NEO Keynotes

Be curious: explore and understand

NEO Keynotes

Be curious: explore and understand

We be­lieve that the nur­ture of a com­mon and shared un­der­stand­ing is the first vi­tal as­pect to ad­vance present con­di­tions. This is why the NEO Keynotes are de­vot­ed to serve this pur­pose: We ex­plore tomorrow‘s chal­lenges brought about by cutting-edge tech­nolo­gies with the lead­ing in­dus­try ex­perts, sci­en­tists and en­repre­neurs at the largest Swiss uni­ver­si­ties. They raise aware­ness for thorny risks and chal­lenges,  en­hance our un­der­stand­ing about caus­es and ef­fects and sharp­en our future-oriented and plu­ral­is­tic thinking.

In ad­di­tion to ex­plor­ing tomorrow‘s chal­lenges, our keynotes pro­vide a link to­wards the NEO Labs, and aim to high­light po­ten­tial­ly fruit­ful paths to ad­dress the chal­lenges we are about to face. Our keynotes are free and pub­lic: We would love to wel­come you at one of our forth­com­ing events: Which ones are you ea­ger to attend?

Upcoming Keynotes

Our keynotes are plublic and free. Please klick on the reg­is­tra­tion link to ex­press your in­ter­est or con­fir­ma­tion your at­ten­dance. You will be re­ferred to Face­book for reg­is­tra­tion. Your con­fir­ma­tion is high­ly appreciated.

«At NEO, we explore tomorrow’s challenges.»

Past Keynotes

Fall Semester ’21
Spring Semester ’21
Fall Semester ’20
Spring Semester ’20
Fall Semester ’19
Spring Semester ’19
Fall Semester ’18

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Challenges explored in previous keynotes
Hewlett Packard: 3D/4D Printing

3D print­ing tech­nolo­gies al­low us to move from a world of «pix­els» into one of «vox­els» (so called vol­ume pix­els). 3D print­ers place ad­di­tive­ly vox­el by vox­el upon each oth­er to build and print 3D ob­jects. While any pix­el was only able to ad­just bright­ness and col­or, each vox­el can be de­fined con­cern­ing col­or, ma­te­r­i­al, sur­face, form, elas­tic­i­ty, trans­paren­cy and conductivity.

One of our next keynote will there­fore ad­dress the fol­low­ing ques­tions: Will we soon be able to print our Nike shoes, clothes or con­tact lens­es via dig­i­tal codes? What is its po­ten­tial to re­shape ex­ist­ing business- and supply-chain mod­els or in­ter­na­tion­al trade as we move from «pix­els» to «vox­els»? How do 3D print­ers work on a more tech­ni­cal lev­el: What in­put ma­te­r­i­al do are used? What are dif­fer­ent 3D print­ing tech­nolo­gies and their pros/cons? What kind of fi­nal prod­ucts are pos­si­ble? What is not (yet) pos­si­ble? Print­ing bi­o­log­i­cal parts (blad­ders or kid­neys)? Why (not)?

Google: Future of Search

Google has changed the world through its free search and page-ranking al­go­rithm and pi­o­neered dis­rup­tive in­no­va­tion. Their mis­sion to or­ga­nize the worlds in­for­ma­tion and make it uni­ver­sal­ly ac­ces­si­ble and use­ful also ex­plains the broad scope of prod­ucts that Google of­fers to­day: From maps and cal­en­dars, to im­ages and movies, to books and sci­en­tif­ic research.

Google‘s search rank tech­nol­o­gy was in­vent­ed in the 90ies and ever since ad­vanced to the world‘s fore­most search tech­nol­o­gy. How is Sun­dar Pichai‘s Google go­ing to ad­vance the fu­ture of search? How will Google main­tain the cutting-edge leader po­si­tion among its clos­est com­peti­tors? How will Google main­tain the ad-effectiveness as we ush­er into the age of ar­ti­fi­cial­ly aug­ment­ed in­tel­li­gent assistants?

McKinsey & Company: Industry 4.0

Over 99% of all phys­i­cal tools are not yet con­nect­ed to the in­ter­net. The In­ter­net of Things (IoT) aims to con­nect all pos­si­ble sorts of tools and gad­gets to the in­ter­net: From your keys and wal­let, to your wash­ing ma­chine and re­frig­er­a­tor to your bi­cy­cle and car. A tremen­dous op­por­tu­ni­ty of sig­nif­i­cant value.

McK­in­sey & Com­pa­ny as one of the world‘s lead­ing man­age­ment con­sult­ing firms dri­ves change on the fore­front and will high­light the val­ue it cre­ates to man­u­fac­tur­ers and how they are able to cap­ture it. What are ma­jor chal­lenges man­u­fac­tur­ers face? — What caus­es top man­age­ment to sleep poor­ly at night? What were suc­cess­ful ad­vices, strate­gies and so­lu­tions, McK­in­sey pro­vid­ed them with? Con­verse­ly – and per­haps more in­struc­tive­ly – which ad­vices turned out to be not suc­cess­ful and why? How is the In­ter­net of Things about to dis­rupt manufacturing?