utilities and the telecom industry.
He is an economics journalist since more than ten years. Before his work at Handelszeitung he worked for DieNordwestschweiz, one of the biggest daily newspapers in Switzerland as vice head economics.
He studied Business Adminstration at the Zurich ZHAW School of Management and Law and at the University in Basel German, Media and Philosophy. Prior to that he obtained a journalistic education at Schweizer Radio SRF and also did studies at the Wharton Business School in business journalism. He is fluent in German, English and French and lives in Zurich.
Andreas Bechtolsheim is a Founder and Chief Development Officer of Arista Networks, a high-speed datacenter and cloud networking company. Previously, Andy was a Co-Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems, responsible for next generation server, storage, and network architectures.
From 1995 to 1996, Andy was CEO and President of Granite Systems, a Gigabit Ethernet Switching startup company he founded that Cisco acquired in September of 1996. From 1996 to 2003 Andy was General Manager for the Gigabit Systems Business Unit at Cisco System that developed the Cat-4K Switch family, which became the highest volume modular switching platform in the industry.
As a private venture investor, Andy has been involved in the funding of numerous companies including Google, VMware, Mellanox, Brocade, and Magma Design. He has served on the Board of Directors of 25 companies, the majority of which went public or were acquired.
Andy earned a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976. He was a doctoral student in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University from 1977 to 1982. He has been honored with a Fulbright scholarship, a German National Merit Foundation scholarship, the Stanford Entrepreneur Company of the year award, the Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Christian is a Swiss and Singapore Fintech Specialist. He consults Fintech companies around the world with his company Finanzpro Ltd. He is specialized in Financial Products, Social Media and Content Marketing and is a regular Fintech Speaker. In additon he is a Startupbootcamp Fintech Mentor and a Digital Finance Lecturer. On top of that he runs Fintechnews.ch.
Hans-Jörg Dohrmann - as CEO of m-way, which specializes in electric bicycle retail, Hans-Jörg Dohrmann heads up a subsidiary of the Migros Group – the largest retailer in Switzerland. In parallel he was also responsible for the foundation of Sharoo, a highly innovative car-sharing platform incubated by Migros. He began his career as a lawyer and later transitioned to business development at E.ON AG. He joined Migros in 2010, there becoming responsible for the upcoming concepts in the "new mobility“ segment.
Vincent is one of the Nexthink co-founders and is Chief Product Evangelist. He is responsible for leading product marketing at Nexthink.
Vincent brings more than fifteen years of experience in technology marketing, sales, and product management, most notably at Cisco Systems. Vincent holds a degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Fribourg, Switzerland.
Nexthink is the innovator of End-user IT Analytics for security, ITSM and transformation. Our software uniquely provides enterprise-wide, real-time: analytics covering all endpoints, users, applications and network connections; and visualization of IT infrastructure and service delivery. Nexthink helps IT departments connect, communicate and collaborate to achieve their major goals and to optimize endpoint security, operations, support and workplace transformation projects. Nexthink’s real-time analytics and visualization extend service desk, server monitoring, APM (application performance management) and PCLM (PC lifecycle management) tools and provide essential visibility for IT governance.
Nexthink serves the Global 5000 utilizing a leveraged partner model. Nexthink is a private company headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Florian Kübler, is co-founder of splend!t and member of the Board of Directors. As an economist and former bond trader he knows the traditional banking business inside out. He put enormous focus and effort into designing the platform and processes to be as easy and transparent as possible. Florian is a father of two sons and can regularly be spotted rowing on the lake of Zurich... but you have to get up early for that.
Splendit is Switzerland‘s first internet platform for educational finance. They connect students and private investors based on a serviced crowdfunding concept. They provide access for students to a quick and fair source of financing their education and open a new market for private investors to make sustainable investments, away from the traditional capital markets and banks
Raj Singh is a mobile entrepreneur and investor. Raj was the Founder and CEO of Tempo AI (an SRI spin-off), acquired by Salesforce, focused on developing a smart calendar. Previously Raj was the Co-Founder of AllTheCooks, a mobile recipe community, acquired by Cookpad. Prior to this, Raj was the founding Vice President of Business Development for Skyfire (acquired by Opera Software), a mobile browser that supports full Flash rendering. Prior to Skyfire, Raj co-founded Veeker, NBC’s mobile video citizen journalism service and ToneThis, CNET’s top downloaded ringtone creation product.
