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High-Tech Summit

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China's approach to innovation is unique and massive.

The following numbers give a first impression:

  • China spends $200 billion on R&D (2% of GDP)
  • 2 million engineers graduate from Chinese universities every year
  • in Shenzhen alone: 25'000 startups and 150'000 industrial designers
  • in Q2 2017 for the first time ever more venture capital money was invested in Chinese startups than in Silicon Valley
  • 300 million mobile phones (1/4 of yearly world production)
  • Chinese invention examples: hoverboard, e-cigarettes, low-cost clinical studies and DNA sequencing, Solar City, 3D food printers ...
  • Chinese Internet giants that compete with Silicon Valley: Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu, JD.com, ...
  • areas of leading innovations: digital manufacturing, electrical modules, Internet of Things, robotics, electrical - self-driving cars, 3D printing, drones, collaboration technologies, mobile phones,...
  • One of the industries where China is market leader worldwide is in renewable energy. In 2016 China invested $32 billion outside the country. Five of the six biggest solarcell companies come from China.

At this event you will meet managers from Chinese Internet and tech giants, entrepreneurs, technology parc managers, most promising startups and experience innovations that open your eyes to an entirely new world.

We will also look for win-win collaborations and investment opportunities in selected high-tech areas that are of interest for both Switzerland and China.

Last, but most important, it will be discussed how China and Switzerland can better understand its expectations in business and high-tech innovations.

November 06, 2018


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We visited the world's most amazing gadget market

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For Startups, The 'Copy To China' Tactic Has Ended. 'Copy From China' Is Beginning

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Swiss China relationship in the spotlight after constitutional changes

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Beziehung zwischen Schweiz und China «im Allzeithoch»

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Exclusive interview with ICBC President: "Switzerland is a natural beauty"

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The New Shanzhai: Democratizing Innovation in China

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Shanzhai: China's Collaborative Electronics-Design Ecosystem

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Shanzhai: Open innovation as an invitation to start new brands

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Designed in Shenzhen: Shanzhai Manufacturers and Maker Entrepreneurs

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Industry 4.0 / Manufacturing 2025

In China “Manufacturing 2025” is the – more or less – equivalent to “Industry 4.0”.
China is superfast moving up the value chain. Wages have risen so much that also China must automate and transform existing manufacturing plants.

Industry 4.0 / Manufacturing 2025 - Program Details


No doubt the future of E-commerce has arrived and is driven by China. While we looked at Silicon Valley mainly in the past, we must now look at China.

E-Commerce - Program Details

Drone Technology

Switzerland has about 150 drone technology companies. The two technical universities (ETH and EPFL) are hotbeds for drone spinoffs.
Just recently the Swiss drone association was formed to represent the drone tech companies’ interests.
A focus is on niche areas and commercial drones as well as enabling drone technology.
China’s drone companies are into both consumer drones and also commercial drones.
Examples are the worldmarket leaders DJI and Yuneec for consumer drones and Ehang as a transport drone company.

Drone Technology - Program Details

Chinese – Swiss business relations in hightech

The relations seem quite good and promising. Still there are cultural differences and different expectations when doing business.
We want to address practical issues and tell experiences on how to best do business between China and Switzerland with a focus on technology companies. Also legal aspects and best practices in doing business in China will be covered.

Chinese – Swiss business relations in hightech - Program Details

Networking & Apéro


Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel

Professor Dr. Christoph Meinel (Univ. Prof., Dr. sc. nat., Dr. rer. nat., 1954) is Dean of the Digital Engineering Fakulty of the Potsdam University and Director and CEO of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH (HP).

Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering is a university excellence center with the academical constitution of a Faculty for Digital Engineering of the University of Potsdam. It is financed by the foundation of Hasso Plattner, one of the founders of SAP.

HPI provides outstanding Bachelor, Master and PhD degree programs in Digital Engineering as well as a study program in Design Thinking. The HPI course offerings are freely accessible via the tele-TASK portal and the openHPI online platform.

In 2006, together with Hasso Plattner, Christoph Meinel hosted the 1st National IT Summit of German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel at HPI in Potsdam.

Meinel is a member of acatech, the German “National Academy of Science and Engineering,” and numerous scientific committees and supervisory boards.

Christoph Meinel is a full professor (C4) for computer science and serves as department chair of Internet Technologies and Systems at HPI. His areas of research focus on Internet and Information Security, Web 3.0, Semantic Web, Social and Service Web and the domains of e-learning, teleteaching and telemedicine. He is scientifically active in innovation research on all aspects of the Stanford innovation method “Design Thinking.” His earlier research work concentrated on the theoretical foundation of computer science in the areas of complexity theory and efficient OBDD-based algorithms and data structures.

Christoph Meinel teaches courses in the Bachelor and Master’s programs on “IT-Systems Engineering” and at the HPI School of Design Thinking. He teaches MOOCs on the openHPI platform and supervises numerous doctoral candidates. He is an honorary professor at the Department of Computer Sciences at Beijing University of Technology and a guest professor at Shanghai University. Christoph Meinel is a research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg. Together with Larry Leifer from Stanford University he is program director of the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program.

Christoph Meinel is author/co-author of 9 books and 4 anthologies, as well as editor of various conference proceedings. More than 400 of his papers have been published in high-profile scientific journals and at international conferences. He is also editor-in -chief of “ECCC – Electronic Colloquium on Computational Complexity,” “ECDTR – Electronic Colloquium on Design Thinking Research,” the “IT-Gipfelblog” and the tele-TASK lecture archive and openHPI.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Frick

Prof. Dr. Joachim Frick is a partner at Baker & McKenzie and admitted to the bars of Switzerland and New York.

