10 year anniversary

10 Years of swissnex San Francisco

In honor of our 10th anniversary, swissnex San Francisco looked ahead with programming that envisioned the green cities of tomorrow, the books of the digital age, and even life as we know it ten years from now and beyond. Be part of the journey and help us keep imagining the future in the years to come!




A transmedia competition in which students of Swiss 
higher education imagined the future with a story
 set in 2023. Learn more on story2023.nextrends.sanfrancisco.org.

Awards Ceremony
An international jury selected the most inspiring entries and the winners were revealed at X Media Lab Switzerland.
When: Friday, September 27, 2013
Where: X Media Lab, ECAL, Renens, Switzerland

Festival Tous Ecrans
Story2023 projects were displayed at the film festival.
When: Thursday, October 31 – Thursday, November 7, 2013; Discussion with guest speaker Ivan Askwith on November 3, 2013
Where: Festival Tous Ecrans, Geneva, Switzerland

Futures of the Book

The Book Lab

A week of discussions about the future of reading and writing in the digital age, organized as a partnership between the Berkeley Center for New Media, the Books in Browsers conference, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Goethe Institute, and swissnex San Francisco.

The Book Lab
Exhibit in which the next generation of designers and storytellers took you on an experimental journey probing the role of books in the digital era.
When: Tuesday, October 22 – Friday, November 1, 2013
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday
Where: swissnex San Francisco
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Transmedia SF Meetup
Transmedia SF kicked off The Book Lab exhibition with a discussion around transmedia and books.
When: Tuesday October 22, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: swissnex San Francisco
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Creating Minds
Academic conference on reading and writing in the digital age.
When: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time: 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Where: UC Berkeley, Banatao Auditorium
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Books in Browsers
Summit for the new generation of Internet publishers that focused on tools for online storytelling, expression, and art.
When: Thursday, October 26 – Friday, October 27, 2013
Time: All day
Where: Internet Archive, San Francisco
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Books in Browsers Hackday
Software engineers and designers hacked the traditional definition of a book and built new digital interpretations.
When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: All day
Where: swissnex San Francisco
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Green Cities of Tomorrow

PARK(ing) Day: Urban Gardening with VEG and the City
Zurich startup VEG and the City demonstrated urban farming techniques in a temporary parklet in front of swissnex.
When: Friday, September 20, 2013
Time: All day
Where: Parking spaces in front of swissnex San Francisco
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CitiesAlive: NightLife at the Academy
Audiences dug in the dirt, ate flowers, and tasted honey grown atop San Francisco restaurants at a special NightLife dedicated to green roofs and walls.

When: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: California Academy of Sciences
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More than 1,000 delegates gathered at the 11th annual CitiesAlive Green Roof and Wall Conference—among them, Swiss biodiversity, urban farming, and green roof specialists.
When: Wednesday, October 23 – Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: All day
Where: San Francisco Marriott Marquis
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Lazy Bytes

Lazy Bytes Opening

Design schools in Paris, New York, London, and Lausanne, Switzerland rethought the remote control.
When: November 22, 2013 – December 3, 2013; Public opening on Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: Exhibit hours, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Public opening, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: swissnex San Francisco
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Climate Change and Us: What Does the Future Hold?

Climate Change and Us

Audiences peered beyond the headlines as experts explained what the IPCC report really says about global warming and what it means for our planet and for mankind.

When: Friday, December 13, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: YBCA Forum, San Francisco
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Tales of the Future: Holiday and Anniversary Party

Holiday Party 2013

Our annual holiday party also marked the 10th year for swissnex San Francisco, and we celebrated with an evening of futuristic stories.

When: Thursday, December 17, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: swissnex San Francisco
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Visions of the Future