Swiss Drone Tech Talk

Meet the Swiss experts from the drone valley at the Bengaluru Tech Summit 2018.

Pc: Ricardo Gomez Angel

Event Details


Bengaluru Main Palace
Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052 India


December 01, 2018 from 4:00 am to 11:30 am Asia/India (UTC+05:30)

Switzerland is one of the leading nations in drone technology, owning an ecosystem that is equally appealing to startups, corporates and the research communities. Meet the experts from the drone valley and explore the future of drones at Bengaluru Tech Summit 2018 on 1st December, Bengaluru Main Palace.


4.00 pm – ‘Swiss innovation ecosystem’ by Sebastien Hug, CEO of swissnex India and Consul General of Switzerland

4.10 pm – ‘Home of Drones’ by Simon Johnson, VP of Drone Industry Association Switzerland

Startups presentations
4.30 pm – ‘The Flourish Project’ Raghav Khanna, Doctorate ETH
4.35 pm – Mélanie Involi, Co-Founder of Involi
4:40 pm – Nicola Kyburz, Co-Founder and CFO at LINDA
4.45 pm – Simon Johnson, Co-Founder & CEO at Open Stratosphere

5.00 pm  – Panel discussion


Simon Johnson mentors and invests in Swiss tech start-ups and an advisor to the Swiss National Centre for Robotics. A serial entrepreneur, Simon left his sales and marketing job at Hewlett-Packard to create a satellite positioning, navigation and tracking systems company. He then co-founded and was CEO of a Softbank funded company, which provided the first premium content on mobile phones for companies including Yahoo! and Microsoft. Simon produced and presented a primetime Swiss television program showcasing technologies that will change our daily lives. His latest venture, OpenStratosphere, is about stratospheric solar powered unmanned vehicles that will end the dominance of satellites! Simon is also consulting for the World Bank on its future mobility project Lake Victoria Challenge, Senior Advisor of Alpana Ventures and Vice-President of the Drone Industry Association Switzerland DIAS.
Simon Johnson
VP of Drone Industry Association Switzerland / Co-founder & CEO of OpenStratosphere
From a Master of Engineering achieved between EPFL and Caltech (California Institute of Technology), Mélanie previously worked as a project manager and industry liaison, with a wide expertise in IT and Energy projects. With a wide network in various industries across Switzerland, Europe and the world, including in the aviation world, she currently leads the development of the network, partnerships and collaborations at INVOLI.
Melanie Guittet
Co-Founder, Business Development / Involi
Raghav Khanna did his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur and his Masters at ETH Zurich where he was awarded the ETH Medal for building a novel thermal energy storage for solar power during his masters thesis. He is currently a graduate student at the Autonomous Systems Lab under the guidance of Professor Roland Siegwart where he works on using autonomous aerial vehicles and data analysis to map farms and help farmers produce more and better quality crops with less chemical input, as part of the Flourish European Project.
Raghav Khanna
Nicola Kyburz, co-founder of Linda (Line inspection with Drone Automation), is experienced in banking and finance, startup advisory, contract negotiations, consulting in energy business, law, etc. An operator of autonomous long endurance drones, Linda is equipped with laser scanner, cameras and more, to provide digitalized intelligence through data of critical infrastructure like power lines, acquired by powerful multi sensors.
Nicola Kyburz
Co-Founder, CFO / Linda


See you there!