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40 Hours // 500 Hackers // 16-18 September 2016
// What am I supposed to do there?
You will team up to create a web, mobile, or desktop application during a 40 hours non-stop hacking marathon.
When and where does the event take place? //
The event takes place at the Technopark in Zurich, Switzerland from Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 18, 2016.
// How can I sign up?
Registration opens on Friday, June 10, 2016. Sign up for our mailing list to be the first to know when registration opens.
How much will it cost? //
HackZurich is completely free!
We will provide food, cool swags and awesome tech gadgets as prizes.
We also provide travel costs reimbursement, as you can see below.
// What's the team size
At most 4 people, and you should be at least 2 people.
What if I don’t have an idea or a team? //
You can join any team or create your own. If you don't have an idea yet, other hackers and the workshops of our sponsors will inspire you.
// How do I get to Zurich?
We work hard to get you to Zurich as cheap as possible. We offer transportation reimbursement accordingly:
|Coming from …||We will get you …|
|… less than 350 km||… reimbursement up to CHF 50|
|… from 350 to 700 km||… reimbursement up to CHF 100|
|… more than 700 km||… reimbursement up to CHF 150|
|… outside of Europe||… reimbursement up to CHF 300|
Please bring your receipts to the event to get reimbursed. Reimbursements will only be granted if a project is completed and submitted.
// Should I work on the project for 40 hours non-stop or can I take a break?
Of course you can take a break to refresh your mind! We will provide a nice venue and some facilities to sleep. However, you will prefer working as much as you can – so sleep in! To ensure a fresh working environment and your personal hygiene we’ll provide showers as well.
// What about Intellectual Property? Do I own my code?
Definitely! You submit the code for the pure purpose of evaluation and awarding, you do not transfer any rights of your work. Registering a patent after showing a demo could be difficult, but patents are so 2001 anyways. You’ll hack two apps in the time of filing one patent.
// Can I participate in the event as a guest?
Generally, only people who work on a product are admitted to the event. If you still would really like to come, fill in this form and we will consider your case.
// How old do I have to be to participate in HackZurich?
You have to be at least 18 years old at the time of the event.
// How do I find team members?
You simply find them at the event. Anyone who has an idea can pitch it to the crowd. Moreover, sponsors and partners will also provide their APIs and some challenges that they are facing. You team up with people around you to work on any idea you like!
What if I don’t know how to program? //
If you come willing to learn and full of ideas there will be people eager to teach you what you need to know and put you to work.
How does the application process work? //
We want to make sure that everyone who attends is eager to hack and share knowledge, therefore we will briefly review your registration and come back to you as fast as possible. Please do not book your transportation before you get a final confirmation.
Can I come to work on an already existing idea or a project for my startup? //
You have to come with an idea that you have not worked on before. If you use any code written specifically for this idea in advance, or work on a new project that is somehow related to an already existing company, you might be asked to leave the event. However, we would be happy to see you as a sponsor – and then you can propose your ideas to the hackers! We cannot allow participants or guests with a commercial interest in the event itself or other participants.
What do I need to take with me? //
The main thing to take is your computer and the charger. Take some clothes to change. We will provide free food and anything else you might need during the event. We will inform you about anything additional you need to bring closer to the event.
Can I visit the Digital Festival before HackZurich? //
HackZurich is completely for free. In order to visit the Digital Festival please check www.digitalfestival.ch.
What should I do if I have additional questions or just want to express my limitless gratitude? //
Aw shucks. Well, if you really must thank us, or you have questions about anything we've not covered here, shoot us an email at email@example.com.
Friday, September 16
15:00 - 17:00 // Participants arrive
17:00 - 19:00 // Opening Ceremony
19:00 - 19:45 // Dinner
20:00 - 20:40 // Workshops Slot 1
20:50 - 21:30 // Workshops Slot 2
21:40 - 22:10 // Techtalk Slot 1
22:20 - 22:50 // Techtalk Slot 2
23:00 // Team matching begins
23:00 // Hacking begins
Saturday, September 17
07:00 - 09:00 // Breakfast
09:00 - 09:20 // Techtalk Kayak
09:30 - 09:50 // Techtalk Swisscom
12:00 - 13:30 // Lunch
15:00 - 16:00 // City tour 1
16:00 - 17:00 // City tour 2
18:00 - 19:00 // Dinner
Sunday, September 18
07:00 - 09:00 // Breakfast
09:00 // Projects deadline
09:30 - 11:30 // Jury Project Evaluation
12:30 // Announcement of finalists
12:00 - 13:30 // Lunch
13:30 - 16:00 // Closing Ceremony & Finalist Pitches
16:00 - 17:30 // Apéro
17:30 // The end!
