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8th Swiss Innovation Forum Inspiration | Vision | Illusion

20 November 2013 Congress Center | BASEL



Inspiration, Vision and Illusion

To get from A to C you have to pass through B As the latest studies have documented, Switzerland can once again in 2013 lay claim to the title of the world’s most innovative country. Nevertheless, it must be remembered that these rankings only ever document the fruits of the past. The competition to come up with new ideas is today unrelenting, fastpaced and global in scale. A hardearned competitive advantage gained over a number of decades can be squandered in only a few years, as the examples of BlackBerry, Nokia and Kodak clearly demonstrate. To be successful over the long term, it is essential to keep coming up with new ideas, which in turn can be used to develop innovative services and products. Innovation is the source of true wealth; it not only safeguards a company’s or country’s immediate future, but also its long-term prosperity. It is very rare that innovation is derived from groups or institutions; on the contrary, innovations almost invariably originate from individual creative lateral thinkers. It is the courage to 2


swim against the tide and question generally recognised dogmas that sets innovative entrepreneurs of this kind apart. Lateral thinkers and innovators see what everybody else sees, but in doing so come up with thoughts and ideas which nobody else has previously had. In the scientific world, it is accepted that getting from A to C does not necessarily mean having to pass through B; a route via X or Z may also lead you to your desired destination. Clever entrepreneurs from Switzerland and southern Germany know, however, that the path from A to C most definitely passes through B, namely Basel, where the Swiss Innovation Forum will be held – for the eighth time – on 20 November 2013. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the leading innovation conference at the Congress Center in Basel on 20 November 2013. You will have the opportunity to network with some 1,000 leading figures from the worlds of business, entrepreneurship, research and politics and glean inspiration from the interesting keynote speeches, movers & shakers, numerous workshops and best case sessions. See you there!

Stefan Linder

Peter Stähli

8th  Swiss Innovation Forum 2013

On 20 November 2013, the Swiss Innovation Forum will take place for the eighth time at the Congress Center in Basel. The Swiss Innovation Forum is a nationwide initiative which aims to promote innovation, creativity and design and is initiated and supported by the Swiss Economic Forum in Thun.

1,000 participants

Make the most of the unique networking opportunity.

Targeted further training

This unique event sees some 1,000 visionary personalities from the worlds of business, science and research come together and exchange their ideas and experiences with experts from Switzerland and abroad who operate in a variety of different sectors. The event is aimed at innovative entrepreneurs, in particular from SMEs, but also appeals to start-ups and decision-makers from the fields of science, research, education and politics. The day’s programme offers a variety of inspirational contributions looking at success factors and trends that will have a significant impact in shaping both the present and the future.

First-class workshops and best case sessions based on business practice.

Significant benefits

Take advantage of new ideas, top speeches and targeted further training.

Register now!

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SIF 2013 welcomes Berlin as a guest Leading hotspot for start-ups in Europe

Once thought of as poor but sexy, Berlin is today Europe’s most important start-up hotspot. Germany’s capital is one of the most creative and innovative regions worldwide. Media, fashion, design, IT, biotechnology, medical technology and transport technology – these are the key future sectors of this ambitious metropolis. Klaus Wowereit, the mayor of Germany’s capital since 2001, will visit us at the SIF 2013 together with ten leading startup companies. Learn from the best and establish contacts with the German innovation scene. SWISS INNOVATION FORUM 2013




Target groups & networking

New contacts, top-class network, major transfer of knowledge

The field of participants at the Swiss Innovation Forum is made up of decision-makers from Swiss SMEs and start-ups as well as representatives from the world’s leading organisations and institutions in the fields of science, research, education and politics. The event is aimed at visionary individuals with management and specialist responsibility who would like to find out more about the latest findings and trends in the areas of innovation, creativity and design and are seeking new impetus

for their own everyday business activities. The Swiss Innovation Forum is a unique networking platform, facilitating targeted networking and the nurturing of existing links as well as allowing participants to meet new discussion partners. The target group is diverse, comprising personalities from various areas, and provides the basis for important dialogue across different sectors. The resulting transfer of knowledge and networking between participants is a key objective of the Swiss Innovation Forum.

