The first person to write coding for a computer was a British mathematician and a woman: Ada Lovelace. Nowadays, the IT-world is dominated by men. Melanie Kovacs, founder of the Swiss Coding Academy Master21, wanted to do something about it. Last year she organized the first female coding week in Switzerland. CNNMoney Switzerland's Tanya König attended the very first day of the course.
Would you spend your entire weekend coding? Well, 550 young programmers did just that in Zurich, as they joined Europe’s largest hackathon to take up the challenge of developing prototype applications in under 40 hours. This year’s winners of HackZurich worked on a project to battle fake news.
A year after leaving his post at Zynga as head of the NaturalMotion division, Torsten Reil is on the lookout for big ideas and investment opportunities in AI. On this week’s Tech Talk, Reil sits down with Ana Maria Montero at Digital Festival Zurich and talks about why he wants to see Europe produce more billion-dollar start-ups and why thinks Elon Musk is “obviously exceptional.”
Sophia is no ordinary celebrity. Billed as a human-like robot, she has graced the cover of magazines, given a speech to the United Nations, and is described as an evolving genius by her creators, Hanson Robotics. But not everyone is a fan: Facebook’s head of AI Research, Yann LeCun, recently described her as a “puppet.” Ana Maria Montero was just at the Volvo Art Session in Zurich, where she had the chance to meet Sophia.
In this week’s Tech Talk, EPFLoop’s CEO Denis Tudor tells Ana Maria Montero about the significance of capturing third place in this year’s edition of the Hyperloop Competition at SpaceX in California—and how Elon Musk praised their batteries.
Cryptocurreny that uses sound to transfer value; this is the basic idea behind Geneva-based start-up, Sonocoin. How does it work? What are the advantages? And the potential risks? On today's Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero hears both sides of the coin from founder Leon Afanasyev.
On July 22, the best student teams from all over the world will be descending on Hawthorne, California, to take part in Elon Musk's 2018 Hyperloop Pod Competition. Joining them for the second year in a row, this time with a new transport capsule, is the team from Swissloop, an association of students from ETH Zurich and other Swiss universities. In this week's Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero chats with Swissloop CEO Luca de Tizio about the upcoming battle of the pods.
For this week’s Tech Talk, we catch up with Lorenz Meier and Kevin Sartori, the co-founders and co-CEOs of the open-source software start-up Auterion. The company, initiated at ETH Zurich, is behind the development of the PX4 autopilot, the most widely used software for autonomous flying robots to date. Like many good ideas, it did not come together overnight. Ana Maria Montero began by asking about where it all began.
He has four legs, runs, and can cover any terrain from snowy mountains to sandy beaches. Weighing in at just under 30 kilograms, he goes by ANYmal and was born and bred in the robotics systems lab of ETH Zurich. In this week’s Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero stopped by his home base to meet his makers and the colleagues with whom he collaborates to improve the world of search and rescue.
Building a small hotel on the moon is only one of many projects that Aliya Prokofyeva, CEO of Moscow-based, Galaktika Group, has planned for her company. In today's Tech Talk, Prokofyeva sat down with Ana Maria Montero in Lausanne to discuss her vision for an international space community.
The goal of Swiss start-up Dotphoton is simple: make the lives of photographers easier by allowing them to store the same raw, high-res images in less space. In this week's Tech Talk, CEO Eugenia Balysheva explains to Ana Maria Montero how the key to their business model lies in quantum physics.
From home devices to cars, it seems as if everything has its own smart version these days. Thanks to Lausanne-based start-up Technis, you can now add smart floors to that list. In today's Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero chats with CEO Wiktor Bourée about changing the analytics game one step at a time.
Over the weekend, NASA's latest mission to Mars launched from Vandenberg Airforce Base in California. Called InSight, this mission to the red planet took off with Swiss electronics onboard, courtesy of ETH Zurich and Syderal SA. On today's Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero caught up with the lead researcher on the project, Professor Domenico Giardini.
The Zurich-based start-up Fashwell began as a visual search for fashion accessories. Now, according to its CEO and co-founder Matthias Dantone, it's exploring all sorts of new interests including food. This wide-ranging interview is the first in a series on the Swiss National Start-up Team Technology 2018, which went to Silicon Valley thanks to Venturelab.
Remember the movie "Home Alone," where the eight-year-old Kevin McCallister fends off robbers using his toy train set? That's essentially the idea behind Swiss startup Mitipi’s virtual roommate to ward off burglars. And it’s called – you guessed it – Kevin. The small box simulates the lights and noise of someone still at home. Martina Fuchs spoke to CEO Julian Stylianou about the company's recent trip to Silicon Valley – and whether Kevin is efficient enough to scare off unwelcome intruders.