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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.

Palazzo dei Congressi, Lugano

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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

  • Marco Borradori, Mayor, Lugano
    Why are Silicon Valley investors so crazy about the future of Machine Learning and A.I.?
  • Stefano Rizzi, Director of the Economic Division, Ticino
  • Dr. Alcide Barberis, Executive Director, AGIRE Foundation

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

moderated by Prof. Dr. Marco Zaffalon, Professor, IDSIA / SUPSI

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence - Program Details

Break, Exhibition & Networking

Digital Innovation in Fashion & Retail

moderated by Jörg Hensen, Former CEO, Swiss Online Shopping AG

Digital Innovation in Fashion & Retail - Program Details

Break, Exhibition & Networking

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Panel

moderated by Prof. Siegfried Alberton, Professor, SUPSI

  • Secrets to starting a business & making it work in Silicon Valley & Switzerland
  • How can established companies catch the entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley?
  • How much fun it is to be an entrepreneur

Program Details

Apéro, Exhibiton & Networking


Welcome and Keynote Speakers


Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Commercial Drones

Innovation & Entrepreneuership Panel

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

New Communication Technologies and Trends

Digital Innovation in Fashion & Retail

Future of Computing

Marco Borradori

Born in Lugano on June 6th 1959.

Graduated at the Law faculty of the University of Zurich in 1983.

Lawyer and notary in 1986.

Elected to the Swiss Federal Parliament in 1991.

Joined the Municipality of Lugano in 1992 until 1995.

Minister in the Council of State of Ticino Canton from 1995 until 2013, head of the Department of Territory.

Mayor of the City of Lugano since 2013.

Head of the Institution Department, comprising: Chancellery, Communication and Istitutional Relations, Human Resources and Economic Development.

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.

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.

Neil Rimer

Neil co-founded Index Ventures with Giuseppe Zocco and David Rimer in 1996.

Previously he spent 4 years with Montgomery Securities in San Francisco before joining Index Securities in 1990.

He has invested in market-defining companies from across the spectrum including Betfair (LSE: BET), Funding Circle, Climate Corp. (MON), Deliveroo, Last.fm (CBS), MOO and Supercell.

He has served on the board of U.C. Sampdoria, and currently serves on the board of Human Rights Watch.

Dr. Lorenzo Leoni

Lorenzo Leoni, PhD, is the Managing Partner of TiVenture, a seed investment fund that invests in early stage companies with innovative technologies and high growth potential, principally in southern Switzerland.

Lorenzo Leoni was the first CEO of AGIRE Foundation, the innovation Agency of Southern Switzerland, and created the seed investment fund AGIRE INVEST (now TiVenture).

He was the founder and CEO of several biotech and medical device companies in the USA and Switzerland that developed anti-cancer, anti-infective and immunological therapies.

He published more than 40 peer review articles in international journals and is inventor in more than 30 patents.


TiVenture is a seed investment fund owned by the Fondazione Centenario BancaStato that invests in early stage companies with innovative technologies and high growth potential, principally in southern Switzerland.

TiVenture has strong ties with the Ticino governmental institutions (Department of Economy and Finance), with the local Universities and academic institutes and with economic agencies.

TiVenture has a diversified portfolio of companies active in the health, high-tech, digital and cleantech sectors.

TiVenture is seeking new investment opportunities and is ready to collaborate with private investors and other investment funds.

Dr. Alcide Barberis

Alcide Barberis, Executive Director of the AGIRE Foundation and Coordinator of the CP Start-Up, is a biotech entrepreneur with over 20 years of management and scientific experience in both the private and public sectors.

Expert in Start-ups (he is co-founder of ESBATech AG and Oncalis AG), he initiated and successfully negotiated commercial licensing deals and scientific collaborations with biotech and pharmaceutical companies, contributing to fundraising campaigns with private investors and "venture capital".

In addition to having earned a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of Zurich, he has directed research teams both as a lecturer and university leader and as manager in biotech companies.

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:

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.

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.

Prof. Dr. 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.


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 (USI) 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

Dr. Philippe Luginbühl

Philippe Luginbühl 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 Luginbühl 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.

Umang Maradia

Umang is the head of university research and deputy head of innovation in EDM at GF Machining Solutions.

Umang has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zürich, for which he was awarded Hilti prize for innovative research.

His research interests mainly lie in the field of manufacturing and machine tools, specifically EDM and non-conventional manufacturing processes.

He has received more than CHF 4 million in research grants, including seed grant from ETH Zurich, where his activities focus on high precision, economic-energy efficiency, zero-defect manufacturing, self-learning and enabling functions such as self-cleaning in mass produced consumer products.

GF Machining Solutions

GF Machining Solutions provides milling and electrical discharge machines (EDM), additive manufacturing solutions, laser texturing, automation, tooling, and spindles.

