3. Silicon Valley
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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.

March 31, 2017

Opens: 8:30 a.m.Begins: 9:00 a.m.


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  • Villa Castagnola (#1 on Map)
  • City (#9 on Map)
  • Lido Seegarten (#11 on Map)
  • Lugano Dante (#12 on Map)

Drone Race & Exhibition


Welcome Notes


New Communication Technologies and Trends

  • Symphony - the productivity platform that powers work
    David Gurle, Founder & CEO
  • Avaamo Software - enterprise-grade bot platform and secure messaging
    Ram Menon, Founder & CEO
  • Threema - seriously secure messaging
    Roman Flepp, Head of Marketing & Sales
  • u-blox - locate - communicate - accelerate
    Peter Fuchs, Head of Corporate HR
  • Squirro - operational insights generation for sales, services & risk
    Dr. Dorian Selz, CEO

New Communication Technologies and Trends - Program Details

Digital Innovation in Fashion & Retail

moderated by the NetComm Suisse Association - Swiss e-Commerce Association
Carlo Terreni, General Director and Board Member


Apéro, Exhibiton & Networking


Welcome and Keynote Speakers


Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Disruptive Innovations & Debate:
Pros and Cons - The Impact of Digital Technologies on Society

Commercial Drones

New Communication Technologies and Trends

Digital Innovation in Fashion & Retail

Future of Computing

More speakers will be announced soon.

Stefano Rizzi

Stefano Rizzi graduated in Business Economics at the University of St. Gallen, specializing in small and medium enterprises.

Following a working experience in the private sector from 2000 to 2005 (as an auditor for Ernst & Young and as a social security consultant for SwissLife), since July 2005 Stefano Rizzi has been working for the government of Canton Ticino.

He started his career in the institution as an economic consultant for the Economic Development department; then, since August 2009, he entered the executive team of the Department of Finance and Economics.

Since January 1, 2012 he directs the Economics Division (www.ti.ch/economia).

Moreover, Stefano Rizzi holds important positions in the fields of labour market and economic development: he is President of the Tripartite Commission, President of the Commission for economic innovation, Vice-president of the AGIRE Foundation, member of the BancaStato “Centenario Foundation” and member of the Swiss Venture Club Prix jury for Southern Switzerland.

Grégoire Ribordy

Grégoire Ribordy studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, where he obtained his master in 1995 with a specialization in optics. Passionate about applications of science and technology, he then decided to join industry and had the opportunity to work in the R&D department of Nikon Corp. in Tokyo, Japan. During his 18 months stay in this country, Ribordy also learnt to speak Japanese.

Upon his return to Switzerland, Ribordy decided to go back to academia to obtain his PhD, but he was careful to select a research group with strong ties to applications and from which start-ups had already been spun off. He thus joined the Group of Applied Physics of University of Geneva and worked in the field of quantum cryptography under the guidance of Prof. Nicolas Gisin and Hugo Zbinden. After obtaining his PhD in 2000, he decided to start a company in October 2001– ID Quantique – to pursue the commercial opportunities of quantum technologies in the field of secure communications.

The company was the first to bring products such as quantum random number generators and quantum cryptography to the market. In 2007 in a world premiere, ID Quantique’s quantum cryptography solution was used to secured communication between two datacenters in Geneva, Switzerland. ID Quantique currently has a staff of about 50 employees and is the world leader in the field of quantum-safe cryptography.

In October 2016, Ribordy has been appointed to the High-Level Steering Group set up by the European Commission to provide advice on its Quantum technologies strategy.

Ribordy has co-authored more than 25 scientific papers and is listed as an inventor on more than 10 patents. Ribordy is also the recipient of several awards for technology entrepreneurship such as the 2001 New Entrepreneurs in Technology and Science Prize or the 2002 de Vigier Award for Young Swiss Entrerpreneurs.

Philippe Luginbuhl

Philippe Luginbuhl works for the Swiss Confederation, in the Federal Office for Defence Procurement armasuisse Science and Technology.

Since 2009 he is in charge of managing the CREDO project in collaboration with the IPG research group on probabilistic machine learning at IDSIA, the “Dalle Molle” Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Manno, Switzerland.

Philippe has more than 20 years of confirmed experience in project management, technical negotiations and contracts, technology transfer, knowledge assessment, decision support, creation of patents, teaching and team coaching in the fields of knowledge mapping, complexity management, risk assessment, Microsystems R&D, innovative medical device technology, material, process, and packaging.

