APPLICATION DEADLINE


BACKGROUND SESSIONS


FinTech


The financial sector is experiencing a dramatic change – new technologies such as Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence are reinventing established business models, activities, and markets, in order to discuss state-of-the-art technologies, future market developments, and market demands. The FinTech Background Session will be focused on current challenges facing big corporate and how startups can help address real industry challenges. In addition, market opportunities will be critically discussed on a high level amongst the group. This session is led by John Hucker, Founder of the Swiss Finance + Technology Association and Urs Häusler, Co-Founder and Board Member of the Swiss Finance Startups Association (SFS).

Attending Corporate:
Deutsche Bank

Mentor:
John Hucker
Urs Häusler

Workshop Room:
Workshop Room I

Time:
Thursday, 10:00 – 11:30


Insure Tech


Inspired by the elder brother “FinTech”, InsurTech elegantly merges the terms insurance and technology. With the insurance sector being one of the oldest and complex industries, it is believed that the industry is ripe for innovation and disruption. By offering benefits like transparent pricing models, enhanced customer experience and sophisticated data analytics InsurTech’s are changing the game. Although many of these innovations are long overdue, there are reasons why the incumbent players are so reluctant to adapt. Therefore, startups might still require the help of traditional insurers in order to being able to scale the business sustainably. (Investopedia, n.d.) This discussion on the current state of the InsurTech space, industry trends and challenges is moderated by Alexander Braun, Professor at the University of St. Gallen with a focus on risk management and insurance economics.

Attending Corporate:
Helvetia

Mentor:
Alexander Braun

Workshop Room:
Workshoop Room I

Time:
Thursday, 12:00 – 13:30


Mobility


Autonomous driving, connected cars and e-Mobility – these are only a few of numerous areas shaping the future of mobility during the next years. Although technological progress seems to be clearly paving the way for a major paradigm shift, various other aspects raise controversial discussions regarding the future of mobility. Technological innovation has not only the potential to revolutionize our use of cars and mobility, but also raises legal and ethical questions. It further encourages the market entry of industry newcomers or fosters the development of new business models in the field of mobility – mobility-as-a-service. Among other questions, the panel discussion will address the potential of technological progress, the impact on our daily life and changes in the current market structure. This session is led by Dr. Jörg Beckmann, Director of the Mobility Academy and Managing Director of Swiss eMobility

Attending Corporate:
Volvo
Swisscom

Mentor:
Jörg Beckmann

Workshop Room:
Workshop Room I

Time:
Friday, 12.00 – 13:30


Prop Tech


The term property technology – or PropTech for short – stands for modern technological developments in the real estate business. This generally includes the introduction or optimization of products, processes or entire business ideas using the latest information and communication technologies. Around the world PropTech companies are gaining ground with the aim to disrupt established, traditional business models in the real estate space. (Hasenmaile & Rieder, 2017) This upcoming, yet very young sector is witnessing rapid changes and faces various challenges. How can they be overcome – is there a “best-practice” and are there collaboration opportunities? Find out during this BGS led by Heinz Schwyter, ex-CEO of homegate.ch and Founder of the PropTech news platform proptechnews.ch.

Attending Corporate:
Swiss Prime Site

Mentor:
Heinz Schwyter

Workshop Room:
Workshop Room I

Time:
Friday, 14:00 – 15:30


HealthTech


The future of healthcare is triggered by technological innovations – digitalisation, novel materials , personalised medicine as well as other scientific and technological breakthroughs. On the one hand, the industry is challenged by rising global competition, exploding healthcare costs and stricter requirements of public authorities and regulation. For established healthcare institutions start-up companies are becoming an essential source of innovation and future revenues. On the other hand, HealthTech startups benefit from established companies with industry insides, market access and industry-specific capabilities in product development, regulatory affairs, manufacturing and marketing. (Thomas J. Chemmanur, and Elena Loutskina, 2013) Marcos Garcia Pedraza, Executive, Board Director and Entrepreneur with experience in the Healthcare Industry, and Matthias Mettler, Digital Business Builder and Digital Health Advisor.

Attending Corporate:
Merck

Mentor:
Marcos Garcia Pedraza
Matthias Mettler

Workshop Room:
Workshop Room I

Time:
Thursday, 16:00 – 17:30


Automation


Recent technological breakthroughs have massively changed the way how corporate processes are designed and executed. With the rise of the Internet of Things and advances in deep learning and Artificial Intelligence not only operative production, manufacturing and assembling but also supporting processes like Marketing, Sales and Social Media and many more are becoming increasingly automated. This session will gather a broad spectrum of participants with a focus on AI- and IoT-applications, including but not limited to Robotics, Industrial IoT, Business Intelligence and Process Automation. XXX will be joing the discussion as the Background Session mentor.

Attending Corporate:
Sulzer

Mentor:
TBA

Workshop Room:
Workshop Room I

Time:
Thursday, 14:00 – 15:30