These complete solutions make it one of the world’s leading provider to the tool- and mold-making industry and to manufacturers of precision components.

The most important customer segments are the aerospace industry, ICT, and the automotive sector.

Based in Switzerland, GF Machining Solutions operates its own sales companies in more than 50 countries to provide customer services locally.

Production facilities as well as research and development centers are located in Switzerland, Sweden, and China.

A company belonging to Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland), GF Machining Solutions has 3,003 employees and generated sales of CHF 902 million in 2015.

Jason Maynard

Jason Maynard is the Director of Data Products at Zendesk.

He heads up Zendesk's analytics and machine learning teams that builds products that improve customer relationships using data.

Previously, Jason worked at Deloitte, figuring out how much the next blockbuster would gross and built prototype LEDs at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.


Zendesk builds software for better customer relationships.

It empowers organizations to improve customer engagement and better understand their customers.

Zendesk products are easy to use and implement.

They give organizations the flexibility to move quickly, focus on innovation, and scale with their growth.

Prof. Alessandro Barazzetti

Professor Alessandro Barazzetti is the founder of QBT and the director of the R&D unit.

He is an aerospace engineer in charge of the development of new products of QBT in the financial sector.

Alessandro widen the expertise of QBT introducing new technologies in the fields of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning in collaboration with main research institutes in Switzerland and in Italy, that allowed QBT to develop innovative software.


QBT is an acronym for Quantum Bit Technology: QBT was founded in 2008 as a software house operating in the financial and banking sector.

Over time, however, we have diversified our business, specializing in the development of complex algorithms for the purpose of simulation and predictive analysis mainly in financial sector.

In this activity we have collaborated with leading universities and research institutions.

We promote the idea of a continually evolving company and we have therefore given a strong impetus to research and development, which in recent years have matured technologies in the field of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning at a state of the art.

These studies are mainly applied in the financial sector, in the field of trading of asset classes but recently we have launched a series of sentiment analysis for the study of politics.

QBT retains a strongly able to crawl and analyze large amounts of data and information (Big-data) in order to extract behaviors with which we build simulation models and scenario analysis.

The team of QBT is highly multidisciplinary and covers skills ranging from cognitive science to machine learning, economics, with a strong and well-established vocation developing proprietary software.

Nicola Colombo

Passionate entrepreneur in the Digital Industry, started his career with Selerant in 1997, in 2016 moved to new challenges coming from the industry 4.0 transformation, leveraging artificial Intelligence to deliver solutions that would help the consumers goods industry delivers safer products to the market.

With substantial expertise in business and software development, has a thing for motorcycles, his passion for challenges and adventures is not changing over the years.

In 2013 he travelled his Electric motorcycle across Asia from Shanghai to Milan achieving a Guinness World Record as the longest Electric motorcycle Journey with 12.376 KMs.

The passion for electric vehicle is also becoming a business being part of Italian Volt www.italianvolt.com , a luxury electric motorcycle brand.


C-LABS SA was established in 2016 by me with the idea of developing a platform that would facilitate Food Industry professionals in comply with regulation and monitor emergent risk.

I have decided to establish the company and myself in Ticino as I have seen there was a good environment for start-ups and IDSIA was already well known as an excellence in AI.

Few months after the company was funded we have started a project with IDSIA called "Intelligent text mining of food-related documents” in which I have also involved SGS providing domain knowledge and contents.

The very first launch event will be at the end of February at the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) in Houston.

Stefano Mallè

After his graduation in Computer Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Stefano Mallè has worked for a decennial in the Swiss financial sector, including managerial positions at UBS AG and Credit Suisse First Boston, before joining the Technical Evangelist team at Microsoft in 2003.

Since April 2014, he is member of the board of directors at Microsoft Switzerland and he leads the Developer eXperience and evangelism team.

Inspiring and helping Developers, Startups, and ISVs to build what’s next at Microsoft is his passion, sustained by his restless appetite for learning new (development) technologies and their applicability to improve our life and our businesses.

Microsoft Switzerland

Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company with the mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to add value/contribute/achieve more.

Microsoft Schweiz GmbH is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Redmond USA). Since its foundation in 1989, the subsidiary has developed into a typically Swiss SME and now employs 620 people.

Microsoft Schweiz is closely connected with Swiss economic and political institutions and actively involved in the public/societal dialogue on innovation, security, and education.

It has a network of 6000 local business partners and 14,000 certified product and solutions specialists nationwide.

Microsoft Schweiz GmbH is headquartered in Wallisellen near Zurich, with further offices in Wollishofen, Bern and Geneva.

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.

Dr. Jean-Christophe Zuffery

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.

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.

Janick Mischler

After having accomplished studies in Economies and Computer Science in Fribourg and St. Gallen, I was working for consulting companies and implementing different business and IT projects in Switzerland.