He co-created more than 12 patents in the fields of liquid micro dosage, piezoelectric sprays, HF-SAW filters, including strategic analysis and technology surveys.

Philippe Luginbuhl earned a PhD in Microsystems Technology from the Institute of Microtechnology (IMT-SAMLAB) and a M.Sc. Degree in Physics from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

A new generation of user-friendly decision support system based on imprecise probabilities.

The general purpose of the software tool is to easily create "artificial experts" in various domains.

Such a software tool can support experts in a simple yet effective way during complex decision processes.

CREDO has been used in 2013, during the seventh Multinational Experiment of NATO/PfP (Partnership for Peace) to evaluate the political acceptability of specific military strategies related to space defence (military satellites).

The effectiveness of the software developed by IDSIA has been validated in a contest between a team of renowned NATO international experts and the artificial expert designed with CREDO.

The software tool achieved a performance similar to NATO experts in a large number of benchmark scenarios.

The partnership with the Swiss Confederation is evolving in the direction of increasingly bigger and global models.

It is in this context that new collaborations have recently arisen: with the Armed Forces Command Support Organization, in charge of the national defense from cyber-attacks and electronic warfare; and with the Armed Forces Staff, in charge of the implementation of political resolutions and operative guidelines at strategic and military levels.

Carlo Terreni

Carlo Terreni is co-founder and board member of NetComm Suisse Association.

Since August 2012, he is head of the NetComm Suisse Observatory and he works with passion and determination towards the establishment of a permanent e-commerce observatory, in collaboration with PostFinance and Accenture.

NetComm Suisse:
the first and only Swiss Association of e-Commerce

The goals of NetComm Suisse are to support the interests of e-Commerce companies, contribute to the knowledge and diffusion of e-Commerce, including related services and technologies, and to bring down the barriers that limit the development of the sector.

Through activities as diverse as lobbying, legal & fiscal support, training and research, the organization aims to build a stronger e-Commerce environment in Switzerland and beyond to enable sustainable growth across the industry.

Dr. Alessandro Curioni

Dr. Alessandro Curioni was named Vice President, Europe and Director of the IBM Research – Zurich Lab in April 2015. In addition, since November 2015 he is leading the research activities for the newly formed Watson IoT unit.

Dr. Curioni is an internationally renowned leader in the area of high-performance computing and computational science, where his innovative thinking and seminal contributions have helped solve some of the most complex scientific and technological problems in several industries including healthcare, consumer goods and electronics.

In 2014, Dr. Curioni was promoted to the rank of IBM Fellow, the corporation's highest technical recognition. In 2013, he was a member of the winning team recognized with the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize by setting a new record of 14 Petaflops in simulation performance, recognition that he received for the second time also in 2015. Moreover, Dr. Curioni and his colleagues received the PRACE Award in 2012 and the US National Medal for Technology and Innovation in 2008 for the IBM Blue Gene family of high-performance computers.

Dr. Curioni started at IBM Research – Zurich as a PhD student in 1993 before officially joining as a research staff member in 1998. Prior to becoming Vice President and Director, he was head of the former Cognitive Computing and Computational Sciences department.

Dr. Curioni received his undergraduate degree in Theoretical Chemistry and his Ph.D. from Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy.

Dr. Dorian Selz

Dr. Dorian Selz is co-founder and CEO of Squirro.

Before that he founded the Swiss search platform local.ch and made it the market leader in four years.

Previously he was a partner and COO at Namics, the largest e-business consultancy in Switzerland & Germany.

He holds a PhD from the University of St. Gallen and a Master in Economics form the University of Geneva.


Squirro is a data insights solution developer.

Based in Zurich and with offices in London, New York, Munich and Barcelona, Squirro works with global data-driven organisations, predominately those in the financial services and telecom industries.

The core suite of Squirro solutions offers risk, service, and customer insights.Deployed by the world’s leading banks, law-enforcement organisations and other commercial businesses, Squirro’s cognitive technology extracts more value and business-critical information from complex data environments to improve operational efficiency and increase revenues.

Leo Keller

In 2000, Leo Keller started as a Business Angel for Startups in the area of Semantic Intelligence. He re-founded Netbreeze GmbH in 2002, and successfully performed as co-CEO until 2009, inciting interest from Microsoft, who finally acquired Netbreeze GmbH in 2013.