Raj has also worked in product management, engineering, strategy and consulting roles for Kodak Mobile, Dell Mobile, Blackberry/Cellmania, MobiTV, Microsoft/Tellme, Samsung, Turk Telekom, IGT, Saavn Mobile, Nuance/Vlingo, Antenna Software and others. Raj is also a mobile advisor to numerous companies, a mentor at various incubators, as well as an investor via ENIAC Ventures which has made over 70 seed-stage mobile investments.
Dr. Manuel Lang is Co-Founder and CTO of Gimalon AG, the maker of Crowd. His vision is to simplify social time planning for millions of users. Prior to co-founding his own startup, Manuel pursued his ETH doctorate in the field of 3D video working in close collaboration with the Walt Disney Company. For his research, Manuel received several patents and was awarded with the ETH medal. Prior to his research career he spent 8 months in Silicon Valley working for Nvidia, one of the biggest semiconductor companies in the valley.
Meeting friends is fun, but planning get-togethers on mobile phones sucks. Still to this day, coordinating a dinner with friends can end up in endless messages and switching between your browser, your calendar, Google Maps, and many other apps.
Meet Crowd – the personal assistant for your leisure time. Crowd helps to coordinate get-togethers with your friends. It is a smartphone app that brings the power of machine learning to social time planning, beautifully packaged with an intuitive user experience. Crowd combines intelligent group coordination tools and activity discovery tools with instant messaging - helping you and your friends to decide on the what, when and where.
Get more information at http://crowd.im
John Kreisa currently leads international marketing for Hortonworks and is responsible for all marketing activity from London to Tokyo to Sydney. John has more than 20 years of b2b marketing experience at a wide range of technology companies including open source pioneer Red Hat.
Hortonworks® (NASDAQ: HDP) is the leading contributor to and provider of Apache™ Hadoop® for the enterprise, and our mission is to establish Hadoop as the foundational technology of the modern enterprise data architecture. Our solution, the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), is an enterprise-grade data management platform that enables a centralized architecture for running batch, interactive and real-time applications simultaneously across a shared dataset. HDP is built on Apache Hadoop, powered by YARN, and supported by a comprehensive set of capabilities that address the core requirements of security, operations and data governance.
Carmen Spielman built the startup sharoo, an online platform for P2P carsharing. Thanks to cross-industry cooperation of Migros, Mobiliar and Amag, Carmen created not only a trend, it developed to be a new business model of sustainable mobility and sharing. Sharoo already belongs to one of the worldwide leader’s companies in the sector of hardware based P2P carsharing. Innovation made in Switzerland.
sharoo stands for flexible carsharing and a new business model. The sharoo platform opens the oppurtinity for privat persons and companies to rent out their car when they don’t need it – safe and no need for handover of the keys. While lessors can optimize the utilization of the car and reduce their fixed costs, car renters benefit from a cheap and ecologically more favourable mobility on call. During the time of renting the car is insured by the insurance company Mobiliar. sharoo is technically based on an in-house box, the „sharoo Box“, which is installed in your car. This sharoo box allows via smartphone that the car can be searched, booked, opened and closed.
The vision: «carpacity unchained» - to get access to the unused capacity of Switzerland’s cars via sharoo.
Christoph Hugenschmidt observed the Swiss IT industry since 1999 as a journalist. In 2004, he founded the online newspaper www.inside-it.ch together with Hans Jörg Maron. In the past few years it developed as a great interface between economics and technology.
Victor Bergonzoli, Co-Founder and Dartfish CEO, is responsible for the strategy, operation, marketing, and sales of Dartfish video technology worldwide. From a start-up, he and his management team have established Dartfish as the worldwide industry leader. Victor’s varied life experience, living in three countries, a native son of Switzerland, along with his international business acumen and executive leadership in multiple fields, provide a vast and varied platform of expertise. His extensive international background includes overseeing hundreds, while innovating in the area of training, sales, and marketing. Victor’s financial experience involves corporate banking, as well as serving as a CFO, managing investments of several hundred million dollars. Add to this, he is an expert in entrepreneurial business start-up and business development. Mr. Bergonzoli received a Master's Degree in Business Management from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. He speaks several languages, and served in the Swiss Army as an Infantry Captain. Victor is married to Laure and is the father of two children.
