Shaping Our Digital Futures

Published on 20.12.2017 | Translations available in: German

Shaping Our Digital Futures

We live commitment on a daily basis – we are committed to our customers, our friends and families, but also to working together as a team and for others.

This year, Aileen Zumstein Communication's team co-launched two initiatives focusing on digital transformation and digitization. It is clear that we have been in the midst of digital transformation for several years now. Either we can passively watch and judge developments, or we can play an active role and acquire knowledge that prepares and equips us for a digitally pervaded life.

DINAcon – for a sustainable digitization

Digital transformation is omnipresent, no doubt about that. How can we ensure that progressing digitalisation also generates sustainable benefits for our society?

One answer to this is the principle of digital sustainability. Digital sustainability describes how digital knowledge assets (data, content, software) must be created and made accessible to create the greatest possible benefit for society and the environment. In concrete terms, this concerns current political challenges relating to digitisation in Switzerland, innovation and research, data protection, copyright and technical issues such as open data or bitcoin/blockchain. 

The conference DINAcon 2017, which took place for the first time on Friday, 20th October 2017, dealt with these issues and was organised by the Research Center for Digital Sustainability of the University of Bern in cooperation with the Parliamentary Group on Digital Sustainability and the associations CH Opentcbe.ch and Opendata.ch in Welle7 Workspace near Bern railway station. More than 250 decision-makers and opinion leaders from politics, business, the public sector and the digitalisation scene took part in the conference.

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We Shape Tech – a new Chapter in Basel

After Zurich and Berne, Aileen Zumstein, Elaine Skapetis, Front End Developer at Adobe and Melanie Kovacs, founder of Master 21, launched We Shape Tech in Basel together.

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We Shape Tech is for people who are fascinated about tech and innovation, who want to to be part of a community in this field, who want to broaden their knowledge and skills, who want to exchange with people sharing same passion and interests.

The initiative also focus on supporting women to develop talents to leaders, we support gaining various skills in networking, communications, leadership and more. 

We Shape Tech in Basel promotes the idea of community and knowledge sharing. It builds upon the three strategic thrusts network and community, knowledge sharing and partner events.

Basel deserves a tech and innovation community and knowledge hub

Basel might not be your first thought when thinking about the most digitally forward cities of the world, Europe, or even Switzerland! However, you might be surprised. Basel has many forward thinking companies such as Adobe, our great host for the evening, and many exciting MedTech, FinTech, BioTech, Life Sciences start ups, in addition to social organizations such as Impact Hub. Times are changing, and thanks to We Shape Tech is determined to make it happen even faster.

Successful launch with Adobe Schweiz

At the launch event supported by Adobe Switzerland at their headquarter, the team welcomed two female speakers, Gen Ashley, Director of Women Who Code London and Désiree Mettraux, CEO Creadi AG and co-founder mycamper.ch who made it clear: «Surround yourself with the right people! - Network is key.»

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Actively shaping digital developments

Both DINAcon and We Shape Tech stand for an active, committed approach to the subject of digitization. The experience and knowledge gained from our participation in the two initiatives confirms our belief that we, as a society, should continue to take a deeper look at digital developments in the future and constantly acquire new skills. Only if we have the necessary equipment can we actively shape the digital future.

More about DINAcon: http://www.dinacon.ch

Videos of the conference: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZs42uSUfwzguFpvElwy66rZk8iAUs0H1

Next event coming up from We Shape Tech Basel: 28.Februar 2018 

More about We Shape Tech: https://weshape.tech

Article about We Shape Tech in der BZ Basel: https://www.bzbasel.ch/basel/basel-stadt/aileen-zumstein-frauen-und-maenner-sollen-zusammen-etwas-bewirken-131880176

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