For the past 10 years, he has developed over 50 different business solutions using Semantic Technologies and Open Data implemented across multiple professional disciplines (Private Banking, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, Insurance and Reinsurance, Automotive, FMCG, Government and Research) and business sectors (Business Intelligence, Product Development, Marketing and Market Research, Risk and Issue Management, Communication and Reputation, Compliance and Anti-Counterfeiting). With his company Blue Ocean SWS, Leo continues to act as a business angel and entrepreneur in this technology sector, successfully entering the field of M&A.

Previously, Leo Keller was co-Head of A.T. Kearney Switzerland and a member of the Executive Group of Arthur D. Little (Switzerland), where he successfully acted as Strategy Consultant with a special focus on Learning Organization, Change Management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management. He holds a master degree in Natural Science (ETH Zürich) and in OE Organization Development (SAAP).

Blue Ocean Semantic Web Solutions GmbH

Blue Ocean Semantic Web Solutions GmbH is a recognized leader in Semantic Web Technology and Open Source Intelligence, acting as a consultancy firm for system integration projects.

For over 12 years, Blue Ocean SWS has successfully delivered solution on the use of internet data (“listen to the Web”) that immensely improve Business Intelligence processes, focus on unstructured web data, social media and stakeholder themes for specified data sources.

The team combines Web Technology and Consulting, with its vast experience in Marketing, Market Research, Business Intelligence and Risk and Compliance Management. Its industrial competences lie in a broad range of industry segments, including Insurance, Banking, Pharmacy, Life Science, FMCG, Retail, Travel and Leisure.

Blue Ocean SWS is a recognized expert in the area of start-up coaching, M&A, Internet Policy Consulting, Internet Crime and Compliance and Marketing Research Solutions, running M&A projects and acting as a strategic partner and business angel for various start-ups in the field of Semantic Intelligence.

Peter Fuchs

Peter Fuchs is Head of Corporate HR at u-blox. After studying Electrical Engineering at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), he started his career as an IC Designer in Silicon Valley.

After 15 years in different technical positions in the US and Europe, he directed his career path to the area of Human Resources in 2000. He is heading HR at u-blox since 2014.


Swiss-based u-blox (SIX:UBXN) is the global leader in wireless and positioning semiconductors for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets.

Our solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video.

With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to allow OEMs to develop innovative solutions that enable mobility quickly and cost-effectively.

With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u-blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Prof. Marco Zaffalon

Marco Zaffalon is a Professor at IDSIA, the "Dalle Molle" Institute for Artificial Intelligence, where he has founded and leads the research group on probabilistic machine learning - 14 full-time researchers.

The group has hundreds of publications and has been granted several millions of francs from competitive research funds.

Marco has a PhD in Applied Mathematics from University of Milan (1997).

His research interests are in reliable methods for learning from data and experts and on the foundations of probability and statistics.

On these topics he has published many papers in first-rate Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning journals and conferences, and has a long track of successful applications to real-world problems in collaboration with private companies as well as public institutions.

He is one of the recipients of the selective grants by the Swiss National Research Programme 75 on Big Data.

Swiss AI Lab IDSIA

The Swiss AI Lab IDSIA (www.idsia.ch) is a non-profit oriented research institute for artificial intelligence, affiliated with both the Faculty of Informatics of the Università della Svizzera Italiana and the Department of Innovative Technologies of SUPSI, the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland.

IDSIA focuses on machine learning, operations research, data mining, and robotics.

Founded in 1988, it currently employs about 60 researchers and collaborators.

The experience of IDSIA in AI comprises both theoretical and applied projects; IDSIA’s work is renowned worldwide with many recognitions both from academia and industry.

In November 2016 the Swiss ICT Special Award was awarded to IDSIA, with the following motivation: "it represents one of the best research institutes at the international level in the field of bio-inspired artificial intelligence, and Swiss companies directly benefit from its achievements".

The Swiss ICT is the largest Swiss organisation in the ICT sector and it supports more that 3'000 companies.

Pascal Kaufmann

Pascal Kaufmann is a neuroscientist-turned-entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Starmind.

Having received his Master’s Degree in Neuroscience and Economics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL (USA), Pascal has worked at the prestigious Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University of Zurich, Switzerland and on numerous projects researching the interface between brains and machines to unravel the secrets of neural networks and brain activity.