I joint the innovation & development unit of Swiss Post in January 2015 as project manager and initiated and launched the autonomous deliver project together with Andrea Marrazzo.

We are implementing innovative logistics services using new technologies as drones or self-driving delivery robots and trying to invent the logistics services of tomorrow already today.

Nicola Mona

Nicola studied materials science and engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), where he obtained in 2000 a Master of Science in Engineering. Nicola has also an MBA from Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

Nicola acquired his first professional experiences at the World Economic Forum as a Research Analyst in various international automotive and aerospace projects. Later, he was a Technical Lead for national project in sustainable mobility. In 2005 he joined RUAG Aviation, where he occupied over the coming 8 years various management positions in the field of maintenance, repair and overhaul as well as operations for propeller driven aircraft and drones.

As of 2013 Nicola is involved in several innovation and technology based projects as well as entrepreneurial ventures.

He is the CEO of Skypull since the January 2016.


Skypull is a Swiss start-up in the field of airborne wind energy generation. Its aim is to develop a fully autonomous drone that produces cheap and clean electricity from altitude winds.

Skypull has recently been awarded by Venture Kick, StartCupTicino and IMD Business School.

Andrea Marrazzo

Before I started working for Swiss Post I was a project manager and consultant for logistics companies.

The focus was to build up new logistics models (multimodal planning) and reorganize their trip planning on the strategic and tactic layer.

I studied "Wirtschaftsinformatik" in Berne and as Janick already mentioned we are the two guys in charge for the autonomous delivery program at Swiss Post.

Markus Zahner

Markus is the controls lead at Fotokite, an ETH spinoff based in Zurich Switzerland.

He is responsible for Fotokite's firmware and control development team.

Before joining Fotokite, he received a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich with focus on Aerospace Engineering.

With Fotokite, he set out to make aerial fotography and filming as easy as possible and accessible to everyone!

Prof. Siegfried Alberton

As Professor of Economics and management of Innovation, Siegfried Alberton leads the competence center inno3 (innovation, firms and entrepreneurship) at the Department 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 Science 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 innovation 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.

Oliver Brupbacher

As a founder and CTO at Appway, Oliver Brupbacher is responsible for the direction, architecture, development, and delivery of all Appway products.

From designing graphical user interfaces to developing firmware, device drivers, and application software, Oliver’s passion for technology spans the entire spectrum.

With over 20 years of experience in IT, Brupbacher believes in creating seamless technology that improves the lives of its users.

Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber

Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber is regarded as the father of modern Artificial Intelligence.

His lab's deep learning methods (since the early 1990s) have revolutionised machine learning and AI, and are now available to billions of users through the world’s most valuable public companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Baidu.

His research group also established the field of mathematically rigorous universal AI and optimal universal problem solvers. His formal theory of creativity & curiosity & fun explains art, science, music, and humor.

He is recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award "for pioneering contributions to deep learning and neural networks," and president of the company NNAISENSE, which aims at building the first practical general purpose AI.

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.

Yves Sülzle

Yves Sülzle is part of the solution center Workspace & Collaboration from Swisscom Enterprise Customers.

Yves Sülzle is looking forward to an interesting discussion with its guests about how we will work together in the future and its implication on people.

Yves Sülzle has 15+ years of experience in different marketing & sales roles with renowned ICT manufacturers/service providers.

Yves Sülzle is holding an MBA from London Business School.


Swisscom is not only our national telco but also the biggest provider of ICT-solution in Switzerland.

The solution center "Workspace & Collaboration" as a part of Enterprise Customers is the partner for Swiss businesses when it comes to how teams are enabled today and tomorrow through technology.

We are here to make Swiss customers successful in times of digitization.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Association


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.

Prof. Dr. Eng. Emanuele Carpanzano

Prof. Dr. Eng. Emanuele Carpanzano is at present Director of the Department of Innovative Technologies at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland. The Department offers bachelor, master of science and advanced studies courses in engineering sciences and is active in more than 130 research projects through it 5 research institutes and 20 specialized labs, involving about 280 researchers.

Prof. Emanuele Carpanzano managed numerous R&D projects and initiatives as well as industrial research contracts, in the fields of industrial technologies and production systems, with a major focus on advanced automation technologies and on design based consumer goods sectors.

He is active in different federal and international education and research bodies, being member of the board of Directors of FTAL and Manufuture CH at Swiss level, and member of the High Level Group of Manufuture and of the Partnership Board of EFFRA at European level. He is also coordinating the European Design based Consumer Goods Technology Platform.

He is Professor of Industrial Plants at SUPSI and author of more than 130 scientific papers, as well as of different industrial patents.

Jörg Hensen

Jörg studied international business in Germany, France and the US focussing on marketing, retail management and international management and has 10 years of CEO and 17 years of P&L responsibility in Fashion and Retail companies all over Europe and in Switzerland.