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The first-class field of participants offers a unique networking opportunity.


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● CEOs/owners/managing director 6

● Middle management


● Senior-Management 60


● Politics/public administration ● R&D/educational establishments ● Start-ups ● Students



SIF 2013 programme

Top-class content, significant added value, new impetus

The programme of the Swiss Innovation Forum offers a varied and interesting content: In addition to exciting keynote speakers from around the world, practical workshops and best case sessions will also be on offer. Inspiring ideas can also be expected from the “movers & shakers” and “Innovation@ Work” programme items. The whole event takes place against the backdrop of the “Future Expo” innovation exhibition, which will be integrated into the networking zone and provide a great networking opportunity.

Keynote speeches Top keynote speakers from Switzerland and abroad will present the latest findings and share their expertise in the areas of innovation, creativity and design. You can learn about the latest findings on the trends and markets of tomorrow first hand and find out in a practical way about success factors and potential for the future.

Innovation@Work The “Innovation@Work” programme item will bring the limits of technological feasibility to the main hall. Cutting-edge technologies that act as a source of inspiration. Our speakers succeed time and again in amazing the audience and captivating them with their talks.

Movers  &  shakers During brief presentations, lateral thinkers from Switzerland and abroad will show how they are setting new standards and shaking up the markets with groundbreaking ideas and innovations. In the subsequent Q&A session with Kurt Aeschbacher, the key factors in ensuring you enjoy significantly more success than all of your competitors will be identified and illustrated. 8


Best case sessions In three best case sessions, key factors in the success of prosperous entrepreneurs and start-ups will be presented. Important dos & don’ts will be spotlighted in various areas and important information and findings will be included. The sessions will be hosted by recognised experts. Discussions between the participants, speakers and experts are both possible and desired.

Swiss Technology Award The Swiss Technology Award is the leading technology prize in Switzerland. For 25 years, it has been an opportunity to promote and reward technology-based innovations from businesses, universities, technical institutions and federal institutes of technology. The prize ceremony is held as part of the main programme in front of more than 1,000 guests.

Workshops Various experts will hold interactive workshop sessions on specific issues linked to “innovation”, “trends”, “illusion” and the “future”. Participants will benefit from new ideas for their own everyday business activities and learn on the basis of illustrative examples how they can implement their new knowledge in practice in an optimal fashion.

Future Expo & networking Highly promising prototypes and projects, the latest medical developments, technology, nanotechnology, material technology and pioneering products will be presented at the Future Expo. Around 40 exhibitors from Switzerland and abroad will provide SIF participants with an insight into the world of tomorrow. The Future Expo will be integrated within the networking zone and will open an interesting window to the future. SWISS INNOVATION FORUM 2013


Mauro Dell’Ambrogio

State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation

CV: Mauro Dell’Ambrogio studied law at the University of Zurich. After passing his bar exam and qualifying as a notary, he held a number of public offices in the canton of Ticino, including working as a judge, Chief of the Cantonal Police, Secretary-General for Education and Culture and project manager for the creation of the University of Lugano (USI). He has also served as mayor of Giubiasco, as a member of the Ticino cantonal parInnovation liament and as Chairman of the Ticino How does Switzerland electricity works. After four years maintain its position heading up a group of private clinas the world’s most ics, he was made Director of the Uniinnovative country? versity of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland in 2003. In 2008, he was elected as State Secretary for Education and Research in the Federal Department of Home Affairs. Since 1 Education & research January 2013, Mr Dell’Ambrogio has How important are education been State Secretary for Education, and research for the prosResearch and Innovation in the new perity of Switzerland? Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (WBF).



How can Switzerland maintain and improve its competitiveness?



#Education, #Research, #Berne, #Management, #FrameworkConditions, #Innovation, #Switzerland


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Pero Mic´ic´

Leading expert on trends and future management


New trends

Which megatrends do companies need to adapt to in good time?


How can companies and products adapt to social change?

In his keynote speech, Pero Mic ´ic ´ will demonstrate using practical examples what company heads have to take into account in order to identify and respond to changes and trends in good time.



