Futuristic creature: Ignazio Cassis (left) and Mark Walder with the wheeled robot “Swiss Mile” in Bern.
From A for Aarau to Z for Zurich – Digital Days takes a tour of Switzerland. The initiator Digitalsw Switzerland and its partners are touring throughout Switzerland for seven weeks – with a series of local digital days in seven regions. It starts on Monday. Visitors can look forward to more than 200 free events, lectures, workshops and presentations on the topic of digitization.
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“The Swiss digital days this year are more regional than ever. Through Bubbles, we visit a total of 18 different places and impart digitization to visitors in an environment they are familiar with. Through our three main formats “GreenTech Startup Battles”, “herHACK” and “NextGen: Future Skills Lab” we are giving future-oriented projects and ideas the spotlight they deserve”, says Diana Ingeschwiler, Deputy General Manager for Digital Switzerland.
As part of Swiss Digital Days 2022, Digitalsw Switzerland and the Swiss Post are inviting the public to participate in one of the largest collaboratively created digital artworks in the world: swissp[AI]n.
The unique project, which is also supported by Ergon, Migros and Ringier, uses the latest artificial intelligence technology to transform the terms chosen by the visitor into great images. Creating pictures is a children’s play with the touch screen art generator. The individual works will be compiled into a digital collage that will be auctioned off at the end of the Swiss digital days as an NFT (non-fungible token) for good reason.
Installation moves from one place to another with “bubbles”
The project will be inaugurated as part of the inaugural Swiss Digital Days event by Federal President Ignazio Cassis (61) – it will also create the first digital artwork. Individual artworks created by residents will also flow into the creation of the next Swiss crypto stamp from Swiss Post.
There is an opportunity to participate during the seven-week tour of Switzerland across seven regions: the installation moves from place to place with “bubbles”, the inflatable visitor centers on Swiss Digital Days (exact dates at www.digitaltage.swiss). Nicole Borth, Head of Communications Services and Member of the Executive Board of the Swiss Post Group: “The first SwissCrypto stamps from Swiss Post were a success. With the help of Digital Days, we can offer the residents of Switzerland the opportunity to participate in the design of the third edition. This is unique and we are very pleased! »
‘We feel very badly about the shortage of skilled workers’
Based on the latest study on skilled workers by ICT-Berufsbildung Schweiz, a cumulative value-added loss of over CHF30 billion can be expected by 2030. This corresponds to the value added that the entire insurance industry generates in one year today. Despite this, the problem is often seen as a welfare issue, with Switzerland continuing to be number one in the IMD global competitiveness rankings.
However, the study “Opportunity Costs of a Shortage of ICT Professionals” by Digitalsw Switzerland shows that the weak growth of the Swiss ICT industry compared to neighboring countries will result in a reduced attractiveness of the site for foreign professionals in the long run, which can have disastrous consequences. in the medium term. Rainer Baumann, Chief Operating Officer of Migros Group: “We are acutely aware of the shortage of skilled workers. Today we have five times more vacancies than two years ago and it takes twice as long to fill a position. In order for the Swiss economy to remain technologically competitive, business, politics and education must work now. For example, we have to actively encourage side entrants or create apprenticeships.”
Experience the digital future: Federal President Ignazio Cassis opens Digital Days 2022(01:36)
“The younger generation really has something up their sleeves.”
Switzerland is threatened with far-reaching consequences not only from the reduced attractiveness of the site, but also from the lack of young talent. Therefore it is necessary to reinforce future competencies or future skills in childhood and adolescence. Because these will be central to a world of work that is experiencing fundamental structural change as a result of continuous digitization.
In collaboration with Digital Switzerland, Pro Juventute is committed to enhancing MINT skills (mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology), basic digital knowledge and some soft skills (soft skills).
In the Swiss Digital Days 2022, Skills for the Future forms the main focus of the “Next Generation: Future Skills Labs” coordination. Participating school class children can closely experience related digitization and future skills topics in a fun and collaborative way as part of the workshop. Relevant examples from the everyday world of young people understandably show them how they can use these skills in the digital future. Katja Schönenberger, Director of Pro Juventute: “The younger generation is really talented. They have so many skills and talents. Let’s show them how to discover and use them.”