“Insurance – As simple as a Game” aka “Clash of Claims” //
Room: Basic (2. OG)
At AXA, we are constantly redefining the future of insurance. We invite you to bring your creative vision of how insurance could be as simple and fun as a game.
“Insurance – As simple as a Game” aka “Clash of Claims”
At AXA, we are striving for simplicity and customer centricity. Insurance is simply too complex. All too often, our customers do not know what exactly they can expect in case of an unfortunate event to them, their beloved ones or their favorite objects.
The contrary happens in games: Within minutes, you learn how to play and have fun. Naturally, games can get complex too. But you have time to gain experience, are supported along the way and meet milestones to advance in the game.
We strongly believe that gamification and simplicity can bring our customer experience to the next level. Our initiatives “AXA shield” (Ingress), AXA 360 VR video and AXA’s Hololens show that these approaches resonate with our customers in general and even more so with Millennials.
Come to our Workshop and we show you how you can use our API on https://hackzurich16.azurewebsites.net to build:
- a future UI for customers that is easy to use and as touchable as a game
- a game to explain and train insurance
- an app with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality features
Join us and learn how to build great Apps for Microsoft Hololens and test it live using the headset at our booth.
Some impressions from our AXAnauts Innovation team! Be inspired!
Raiffeisen, Ti&m, Aduno //
The Conversational Future of Payment //
Room: Pascal (6. OG)
The User Interface (UI) of the future is your body. Use your face to authenticate yourself and pay “at the checkout” by voice. Grab some scissors and cardboards. Add an IoT-kit to the mix and create the next generation delivery robot!
The Conversational Future of Payment
The Aduno Group’s payment interface, Microsoft Cognitive Services for face & voice recognition as provided by Raiffeisen and ti&m’s App «Joy» to recognize shops or things by Estimote Beacons are all at your disposal.
Build the next vending machine or a robot to finally deliver goods. Furthermore we provide some scissors, cardbox and an IoT-kit.
Feel free to use all of this and bring additional tools to build tomorrow’s payment & delivery solution right today!
SwissRe & IBM //
Reinventing Insurance with Watson & IoT //
Room: Cobol (2. OG)
Turning Internet of Things data into cognitive solutions is a promising area of innovation. Let´s build together an Insurance use case around smarter living.
Reinventing Insurance with Watson & IoT
Risk evaluation and mitigation is one of the core capabilities of an insurance and reinsurance company. In this Hackathon we would like to focus on risk related topics around home and living. You will be given a list of open data sources as well as sensor data from real life domiciles (optional for use) and introduced to a list of Watson/Cognitive and Internet of things APIs built to ease the use of analytics as well the integration of IoT devices.
From an insurance perspective, the topic of smarter home and living is one of the key innovation topics when it comes to designing new insurance products or offering value added services to clients by combining technology, data and analytics. Risks in a smarter home and living context could be related to the following topics:
- Preventive alerting: making people safer at home
- Elderly care and aging
- Improvement of claims customer experience
- Stepping up insurance coverage
In this workshop we start with a so called Design Thinking exercise where – prior to coding – your team will have the chance to design a user centric product by analyzing your target users in form of personas and taking their perspective and needs. You will take this idea to coding in the subsequent 2 days. In the Hackathon you will be using IBM Bluemix as a technological basis. You will have access to both Swiss Re business experts as well to IBM technical resources to discuss your ideas and get some advices. During the Hackathons experts will offer you coaching and guidance on how to pitch successfully at a Hackathon to increase your winning chances.
Cyber Security & Forensics //
Room: Fortran (2. OG)
Are you able to translate security flaws in our honeypot to management information? Can you leverage the Nuix eDiscovery API to extract the intelligence?
EMMI & CISCO //
YoBar, the Smarter Shop - Context //
Room: Modula (2. OG)
Learn how to create location-aware apps in 15 minutes! Solutions enriched with voice and messaging to easily enable device-to-human communication - all powered by Cisco.
YoBar, the Smarter Shop - Context
Emmi and Cisco invite you to create the yoghurt shop of the future. Customers and shop staff equally take advantage of your solution to have more transparency in products, an easier order-to-pay experience, and full control of production and shop facilities. Together with you, we want to create an information and messaging platform as well as an easy to use front end experience for customers and shop staff. Prepare with hands on demoes and resources for Cisco Meraki & Shipped. Use SMS and create real-time Interactive assistants (bots) with Cisco Spark & Tropo.
