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24.05.2024, 08:30 – 17:00 @ Université de Fribourg – Pérolles 21/ Bd de Pérolles 90, 1700 Fribourg

Data for the Common Good – Learn, Share, and Empower”: The Forum is Switzerland’s leading conference on open data and data use in the public interest. On 24 May, our 14th conference will bring together experts and enthusiasts from government, research, business, and civil society at the University of Fribourg to ignite discussions, network and learn from each other. Don’t miss your chance to shape the future of data in Switzerland.

The program is a mix of panels, lightning talks, workshops and presentations.

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Tickets (100 CHF – 160 CHF) can be purchased here (Lunch, Apéro and snacks are included)
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Language: English

Opening Remarks

Gerhard Andrey
Member of the Swiss National Council

Keynotes & Presentations

Scott Smith
Founder and managing partner of Changeist

The Future of Data: Everything, Everywhere, All at Once
Scott is founder and managing partner of Changeist, a strategic futures consulting group. He has been working in futures and foresight for 20 years, with almost 30 total in strategy and forecasting. He also wrote “How to Future: Leading and Sense-making in an Era of Hyperchange” in 2020, and co-authored “Future Cultures: How to Build a Future-Ready Organization Through Leadership” with Susan Cox-Smith in 2023. He is currently based in Barcelona.

Diego Kuonen

Prof. Diego Kuonen
CEO & CAO, Statoo Consulting; Professor of Data Science, University of Geneva; Chair, ISEA; PhD Statistics; CStat PStat

Data Literacy: Leave No One Behind!

Diego founded Statoo Consulting in 2001 and advises and consults businesses and government bodies in Switzerland and across Europe on analytics and data science. He is also Professor of Data Science at the University of Geneva. Last but not least, recognising the need to develop a social data literacy culture, he co-initiated “an appeal to policymakers for an urgent national data literacy campaign” in 2020 (

Corinna Grobe
Research Associate at the Statistical Office Canton of Zurich

From Data to Impact: Combining Data Science Skills with a Digital Product Manager’s Mindset

Corinna is a passionate data scientist and expert in data processes and data visualisation. Her many years of experience in data projects and her enthusiasm for outstanding customer experiences make her an experienced consultant in the optimisation of data processes and contemporary visualisation concepts. Her passion is to inspire administrative units to think outside the box and rethink how they work and communicate with data.

Jan-Erik Baars

Prof. Jan-Erik Baars
Designer, Professor at the HSLU & Author of «Leading Design»

Universal Design and Data: User Centricity and the Impact of Design Strategies

Jan-Erik researches organizational maturity, design leadership and customer-centricity at the HSLU. He is the author of the book “Leading Design”, a hand and brain book to develop design-led organizations. He also is co-owner of Customer Metrics AG, a firm specializing in organizational metrics. He has over 30 years of experience in design related activities working at Philips and Telekom.

Panel: Collaborating with Data for Good

Dr. Julia Mia Stirnemann
Project manager, information architect and strategist at POSMO Genossenschaft

Julia Mia is a designer, project manager, information architect and strategist. She developed the during her dissertation and is currently working at Posmo in the area of data and mobility.

Rudradeb Mitra
Founder & CEO of Omdena

Rudradeb is Founder and CEO of Omdena. A bottom-up global collaborative platform where, to date, 20000+ AI Engineers from 120+ countries worked together for organizations from 70+ countries. Omdena also has 100+ local chapters across 5 continents. He was named ‘top 10 inspiring CEOs in 2020’ by Analytics Insight.

Philipp Bosch
CorrelAid e.V. | Research Associate at the Statistical Office Kanton Zürich

Philipp is a computational social scientist by training and a Data4Good activist by heart. In his professional life, he works for the Statistical Office of the Canton of Zurich as a data scientist with a strong focus on building the data community within the public administration. Before joining the public sector, he worked as Head of Community Management at CorrelAid where he still serves as a volunteer.

Jonas Lendenmann
Artist, Curator and Cultural Manager and research and curatorial assistant at Museum Rietberg and at the ZHdK

Jonas studied Fine Arts and Art Education at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK. He is an artist, art educator, event manager and was production manager of the theater company Onyrikon until 2023. He specialized in collections from colonial contexts in Swiss museums and the challenges of digitization in this field. For he is involved in the organization of the Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon GLAMhack.

