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Swiss AI Award

The first Switzerland-wide AI Award

Amazing AI Innovations

For the first time, the Swiss AI Award honours the most promising and innovative AI start-ups from across Switzerland. AiCon brings together the biggest start-up and tech awards, and is now set to present the first Switzerland-wide AI Award.

The Swiss AI Award was funded by the >>venture>> competition run by the ETH, the ZKB Pionierpreis, the Digital Economy Award, the Swiss ICT Award, the Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC) and other renowned foundations and organisations from across Switzerland. The expert jury chose three finalists from hundreds of different start-ups. They will announce the winner at AiCon2020. The selection process and the jury were organised by the Mindfire Foundation.

The Swiss AI Award jury asked the participating start-ups the following questions, and based their assessment on the answers they gave:

  • What problem do you solve?
  • How many people will benefit from your solution?
  • To what extent does your solution help society?
  • What economic potential does your solution have?
  • How much money have you raised so far?
  • How does your solution specifically differ from existing innovations regarding the AI technology that is used? What makes your business idea unique?

The jury members conducted video interviews, analysed patents and spoke to customers. The innovation and breakthrough potential of AI technology was assessed using a four-tier grading system by professors and researchers from Switzerland’s leading universities and institutes of higher education (including the ETH, EPFL and ZHAW) and a number of large tech firms.

Video livestream

360°-video livestream, starting on October 7, 9.45 pm

360°-video livestream, starting on October 7, 9.45 pm

The nominees

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Autonomous piloting systems for aircraft of today and tomorrow.
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Gamaya improves efficiency and sustainability of farming businesses by offering compelling agronomy solutions, enabled by hyperspectral imaging and artificial intelligence.
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The next generation smartphone keyboard.

The Award

The Swiss AI Award is set to be held annually to promote the important topic of artificial intelligence. The winner will receive a prize, the AI Award and media exposure, and have the opportunity to network with international contacts.

Swiss AI Award

The jury

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Alain Bandle

Non-Executive Director & Senior Advisor/Coach
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Dr. Henning Beck

Neuroscientist and author
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Samuel Berger

Partner and Board Member at Witena Leadership Advisory
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Nicolas Bürer

Managing Director at digitalswitzerland
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Dr. Thomas Dübendorfer

Internet Entrepreneur President at Swiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC)
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Dr. Marc-Oliver Gewaltig

Neurorobotics EPFL, AI Advisor T-Systems, Mindfire
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Prof. Dr. Benjamin Grewe

Systems and Circuits Neuroinformatics, ETH Zurich
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Sunnie J. Groeneveld

Managing Partner Inspire 925, Founder, Board Member, Advisor
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Jörg Halter

Managing Partner at ocha GmbH
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Pascal Kaufmann

Founder of Starmind, President of the Mindfire Foundation
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Antonio Russo

Head of Analytics & Cognitive Advisory at Deloitte Switzerland
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Stefan Sieger

Managing Director Swiss Re
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Brigitte Sommer

Founder ADROIT and Member of the Jury Digital Economy Award
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Prof. Dr. Thilo Stadelmann

Scientific Director of ZHAW Digital
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Sandra Tobler

Tech entrepreneur, Founder Futurae
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Partner Silver
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