He graduated from the University of Zurich (lic. iur, Dr. iur.) and Yale Law School (LL.M., J.S.D).

After practicing with Baker & McKenzie in Taipei and Chicago, he in 1997 returned to Baker & McKenzie in Zurich and became a partner in 2001.

Joachim specializes in commercial litigation and arbitration and has acted as party counsel in various Swiss and international arbitration proceedings under Swiss, ICC, ad hoc and other arbitration rules.

He regularly represents clients in liability disputes and advises in litigeous and non-litigeous insurance/reinsurance matters.

He heads the Swiss insurance practice of Baker & McKenzie and is a member of the Steering Committee of the European Financial Services Practice of Baker & McKenzie.

He was named leading attorney in insurance and reinsurance matters by specialized publications.

In addition to being a practicing lawyer, he regularly teaches as professor of law (Titularprofessor) at the University of Zurich and is a lecturer in a number of graduate programs.

Dr. Edward Tse

Dr. Edward Tse is Founder & CEO of Gao Feng Advisory Company, a global strategy and management consulting firm with roots in China.

He formerly led the China business of the Boston Consulting Group and Booz Allen Hamilton/Booz & Company, respectively for a period of 20 years.

Widely called, “China’s leading global strategy consultant” and “China’s management guru”, he also has received such accolades as “Edward Tse is to Chinese corporate strategy what Kenichi Ohmae was to Japanese corporate strategy.”

A leader of the team who set up and led China’s first government-authorized office (in Shanghai) among all international strategy consulting firms in the early 1990s, Dr. Tse specializes in the definition and implementation of business strategy, organizational effectiveness, and corporate transformation across various industries, as well as cross-cultural partnerships and mergers & acquisitions.

He has assisted hundreds of companies – headquartered both within and outside China – on all aspects of business related to China and its integration with the rest of the world.

He also consults to public sector organizations such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Chinese Government on issues related to policies, state-owned enterprise reform and competitiveness. He is/was external board members for several large Chinese national enterprises, a special policy advisor of the Shanghai Municipal Government and a member for Hong Kong SAR Government’s Commission for Strategic Development.

He is also the author of over 150 articles and four books including the award-winning The China Strategy (Basic Books, 2010) and China’s Disruptors (Portfolio, 2015).

Sven Wen Yu

Sven, Wen YU is founder of self-media TechGate.

Sven has been engaged with ICT industry related reports for nearly 20 years. He worked in various international media companies, including the Chinese release of magazine connet by Motor Presse Stuttgart GmbH, SmartReseller China of Ziff Davis, SmartPartner China of CNET, CBSi China and others. He has served as senior editor, editorial director, deputy editor-in-chief, executive editor-in-chief and other roles.

Sven did all the in-depth interviews and analysis reports from the evaluation of 2C's ICT hardware products, to enterprise software of 2B and the ecological cooperation of the ICT industry chain.

Sven has established with the leaders of the ICT industry OEM / ODM, SI / ISV and distribution retail channels a good mutual trust and relationship.

Sven is also a consulting partner for many famous enterprises in the IT industry in China.

Sven focus on cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, software, intelligent manufacturing, internet of things, Blockchain and other B2B ICT topics. Among the executives he had interviewed were the global CEO of SAP, the global CEO of Intel, the global CEO of HP, the global COO of Microsoft, Huawei's CEO, AliCloud's CEO and many others.

Sophie Fischer

Sophie-Charlotte Fischer is a PhD candidate at the Center for Security Studies (CSS).

She holds a Master’s degree in International Security Studies from Sciences Po Paris and a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Maastricht.

During her undergraduate studies, she also spent one semester at Queen’s University in Canada. Sophie is an alumna of the German National Academic Foundation.

Jörg Schamuhn

Jörg Schamuhn is MD at the Yuneec Europe GmbH and has built up and effective organization covering sales, marketing, in and outbound logistics, IT, after sales service and finance operating in the EMEA region.

He graduated at the University of German Armed Forces Munich and was awarded a Master of Science in Air and Space Technology.

After graduation he became a Jet Fighter Pilot in the Navy and achieved around 1500 flying hours as also qualifications as test pilot, weapons planner and flight safety officer.

After that he worked for 20+ years in the areas of sales, marketing & supply chain in several industry companies with management and leadership skills and an international and global footprint.

Several startup brands developed into leading brands of their industry with him like for example Horizon Hobby.

Ralf Haller

Ralf Haller's 20 year IT career has spanned various marketing and business development roles, based on his training as an electrical engineer and masters in Telecommunication Systems (Karlsruhe Technology Institute).

His career started while at university, when he took an assistant role in the USA. Later, he excelled as an IT project manager for large key account clients at CompuNet in Munich and also worked in Hong Kong supporting the Asian region.

This prompted his move to Silicon Valley where he lived for many years, working as a Product Manager for successful startups building datacommunication equipment.

Since 2001, Ralf provides product marketing support and has organised specialist IT events in Switzerland that explore current IT trends and introduce the Swiss market to new and pioneering technologies from Silicon Valley.

Owing to his strong links with Silicon Valley, the Swiss cantons rely on him as a valued advisor for fresh and exciting startup activities emerging from there.

Ralf is also the organizer of international high-tech, innovation, entrepreneurship and business events in Switzerland, among them:

He is also founder of the first High-Tech Connect Suisse association encouraging high-tech business development.

In his free time he loves spending high-quality time with his family, and doing fitness sports and intelligence training to keep fit physically and mentally. He is eager and open to always try out new things.

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