First Digital Day
General public gets to see digitization up close
The first Swiss Digital Day, which was overseen by the digitalswitzerland initiative in cooperation with more than 40 partner companies, was held on 21 November 2017. The action day took place under the patronage of Swiss President Doris Leuthard and Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann. Federal Councillor Alain Berset also took part. The first Digital Day was a great success: more than 150,000 people experienced what digitization means both for our country and for each and every one of us. At least as many experienced the day digitally.
Switzerland’s first Digital Day is a major event that is unique in Europe. More than 40 companies and institutions clearly demonstrated to the general public what digitization means today and tomorrow in concrete terms, explaining how work, mobility, education, the economy and society will change, and what opportunities this will bring for our country. Over 100 events bringing people into contact with digitization took place during the day in the train stations of Zurich, Chur, Geneva, and Lugano, as well as many other locations in Switzerland.
digitalswitzerland is a major joint initiative consisting of members from the business world, public sector and academia. Its objective is to make Switzerland one of the leading international locations for digital innovation. digitalswitzerland is already active in a vast range of fields such as knowledge transfer, education, start-up ecosystems and the political framework. Over 60 of the best known companies and organizations as well as innovative sites across the whole of Switzerland are part of the digitalswitzerland initiative, which was launched in 2015.