  • Degree in Neuroscience and Economics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL (USA)
  • Several years experience in the Financial Services sector and in the field of Business Development at Bank Julius Baer
  • Together with Marc Vontobel founded Starmind International in 2010
  • As Starmind CEO Pascal Kaufmann is responsible for strategy, stakeholder management, business development, branding and expansion

Siegfried Alberton

As Professor of Economics and management of Inno¬vation, Siegfried Alberton leads the competence center inno3 (innovation, firms and entrepreneurship) at the De¬partment of Business Economics, Health and Social Care of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland.

He is the scientific responsible for the Master of Sci¬ence in Business Administration with Major in Innovation Management.

His research interests, publications and service activity cover the Fields of the economics and management of innovation, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial dynamics, regional economics, innovation and entrepreneurship policy, as well as inno¬vation and entrepreneurship metrics.


The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) is one of the nine professional universities recognised by the Swiss Confederation.

Founded under federal law, SUPSI offers more than 30 Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree courses, characterised by cutting edge education which unites classical theoretical-scientific instruction with a professional orientation.

Great care is given to research, carried out in key sectors on competitively acquired projects with large European and national agencies or mandated by organisations and institutions.

Victor Bergonzoli

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.

Sylvain Chagué

Sylvain is co-founder and technology director of Artanim Foundation, a multidisciplinary motion capture research lab in Geneva, Switzerland.

He is also co-founder and CTO of Artanim Interactive, a spin-off from Artanim Foundation commercializing "Real Virtuality".

This technology is a multi-user immersive platform combining a 3D environment with a real life stage set where users are tracked by a motion capture system allowing them to see their own bodies and move physically in the virtual environment.

Artanim Interactive

Artanim Interactive is a high-tech company founded in 2015 which specializes in the development of cutting-edge immersive and interactive systems combining motion capture and VR.

It was set-up as the spin-off from Artanim Foundation (www.artanim.ch), a leading Swiss research institute.

Andy von Bechtolsheim

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.

Siddhartha Arora

Siddhartha Arora is presently working at the IBM Innovation Center in Zurich.

Siddhartha graduated from ETH Zurich’s Management, Economics and Technology MAS program where his final assignment was focused on understanding the commercial drone industry.

Siddhartha has an MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London, as well as degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Massachusetts.

Ram Menon

Ram brings over two decades of experience in enterprise software.

The frustration with accessing enterprise information and getting work done using his primary device, a smartphone prompted him to found Avaamo.

Previously Ram was the President of Social Computing at TIBCO. He founded the division and built the business from scratch into a leader in Social Business Software with 9 Million paid users in just two years.

Earlier in his stint at TIBCO, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for eight years, leading the company’s marketing and product strategy efforts to support growth from $200M -$1B.

Prior to joining TIBCO, Ram was with Accenture, a global consulting firm, where he specialized in supply chain and e-commerce strategy consulting with Global 500 companies.


Avaamo is a venture funded mobile enterprise software company.

Our mission is to reinvent the way we communicate, conduct transactions, and get work done in today’s mobile first world.

Avaamo provides an AI-driven enterprise bot platform that dramatically simplifies the time needed to design and deploy bots to corporate employees and their customers.

The core of the Avaamo mobile platform is multi-faceted - a secure business-messaging infrastructure that delivers scalability and reliability, coupled with security and integration features that are compatible with legacy enterprise applications.

Avaamo is offered as a SaaS service created by enterprise veterans from TIBCO, SAP, Siebel and Apple. Avaamo is based in Los Altos, California.

Oliver Evans

Oliver Evans is the Global Head of Business Development at Matternet.

An awardwinning air cargo executive, he served as Chief Cargo Officer and Member of the Management Board at Swiss International Air Lines for over twelve years.

At Swiss, Oliver developed the company’s cargo division, Swiss WorldCargo, into a global leader for the transportation of high-value, care-intensive, urgent shipments.

He previously held executive positions at KLM Cargo and BAX Global, and served as Chairman of the Board of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), engaging with regulators and pushing for modernization of processes in air logistics.

With over 30 years of vast industry experience, Oliver is considered one of the most respected executives in the air logistics industry.


Matternet is the leading developer of autonomous drone logistics systems.

The company’s complete solution for automated aerial logistics enables customers to implement and grow modular networks of any size at the scale of their needs.

Matternet has partnerships with some of the world’s most trusted organizations including Mercedes-Benz Vans, Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo, UNICEF, World Health Organization and Doctors Without Borders.