The workshop gets you the inspiration and information you need to create a pivotal solution that connects location, device, and status information together with the respective role of the customer or shop staff. Devices like the fridge or pick-up station start to communicate with customers based on their current context. Shop staff are informed and alerted by the same devices based on the respective role of the person.
We provide a Meraki based WiFi/BLE infrastructure and 2 BLE beacons per team. You will be introduced to Cisco Shipped, a full container cloud native dev/test lifecycle platform. You will also be introduced to Mantl, an open source and extensible installer package of popular Cloud Native tools for cluster management, scheduling, and container deployment. Our on-site pro’s will instruct you how to use Meraki, Spark and Tropo APIs and how to integrate these tools into your solution.
Valora, Siroop, Scandit //
Get phygital in your shop next door! //
Room: Newton 1009
Get phygital: Use Google Glass, HoloLens, the Raspberry Pi or a drone to create futuristic shopping experiences. Combine Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK, Valora’s mobile self-checkout and siroop’s e-commerce APIs to blend the physical and digital worlds.
Get phygital in your shop next door!
We all love to browse thousands of products in online stores and order with just a few clicks. But we also like the convenience of having a small store just around the corner in our neighborhood. In this workshop, you can put your creativity to use and disrupt a Valora store (Switzerland’s largest convenience store chain) to build the future with us. Combine Scandit’s product recognition technology with Valora’s mobile self-checkout APIs and siroop’s open e-commerce platform to implement ideas like the following:
- By pointing at a product, customers with a wearable device can trigger an AR overlay that shows a cloud of related products and whether they can be found in the store or online.
- Products offer social channels (via an AR device) through which a product’s features and quality can be discussed with others in real time.
- Drones are used to autonomously manage stockrooms and serve customers.
- Mixed reality game experiences are available through products and kiosk infrastructure.
- Chatbots accept orders, provide product information, suggest alternatives or send out coupons.
To help you implement your ideas, we have the following devices, APIs and SDKs ready for you: HoloLens, Google Glass, a drone, Raspberry Pi, public screens, siroop’s e-commerce APIs, Valora’s mobile self checkout APIs and Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK.
Zühlke & Schindler //
When Crowd Meets Elevators //
Room: Newton 1008
Leverage IoT and cloud computing technology to sense, gamify, and socialize urban mobility solutions for 1 billion people with Schindler Elevators and Zühlke.
When Crowd Meets Elevators
Leverage IoT and cloud computing technology to sense, gamify, and socialize urban mobility solutions for 1 billion people with Schindler Elevators and Zühlke.
Numerous sensors onboard modern elevators ensure reliable and safe operations. For HackZurich, we placed dedicated sensor boxes inside the elevators of the Technopark Zürich. These smartphone-based sensor boxes are sensing a wide array of modalities, such as acceleration, pressure, and magnetic field while live streaming them to our cloud computing infrastructure. Beacons will be available to ease location-based applications. For smartphones as sensors, we provide a Swift app for iOS and Java app for Android with corresponding source code.
In the cloud, we set up a modern big/fast data stack using Mesosphere DC/OS to provide the so-called SMACK stack based on Apache-licensed open source projects: Spark, Mesos, Akka, Cassandra, Kafka. We will also provide example code to link the technologies, build the data pipeline, and run analysis of the sensor data. Thus, for server-side processing, you have the possibility of leveraging our cloud infrastructure as well as utilizing additional technologies of your choice.
What to do with this data?
Below are some scenarios from which you can draw inspiration. Otherwise, feel free to impress us with your own ideas to leverage our sensing and data processing infrastructure!
- Enable Predictive Maintenance: Since equipment monitoring is a very broad subject, you may focus on specific foundation modules that progress towards it. For example, you may implement modules to analyze the trip phases of the elevator from motion sensors or assess how elevator mounted sensors correlate with sensors of mobile phones carried by passengers. Please feel free to consult with our representatives at the hackathon should you need more elevator domain knowledge.
- Crowd Energy: The energy demand of an elevator depends on the number of passengers in the car as well as the travel direction. For example, when few people (light car) go up or many people (heavy) go down, energy consumption decreases. Can you incentivize people to join others and optimize carriage weight for a "greener" way down or encourage queueing passengers on the bottom floor to walk up instead? How would you promote decreased energy consumption and increased fitness through gamified elevators?
