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Silicon Valley meets Switzerland
31 March 2017
Palazzo dei Congressi, Lugano
The Silicon Valley meets Switzerland event masterfully combines the talent and expertise of entrepreneurs and business managers from Silicon Valley and Switzerland. Leading Silicon Valley startups present latest IT trends and its impact on businesses and consumers. From Switzerland the most promising IT startups and internationally successful IT companies and entrepreneurs will be present. In panel discussions and live interviews chaIlenges in IT innovation, investments and international expansion will be addressed. The event is an ideal platform to share ideas and build strategic alliances and collaboration between individuals and organisations alike.


  • 9:00 Welcome Notes
  • 9:30 Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence, moderated by Prof. Marco Zaffalon IDSIA, SUPSI
  • 10:30 Commercial Drones & Live Drone Race, moderated by Siddhartha Arora
  • 11:30 Pros and Cons - The Impact of Digital Technologies on Society, moderated by Philipp Löofe,
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:50 New Communication Technologies and Trends
  • 13:50 Digital Innovation in Fashion & Retail, moderated by NetComm Suisse Assiociation - Swiss e-Commerce Association
  • 14:35 Disruptive Innovations, presented by Prof. Sigfried Alberton, SUPSI
  • 15:00 Future of Computing, moderated by Prof. Ralph Eichler, ETH Zürich
  • 15:45 The Entrepreneurship Panel
  • 16:30 Apéro, Exhibition & Networking

Keynote speakers and moderators

Keynote Speakers:

  • Andy von Bechtolsheim, Founder & CEO Arista Networks
  • Neil Rimer, Founder & Partner Index Ventures
  • Stefano Rizzi, Director of the economic division of Cantone Ticino

Main moderators:

  • Philipp Löpfe, Economics Journalist
  • Victor Bergonzoli, Co-Founder & CEO Dartfish
  • Ralf Haller, CEO Extendance

Further information and registration are available at the following link