Making Switzerland a Leading Digital Innovation Hub. Worldwide!
digitalswitzerland is a Swiss-wide, multi-stakeholder initiative created from the shared vision of its over 150 members to strengthen Switzerland’s position as a leading innovation hub. By engaging government, business, academia and the public, we create a platform to lead Switzerland forward.
From January 2015 to today
The adventure began in January 2015 in Davos during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (WEF). Over coffee, during a break in the programme, media group Ringier‘s CEO, Marc Walder, challenged CEOs from leading Swiss-based companies with three questions: will digitalisation change the business you run? Is it important for Switzerland to remain a leading economic location? Would you join an initiative that aims to make Switzerland a leader in all areas of digitalisation? The answer was an unanimous “yes” to all three questions. That is how the initiative was born through the commitment of the following founding member organisations: UBS, Swisscom, SBB, the Swiss Post, Ernst & Young (EY), Google, Migros, Ringier and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH).
The association’s founding meeting took place a few months later at the Zurich City Hall. The Mayor of Zurich, Corine Mauch, enthusiastically became the initiative’s godmother. At the time, the organization was called DigitalZurich2025.
A year later, as the association’s vision grew and more members joined, it changed its name to digitalswitzerland to reflect its Swiss-wide mandate and its long-term commitment beyond 2025.
Now in its third year, digitalswitzerland has a national presence with 14 employees working from its offices in Zurich and Lausanne. Its members comprise private and public sector organisations, and academia. In addition to training and research institutes such as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), the Swiss, economic association economiesuisse and seven Swiss cantons also joined.