In this weekly short-form podcast, we take you beyond the usual techie jargon, and teach you something new about the latest developments in technology with leaders from some of Switzerland’s most innovative Startups – all in around 10 minutes.

In other words, no tech-background required, your curiosity is all that’s needed!

A podcast from digitalswitzerland, hosted by Matthias Zwingli and produced by Tinka Media.

Creating human skin. What’s next? | with Daniela Marino

Sounds like something from a science fiction movie script? Believe us, it’s not…
Join us on a journey deep into the realms of biotech. How can you create the largest human organ? Why isn’t it possible to produce a human heart in the lab and what are the biggest challenges and opportunities in biotech? Daniela Marino, CEO of Swiss Startup Cutiss unlocks the fascinating challenges and achievements of creating human skin. 

«The first idea of engineering skin started in the 1970s. The idea was great but it didn’t fly, because it’s difficult! To produce a large amount of skin, personalised, and on-demand is a huge challenge.»

Can buildings be smarter than humans? | with Matthias Rebellius

Today we dive into the fascinating world of IoT (internet of things). Matthias Rebellius, COO of Siemens Smart Infrastructure and CEO of Siemens Switzerland unpacks how smart workspaces help you to work more efficiently. What role does IoT play in smart infrastructure and how does Covid-19 affect our working environment?

«Let’s imagine buildings talk and we listen. That’s all we do.»

What’s happening to events during Covid-19? | with Diana Engetschwiler

This week, we speak to Diana Engetschwiler, Senior Director/Head of Public Dialogue + Digital Days at digitalswitzerland. We find out how one of Switzerland’s largest events, Swiss Digital Days, has become hybrid, what role the public play in digitalisation and what the ‘new normal’ of events looks like…

«The future of events is going to be hybrid! The combination between online and offline will stay.»

Digital health: empowering data | with Lea von Bidder

Lea von Bidder is CEO of AVA Women, a Swiss Startup with a mission to revolutionise women’s reproductive health by bringing together artificial intelligence and clinical research. She tells us about her work focusing on the relevant data points, how to make digital health actionable and who she thinks will claim the future of digital health…

«The future of healthcare will be driven by data and data analytics.»

What the heck is machine learning? | with Alberto di Meglio

Head of CERN openlab, Alberto di Meglio takes us on a path to explain what machine learning is actually about, what the limitations of Artificial Intelligence and big data are, and what we can expect from the future of these technologies?

«There is biased data, a machine cannot understand that data is not ethically correct

Food Tech: longer-lasting fruits | with Olga Dubey

Olga Dubey is CEO of AgroSustain, a Swiss Food Tech that makes crops last longer. Today, she takes us on a journey of what it means to bring fresh fruit to our table, how to extend the lifetime of produce, and what the current trends are in the food industry to keep up with quality and demand.

«Consumers want high fruit quality and little food waste, which is still a challenge to combine

FVR / AR: Holograms fiction or already reality? | with Javier Bello Ruiz

Javier Bello Ruiz is the CEO & Co-Founder of Imverse, a 3-D graphics company and spin-off from EPFL in Lausanne. He explains what the differences are between virtual reality, mixed reality and augmented reality. Where the different industries stand and what we can expect will happen in the future. Furthermore, his startup makes hologram calls possible. 

«I believe that the digital future is 3-dimensional, live, and social

Climate Tech: removing CO₂ from air | with Jan Wurzbacher

Jan Wurzbacher is c0-CEO & Founder of Climeworks, a world leader in direct air capture technology. In this latest episode, he explains how Climeworks started to fight climate change by removing CO₂ from the atmosphere, why it’s more about saving humanity than saving our planet and what we can expect of the climate tech industry.

«Should we remove CO₂ from the air or should we stop emitting it? In my eyes, it’s not an either-or question, we have to do both!»

Health Tech: outcome-based treatment | with Patrick Griss

Patrick Griss is executive partner at Zühlke Ventures, a Swiss health tech venture investor. He elaborates on why healthcare will move from action-based to outcome-based medicine, how the consumer will become more empowered through technology, and the challenges that preventive healthcare and personalised medicine are facing.

«We are moving from action-based to outcome-based medicine, it is still in the beginning but it is a trend that will not stop!»

3D Printing: beyond the salad bowl | with Martin Eichenhofer

Martin Eichenhofer is the CEO and Co-Founder of 9T Labs, a Swiss startup that provides an all-in-one solution for digital composite production. He explains why the democratisation of manufacturing through 3D printing never took off, what the status quo and use-cases in 3D printing are and what we can expect from the future.

«3D printing is an automation, soon we will be able to print all possible materials!»

Data Privacy: wind of change | with Edward Shone

Edward Shone is Head of PR at ProtonMail, one of the biggest encrypted email services in the world. He explores the importance of personal data privacy, why the gathering of our private data and the accumulation of our digital identity will only increase and how to achieve a more privacy-friendly digital future.

«I believe data privacy is a human right and everyone should have access to it.»

AI: combining knowledge | with Andy Fitze

Andy Fitze is the co-founder and managing director of SwissCognitive, a network of industries, organisations, enterprises and startups that discuss the opportunities, impacts and development of AI. He elaborates on why AI is a trending topic, what the international landscape looks like and what awaits us in the near future.

«The society themselves will change over time and will accept and will recognise, this is not my devil, this is not my hell. This is something that can help us to overcome some real problems of the world.»

Internet: a surprise invention| with Alberto di Meglio

Alberto di Meglio is Head of Cern openlab. He delves into the early beginnings of internet research at CERN that began more than 30 years ago. Why it takes time to adapt and trust in new technologies like the internet or cloud computing, and what technologies could next impact our lives.

«One of the latest trends that many companies and the research environment are studying is a new concept called confidential computing or private computing, where data is really secured end-to-end using encryption and special digitalisation.»