Bet Ideas 2019

About the Bet Ideas.

Many interesting Bet ideas for the Innovation Challenge 2019 were submitted on the Open Challenge platform. Out of these, we selected the most promising, which you find in the following.

We are now in the “matchmaking phase”, to bring together strong teams and build support for the final selection of Bets.

The selected Bets get invited to pitch on stage at the Innovation Challenge Demo & Pitch Day on 15 April 2019. This marks the official launch of the digitalswitzerland Innovation Challenge 2019.

Have a look at the list of Bet ideas 2019 below to decide which project team you want to join. You can also give your inputs and comment directly on the open challenge platform (1 minute registration needed) until 22. March 2019!


These are the bet ideas 2019:

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By September 2019, a digital innovation hub for SME manufacturers will be built which enables SME to exchange and learn about technologies. Furthermore, by April 2020, more than 50 SME will be involved in the digital innovation hub and one year later X? SME will have made (durable) investments in digital technology.

With the “iCM” as in iCaseManagement app or the “i coach myself” app, we give patients a tool to help them organize their personal health case (information), professional advice, clarification support and supervision on how to communicate with their doctors resp. my rights and responsibilities within the Swiss health care system – all within one app and all relevant languages.

We bet that by April 2020 over 1/4th of the Swiss population will have used / interacted with a DApp (Blockchain powered decentralised Application) either consciously or unconsciously. This also means 1/4 of the CH population will have a wallet (otherwise the interaction is not possible) and in most cases will have used cryptocurrency to do something with it (instead of just holding it “for speculation”).

In an environment were real world trial an error is out of the question we want to create a dynamic three-dimensional city model and collaborative data platform. For the 3D city model, we will merge multiple sources of data to create a holistic approach to city planning. When completed, we will have created an authoritative 3D digital city platform intended for use by the government, private citizens, private businesses and the research sector.

We bet that by end of 2019 we win three Communes/ Municipalities (“Gemeinden”) to participate in our prototype for “Digital Landsgemeinde”, i.e. co-participating and designing the common public space by strengthening the participation with new digital instruments. We will achieve best practise not only for the content oriented solutions but also strengthen direct democracy. In the prototyp “Digital Landsgemeinde” there are no losers or winners but only co-designing citizens.

FoodHack bets that by creating the ideal ecosystem for food startups and supporting them with the infrastructure, tools and network necessary to scale, we’ll position Switzerland as a leading food startup hub, support the creation of more locally available jobs in the food sector and meet the growing consumer demand for more healthy, local, sustainable food options.

I bet that we can link all Swiss childcare centers (nurseries, Kitas, crèches) to a central platform so that parents in need for a childcare solution can look for nurseries, check slots availability, book fix slots and manage short-time needs/changes directly. A first goal would be to have 5-10 pilot-nurseries and software-makers part of it by mid-2020, so that full coverage can be tackled starting early 2021.

The team Bets that a practical guidebook will be put into action by 1 April 2020, in order to solve the industrialisation of a proof of concept (PoC) for easy integration into companies’ legacy systems.”
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Switzerland still enjoys a high reputation in science, politics and ethics. Even if “true AI” does not yet exist, clear rules are needed for its development and future use. Analogous to the Geneva Convention, Switzerland can credibly establish a set of rules for AI here.
“I bet Switzerland can create a valid, accepted and leading, global AI-Convention”

The idea is, in collaboration with TechFace, a start-up in Community Recruiting, to not only raise awareness of this fact but to enable companies to connect to female tech communities and support these talents to pursue a meaningful career in tech.

“We bet that until the end of 2021, we increase the percentage of female tech talents working in Swiss based companies by 2% (from 15% today to 17%), women on boards by 1% (from 9.1% to over 10%) and women directors by 1% (from 8.3% to over 9%).”

“Since our prototype/release has passed quality tests we plan to start communicate about V1 early march. Our bet (and clear aim) by december 2019 is to:
– reach 20 000 citizens registered users
– have 10 cities as active partners
– cover major votations at federal and cantonal levels”

“witty works bets that until April 2020 tech companies or tech teams in the DACH&F region that work with have solved their initial pipeline problem with regards to the number of applications from Women in Tech & Digital. They will receive the same number of applications from women as from men.”

We intend to create a platform with a database of company figures (balance sheet, income statement, key performance indicators) of small and medium sized business (SMBs).
“We bet that by April 2022, we have implemented a Big Data platform that enables benchmarking for and of small and medium sized business (SMBs) in Switzerland.”

“12/2019: Swisscom Kickbox bets that until end of 2019, it has onboarded university talents from three major Swiss universities on, allowing corporates to hire students for their projects and sharing their challenges to be tackled by students on the platform.
12/2020: In a next step, Swisscom Kickbox bets that until end of 2020, it will bring two major Swiss startup institutions on, fostering the collaboration between corporates, universities and startups with specific initiatives.
12/2021: At the end of 2021, Swisscom Kickbox bets that its platform features venture capital and angel investors with at least 10 projects funded through the ecosystem.”

“We bet that in 2022 60% of the Swiss companies have done the ‘digital fitness check’ and subsequently have started to implement concrete actions recommended/following the check up. This will help not only the companies but also improve Switzerland’s overall state of future readiness (by at least 2 points) respectively the overall digital competitiveness index.”

“We bet that by April 2020, we will have established a “Powerhouse” both in Lausanne and Zurich as brimming community hubs that make learning digital skills accessible to people of diverse backgrounds, including refugees, children, parents, IT professionals, and social entrepreneurs. By 2021, the Powerhouses will have become sustainable and will generate collaborations and projects, and train new professionals for the whole of Switzerland.”

“Until the year 2022 60% of the boards of Swiss companies (SME’s) have worked with the bet group/digital Switzerland on the topic of innovation/digitalization and have started to implement/take concrete actions to be better prepared for the future themselves (and will therefore contribute to a better future readiness of Switzerland overall – a shared goal with digitalswitzerland).”

I have initiated the creation of the association “Pour Un Numérique Responsable”. The mission of the association is the promotion of a responsible digital approach.
“I bet that until April 2020, we have reached milestone “few companies/people are knowing about and are involved in sustainable IT” to reach “companies/people are working together on the subject: the digital transition is linked with the ecological transition”.”



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