- Chasing Mr. X: In addition to elevator-mounted sensor boxes, mobile phones distributed to hackathon participants are also uploading data streams. One such stream belongs to a secretive Mr. X, who walks amongst us at the hackathon. Periodically, we will publish activity clues of Mr. X (e.g. number of upward or downward trips on elevators) within a time window. Can you identify which sensor stream belongs to Mr. X? Since you are also uploading an anonymous sensor stream from your mobile device, can you use that to your advantage and beat your competition to the chase?
In this workshop, the participants will become familiar with big and fast data technologies and learn to see elevators from a different perspective. We provide the sensing framework, cloud infrastructure, code examples, and domain knowledge throughout the entire event. Bring your ideas and explore new possibilities towards next-generation urban mobility.
#movedev– keep ‘em moving //
Room: Newton 1011
C#, Java, Haskell, PHP, Scala – it doesn’t matter. Your health does! So make a step towards a healthy life, become a moving target, and motivate others to do the same.
#movedev– keep ‘em moving
It's easy to be lost in code for hours, and a few hours more - because you know that one more fix and the damn thing is going to work. And so time passes - hours, days, weeks, years – the life of a hacker.
Until the day you feel the pain, the real one, typically in your back.
Because you were not moving much - and forgot that human beings are not designed to sit!
So we challenge you to help other coders, co-workers, office workers and yourself. Write something that will motivate people like you to move. You can use cool devices that monitor your body, pulse, steps, activities.
This can be mobile app, a plugin to your IDE, a computer game, a browser extension, a kernel module – whatever.
Just keep ‘em moving!
Logbox Challenge: Connect your car to your life //
Room: Simula (3. OG)
Logboxes in cars provide a huge amount of data. Race ahead and combine this data with other sources and show us how we can boost value for our customers!
Logbox Challenge: Connect your car to your life
A huge amount of data sources are streamed from the vehicle to your mobile device. Made possible by the LogBox.
And now it's your turn! Show us how and why you use information from the LogBox. What other data do you combine with it? For example, from social media channels, smart home applications or smartphone apps?
- Smartphone and LogBox data: A playlist to suit your current driving style compiled just in time? Pretty cool! But surely there's something else!
- Smartphone and LogBox data: Why driving to work at 7 am when 15 minutes later you have less traffic? Why filling up your car at the fuel station around the corner when 200 meters away the fuel station has in average better prices?
- Close Car windows or sunroof if it starts rainingSmart Device and LogBox: Which vehicle data do you absolutely need on your Smart Device?
Get inspired and turn your vision into reality! We are providing the data from the Logbox.
We look forward to your ideas and prototypes!
Refugee Future //
Room: Newton 1012
Leverage your talent to improve the lives of the people and families coming to us. Innovate, design and contribute to refugee integration today & tomorrow.
The situation is alarming. Amnesty International is now talking about the worst refugee crisis since World War II, with 21.3 million people classified as refugees worldwide and more than half under the age of 18. As this topic is top of mind in Europe and help is urgently needed, we would like you to leverage your talent to improve the lives of the people and families coming to us.
Think outside of the box. There are already several offerings. But what about the potential of building new ties between refugees, social workers, supporters, charities or public services? Mobility is key. It may be just about developing an app, it could also evolve towards a platform using microservices integration. Services and content could be matched thus opening new opportunities. Technology could help solving emerging issues like identification, health, financials or privacy.
But do you know what`s really happening out there? One of our colleagues who is engaged at the German Red Cross will join us at HackZurich providing first-hand experiences. She will share her insight in working with refugees with the youngest being 6 months and the oldest being 102 years old. Add your individual experience and creativity to change their situation towards a better future.
Google's Developments in Cloud Machine Learning //
Google's Cloud Vision API extracts metadata from images and classifies a wide range of inputs, from text to emotional facial attributes of people in your images
Google's Developments in Cloud Machine Learning
Google's Cloud Vision API enables developers to understand the content of an image by encapsulating powerful machine learning models in an easy to use REST API. It quickly classifies images into thousands of categories (e.g., "sailboat", "lion", "Eiffel Tower"), detects individual objects and faces within images, and finds and reads printed words contained within images. You can build metadata on your image catalog, moderate offensive content, or enable new marketing scenarios through image sentiment analysis. With Google's Cloud Vision API one can analyze images uploaded in a request or integrate with your image storage on Google Cloud Storage.
