Thursday 4 October
Technologies for a brighter world
Business creation and implementation of high-end technologies in real-world environments – together making a contribution in the service of everyone.

The phenomenon of the quantum leap: in several developing countries mobile phone use spread widely in areas where fixed-line phones had barely even been introduced.

A highly technologically complex object—the mobile phone—was able to dominate the market because its overall cost was, due to a high degree of public acceptance, considered affordable.

 Can this paradigm be repeated? Can technology bring the tremendous benefits it has brought to developed countries and bring brighter days to people in developing countries and countries in conflict situations? How can we implement high-end technologies, and how can this inherently expensive process be accelerated?  As of today, a large part of the financial burden is shouldered by philanthropy. Beyond philanthropy, sustainable business can be vital in enabling the large-scale penetration of high-end technologies, creating jobs and helping people. Upscaling, either in the developed world, or directly in developing countries, is the key.


This event will take place at the Bellevue Palace, Kochergasse 3-5, 3011 Bern, Switzerland (access map).


This event will be held in English.

Date & time

Welcome of participants from 14:30 on Thursday 4 October. The conference starts at 15:00 and ends at 19:00. 

Program of the day

The program will start with a welcome message from Mario El-Khoury, CEO of CSEM, followed by two keynote talks to launch the topic:

The floor will then be opened to inspiring talks from: 

  • Arturo Vittori, Co-founder and Director of the research and design studio Architecture and Vision and CEO of the American non-profit Warka Water Inc., "Water from the Air"
  • Jens Krauss, Vice-President, Sytems at CSEM, "How innovative digital health technologies will improve health care in developing countries"
  • Christophe Ballif, Vice-President, Photovoltaics at CSEM, "Photovoltaics on its way to a major energy source: centralised and distributed applications"

This will be followed by a round table moderated by Fathi Derder, National Councillor and journalist.

This program will end with a networking apéro.

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Registration is free but compulsory for attendees. Please register no later than September 28, 2018, using the register form below.

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