Digital Acceleration Programme

From Monday, September 30 to Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Co-Directors: Peter Vogel (IMD) & Marc Gruber (EPFL)

Disruptive technologies are changing the world we live in and it is imperative that business leaders have a solid understanding of both challenges and opportunities that might arise from them. digitalswitzerland has partnered with IMD Business School and EPFL in order to design and deliver a unique 2 ½ day learning experience centering on disruptive technologies and what they mean for top executives and their companies. In this programme you will not only discover the various technologies (e.g., AI, blockchain, IoT, robotics, digital health), but also understand how you and your business can leverage these technologies to generate new business opportunities and ensure competitiveness in the future.

The programme

Start: Monday, September 30 at 16:00 at IMD
Closing: Wednesday October 2, at 17:30

The programme starts with a virtual launch webinar and will leverage the IMD applications “Global SignalsTM/ What the TechTM”. We gather at IMD in the afternoon of September 30th to kick off the programme. A unique feature of the programme is that it is integrated with the 2ndIMD-digitalswitzerland Digital Competitiveness Summit. Here some information about the 1stSummit in 2018.

Tuesday will be a full day at EPFL, where you will be exposed to the latest tech trends in AI, Robotics, IoT, and Healthcare.

Wednesday we are back at IMD and will look at big data and emerging business models as well as implications from a leadership and strategy perspective. The programme features a wide range of world-leading technology, strategy and leadership professors.

Monday @IMD
September 30



Individual Arrival

Opening & Discussion around Big Tech Trends
16:00 / Peter Vogel

Participation in the Digital Competitiveness Summit

Apero riche & networking

Tuesday @EPFL
October 1

Introduction & Welcome to EPFL
8:30-9:00 / Vice President for Innovation Prof. Marc Gruber

Virtual Reality in Neuroscience, Immersive Digiceuticals, and Wearable Haptics for well-being
09:05 – 10:25 / Prof. Olaf Blanke

Coffee break

The Pervasive Digitalisation of Modern Power Grids
10:45 – 12:00 / Prof. Mario Paolone

Lunch at EPFL
Restaurant Le Valloton Rolex

The Internet of Things (IoT): Technologies of the Digital Revolution
13:30 – 14:45 / Prof. David Atienza Alonso

Visit Innovation Cells Logitech
14:50 – 15:30 / Jean-Michel Chardon

Visit Innovation Cells Swisscom
15:35 – 16:15 / Guillermo

Market Opportunities for Technology: Where to play?
16:20 – 17:35 / Prof. Marc Gruber

Apéro & Speech
Montreux Jazz Café
17:40 – 18: 30 / Alain Dufaux

Wednesday @IMD
October 2

From Big Data to Digital Business Model
08:30 – 10:00 / Peter Vogel

Latest developments in AI, and its Impact on Business
10:30 – 12:30 / Amit Joshi

Lunch at IMD

Alien Thinking
13:30 – 15:30 / Cyril Bouquet

Leadership in the Digital Age
16:00 – 17:30 / Robert Hooijberg

Individual Departure

*Please, note that the programme is subject to change.

Target audience

  • Exclusively for member organisations from digitalswitzerland
  • Level of seniority: Board members, CEOs or digitalswitzerland ambassadors.

How to attend

Interested in attending? For an exclusive membership price of CHF 2’750 per participant instead of CHF 6’600 you can be part of the journey. Please send an e-mail containing your full name, company, position and invoicing address to



Registrations possible until 15 June 2019.