Create new and innovate applications
by combining 20min, Doodle and Homegate //
Location: Newton 1108
Current news, neighborhoods and how you get together with your friends: we give you three APIs that addresses these topics and challenge you to to combine them to create a new and innovative application.
Create new and innovate applications by combining 20min, Doodle and Homegate
Tamedia is a Swiss media group headquartered in Zurich. With its daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, and many online platforms such as Ricardo.ch, Doodle.com, StarTicket, Tutti, and Homegate, Tamedia is one of the leading media corporations in Switzerland.
Exclusively for HackZurich we are opening up RESTful APIs for 20min’s location based news feed, Doodle’s powerful and simple scheduling approach and Homegate’s detailed information about the Swiss housing market.
Impress us by building a totally new mobile or web application by combining the APIs of at least two of the following companies:
20min.ch is the most popular online website in Switzerland and the daily newspaper is distributed to commutuers at over 150 train stations across the country.
Doodle radically simplifies the process of scheduling events, whether they’re work meetings, dinner with friends, reunions, weekend trips, or anything else. This smart assistant saves time for millions of people worldwide, and brings people together.
Homegate.ch is Switzerland's largest property website - attracting millions of visitors each month with one of the largest databases of places for rent and for sale.
Augmented Reality //
Location: Cobol (2. OG)
Create amazing multi-platform experience on iOS, Android and Windows with Unity.
This techtalk organized in cooperation with the ETH Game Centre will be centred around augmented reality (AR). Create amazing multi-platforms experience targeting iOS, Android or the full range of Windows devices using Unity and Visual Studio and the ETH Game Centre asset pack.
Some base tutorials will be provided to get you jump started: Use your imagination and create the most innovative AR solution with the ETH game centre asset pack to win!
It’s all about data and location at Zurich main station! //
Location: Fortran (2. OG)
Create the most useful location based services to delight customers at Zurich main station with the newest Beacon technology from Google (Eddystone) and latest open data from SBB.
It’s all about data and location at Zurich main station!
The entire Zurich main station is equipped with more than a thousand beacons with Eddystone, the open beacon format from Google. Eddystone and the Google beacon platform enable you to develop precise and innovative location-based services in the biggest train station in Switzerland. With 450’000 people passing through the train station every day and more than 200 shops, Zurich main station is the mobility hub of Switzerland.
With Eddystone and Google location services like Google Maps API and Streetview combined with the open data from SBB, you can develop new and innovative services to
- Increase customer satisfaction with their journey
- Support the shopping experience of the customer
- Make the station and surrounding areas such as Europaallee more fun and interactive with location-based gaming
Some examples for location based services are indoor navigation, location based vouchers and tickets, or a navigation in case of train delays or changes of tracks.
At the techtalk at the HackZurich, experts from Google and SBB will give insights into Eddystone and open data from SBB and answer your questions.
Introduction to Adobe Target & PhoneGap //
Location: Pascal (3. OG)
Introduction to Adobe Target & PhoneGap
A team of developers from Adobe Switzerland will attend HackZurich. The team will introduce Adobe Target (personalization solution and API) and Adobe PhoneGap (Open source cross-platform mobile development based on Apache Cordova).
Your challenge will be to build an app or service using either of those technologies. The team will assist you during the weekend with any issues that may block you.
A possible use case could be to build a collaborative sensing app that helps avoiding natural hazards. The service would involve mobile phones and sensors that would collect geolocalized physical measurements from the user’s surroundings as well as a server that would aggregate measurements and dispatche personalized alerts to mobile users. For this use case, the team is adding tools (hazard generator) and code snippets on github in order to help you get started. The team will bring an AEM Screens setup to visualize the global map of hazards.
In order to start developing your use case as fast as possible, the team recommends installing prior to the event, Apache Cordova and the SDK for your preferred mobile platform (iOS, Android, etc.) or alternatively checkout build.phonegap.com.
At the end of the hackathon, the teams leveraging adobe.io services or Cordova/PhoneGap in their prototype will be rewarded. The “Adobe Best Hack Award” will be awarded to the most creative, technically challenging and attractive prototype.
We are looking forward to hacking and exploring ideas with you!
First Real Android Printing UX //
Location: Newton 1011
A first-of-its-kind printing UX system, the Smart UX Center offers a wide array of apps and widgets to meet various customer needs to boost productivity and ease customization!
