The academic keynote address will be held by Professor Peter Gloor from the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT's Sloan School of Management. Peter Gloor has a unique combination of academic and industry experience. He is studying Collaborative Innovation Networks (COIN) at MIT's Sloan School of Management, developing the social networking and visualization software Condor with GalaxyAdvisors, and writing books, most recently "Coolfarming", Coolhunting" and "Swarm Creativity". His new book, "Homo Collaborensis" is underway.
Léo-Paul Dana Léo-Paul Dana, a graduate of McGill University and of HEC Montreal, is Professor at Montpellier Business School and Marie Curie Fellow at Princeton University. He formerly served at the University of Canterbury and as Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at INSEAD. He has published extensively in a variety of leading journals including the Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, the Journal of World Business, and Small Business Economics. His workshop “An insider’s guide to getting published in research journals” will provide great insights for scholars.
Remo Frei Remo Frei, partner and design director of the award-winning product design company Flink, will share his insights from practice. Remo Frei and his team made a giant splash on the crowdfunding platforms 100-days.net and Kickstarter with their yet to be produced design products. They have launched three crowdfunding campaigns in the last two years and racked up more than half a million Swiss Francs through pre-orders in reward-based crowdfunding. Remo Frei and his business partner Curdegn Baendli use crowdfunding as a tool for pre market-checks, establish relations to potential customers in Switzerland and worldwide and thus create new brands.
Armando Geller Armando Geller is a serial entrepreneur: co-founder of and partner at Scensei, an analytics and decision support firm, of BidElastic, a large-scale simulation and optimization software development enterprise; of positif.ly, a humanospherics venture; and of trovero, a discovery, mapping and micro targeting tool for social media. He worked previously as a historian, political scientist and computational social scientist in academia. In his work, he innovates, devises and leads complexity and multiagent inspired, cross-disciplinary research and applied projects for a broad range of popular as well as unconventional contexts.
Andreas Amstutz Andreas Amstutz is founder and partner of Sharely, a platform for the pooling of everyday objects. The community of Sharely allows anyone to try new objects on a borrowing basis. Founded in 2013, the customer and object base of Sharely’s platform is constantly growing. The growth of a sharing economies platform comes with new challenges such as managing stakeholders of a multi-sided platform, dealing with international competitors, and the monetarization of a business model in the field of collaborative consumption.
Alexander Burger Alexander Burger is co-founder and partner of MyAirSeat. MyAirSeat is a start-up from the Swiss canton Valais that has developed a smartphone app that enables users to book seats in helicopters, private planes or business jets. The visionary idea is to help passengers to share flying costs and travel at reduced rates. Alexander Burger is working as a helicopter pilot for Air Zermatt and currently finishing his Master’s degree in Marketing.
René Lisi René F. Lisi is Co-Founder of Sharecon, the Swiss Sharing Economy Association, and owner of a consultancy business. He strongly believes in the concepts of the Sharing Economy and the Collaborative Consumption as one business model of digital markets and societies. He is working with companies in reviewing their businesses from a customer-centric perspective by creating the maximum value from their scarcest resource: the customer.
Reto Gurtner Reto Gurtner, visionary President and CEO of the Weisse Arena Group, runs a full ski and snowboarding resort with the Rocksresort in its center, one of the most innovative mixed-used hotel complexes in the world. The leading freestyle destination Laax was crowned as "Switzerland's Best Ski Resort" for the third time. This fully vertically integrated ski resort allows Gurtner to better market the resort internationally and to improve the service of all areas, from using the room keycard as lift ticket automatically opening the turnstile gate and charging the guest’s account.