Swiss Digital Days 2022: Crypto Art, GreenTech, herHack, NextGen

The Swiss Digital Days begin with an opening event at the Bundesplatz in Bern. Over the next seven weeks, the event will travel across seven regions, and will stop at 19 locations. The focus is on the issues of sustainability and the shortage of skilled labour. As part of the Digital Days, a world record will also be set, Digitalsw Switzerland announced.

The digital days pass through Switzerland with so-called bubbles – a physical installation that you want to reuse in the future.

(Source: digitalsw Switzerland)

At the opening press conference, Mark Walder, founder of Digitalsw Switzerland, spoke about the “fireworks of initiatives” visitors to the Digital Days can expect.

Cryptography of the population

Among other things, an AI-based coding art project will be created as part of the Digital Days. The artwork is called “Swissp[AI]nt” and is set to become the world’s largest digital art project.

Visitors to Digital Days can create an image generated by artificial intelligence at the station. First, you choose from 20 terms each on the themes of ‘digitization’ and ‘Switzerland’. Then you choose an art style. From this information, the AI ​​then generates four images, one of which the visitor can select. This in turn is added to the general work. In the end, some kind of collage has to be created.

This evening’s first artwork will be created by Federal President Ignacio Cassis, who will also deliver the opening address to the Digital Days. Around 8000 artworks are expected to be created over the course of the digital days. These works are then assembled into a mosaic. An NFT for this mosaic will then be minted, which will be auctioned off for a good cause.

The following Swiss Post cipher stamp will be generated from the generated images. This crypto token will be the third in the publication history and will be released in 2023. The second crypto stamp was released in July, as you can read here.

GreenTech – The Battle for Sustainable Startups

GreenTech Start-up Battle is one of the three main formats. For this purpose, 20 regional startups were selected, which “provide innovative solutions for sustainability”.

During the digital days, startups will demonstrate how their sustainable ideas can have an impact. The jury and audience decide the seven finalists, who will be nominated for victory in front of an exclusive jury.

The winner will be honored at Zug on the last digital day, October 27. The award includes CHF 10,000 cash, 25,000 AWS credit, and one year of co-working space.

herHack – Women Led Hackathon

The second major format is ‘herHACK’, which is the largest female-led hackathon in Switzerland. In 2021, more than 200 women will come together to work together on an innovative solution to a challenge under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year the second edition of the hybrid “herHACK” will be held.

The physical preliminary round takes place in each of the seven regions, after which the top seven teams participate in an online final, where they have 24 hours to turn their idea into at least a viable product.

NextGen – With the youth against the shortage of skilled workers

According to their own statements, the regulators want to ensure the future of digital Switzerland in the last major form of the digital days. Developed in partnership with Pro Juventute, the Future Skills Lab aims to give classrooms in each area an opportunity to closely experience relevant digital topics and future skills in a fun and collaborative way.

Children aged 10 to 15 learn about new technologies and methods and learn how they can help shape the digital future. This event aims to encourage children’s interest in topics in the fields of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, and technology (MINT subjects), to bring them closer to relevant professional fields and help them identify new strengths and broaden their horizons.

More information about digital days and registration options for the respective events can be found on the official website.

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