Which measures do company heads    need    to    take    to    ensure they    don’t    overlook    trends?


Pero Mic ´ic ´ studied business and future studies in Germany and the US and gained his doctorate in the United Kingdom. Thanks to his analyses and practical reports, he has established himself as Europe’s leading future management expert. Mic ´ic ´ is a founding member of the Association of Professional Futurists in the US, Chairman of the Advisory Council to the European Futurists Conference and Chairman of the conference itself. Since 1991, he has been actively supporting future-oriented projects at leading SMEs and major groups in the areas of early detection, research, and the development of future markets. Mic ´ic ´ is also a lecturer at renowned universities and academies.


#FutureMarkets, #Outlook, #Trends, #Vision, #SMEs, #Entrepreneurs




Klaus Wowereit

Governing Mayor of Berlin

CV: Klaus Wowereit was born in Berlin in 1953 and was brought up in a Catholic environment, together with his four older siblings, by his single mother. He has been the Governing Mayor of Berlin since June 2001 and in this role is the longest-serving government head of a German state. He is also one of the Vice Chairmen of the SPD.


How can politicians create optimal conditions for companies?


How does a region become the leading start-up hotspot in Europe?

After completing his higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) in 1973, he began his law studies in his place of birth and hometown. He passed his First State Examination in Law in 1979, and the second in 1981. Klaus Wowereit joined the SPD while still at grammar school. The young lawyer was admitted to the District Assembly (BVV) of Berlin-Tempelhof in 1979 and only five years later was elected as Berlin’s youngest City Councillor. Eleven years later, he chalked up more political success by becoming a member of the Berlin House of Representatives, before becoming Chairman of the SPD in 1999.


What are the future areas of potential for the future?



Keywords: #Start-up-Support, #Economy, #FederalCapital, #Berlin


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Hansjörg Wyss

Entrepreneur, innovator, philanthropist


New thinking

How do you develop new groundbreaking products?

Hansjörg Wyss was born in Berne in 1935. Growing up in humble circumstances, he went on to successfully complete a grammar school education in Berne. He studied civil engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and in 1963, after various jobs in the field of economics, he began a second degree in economics (MBA) at the Harvard Business School. Within 30 years, Mr Wyss has developed Synthes from a small SME operation into a global group with a turnover of 3.9 billion Swiss francs and 11,400 employees. In order to ensure succession, Mr Wyss sold the company to Johnson & Johnson for 21.3 billion US dollars in 2012.

Wyss-Institut@Harvard: Minds & brains

How do you connect the world’s cleverest minds?


How can the economy benefit from science?

With a donation of 140 million US dollars, Mr Wyss made possible the development of an innovative research institute at Harvard University. The Wyss Institute uses bio-inspired materials and devices which facilitate the development of groundbreaking technologies and products in the fields of medicine and environmental technology.

Keywords: #Research #Innovation, #Money






Joanna Aizenberg

Head of the Wyss-Institute @Harvard University, Boston


Smart materials

What is the status of research in the area of adaptive materials?


How can entrepreneurs and companies benefit from knowledge?

Joanna Aizenberg is a professor at Harvard University and one of the world’s foremost scientists. She is a pioneer in the research of biological principles, adaptive materials and devices. Aizenberg studied physics and chemistry at Moscow State University and completed her Ph.D. in structural biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1996. Before taking up her position at Harvard University, she worked at Bell Labs, which belongs to Lucent Technologies, where she worked on groundbreaking developments in the area of biomimetics. Joanna Aizenberg has already released more than 90 scientific publications and holds more than 25 patents. She has received international recognition for her work on several occasions. Joanna Aizenberg heads up the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and works with new materials, procedures and technologies which could revolutionise healthcare in the future.

Keywords: Revolution

#Wyss-Institute, #Harvard, #Bio-inspired, #Engineering

Prepare yourself for a revolution in healthcare.




