swissnex at Lift 2015

An international and diverse community for 3 days of talks, masterclasses, workshops, creative events and social gatherings… and the entire swissnex network is participating this time!

Event Details


17 rue de Varembé, Geneva, GE 1211 Switzerland


February 03, 2015 - February 06, 2015


Single day (450 CHF), 3-day pass (975 CHF)

For many years, Lift and the swissnex network have shared common interests: discussing, promoting, and piloting projects related to technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, art, and science. The first Lift China has connected leading figures in the Chinese makers community with their international peers successfully. David Li, founder of XinCheJian, China’s first hacker space and Sophia Lin, founder of Make+ and Basement 6 Collective, will join the coming Lift Geneva in February 2015, bringing their creativity and inspiration onto the stage of Lift15.

In addition, representatives from all six swissnex offices (San Francisco, Boston, Rio de Janeiro, Bangalore, Singapore and Shanghai) will join the Lift conference, bringing with them an exciting program featuring:

  • A masterclass on The Future of Learning, aiming to inspire participants to collectively brainstorm what the future of learning might look like.
  • A lounge to meet and exchange with swissnex’s international network and learn about their newest projects.

Masterclass The Future of Learning

Kickoff program (on February 6)

10:30 – 10:40 : Trailer “global perspective about learning” – overview of technologies/innovations that have influenced learning and/or education in the different swissnex locations

10:40 – 11:00 : Keynote speaker: “How innovation changes the way we learn?” by Pierre Dillenbourg

11:00 – 11:55 : Panel discussion about how technological advances are impacting education and learning, generating both new opportunities and challenges for society

11:55- 12:00 Closing session: Opinions about the future of learning by is the youngest Swiss university student of all times: Maximilien Janisch

Dr. Pierre Dillenbourg, Academic Director of the EPFL Center for Digital Education
Dr. Konrad Osterwalder, Director of Educational Development and Technology, ETH Zurich
Prof. Francesco Panese, Director of the Musée de la main, a museum for science, medicine and society and Associate Professor of social studies of science and medicine, UNIL
Dr. Daphne Bavelier, Director of Brain and Learning Lab, Psychology and Education Sciences (FPSE), University of Geneva
Lea Peersman, Generation Y speaker, Executive Director – Chaire Edgar Morin de la Complexité, ESSEC Paris

Moderator: Gioia Deucher, CEO swissnex Brazil

Data Canvas

On the morning of February 6, swissnex San Francisco, Lift, and Gray Area kick-off the Data Canvas visualization challenge. During this launch, they will open the data streams from 100 environmental DIY sensors that have been built and deployed by citizens around the world.

Kickoff Program

9:00 – 9:20: Data Canvas competition launch + keynote address
9:30 – 10:30: Press conference with the Mayor of Geneva
10:30 – 12:30: Data Canvas workshop with San Francisco new media artist Taurin Barrera and Jack Shao from SEEED Studio, Shanghai

Who you will meet from swissnex China

Yiwen SUN / Cissy
Head of Art-Science /