Dartfish develops and offers cutting-edge video solutions that empower its users to capture, analyze and share video content. Dartfish makes the power of video accessible to millions, setting the video standard across industries such as sport, education, and healthcare. Trusted globally by thousands of elite sport organizations, federations, and corporations, it leads the world with technology to create, analyze and distribute video content. Starting in Switzerland, Dartfish solutions went viral and global. With customers everywhere, we now have offices worldwide to better serve them.
Alex Batlin is a Director in UBS's technology innovation, research and development team covering emerging and trending technology topics like big data analytics, social media, cloud and mobile computing, security, unified communication or content and collaboration. He is also the Global Head of UBS's technology research services team charged with delivering IT industry research to all of UBS's employees and tailored market insights to support UBS's executive team in their decision making. Alex is currently researching the impact of Blockchain in the Europe’s largest technology accelerator for finance «Level 39» in London.
Dr. Martin Reese has been a pioneer in bioinformatics and genomics for over 20 years. His work has contributed to several high-impact, large-scale projects, including the Human Genome Project. As founder, President, and Chief Scientific Officer at Omicia, Martin has led the development of a unified software platform to help medical geneticists pinpoint the specific causes of individuals’ genetic disease. This platform, Opal Clinical, was selected by the United Kingdom’s 100,000 Genomes Project, and is utilized by commercial and hospital-affiliated clinical testing labs worldwide.
At Omicia, our mission is to fuel the insights into the genetic foundations of wellness and disease. We believe that furthering our understanding the human genome will transform and define the next century of healthcare. Our Opal™ software platform enables analysis, interpretation, and reporting on genomic data to expedite diagnosis and improve medical outcomes. Omicia’s products are in use at more than 500 world-class academic and clinical institutions worldwide. By accelerating the application of genomics to diagnostics, therapeutics, and wellness, Omicia is unlocking the potential of precision medicine.
Nicolas Durville leads the solution delivery division for Zühlke and is responsible for strategic market initiatives in the area of Digital Transformation Consulting, Internet of Things and Data Analytics. He is currently involved in advising clients in the transition towards new business and service models, where technology is a key driver. Nicolas has 20 years of experience in Sales, Consulting and Solution Delivery in different professional services companies.
We believe innovation requires an entrepreneurial mindset combined with the courage to push boundaries and break new ground.
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Andreas is Head of M&A and Minority Investments at Tamedia Digital.
Before his current position Andreas was General Partner at Partech Ventures, an international venture capital firm.
He has more than 15 years of experience with start-ups and venture capital.
Andreas studied Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated from the INSEAD MBA-Program in 2003.
Rasoul Jalali is General Manager at Uber. He started his career as Management and Strategy Consultant with a focus on Technology and Innovation topics.
Rasoul studied Mechanical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and holds an MBA from London Business School.
From its founding in 2009 to its launches in hundreds of cities today, Uber's rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.
Manuel Werlberger joined Wyss Zurich in July 2015 and leads the project Zurich Eye.
From October 2014 to December 2015 he was senior researcher in the Robotics and Perception Group (RPG) at the University of Zurich working on 3D reconstruction using a single moving camera.
From 2012 to 2014, he joined the ETH spin-off Dacuda AG and worked on computer vision algorithms for mobile devices, mobile phones and wearables.
Manuel Werlberger received his M.Sc. (2008) in Telematics (Computer Engineering) and his Ph.D. (2012) in Informatics from the Graz University of Technology, Austria.
In July 2011, he was appointed guest researcher in the Computer Vision Group at the University of Freiburg, Germany.
During his Ph.D., Manuel Werlberger's main research focus was motion estimation for video processing and video restoration.
Project description: see http://www.wysszurich.uzh.ch/projects/zurich-eye
Elias Kleimann co-founded the project Wingtra.
He is leading the business development and is responsible for the fundraising.
He collected entrepreneurial experience by co-founding “Kleine Freiheit”, a park revival project.
During his Bachelor studies in Business he worked 60% for IBM Switzerland as a trainee.
The following studies in Economics at the University Bern were discontinued in pursuit of entrepreneurial projects.
Wingtra developed the next generation of aerial robots.
With our system that flies like an airplane and takes off and lands like a helicopter we provide you with aerial data to make better decisions and deliver small goods when you need them.
First units will be delivered in the second half of 2016 to service providers.
Matthias Krebs is co-founder and CTO of Aerotainment Labs.