Panel: The State of Open Government Data in Switzerland and Beyond

Charlotte Van Ooijen Falce
CvanO – Digital Government Research & Advice

Charlotte is a researcher and policy consultant on (open) data and digital governance in the public sector. She has advised public authorities across different countries and government levels on data-driven public value creation. She supported the development of and led the analytical work on the data-driven public sector at the OECD. Based in Zürich, she is a member of the Swiss Digital Initiative’s Digital Trust Expert Group.

Dénes Jäger

Dénes Jäger
Open Knowledge Foundation Germany

Dénes is a project coordinator for policy and open data at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. He is also a freelance journalist and data researcher with several years of experience analyzing public data. Dénes supports administrative projects related to data management, infrastructure, and the use of data within the administration as part of the Open Administrative Data project. The goal is to document the conditions for success and to network different actors.

Florin Hasler

After working in foreign policy and political communications, Florin found his passion in technology-related advocacy and open innovation. At, he supports the public sector on its journey to become more open and advocates for a digital transformation that benefits the many, not the few. Before taking over as Director, Florin managed’s Prototype Fund.

Panel: Building Data Spaces: from Concept to Practice

Marie-Jeanne Semnar
Public Policy Manager at Interpharma

Marie-Jeanne is responsible for digitalisation at Interpharma, the Association of the Research-Based Pharmaceutical Industry, and is a Board member of the Alliance for Digital Transformation in Healthcare. In these roles, she is committed to building a health data ecosystem in which high-quality data can be collected along the patient journey and used for research and innovation.

Lukas Hohl
Founder & CEO of TrustRelay

Lukas is a business executive with 20+ years of management and consulting experience in advanced technologies and innovation.​ He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zürich and completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.

Andrin Eichin
Senior Policy Advisor at the Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)

Andrin works as a Senior Policy Advisor on online platforms, algorithms and digital policy at the Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) since 2019. As an expert on the intersection of digital policy and freedom of speech, he works in policy development on national level and represents Switzerland in various international fora.

Presentation / Workshop: I14Y, and Present and Future of Swiss Metadata Portals

Maik Roth
Head of the Open Government Data (OGD) secretariat at the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (SFSO)

Maik is an economist and statistician with 20 years of experience in the Swiss Confederation. He is responsible for the OGD Office, which implements measures to support OGD in the Confederation, standards for the exchange of metadata and operates the portal.

Raphaëlle Arnaud
GIS Project Coordinator at the Swiss Federal Office of Topography

Since 2018, Raphaëlle has been a project coordinator at swisstopo, where she is responsible for the Swiss geometadata catalog ( and the Swiss standard for geometadata. After completing her studies at the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, she did a doctoral thesis at EPFL. Raphaëlle then worked as a research associate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and for ten years at the Office for Geographic Information in the Canton of Berne.

Workshop / Case Study: Transforming Data into Intuitive Experiences at the ICRC

Monica Ray Scott
UX Designer at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Monica currently works as a UX Design Manager at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In this role, she manages a team of UX Designers in Geneva and Nairobi that support product teams across the organization in applying design thinking methodologies and UX research and design to the conception and design of digital solutions.

Michael Njogu
UX Designer at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Michael is a design enthusiast who is all about tackling creative challenges with a smile. He pays close attention to the little things and is dedicated to making designs that put users first.

Lightning Talks

Elodie Auer
Director at Slowlution

Accessibility Data: Solutions for People with Reduced Mobility

Elodie has bachelor in management from École hôtelière de Lausanne. She worked as a communication manager in several fields (startups active in food traceability, art festival, finance). She created her marketing and communication agency in 2021 and co-created Slowlution in 2020.

Stefan Barac
Strategic Designer at strategic a11y

Data Accessibility: Data-Driven Transformation: Revolutionizing Everyday Experiences for Enhanced Quality of Life

As a strategic designer, Stefan helps companies set goals beyond the monetary ones. Realising the sustainable purpose of existence delivers more sales. This improves the DNA of the company and ultimately their finances. The basic rules: It’s about helping people by solving their problem. Increasing efficiency comes later. For 15 years his focus has been on accessibility and sustainability: If 0 out of 10 users can access my offer, how much revenue will it drive?

Beat Estermann
Lecturer at Bern Academy of the Arts

Open Event Data Ecosystem(s) 

Beat is self-employed, providing research and consulting services related to the digital transformation and has temporary, project-based affiliations with several Swiss universities. He is a founding member of the association Digitale Allmend and a convinced Wikimedian. From 2015 to 2018, he chaired the eCH specialist group “Open Government Data”, which is dedicated to standardization issues around Open Government Data. At the association, he served as the coordinator of the OpenGLAM working group from 2014 to 2022.

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