First Real Android Printing UX
Smart UX Center is not just a UI platform but a totally new kind of ecosystem comprising apps, an app center and development support. Boasting the industry’s first Android-based printing UX system that’s optimized for copiers, the Samsung Smart UX Center provides easy customization to meet unique customer needs along with worry-free security and better productivity for a smart workplace that can do more in less time.
Using desired apps and widgets, the Samsung Smart UX Center can be easily customized for an optimized fit in differing corporate environments to improve productivity. Plus, Samsung’s multi-layered security provides a worry-free office even as an Android-based platform.
Connect with every Thing //
Location: Newton 1012
Leverage devices and IoT software (gateway middleware stack, SDK, and remote device management) from Bosch to build your IoT prototype application.
Connect with every Thing
Power tools and sensors represent an exciting opportunity for IoT applications. How can we use tracking technology to ensure that construction companies always have an overview of their tool fleet, even if it is distributed across multiple construction sites? And how do sensor data enable new services both for consumers and the business world?
Leverage devices and IoT software from different Bosch divisions to build your IoT prototype application. Get your hands on Bosch’s advanced wireless Nexo tightening system, make use of the XDK, an all-in-one prototyping platform for sensor based IoT projects, and bring your ideas to life.
In this tech talk, we'll give a short introduction on the devices which can be used during the hackathon and on the software provided for (gateway middleware stack, SDK, Bosch IoT Remote Manager (powered by ProSyst)).
Designing Great Experiences at KAYAK //
Learn the principles and strategies behind UX design at KAYAK, and how you can use them to enhance your own HackZurich project.
Designing Great Experiences at KAYAK
Members of KAYAK's product team will explain their approach to UX design, and provide practical advice for improving user experience in hackathon projects. They'll outline common pitfalls, and explain the ways they side-step these problems in KAYAK's own endeavors.
Artificial Intelligence at Swisscom //
Find out how Swisscom applies Artificial Intelligence for digitizing the Swiss economy.
Artificial Intelligence at Swisscom
As humans, we have the unique gift of being able to comprehend, learn, and resonate. We start as babies and step by step we learn to distinguish, for example, what is chocolate and what might just look like chocolate. These are traits that computers have only picked up in the last few years, and are very much in the course of doing so.
Computers carrying out tasks that could before only be performed by humans is referred to as Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI is one of the mega trends in computer science. It is an umbrella term that combines the use of expert systems (rule-based reasoning) with machine learning fed by domain knowledge about a certain subject to solve problems.
Made possible through massive improvements of processing power, data, and algorithms, many of us make use of artificial intelligence already today – be it though Apple’s Siri or the augmented reality app of Google Translate.
The vision of AI changing the world provides an immense opportunity to businesses and developers alike. And as a main driver of the digitization in Switzerland, Swisscom stays on top of this trend.
The talk outlines how Swisscom uses cutting-edge AI technology to develop Software as a Service that disrupts processes and industries. From smart call centers to intelligent customer feedback, it gives an overview of current applications and explains what role AI plays in the development of smart enterprise software at Swisscom.
CTI Start-up – Swiss Start-up Acceleration //
Switzerland is a leading Start-up HUB in Europe: With the national initiative “CTI Start-up”, Switzerland provides sine more than 20(!) years support for high-tech Start-ups.
CTI Start-up – Swiss Start-up Acceleration
The CTI is the Confederation’s Innovation Promotion Agency. CTI operates with a yearly budget of around 200 Mio. CHF.
Switzerland is the only OECD country where the state resists to provide direct seed money to Start-ups. However, many other support initiatives exist since many years in Switzerland and are highly sophisticated. CTI Start-up is one of the oldest and probably the most important such initiative.
For Swiss Startups (“science-based”), CTI Start-up offers since 20 years various formats of support: a Swiss-wide coaching (http://tinyurl.com/gvtp2w4) and training (http://tinyurl.com/hwyyto3) program with the involvement of some of the best Swiss entrepreneurs (http://tinyurl.com/jfxq69x), the free access to Internationalization CAMPs in US, UK, India and China (http://tinyurl.com/gl8obo3). Further on, Swiss Startups have also the possibility to profit, in parallel, from R&D-Project support (http://tinyurl.com/ztakr7s). Generally, Swiss Start-up Scene is highly international: more 50% of Swiss founders have not a Swiss passport.
Some successes: Doodle, Scandit, Sophia Genetics, Koubachi, Privately, Contovista, Ueepa, Dacuda, Sensefly
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