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Stefan Borgas

CEO and Chairman of Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL)

CV: Stefan Borgas holds a degree in business administration from the University of SaarbrĂźcken and an MBA from the University of St Gallen. Between 1990 and 2004, he held various management positions at BASF Group, including in the US, Germany, Ireland and China. From 2004 to 2012, he was CEO of the Swiss chemical and pharmaceutical supplier Lonza. In 2012, he took over as head of ICL in Tel Aviv.

Global market leader

How can a company become a global market leader?


Why is Israel one of the world’s most innovative countries?

Niche markets

What is the secret to success in the handling of niche markets?



Israel Chemicals Ltd. is a leading global group in the area of specialty minerals. Among other things, ICL extracts potassium, phosphate and bromine in several countries and produces goods aimed at meeting essential needs in the fields of agriculture, nutrition and engineered materials. ICL is the global market leader in bromium, phosphorus, flame retardants and phosphate-potassium fertilisers. The company is a leading provider in various niche markets. ICL employees around 12,000 staff worldwide and generates a turnover of 6.7 billion US dollars.

Keywords: #Chemistry, #GlobalChange, #GlobalMarket, #Israel, #Innovation




Jay S.  Walker

Innovator | Entrepreneur | Technology pioneer | TED


688 patents

Where do the ideas and in­ spiration for the products of tomorrow come from?

75 million customers How do you turn a start-up into a global firm?



How can you take advantage of the knowledge of the best minds and experts?


Jay Walker was born in 1955 and is an American innovator, entrepreneur, technology pioneer and the Chairman of Walker Digital. His company operates a leading research and development laboratory in the area of networks and digital communication. Jay Walker is one of the 50 most influential entrepreneurs in the digital world. The companies he has founded serve more the 75 million customers in 15 different industries around the world. With some 688 issued patents, he is one of the world’s most prolific inventors and innovators. He became known in particular with the founding Priceline: The Internet company specialises in the sale of cheap flight tickets and since its foundation has brought about lasting changes and revolutionised the travel industry. Within only a year of its foundation, the start-up had achieved a market capitalisation of more than 9 billion US dollars. Jay Walker is a patron of TED and the owner and curator of TEDMED


#Priceline, #Technology, #Pioneer, #Walker, #Digital, #TED, #Patents


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Albrecht Kresse

Founder of edutrainment company GmbH | Mr Summariser

Albrecht Kresse is the CEO and founder of edutrainment company GmbH. Together with his team, he develops innovative learning solutions for international corporate groups and global market leaders from the SME sector. His training formats, lectures and seminars combine learning and training with entertainment and fun. At the SIF, Kresse will summarise and present the day’s key messages and take-away points.




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Further training

The SIF is an excellent platform for further training in the areas of innovation, design and creativity. Learn from the best minds and take advantage of the bundled knowledge at this one-day event.


Gain new ideas for your company.

Added value

The top-class programme guarantees to provide significant added value and benefits.


Network with power startups from Berlin.



Overview of morning programme Switzerland’s leading innovation congress

08.15 am – 09.15 am 09.15 am - 09.25 am 09.25 am - 09.30 am 09.30 am – 09.55 am 10.00 am – 10.15 am 10.15 am – 10.40 am 10.40 am – 11.30 am 11.30 am – 11.40 am 11.40 am – 12.10 pm 12.10 pm – 12.20 pm 12.25 pm – 12.50 pm 12.50 pm – 14.00 pm

Check-In, Café / Networking / Future Expo

Welcome SIF 2013

with Kurt Aeschbacher  &  Christian Bischof

Greeting Message

Mauro Dell‘Ambrogio, State Secretary

Keynote 1

Pero Mic ´ic ´, expert on trends and future management


Roboy, AI Lab University of Zurich

Keynote 2

Klaus Wowereit, Governing Mayor of Berlin

Café & Networking

Visit the Future Expo

The power of visions with Christian Bischof

Swiss Technology Award Prize-giving ceremony

Keynote 3

Hansjörg Wyss, Entrepreneur/innovator

Keynote 4

Joanna Aizenberg, Wyss-Institut @Harvard University

Lunch & Networking Visit the Future Expo

Kurt Aeschbacher

Moderator  /  Host  /  Chair Kurt Aeschbacher studied economics and has a wealth of experience as a moderator and presenter. Today he is setting new standards with his talk show “Aeschbacher”. This will be the sixth time he has hosted the SIF. 18


