“We think we can change the world of tennis,” says Kourts CEO Fattah“We think we can change the world of tennis,” says Kourts CEO Fattah“We think we can change the world of tennis,” says Kourts CEO Fattah
Tennis player Walid Fattah was frustrated with finding court time. Enter Kourts, a sports tech company working to end the frustrations of tennis players the world over. Kourts CEO Fattah talks about disrupting the tennis game and why his homeland of Switzerland isn’t ready for the app just yet.
Ana Maria Montero
Swiss innovation is the talk of VivaTech 2019
A robot named ANYmal and an exoskeleton called TWIICE stole the show at the 2019 edition of Viva Technology in Paris. Meanwhile, start-ups and smart living put the spin on the #Swisstech pavilion. Ana Maria Montero was there and talked with the movers and shakers.
Ana Maria Montero
Imagine if you could monetize your data on social media
Equiis CEO Derek Roga says we should each own our digital footprint. The social media business has, as he puts it, “evolved off the back of people’s data.” Part of his concept is to help you own your data and determine how much – or how little – you want to monetize it for public consumption.
Ana Maria Montero
“It’s been a challenge to make sure we exist,” says Swissnex SF CEO
In our monthly Swissnex edition of Tech Talk, Gioia Deucher, CEO of Swissnex San Francisco and Sophie Lamparter from Mindmaze, talk about the challenges that come with navigating the difficult and sometimes cutthroat tech hub that is Silicon Valley in the U.S.
Ana Maria Montero
senseFly CEO: “Ready to react” if China moves into his market
As an executive at French drone specialist Parrot Group, Gilles Labossière claims his company was the only survivor after China “killed” the quadcopter drone market. Now as the new CEO of Swiss-based senseFly, which was acquired by Parrot in 2015, he’s ready to take on China should they come knocking.
Ana Maria Montero
A collaboration that could revolutionize product design in Switzerland
In our monthly Swissnex edition of Tech Talk, find out how 14 students from Lausanne’s ECAL, one of the world’s top design schools, went to MIT in Boston to learn how soft robotics can further innovate product design.
Ana Maria Montero
Skaterbots: The social companions (and pets) of the future?
After their recent debut on ice, Rob and Bob the Skaterbots are making their TV debut on rollerblades. Their creators at ETH Zurich tell Tech Talk that they are exploring the possibility of designing the social companion of the future.
Ana Maria Montero
Paléo Festival 2019 goes digital
Nyon’s legendary music festival plans to go digital in 2019 with Paléo Galaxy. Julien Gross gave us a heads-up at CES in Las Vegas.
Ana Maria Montero
Linz attacks Swiss watchmakers for not having an answer to the smartwatch
After one year, the world’s first mechanical smartwatch is ticking successfully forward, with technology in the pipeline that, according to maker Frederique Constant’s Peter Stas, could rival Apple. Despite that, WatchAdvisor’s Alexander Linz thinks the Swiss industry’s response to the smartwatch has been entirely too slow.
Ana Maria Montero
Robots and 3-D printers helped build this Swiss house
The world’s first digitally fabricated house, known as DFAB, is now open. The building—a collaboration between the Swiss institutes ETH Zurich, Empa, and Eawag—will be home to four people beginning in May. Ana Maria Montero got an early tour on this week’s edition of Tech Talk.
Hannah Wise
What’s driving the latest changes in car technology?
The future of cars and automation is front and center at the Geneva International Motor Show. Tech giants are joining up with carmakers to change driving as we know it. Microsoft’s Avijit Sinha and WayRay CEO Vitaly Pomonarev talk about what’s next and say that the future is closer than we think.
Ana Maria Montero
Brazil’s “booming” venture capital landscape
Swissnex Brazil is knee-deep in fertile territory for start-ups ranging from agtech to big data, says Executive Director Maria Conti. But even more alluring is an investment infrastructure that is set to go “through the roof,” according to swissnex alumnus Ignacio Barrios, now CEO of Kido Dynamics.
Ana Maria Montero
Sure, it’s faster, but is 5G technology safe?
Swiss mobile companies are gearing up for 5G, but there’s concern that local laws on radiation-limits could hold up its rollout. We go to the World Mobile Congress where 5G is taking center stage and find out about the future of the next-generation technology in Switzerland and beyond.
Ana Maria Montero
“The real attackers are laughing,” says e-voting skeptic
The Swiss government is testing SwissPost’s e-voting platform against hacking to build the public’s trust, but some are skeptical. Calling the tests a “joke,” hacker and activist Hernâni Marques from Chaos Computer Club Switzerland breaks down just how vulnerable electronic voting is to attacks.
Ana Maria Montero
“We won’t monetize your data,” says SwissSign CEO
A project to create a national digital identity for Swiss residents – backed by Swiss Post, Swisscom, Credit Suisse and UBS – says it won’t make money on your personal data. That’s according to Markus Naef, CEO of SwissSign, who says the new version of SwissID is different.

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