swissnex at Lift15

The entire swissnex network participates in Lift15 with workshops, a data challenge, and a networking lounge. Here’s your chance to have an exclusive meeting with Dr. Balz Strasser, CEO of swissnex India!

Event Details


17 rue de Varembé, Geneva, GE 1211 Switzerland


February 04, 2015 9:00 am - February 06, 2015 5:00 pm


Single day (450 CHF), 3-day pass (975 CHF)

For many years, Lift and the swissnex network have shared common interests: discussing, promoting, and piloting projects related to technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, art, and science.

In February 2015, representatives from all six swissnex offices (San Francisco, Boston, Rio de Janeiro, Bangalore, Singapore and Shanghai) will join the Lift conference, bringing with them an exciting program featuring:

A workshop by David Li, foreman and co-founder of XinCheJian, China’s first hackerspace and co-founder of the think tank Hacked Matter, and Sophia Lin, Art Curator and Founder of Make+ and Basement 6 Collective.

A masterclass on the Future of Learning, aiming to inspire participants to collectively brainstorm what the future of learning might look like.

A lounge to meet and exchange with swissnex’s international network and learn about their newest projects.

Masterclass on the Future of Learning

With leading experts who are shaping today’s educational landscape, the class gives a “tour d’horizon”, examining the evolution of current models, and explores the technologies that have the power to change the way people learn.

This journey from the present into the future will help the audience to understand new opportunities, as well as challenges for society, from the impact on human capital to the evolution of traditional educational institutions. This masterclass is presented by swissnex, whose global network and expertise in education and innovation will bring in perspectives from around the world in order to imagine the future of learning in its global dimension.

Kickoff Program:

10:30 – 10:40 : Trailer “global perspective about learning” – overview of technologies/innovations that have influenced learning and/or education in the different swissnex locations
10:40 – 11:00 : Keynote speaker: “How innovation changes the way we learn?” by Pierre Dillenbourg Academic Director of the EPFL Center for Digital Education
11:00 – 12:00 : Panel discussion about how technological advances are impacting education and learning, generating both new opportunities and challenges for society


Dr. Pierre Dillenbourg, Academic Director of the EPFL Center for Digital Education
Dr. Konrad Osterwalder, Director of Educational Development and Technology, ETH Zurich
Prof. Francesco Panese, Director of the Musée de la main, a museum for science, medicine and society and Associate Professor of social studies of science and medicine, UNIL
Dr. Daphne Bavelier, Director of Bavelier Lab, Cognitive neuroscience lab, brain and learning, university of Geneva
Lea Peersman, Generation Y speaker, Executive Director – Chaire Edgar Morin de la Complexité, ESSEC Paris

Moderator: Gioia Deucher, CEO swissnex Brazil

Data Canvas

On the morning of Friday, February 6, 2015, swissnex San Francisco, Lift, and Gray Area kick-off the Data Canvas visualization challenge. During this launch, they will open the data streams from 100 environmental DIY sensors that have been built and deployed by citizens around the world.

Kickoff Program

9:00 – 9:20: Data Canvas competition launch + keynote address
9:30 – 10:30: Press conference with the Mayor of Geneva
10:30 – 12:30: Data Canvas workshop with San Francisco new media artist Taurin Barrera and Jack Shao from SEEED Studio, Shanghai

swissnex India @ Lift 15






Meet Dr. Balz Strasser, CEO of swissnex India at the swissnex booth! For prior appointments, please write to

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