Overview of afternoon programme Switzerland’s leading innovation congress

14.00 pm – 15.10 pm

Parallel programme

Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Best case 1

Best case 2

Best case 3

Chr. Bischof

Pero Mic ´ic ´

Business Model Innovation

The smart­ phone as wallet

Innovation made in Switzerland

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15.10 pm – 15.50 pm

Café &  Networking

15.50 pm – 16.00 pm

Confusion through illusion

16.00 pm – 16.30 pm

Keynote 5

16.30 pm – 17.15 pm

Movers & shakers

17.15 pm – 17.45 pm

Keynote 6

17.45 pm – 17.55 pm


17.55 pm – 19.30 pm

Refreshments / Future Expo / Farewell

pages 30 and 31

Visit the Future Expo with Christian Bischof

Stefan Borgas, Israel Chemicals Ltd. New ideas change the world

Jay S.  Walker, Priceline   Conclusion with Albrecht Kresse

SIF 2014

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Exclusively on the main stage. Direct from the laboratory.


Roboy – one of the most cutting-edge humanoid robots of our time Roboy is the first humanoid robot to be developed in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Zurich under the direction of Prof. Rolf Pfeifer and Pascal Kaufmann and was completed in only nine months. A unique project team, comprising students and industry representatives under the direction of awtec, worked hard on the design of Roboy from June 2012. The team combined the latest findings from intelligence research and essential experience from the robotics industry. Crowdsourcing played a part in Roboy’s development, in that a large part of the expertise, ideas and inventions originated, not from a specific unit, but from various individuals who had the opportunity to contribute to the development of Roboy’s technology. Time:



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Movers  &  shakers

They shake up the market with creative ideas.

Christoph Hoffmann CEO 25hours Hotel Company

Pascal Müller Founder  Procedural & Director Esri R&D

Stefan Nann CEO & Co-Founder StockPulse AG

Christoph Hoffmann is CEO and partner of 25hours Hotel Company, which he founded in 2005 together with three partners. A sales and marketing specialist, he grew up in southern Germany. After serving an apprenticeship with a major tour operator, further studies and diplomas followed at the Glion Institute in Leysin and at Cornell University in the US. His experience in the innovative lifestyle hotel trade also includes the designing of the Volkswagen Fox Hotel in Copenhagen.

Pascal Müller is the founder and CEO of Procedural and Director of Esri R&D Zurich. He studied in the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Müller founded the ETH spin-off Procedural in 2007, which became known in particular due to the technology of the 3D software CityEngine. By 2011, Procedural was ready to be let go and was acquired by the GIS software specialist Esri.

Stefan Nann is the founder and CEO of the financial startup StockPulse. Nann was already working intensively on financial market issues and the analysis of digital social networks while he was a student at the University of Cologne and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In May 2011, he founded StockPulse with his business partner Jonas Strauss.








SIF 2013 parallel programme Put together your own individual programme.

During the afternoon, you can structure the first section of your programme individually and according to your needs We are offering five parallel programme sessions with different areas of focus. Detailed information on the individual contents can be found on the following pages. Using the online registration, you can sign up for one of the five sessions. Places for the workshops and best case sessions are limited and registrations for these will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.



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Workshop 1

Illusion as the source of inspiration.

Dr.  oec.  Christian Bischof Top magician and economist

Dr.  oec.  Christian Bischof brings together expertise in the areas of perception psychology and business administration in his own unique way. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Berne with “summa cum laude”, taught for many years in the field of management, and investigated the success factors of strategic corporate management for the Swiss National Fund. In his workshop, he conveys the visionary force of targeted illusions and demonstrates how you can identify actual resources and avoid self-deception. He has been victorious at the European Championships of Magic in the Mental Magic category and is a Swiss master magician.

How you can identify the really relevant information during analyses and make appropriate decisions.

How you can recognise and increase your potential with a qualified strengths and weaknesses analysis.

