• Forum

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 conferences, lightning talks, workshops and keynote presentations.

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Tickets (100 CHF – 160 CHF) can be purchased here (early bird until 26th January) (Lunch, Apéro and snacks are included)
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Language: English

Confirmed Speakers

Opening remarks by
Gerhard Andrey
Member of the Swiss National Council

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

Topic: The Importance of Geometadata in Facilitating Access to Geodata

Bio: 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.

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

Topic: Code of Conduct for trustworthy data spaces – Setting out the Swiss Government approach on data spaces and in particular the development of a code of conduct on trustworthy data spaces.

Bio: Andrin Eichin 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.

Lukas Hohl
Founder & CEO of TrustRelay

Topic: OGD in the context of Data Spaces.
OGD is well established in Switzerland. On the other, so-called Data Spaces are emerging in various sectors and first cross-border data space projects are about to start. Data sharing within a data space is not necessarily open. We see a need to think more on how OGD and data spaces can work together.

Bio: 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.

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

Topic: Universal design in data ecosystems. Highlighting the aspects of customer centricity and the impact of design strategies on creating customer relevant solutions.

Bio: Prof. Jan-Erik Baars 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.

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

Topic: Workshop about data Visualisation – How the Designers and the ICRC work with Data across countries (Kenya – Switzerland) / transforming Data into Intuitive Experiences

Bio: 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.

Scott Smith
Founder and managing partner of Changeist

Topic: The Future of Data: Everything, Everywhere, All at Once
This talk looks at the possible future landscape of a world constantly making, learning from, and remaking data, and what the impacts of this future will be on people, policymakers, and the fabric of society.

Bio: 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.

Elodie Auer
Director at Slowlution

Topic: Data accessibility – translating data and applying it to solutions for people with reduced mobility.

Bio: Elodie has bachelor in management from École hôtelière de Lausanne. She worked as 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.

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

Topic: Workshop about data Visualisation – Transforming Data into Intuitive Experiences

Bio: 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.

Rudradeb Mitra
Founder & CEO of Omdena

Topic: Data for good. How to build ethical and impactful AI through Global collaboration.

Bio: 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.

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

Topic: Mobility Data Cooperative

Bio: 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.

Stefan Barac
Strategic designer

Topic: Data accessibility – Data-Driven Transformation: Revolutionizing Everyday Experiences for enhanced quality of Life

Bio: As a strategic designer, he 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: Accessibility If 0 out of 10 users can access my offer, how much revenue will it drive?

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