He brings extensive experience in growing and restructuring international multi-channel retail organizations as well as in digitally transforming multi-channel retailers/fashion companies.

Jörg held leading roles in strategic projects identifying new business opportunities, creating new business models, setting up multi-national operations as well as start-up’s and driving M&A processes for external growth.

Furthermore he has been successfully driving change processes in highly dynamic environments.

Jörg lives close to Zurich and likes sports and long walks with his irish terrier.

Florence Labati

Florence passed the first 23 years of her life in France that she left after having finalized her MBA in a "Grandes écoles d'ingénieurs" with a speciality in informatics for enterprise's management.

She had the opportunity to work first as IT director then as CIO and manage international teams to implement, integrate or migrate full IT systems and finally direct business transformation in companies as Elf, Pioneer Electronics, Roche, Perkin Elmer, Vf International.

That has given her the chance to live and work cross the globe in multicultural environment.

Music and art are very important for her as well as sport.

She now lives in Ticino.

Rolf D. Seifert

Prior to Zuora Rolf D. Seifert served in the capacity of the Divisional VP Global Support and General Manager Germany at PTC until 2016.

PTC is a global provider of technology platforms and enterprise applications for smart and connected products, operations, and systems.

PTC’s enterprise applications serve manufacturers and other businesses that create, operate and service products and also help companies to deliver new value emerging from the Internet of Things.

From 1990 until 1996 he held European management positions including General Manager Germany, Austria and Switzerland at Sensormatic Electronics Corporation (later acquired by Tyco).

1986 he started his career as Assistant to the Sales Manager at Hoechst AG followed 1989 by the position of Marketing Controller at Philip Morris GmbH.


Zuora is a technology company and the world’s largest evangelist of the Subscription Economy™.

Zuora’s leading cloud-based subscription management platform helps companies build and grow subscription business models by establishing, cultivating and monetizing recurring customer relationships.

Headquartered in San Mateo, CA, Zuora serves over 800 clients, including HP, Dell, Box, Financial Times and GM.

Isabelle Ohnemus

Isabelle’s career started in investment banking. She worked for more than ten years in a well-known global investment bank as a broker in stocks and derivatives.

Fashion was always part of her life though and, for this reason, she decided to turn this passion into something more concrete.

Isabelle started organising private sales at her home, for her busy girl friends who wanted to access the world of fashion in an easy way. The sales included new and ground- breaking designers from Italy, Denmark and France, who had no actual stores. Isabelle’s own place became their exclusive store and in this trendy and funny environment she realized the inconsistency of sizing.

Four years ago she founded EyeFitU, the platform and app that provides size recommendations for consumers for all major brands around the world.

Isabelle is fluent in six languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.

Enrico Roselli

Enrico Roselli was born on March 18th, 1973.

He attended the secondary school focusing on humanities and later he moved on to studying Law at the University of Milan.

He was admitted to the Milan Bar Association and he practiced law for a few years at The Court of Appeal of Milan.

He worked for the Italian Patents and Trademarks Office and for the EUIPO (ex UAMI) as trademark and design attorney.

In 1999 he met Lando Simonetti and they started a profitable partnership resulting in him becoming Ceo of LM Europe SA ( Europe, Middle East and Asia).

He led the brand extension including footwear, leather goods, perfumes and eyewear in full compliance with the brand heritage. This policy allowed to increase the sales volume within the EMEA area.

Prof. Dr. 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).

Prof. Dr. 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.

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. Colin P. Williams

Colin is Director of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships at D-Wave Systems Inc. - the World5s first quantum computer company - where he works with corporate and government clients to infuse D-Wave quantum computing technology into their products and services.

Colin holds a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, a M.Sc. and D.I.C. in atmospheric physics and dynamics from Imperial College, University of London, and a B.Sc. (with Hons.) in mathematical physics from the University of Nottingham.

He was formerly a research assistant in general relativity & quantum cosmology to Prof. Stephen W. Hawking, at the University of Cambridge, a research scientist at Xerox PARC, and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University.

Prof. Dr. Rolf Krause

Rolf Krause is chair of advanced scientific computing and the director of the institute of computational science (ICS) in the faculty of informatics.

He is also the Co-director of the Center for Computational Medicine in Cardiology (CCMC) at USI.

From 2003 to 2009, he was professor for Scientific Computing at the University of Bonn.

During that time he spent a sabbatical at UC San Diego (USA) and Columbia University New York (USA).

In 2002 he was on a research visit at the Courant Institute (NYU, New York).

He holds a Diploma and a PhD (2000) in Applied Mathematics from FU Berlin (Germany).

His research focuses on numerical simulation and mathematical modeling in scientific computing and computational sciences, in particular the development of theoretical well founded simulationmethods, which show excellent performance also in real world applications.

His editorial work includes the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (SISC) and Computing and Visualizatio in Science (Springer).

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.