How to develop a magic vision and communicate it in such a way as to motivate others.



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Workshop 2

How professional entrepreneurs will shape the future.

Dr. Pero Mic ´ic ´

Leading expert on trends and future management Pero Mic ´ic ´ studied business and future studies in Germany and the US and obtained his doctorate in the United Kingdom. Thanks to his analyses and practical reports, he has established himself as Europe’s leading future management expert. He is also a lecturer at renowned universities and academies. In his workshop, Pero Mic ´ic ´ will demonstrate using practical examples what company heads have to take into account on order to identify and respond to changes and trends in good time.

The pitfall of short-term thinking: How people mess up their futures on a daily basis.

How can you differentiate between the irrelevant and the essential?

Which trends and technologies are fundamentally changing our lives?



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Best Case Session 1

Business Model Innovation | Added value from practice and research.

In the “Business Model Innovation” best case session, key success factors in the anchoring of business model innovations in companies will be presented. Prof. Oliver Gassmann, Director of the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen, will then analyse the most important elements of success and show the special features of business model innovations and their implementation. The subsequent discussion session with the audience will provide an opportunity to exchange important experiences. Time:


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Dr.  Branko Bjelajac

Executive FP & CTO Landis + Gyr AG Since 2007, Dr. Branko Bjelajac, as VP & CTO of Landis + Gyr AG, has been responsible for the technology strategy, research activities and coordination of 17 development centres worldwide with almost 1,000 employees. He is a member of the board of directors of the Swiss standardisation committee Electrosuisse CES and of PRIME Alliance and is a member of the research committee of the Münchner Kreis.

Dr.  Uli Eisert

SAP Research Switzerland Dr. Uli Eisert has worked at SAP since 1995. In 2006, he joined the Research department and provided support during the development of SAP Research Switzerland. His team is working on a standardised methodology for business model innovations that is implemented at SAP. Dr. Eisert gained his doctorate from the University of St.  Gallen with a dissertation on radical product innovations.

Dr.  Ian D.  Roberts

CTO of Bühler Group Switzerland Dr. Ian D. Roberts is CTO of Bühler Group Switzerland. Bühler is a technology partner for machines, equipment and services used for the processing of basic foods and the production of high-grade materials. Roberts worked for Nestlé in a number of management positions between 1997 and 2009. He focuses on building teams with the objective of increasing the impact of innovation in the area of business.

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann

Director of the Institute for Technology Management Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann is a Professor for Innovation Management and Chairman of the Executive Board of the Institute for Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen. He is also the author and publisher of 15 books and more than 250 specialist publications. He is also, inter alia, a member of the board of directors of Hoffmann Neopac and vice-chairman of the board of directors of the Zühlke Group. SWISS INNOVATION FORUM 2013


Best case session 2 The smartphone as wallet.

In future, people will make payments using their smartphone while collecting loyalty points at the same time. You will also soon be able to use your mobile phone to open doors. Put simply, all important items that you carry in your bag (keys, wallet etc.) will be combined on your smartphone – something we carry with us at all times anyway. Find out in this breakout session what you need to take account of as regards the establishment of innovative new technologies and the associated customer experience. Using live demos, we will provide you with an exclusive insight into a new kind of customer interaction. Discover whether these innovative approaches might have something to offer your customers.

Jürgen Galler

Chief Strategy Officer, Swisscom Jürgen Galler has been the Head of Group Strategy & Innovation and a member of the Swisscom Management Board since autumn 2012. Having gained a doctorate in economics and social science, he was a co-founder and manager of various software and Internet companies in Europe and Asia. Before joining Swisscom, Jürgen Gallen worked at Google for five years and was most recently Director of Product Management and Engineering at YouTube. Time:


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Best case session 3 Innovation made in Switzerland.