He completed is Master's in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich, where he focused on the design and control of unmanned aerial vehicles.
After visiting NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for contributing on the Mars Scout project, he revived his former ETH project Skye and is now on the verge from a researcher to become a successful enterpreneur.
AEROTAIN is a young ETH startup founded in Zurich in 2015.
The design and operation of safe and friendly drones that can be touched even in flight allows the usage of unmanned aerial vehicles where commonly used drones have been banned due to safety concerns.
The systems developed by AEROTAIN however bring huge benefit to broadcasters, sponsors and specators to large public events.
Ralf Haller's 20 year IT career has spanned various marketing and business development roles, based on his training as an electrical engineer and masters in Telecommunication Systems (Karlsruhe Technology Institute).
His career started while at university, when he took an assistant role in the USA. Later, he excelled as an IT project manager for large key account clients at CompuNet in Munich and also worked in Hong Kong supporting the Asian region.
This prompted his move to Silicon Valley where he lived for many years, working as a Product Manager for successful startups building datacommunication equipment.
Since 2001, Ralf provides product marketing support and has organised specialist IT events in Switzerland that explore current IT trends and introduce the Swiss market to new and pioneering technologies from Silicon Valley.
Owing to his strong links with Silicon Valley, the Swiss cantons rely on him as a valued advisor for fresh and exciting startup activities emerging from there.
08:45 – organized by Christian König, Fintechnews.ch
After years of waiting, Switzerland is catching up fast in Fintech and Finance innovations. Some newspapers already speak about a Fintech bubble. But do we really have a bubble or is this new digital finance shift only the beginning of a new era? And which Fintechs or which technologies will disrupt banking and insurance? Meet some of the leading Swiss Fintech startups and players live on stage.
Fintech in Switzerland; What is hot?, Christian König, Finanzpro GmbH
09:30 – organized by Prof. Dr. Roland Siegwart, ETH Zürich
Switzerland has the highest number of citations per robotics paper and probably the highest per capita density of robotics researcher and robotics startup companies. It is therefore not surprising that many of our young talents educated at ETH are highly solicited by global companies like Google, Apple or Amazon.
Robot Innovation in Switzerland, Roland Siegwart, ETH Zurich
12:00 - moderated by Sven Millischer, Co-head Companies & Politics, Handelszeitung
Innovation is core for every industry. But it is not the sheer amount of capital invested in R&D that drives success. More important is how effective the financial resources are spent. According to OECD numbers Switzerland has one of the highest percentages of capital expenditure on ICT, but its output of patents accordingly is just mediocre. In this regard the Swiss ICT sector has to step up. We’ll discuss how to do improve innovativeness.
14:00 - moderated by Hans-Jörg Dohrmann, CEO m-way ag (Migros Gruppe)
Everybody is talking about the difference between Switzerland and the US. About the different attitudes towards investing and risk. About the "old world" approach to the building of companies and the “courage culture” of the Silicon Valley. Is this difference really existing? Is there a way of combining the “best of both worlds” for the benefit of the Swiss entrepreneurs? How do we systematically tackle the issues in order to create the optimum for Swiss innovations and startups?
16:30 - moderated by Ralf Haller, CEO extendance GmbH
In this interview, Europe's probably most successful entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, Andy von Bechtolsheim, will be asked to describe the challenges that IT startups in Silicon Valley and Europe face and what it takes to be successful.
Übernehmen intelligente Roboter die Macht? Angesichts der Fortschritte auf dem Gebiet der künstlichen Intelligenz greift diese Angst um sich. Christoph Ebell gibt Entwarnung. Er ist Executive Director beim Human Brain Project an der ETH Lausanne. >> zum Artikel
Die Aargauer Regierung verfolgt seit einigen Jahren eine gezielte «Hightech-Strategie». An einer Fachtagung tauschten sich am Donnerstag in Brugg Forscher und Firmenbosse aus. Die Frage: Hat der Aargau das Potential ein kleines Silicon Valley zu werden? >> zum Artikel
Am 12. März 2015 kommen führende Schweizer Start-ups nach Brugg-Windisch im Aargau. Auf der Veranstaltung "Silicon Valley meets Switzerland" sprechen diese, zusammen mit Schweizer IT-Grössen, über die wichtigsten IT-Trends. Veranstalter Ralf Haller spricht über die Ziele des Events. >> zum Artikel