Innovation has always been and will always be the key factor for Switzerland’s prosperity.


The challenge.

The challenge is an invitation to the leading minds of the country to jointly develop innovative concepts and crazy ideas and to put them into action.

The teams form Roundtables. Each Roundtable forms the starting point of cooperation on a specific topic (e.g Mobility, eHealth, Finance, etc.). They formulate an ambitious but concrete goal: a bet, to which the proof of feasibility has to be delivered by the members of the respective roundtable. The bets are implementation-oriented, fast-paced projects and achieve directly measurable impact, for example, by newly established spin-offs, established MVPs (Minimal Viable Products), implemented pilots, ventures, research centres, collaborations, and so on.

As a result, the challenge offers the opportunity to work on the topical development of digitalswitzerland.

The challenge demonstrates the efficiency of Switzerland. It opens up potentials, creates new networks and visibly positions Swiss strengths and values within the global competition.



The digitalswitzerland challenge is not only open to its members, but also to all other relevant Swiss actors who want to promote innovation and digitization in Switzerland.

  • To participate in the digitalswitzerland challenge, you must be connected to a roundtable or establish your own.
  • To establish a roundtable the head of the table – the Table Captain – must originate from a member organization from digitalswitzerland.
  • The Steering Committee of the digitalswitzerland challenge decides on the accreditation of the Roundtables; it has the right to exclude Roundtables which do not meet the formal and qualitative requirements of the challenge
  • The Table Captain decides on the accreditation of members of a Roundtable.
  • As a result, the challenge offers the opportunity to work on the topical development of digitalswitzerland.

The Roundtables organize the financing of their project themselves. They are supported by digitalswitzerland in terms of content and by the network of digitalswitzerland.

  • Each roundtable is devoted to a clearly defined topic, with which it grapples; in particular, the roundtable explains why the topic is of relevance to Switzerland
  • Each roundtable has a Table Captain who heads the table; the Table Captains put company interests in the background
  • Roundtables have a tandem partner from the digitalswitzerland Executive Committee who represents the roundtable within digitalswitzerland
  • Each roundtable organizes itself
  • Roundtables set themselves international benchmarks; also roundtables pledge to participate at the Pitch and Demo Day

The Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee accompanies the digitalswitzerland challenge on a strategic level and creates the framework for a successful implementation.

Members of the Steering Committee:

  • Christian Wenger, digitalswitzerland
  • Patrick Warnking, Google Switzerland
  • Pascale Vonmont, Gebert Rüf Foundation
  • Patrizia Pesenti, Ringier
  • Stephan Sigrist, W.I.R.E.
  • Daniel Huber, Management Center Bern Polytechnic
  • Armin Meier, Boyden
  • Nicolas Bürer, digitalswitzerland
  • Tobias Pforr, Red Rock
  • Stefan Schöbi, Engagement Migros (Chairman SteeCo)


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