#SXSWISS: Elastic Interfaces for Your Body

Our SXSW panel brings together experts in neural implants and soft electronics to explore how the human body may be seamlessly integrated into tech, from inside and out.

Event Details


Austin Convention Center Room 9AB
500 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, Texas 78701 United States


March 13, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm America/Chicago (UTC-06:00)

Consider the future of digital interfaces. What if you could wear electronic clothes and your skin could be interactive? What if a biointerface could directly link your cortical activity to the cloud?

Our panel brings together experts in neural implants and soft electronics from Switzerland to explore how the human body and technology may be seamlessly integrated in the future. Discussions will focus on new, intelligent neuroprosthetics that may one day reverse paralysis once and for all, and what this technology means for tomorrow’s digital interfaces.

Panel moderated by Benjamin Bollmann, Head of Science Programs at swissnex San Francisco.

More information at the SXSW website.


Benjamin Bollmann

Benjamin Bollmann is Head of Science at swissnex San Francisco, Switzerland’s creative hub on Pier 17, where he curates various interdisciplinary programs around science and technology. Before joining the swissnex team in June 2015, he was based in Zurich and worked as a journalist, visual storyteller, and curator at the intersection of science, design, and art. Benjamin obtained his bachelor’s in electrical engineering and his master’s in biomedical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). He also worked as a neuroscience researcher at MIT, where he focused on brain mapping at nanoscale resolution.

Grégoire Courtine

is the leader of the Courtine Lab, the team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) that developed a wireless brain-computer interface that made headlines after its procedure restored a paralyzed monkey’s ability to walk. Courtine received his PhD degree in Experimental Medicine from the University of Pavia, Italy, and the INSERM Plasticity and Motricity, in France, in 2003. In 2012, he was nominated Associate Professor at EPFL, where he holds the International Paraplegic Foundation (IRP) chair in spinal cord repair at the Center for Neuroprosthetics and the Brain Mind Institute.

 Stéphanie Lacour

Stéphanie Lacour is the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Neuroprosthetic Technology at the Laboratory for Soft Bioelectronic Interfaces at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Her research focuses on the materials, technology and integration of soft bioelectronic interfaces, including artificial skin and ultra-compliant neural electrodes, for therapeutic neuroprosthetics.  She was named a top innovator under the age of 35 by the MIT Technology Review.


Greater Zurich Area, swissnex San Francisco & Boston, Pro Helvetia, DART 17, Engagement Migros, ETH Zurich, EPFL, University of Zurich, Digital Festival Zurich, Festival Tous Ecrans, Vitra, Valora, Freitag, Emmi.

Photo: Derived from “Matterhorn” by Eider Palmou, CC-BY 2.0 via Flickr.

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