Jean-Christophe Zufferey

Jean-Christophe is the CEO and co-founder of senseFly, a world’s leading producer of aerial imaging drones for professional applications such as high-precision mapping and industrial inspection.

He is a bona fide pioneer in the field of small, bio-inspired, autonomous flying robots, holding a PhD in Mobile Robotics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) - where he has taught and managed numerous robotics projects - as well as an MSc in Micro Engineering, the thesis for which he completed at Carnegie Mellon University in the US.

A Swiss national, Jean-Christophe is also a licensed pilot with a passion for flying helicopters and fixed-wing aerobatics.


senseFly was founded in 2009 by a team of robotics researchers and quickly became the industry leader in mapping drones.

Today we continue to lead the way in developing situationally aware systems that help professionals make better decisions.

Patrick Thévoz

Patrick earned in 2009 a Master’s degree in engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, focusing on the development of microsystems for applications in the biotechnology and space industries.

He then started his career as a strategy consultant before co-founding Flyability with Adrien Briod.


Flyability is a Swiss company building safe drones for operating indoors, in complex and confined spaces, and in contact with people.

Flyability aims at becoming the leader in this segment of flying robotics, and be at the forefront of innovation to continuously deliver value, safety and fun to its customers.

Philipp Löpfe

Philipp Löpfe, 63, in 2012 and 2015 was named Swiss Economic Journalist of the Year.

He works for the online news portal «Watson». He has a Masters degree in Arts (University of Zürich) and an MBA (Universitiy of St. Gallen).

In his long career Mr. Löpfe was editor-in-chief of «Tages-Anzeiger» and «SonntagsBlick».

He has written several books, the most recent one, together with Oliver Fiecheter, is called «Aufstieg der digitalen Stammesgesellschaft» (Ascent of the digital tribal society).

Philipp Löpfe is married and lives in Zürich.


We've set out to build a completely new user experience in the area of news and entertainment on mobile devices.

Our first focus will be Switzerland, especially the German speaking part.

David Gurle

Author, inventor and leader, David’s ideas have influenced the major trends in enterprise communications over the last 15 years.

He defined Microsoft’s unified communications strategy (Skype for Business) and as head of collaboration services at ThomsonReuters introduced federated communications to the financial services industry.

Before founding Perzo/Symphony, he was VP and GM of Skype’s Enterprise Business.


The secure, cloud-based communications platform that connects markets and individuals, Symphony promotes collaboration and increases workflow productivity while maintaining organizational compliance.

Founded in October 2014 and headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, the company has offices in New York, Chicago, Boston, Hong Kong, Singapore and London.

Symphony has raised $170 million from the world’s largest financial institutions and recognized investors, including: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BlackRock, BNY Mellon, Citadel, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Google Inc., Goldman Sachs, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Jefferies, Lakestar, Maverick, Merus Capital, Morgan Stanley, Natixis, Nomura, Societe Generale, UBS and Wells Fargo.

Ralf Haller

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.

Ralf is also the organizer of international high-tech, innovation, entrepreneurship and business events in Switzerland, among them:

Roman Flepp

Roman Flepp is Head of Marketing and Sales at Threema.

He is also responsible for Threema Work, the leading secure and privacy-compliant messaging solution for organizations.

Before joining Threema, Flepp worked as independent project manager and consultant in tourism and event management.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Business Administration.


Threema provides highly secure messaging solutions for both private users and business customers. The Threema app has won numerous awards for its security, metadata restraint, and usability.

As of 2016, the app has attracted over 4.5 million users.

All products are developed and maintained in Switzerland.

Matthias Troyer

Matthias Troyer is is a Principal Researcher in the Quantum Architectures and Computation Group at Microsoft Research.

He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Trustee of the Aspen Center for Physics, and recipient of the Rahman Prize for Computational Physics of the American Physical Society.

After receiving his PhD in 1994 from ETH Zurich he spent three years as postdoc at the University of Tokyo before returning to ETH Zurich.

There he has been professor of Computational Physics until taking leave of absence at the end of 2016 to join Microsoft’s quantum computing program.

His research activities center on large scale simulations of quantum systems, development of new simulation algorithms, high performance computing and quantum computing.

Besides his research on quantum physics he is collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of colleagues towards the modeling and simulations of island ecosystems.

Ralph Eichler

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).

Ralph Eichler

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).