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Swiss Romande Sweeps Season 3 Challenge

Swiss Romande Sweeps Season 3 Challenge

18. April 2019

The third Challenge race season climaxed on Monday with a clear win for Swiss Romande. Geneva-based, ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), was named 1stplace winner and canton Valais Office of Economy, Tourism and Innovation, was also declared 1st place winner. The unusual split decision, announced by Jury Chairwoman, Claudia Bienentreu, Head Open Innovation […]

Open Challenge Bets Ready To Race

Open Challenge Bets Ready To Race

14. April 2019

Dreamers, schemers or believers Waiting at the starting gate for Season Three challenge race are eleven new contestants. Call them dreamers, schemers or believers. Or call them courageous. Each of these eleven individuals believe innovation is key to Switzerland’s future and are betting their idea can move the needle towards making Switzerland a global hub […]

Betting Pictograms Can Simplify Terms and Conditions

Betting Pictograms Can Simplify Terms and Conditions

8. April 2019

Despite the Swiss Data Protection Act or GDPR, few of us know how our personal data is used by companies who collect and store our personal data. Most of us wish the terms and conditions (T&C) and privacy policies of companies processing our data was easier to understand. The lack of effective standardization makes data […]

ICRC Bet Pivots to ‘Do No Harm’

ICRC Bet Pivots to ‘Do No Harm’

2. April 2019

Challenge bet, “Digitalization as Enabler to Re-Connect Families in Time of War,” has pivoted. But far from dashing hopes, its decision is likely to have an even bigger impact than if it had continued uninterrupted. Ten months ago, bet Captain, Charlotte Lindsey-Curtet, Director of Digital Transformation and Data at the International Committee of the Red […]

Digitizing Outdoor Uncertainty in Valais

Digitizing Outdoor Uncertainty in Valais

18. February 2019

Uncertainty Uncertainty is part of the appeal for people who love high-risk outdoor adventure in the Swiss Alps. Ask anyone who indulges in risky outdoor sports (and lived to talk about it). They’ll recall with absolute clarity outdoor adventures when uncertainty turned into sheer terror — or enchanting bliss. “Hell can only be a night […]

Betting Green Clouds to Combat Climate Change

Betting Green Clouds to Combat Climate Change

14. January 2019

New Year’s resolutions like eating less meat, exercising more or spending more time with friends have a poor track record of creating lasting change. Research shows 60% of us make resolutions but only 8% achieve them. Given the low probability of success for individual’s resolutions, it’s not surprising human’s collective resolutions on a global scale […]

Digitalswitzerland Challenge Bet sees the light of day: Policy Kitchen is now live

Digitalswitzerland Challenge Bet sees the light of day: Policy Kitchen is now live

20. September 2018

What started as an ambitious digitalswitzerland bet by foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy and the Digital Society Initiative of the University of Zurich – to solve pressing global issues collaboratively with a global ‘crowdsourced think tank’ – has left the prototype stage. foraus and the Engagement  Migros development fund launched the pioneering platform […]

In a heart beat – It all started with a bet

In a heart beat – It all started with a bet

6. September 2018

With high blood pressure – or hypertension – being one of the deadliest diseases in the world, 20 Swiss companies, among them Post, Migros, Swisscom and Schulthess Clinic set out on a serious quest. They founded Riva Digital. An association, which aimed to develop an app that is able to measure blood pressure – with […]

SBB Stakes its “Brain Hub” to Win Smart Station Bet

SBB Stakes its “Brain Hub” to Win Smart Station Bet

18. July 2018

Fail faster … if you can Pundits tell us the pathway to innovation is to fail – or fail faster! underlining the reality successful innovation is born from many unsuccessful experiments. Which for a lean start-up spending lunch money on Facebook ads validating a solution-hypothesis isn’t too risky or painful if it flops. But it’s […]

Matterhorn Projects – Are we looking for the next Alfred Escher?

Matterhorn Projects – Are we looking for the next Alfred Escher?

19. June 2018

Submit your Matterhorn project now. Register here. The campaign closes this Friday, June 22, 2018. Around 30 ideas submitted, how about yours? A few weeks back, we launched the Matterhorn Project: We are looking for colossal ideas with the potential to transform Switzerland and the world in a sustainable manner! We have already received around […]

Announcing the ascent of the digital Matterhorn

Announcing the ascent of the digital Matterhorn

30. April 2018

digitalswitzerland projects are about impact. Together – society, politics, business, culture and academics – we want to achieve sustainable progress. Digitalisation is happening at an incredible pace, which is why we believe that we need platforms for visionary projects to be collaboratively and successfully launched. The chances of digitalisation are here – but they must […]

Artificial Intelligence: Dialect-Bot

Artificial Intelligence: Dialect-Bot

13. April 2018

AI (artificial intelligence) backstory February 1997.  Newsweek publishes, Steven Levy’s “The Brain’s Last Stand,” about Kasparov-Deep Blue match—the historic contest where IBM’s computer beat the world champion Grandmaster. 20 years later, Levy writes in WIRED magazine, “No matter what human-like feat computers perform in the future, the Deep Blue match demands an indelible dot on […]

Challenge Race Results are final –will the Bets pay off?

Challenge Race Results are final –will the Bets pay off?

The winner’s circle of the first challenge race saw a crush of contestants and winning bet teams savouring this long-awaited moment. While not quite prancing for joy, Riva Digital and C-Shares bet teams deserved taking a victory lap after they were crowned winner and runner-up, respectively, of the first challenge race among a field of […]

Challenge Bets pay out – in spite of risks

Challenge Bets pay out – in spite of risks

The winner’s circle of the first challenge race saw a crush of contestants and winning bet teams savoring this long-awaited moment. While not quite prancing for joy, Riva Digital and C-Shares bet teams deserved taking a victory lap after they were crowned winner and runner up, respectively, of the first challenge race among a field […]

Big Challenge Demo & Pitch Day: The Winner is…

Big Challenge Demo & Pitch Day: The Winner is…

11. April 2018

It was full house or rather full Kraftwerk on Monday, 9th April. Invited guests from business, politics, society and academics gathered to assess the results of the first round of the digitalswitzerland challenge and to officially launch the second round. The evening of the Demo & Pitch Day was all about innovation, the importance of […]

Fintech C-Shares – New Gold For An Old Story

Fintech C-Shares – New Gold For An Old Story

27. March 2018

Gold. The symbol AU. From Latin, Aurum, or shining dawn. Gold fever. Contagious excitement of a gold rush. Gold rush. Surge in activity by individuals seeking to capitalize on newly discovered gold. Daura. Rhaeto-Romanisch word meaning, “made of gold.” DAURA. A new infrastructure to print C-Shares using blockchain technology. Will gold fever cause a gold […]

Artificial Intelligence: Dialect-Bot

Artificial Intelligence: Dialect-Bot

19. March 2018

AI (artificial intelligence) backstory February 1997.  Newsweek publishes, Steven Levy’s “The Brain’s Last Stand,” about Kasparov-Deep Blue match—the historic contest where IBM’s computer beat the world champion Grandmaster. 20 years later, Levy writes in WIRED magazine, “No matter what human-like feat computers perform in the future, the Deep Blue match demands an indelible dot on […]

E-Health: Riva Digital’s Grand Experiment

E-Health: Riva Digital’s Grand Experiment

28. February 2018

Author’s note: The anecdote which begins Riva’s story is true. Names were omitted to protect privacy. BTW, if you want to catch my 1st Riva bet insights, follow this link to read Riva Digital Part 1 What would you pack in your suitcase? His awakening to the dangers of HBP (high blood pressure) came too […]