NEO Labs

Be committed: create and impact

Know­ing the chal­lenges is one thing, act­ing upon them is an­oth­er. Build­ing upon a shared un­der­stand­ing, the sec­ond step to dri­ve change are gen­uine ef­forts to­wards cre­ative in­no­va­tion. This is why we provide mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ty the op­por­tu­ni­ty to tack­le the chal­lenges they are ea­ger to solve at the NEO Labs. The­se are or­ga­nized work­shops that take place once every year where mem­bers from cir­cles of peers and elect them­selves into the the think tank to em­brace de­sign think­ing, break with ex­ist­ing norms and poli­cies and ex­per­i­ment with new ideas and ap­proach­es – to turn thorny chal­lenges into vi­able op­por­tu­ni­ties.

To be able to do so, we al­low our mem­bers to vote for chal­lenges they wish to solve. More­over, we are ea­ger to re­ceive your pro­pos­als via the forms be­low: Please feel free to sug­gest a chal­lenge which you are in­ter­est­ed to solve with unit­ed forces.

Voting for Labs

Please vote be­low for the labs and work­shops you would be in­ter­est­ed to par­tic­i­pate in. We are glad to in­form you about the op­por­tu­ni­ties as soon as your pre­ferred labs are ready.

Lab A: Towards the Future Clothing Industry

Can you imag­ine a world in which every­one can print every­thing they need at home? A world where you only need raw ma­te­ri­als and the blue­prints to print all your fa­cil­i­ties, a new car or even your dai­ly med­i­ci­nes? This may sound strange or crazy but we are ush­er­ing into this world com­ing straight out of sci­ence fic­tion.

3D print­ing com­pa­nies are about to launch open-source plat­forms and soft­ware that al­lows us to not only build but also to dis­trib­ute our pro­to­types and demos, so that oth­er peo­ple may use our prod­ucts. 3D print­ing ap­pears to be par­tic­u­lar­ly valu­able to cus­tomers where they have dif­fer­ing needs, e.g. due to nat­u­ral dif­fer­ences in feet shapes. A large shoe re­tail­er aims at pro­duc­ing mass-tailored shoe soles. Are you ea­ger to pi­o­neer the cre­ation of the first 3D print­ed shoe sole tai­lored to your feet?

Lab B: Towards the Future Travel Industry

The trav­el in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­enced pro­nounced changes over the past view years owed to dig­itza­tion and new tech­nolo­gies. Nowa­days, every one can plan and book their dream hol­i­days with a few mouse clicks. Peo­ple no longer need trav­el agen­cies or tour op­er­a­tor to go on hol­i­days. New sup­ply chanells, dig­i­tal com­peti­tors and a to­tal­ly new cu­tomer jour­ney are mas­sive chal­lenges for clas­sic tour op­er­a­tors. How can the­se tour op­er­a­tors face this chal­lenge and use new tech­nolo­gies to im­prove their busi­ness? What if you could con­tribute to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of a new cus­tomer jour­ney with one of the biggest Swiss tour op­er­a­tors? Com­bin­ing your vi­sion with their ex­pe­ri­ence to have real im­pact one of tomorrow‘s tourism ser­vice pack­ages.

Lab C: Towards the Future Media Industry

When have you last bought a news­pa­per in a dairy? Do you still pay to con­sume news or do you only read all ar­ti­cles on­line and for free? As we en­tered the world of free on the in­ter­net and so­cial me­dia, cus­tomers are no longer will­ing to pay as much (if any­thing) for good jour­nal­ism than pre­vi­ous­ly. More­over, tra­di­tion­al earn­ings from ads show dow­nard ten­den­cies part­ly due to large cov­er­age loss­es of non-targeted ads. One of the biggest me­dia hous­es in Switzer­land is ea­ger to hear your sug­ges­tions to ad­dress this chal­lenge. Cre­ate con­cepts to­wards a vi­able fu­ture for me­dia hous­es un­der pro­fes­sion­al su­per­vi­sion to main­tain a fu­ture of high-quality jour­nal­ism.

«At NEO, we are eager to address tomorrow’s challenges.»

Apply for Labs

This ap­pli­ca­tion form al­lows you to vote for the lab ses­sions (no­tice: places are lim­it­ed). You here­by also ex­press your in­ter­est to at­tend the lab. If you would like to be part of one of our events, please fill in your de­tails in this reg­is­tra­tion form be­low and you will be au­to­mat­i­cal­ly reg­is­tered. You will hear back from us as soon as pos­si­ble.