The Future of IT

Experience the current and near future of 20 IT topics

IT has been an enabling technology for practically every kind of industry and has also helped with every type of work one can imagine. The event looks at the current state of 20 critical  information technologies and emerging trends such as in the list below. We will have some of the best and most respected industry experts present a) the current state, and also b) where each will move to in the coming years.

Meet international experts and learn about the current and near future of 20 IT topics

March 2021: Quantum Computing

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Supercharging Discovery with Computing and Collaboration

Dr. Alessandro Curioni

IBM Fellow and Vice President of Europe & Africa, IBM Research

Science matters, now more than ever. It will play a defining role in determining the wellbeing and prosperity of everyone today and our children and grandchildren tomorrow. There is a new urgency to science, and we need solutions fast. This year in particular marks a critical juncture for global action to address our most complex challenges. This talk will discuss the role of bits, neurons and qubits and their collective ability to accelerate the discovery of new drugs and materials and the framework for a new international organization called the Science Readiness Reserves (SRR) to help us prepare for the uncertainties of the future.

Quantum Computing – Current state and future potential

Prof. Dr. Vlatko Vedral

Professor of Quantum Information Science, University of Oxford

Vlatko Vedral (PhD and BSc at Imperial College) is a professor of quantum information at Oxford and professor of physics at the National University of Singapore (at the Centre for Quantum Technologies). He has published over 350 research papers on various topics in quantum physics and quantum computing and is one of the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers. He was awarded the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2007, the World Scientific Medal and Prize in 2009, the Marko Jaric Award in 2010 and was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2017 and a member of the European Academy of Sciences in 2020. He has held many visiting professorships, among which are those held at the Universities of Vienna and Belo Horizonte, the Perimeter Institute in Canada and the ISI in Turin. He is consulting the World Economic Forum on the Future of Computation. Vlatko is the author of 4 textbooks and 2 popular books (“Decoding Reality” and “From Micro to Macro”). He gives regular interviews to the media and is actively engaged in popularization of physics also by writing for New Scientist, Scientific American and major UK and overseas newspapers.

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Why you should attend​

Current and Future IT Trends
Ensure you’re up-to-date on the top trends, including the latest on 20 selected IT topics.

High-tech Connect suisse Research
Hear from High-tech Connect suisse (HTCs) as we supplement the topics covered with exclusive HTCs research.

Top 25 European IT Startup List
We’ll be unveiling the Top 25 IT Startup List – a ranking of the 25 most promising private IT startups and SMEs in Europe.

Impressive Speakers
An astoundingly impressive C-suite and founder-heavy speaker lineup.

Fireside Chat Format
Fireside chat format between speakers and leading industry journalists. No panels or canned presentations.

1:1 Meetings
Unlimited number of 1:1 networking opportunities with senior-level attendees and startup CEOs/founders.

Global Audience
Meet founders and others attending from around the world, including US, India, and China.

No Paying Speakers
Independent researchers and thinktanks vs IT company speakers. This will ensure no sales pitches on stage.

We will discuss in top expert fireside chats such as topics as

  • How can IT departments evolve and take on a more strategic business role towards a data- and technology-driven future?
  • Will IT remain the leading enabling technology for most other industries?
  • Has IT by itself created more jobs than it made obsolete?
  • «Informatik in der Schweiz – Eine Erfolgsgeschichte verpasster Chancen», still or – even more – valid today? If so what can Switzerland do to catch up?

Event Format

This event will be live streamed.

All presentation will be available as a video on demand.

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