In the best case session “Innovation made in Switzerland”, three decision-makers will present their successful Swiss companies. The different sectors of the internationally active companies should ensure that the audience is provided with a broad spectrum of new information and take-aways to help make their own businesses a success. Together with the speakers, Christoph Dürmüller, CEO of Zühlke Management Consultants AG, will analyse the individual success factors and demonstrate the success strategies of Swiss innovations on the global markets. Time:


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Beat Grüring

CEO Tally Weijl Beat Grüring is the founder and CEO of the fashion label Tally Weijl. The company was founded in 1984 by Grüring and Tally Elfassi-Weijl in a garage in Lohn in the canton of Solothurn. The company is today represented in 34 countries worldwide with more than 780 stores and employs more than 3,000 staff globally. In 2011, Tally Weijl generated external sales of 515 million euro.

Jean-Pierre Wyss

Co-founder and COO of u-blox AG Jean-Pierre Wyss is co-founder and a member of the board of directors of u-blox AG and since 2007 has also been a board member of u-blox Holding AG. Prior to working at u-blox, Wyss was an assistant and doctoral candidate at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). He graduated as an electrical engineer from the ETH Zurich and obtained a diploma in “Finance for Executives” from the renowned business school INSEAD in Singapore.

Hanns-Peter Cohn CEO Vitra AG

With only one interruption, Hans-Peter Cohn has worked for the furniture manufacturer Vitra since 1984. Between 1984 and 1998, he was Director of Marketing and Sales at Vitra GmbH and since 2005 he has served as the company CEO. The Swiss company, which was founded in 1950, is committed to the development of healthy, intelligent, inspirational and life-long solutions for the office, home and public spaces.


Christoph Dürmüller, Zühlke AG Christoph Dürmüller is CEO of Zühlke Management Consultants and partner of the Zühlke Group. He studied engineering at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and obtained an Executive MBA at the University of St. Gallen. After performing a variety of managerial roles at ABB and Sandoz (now Novartis), he began his work at Zühlke in 1995. SWISS INNOVATION FORUM 2013


Future Expo 2013

A look into the future. Source of inspiration and innovation.

The Future Expo at the Swiss Innovation Forum provides a unique networking environment. At the approximately 40 exhibition stands, participants can obtain a full picture of the latest technologies and current trends and also establish direct contact with proven experts in the field of innovation. Multidisciplinary networking and the exchange of experiences and ideas between the worlds of business, science and research is an important objective of the Future Expo. The diverse mix of exhibitors facilitates ease of access to universities, ETH institutions, start-ups, SMEs and innovation experts.

Impetus & innovation

Top networking

The latest from the fields of research and science exclusively at the SIF.

The Future Expo provides an excellent networking platform.

40+   exhibitors

Cutting-edge knowledge!

More than 40 exhibitors from Switzerland and abroad. Time:

Glean inspiration from numerous innovations.

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STA 2013 – the 25th edition The leading technology prize in Switzerland

The coveted trophy The Swiss Technology Award is the leading technology prize in Switzerland. In 2013, it will celebrate its 25th anniversary. The prize has been awarded as part of the Swiss Innovation Forum since 2008. Established in 1987 by Nicolas Hayek and Branco Weiss, among others, the award is instrumental in helping bring the most innovative ideas onto the markets. In recent years, the prize has been awarded in three categories: Inventors | Start-ups | Sustainability Leader. The advantages for the winners are huge: In addition to significant media exposure, the best applications can look forward to participating at an internal trade fair, a professional video portrait and general marketing support. More information can be found at:

-   3 categories -   25-year market presence -   international   recognition Time:





Information & travel

20 November 2013 at the Congress Center in Basel.

Conference ticket

Public transport

Including refreshments during breaks, lunch, the Future Expo and admission to all programme items: 

Tram number 1 or 2 from the Basel SBB main station to “Messeplatz”

By car

Please use the car park:

CHF 490

Parkhaus Messe Basel Riehenstrasse 101 CH-4058 Basel

Student ticket

With a valid student ID. Including refreshments during breaks, lunch, the Future Expo and admission to all programme items:


Business Casual

CHF 250


Please call us should you require information. We will be happy to answer your questions.

Hotel accommodation

Please contact us should you require hotel accommodation. We will be happy to help you in booking a hotel.


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Swiss Innovation Forum 2013  

Program brochure about the Swiss Innovation Forum 2013 which will take place on November 20 in the Congress Center Basel

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