Urban Tech Summit Ceremony

As part of the Zurich Meets San Francisco festival, we explore urban challenges and how the mindful use of tech can help to solve them.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


October 24, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



Join us to discover the results of our focused working sessions tackling the challenges of technology in urban contexts.

This public event, part of the Zurich Meets San Francisco festival and the swissnex Salon, follows an invite-only day Summit where key decisions makers in urban technology from government, academia and industry come together to compare the different approaches of the sister-cities (Zurich and San Francisco) to solve urban mobility questions.

Urban Tech is transforming cities: ride-share companies challenge public transportation networks; drone deliveries and so-called “floating transport” such as short-term bike and scooter rentals transform how people move. How do we adapt, encourage and prepare for urban technology? The answer is of critical importance to life and society, touching on issues ranging from economic growth to equality.

The event will include keynote speeches from thought leaders, short presentations and pitches to provide further insights into each topic, and an award ceremony of the day summit.


6:00 pm Doors Open
6:30 pm
– Speech by Carmen Walker Späh, Head of the Department for Economic Affairs of the Canton of Zurich
– Presentation of key findings by workshop participants
– Navigation and Wayfinding (University of Zurich / Prof. Dr. Sara Fabrikant & Dr. Tyler Thrash, Geographic
– Information Visualization and Analysis Unit)
– Smart Mobility and Urban Development (City of Zurich / Anna Schindler)
– Global Challenges, Local Regulations (World Economic Forum / Jeff Merritt)
– Urban Swarm Behavior (Designathon Zurich)
Jury and Audience Feedback
7:15 pm Panel discussion between jury members
8:00 pm Apéro


Josh Constine

Josh Constine is the Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch, where he's written over three thousand blog posts about tech giants and startups over the past seven years with focuses on social networks, early stage companies, and cryptocurrency. He's distinguished himself as the leading reporter on Facebook and Snapchat through hard-hitting coverage and predictive analysis. Constine has moderated over 135 on-stage talks in 15 countries with notable figures including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whistleblower Edward Snowden (via video chat), and U.S. Senator Cory Booker. His work has been cited by the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and the BBC, and he's been featured on Good Morning, America, NPR, and China Central Television. He's currently ranked the #1 technology journalist in the world by news aggregator Techmeme. You can follow his work on Twitter @JoshConstine.


Corine Mauch
Corine Mauch

Corine Mauch has been the Mayor of Zürich since March 2009. She attended the University of Zürich as well as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich where she graduated in agricultural engineering. She speaks German, French, English and Mandarin. Born 1960 in Iowa City in the United States, Mrs. Mauch has been living in the City of Zürich since more than 25 years.
Darton Ito

Darton Ito has over 20 years of experience in transportation planning and policy. He currently leads the Office of Innovation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. The Office of Innovation builds relationships within San Francisco and with other cities, with communities and with companies to facilitate alignment between emerging mobility services and San Francisco’s goals for a safe, equitable and sustainable transportation system.
Philipp Stauffer

Philipp is an entrepreneur, investor, futurist and Co-Founder and Managing Partner at FYRFLY Venture Partners, an early stage venture firm based in San Francisco with focused investments in data and intelligence. Philipp brings a proven track record of building and accelerating businesses in cloud computing, AI / machine learning, analytics, and other convergent technologies. An early crypto advocate with expertise in decentralization trends, Philipp is also involved in driving distributed ledger technology initiatives in pockets of innovation that include his home country Switzerland. Philipp is on the Board of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) and an Honorary Ambassador to Switzerland for Swiss/U.S. Economic Development (GZA). Philipp holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Micro Economics, University of Applied Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland.
Ratna Amin
Ratna Amin

Ratna Amin leads SPUR's work to create a high-quality transportation system in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and the Bay Area region. She leads major research projects, collaborates with transportation agencies and civic leaders on strategy, policy and planning, and educates the public about transportation. Ratna has published numerous transportation studies including Freedom to Move, SPUR’s first transportation policy report about Silicon Valley; Seamless Transit, an agenda to address the Bay Area’s fragmented transit experience; and the Caltrain Corridor Vision Plan. She created SPUR’s Transit+Design programs which promotes a human-centered public transportation system. She has master’s degrees in city and regional planning and transportation engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Additional jurors to be announced.


Anna Schindler
Anna Schindler

Anna Schindler studied geography at the University of Bern, where she specialized in urban development issues. In addition to working as a culture and architecture editor she has worked in various management and executive positions at two universities and as a lecturer at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW. Since November 2011 she is responsible for the office for Urban Development which contains the four subdivisions Office for Cross-cultural Issues, City and Neighborhood Development, Economic Development and the Office for Foreign Affairs.
Carmen Walker Späh

Government Councillor and Head of the Department for Economic Affairs of the Canton of Zurich, Carmen Walker Späh studied law at the University of Zurich. From 2000 to 2015 she ran her own law firm specializing in public and private construction law. After 13 years as Cantonal councillor, Carmen Walker Späh has been a member of the Zurich cantonal government since 2015. As Director for Economic Affairs she is responsible for the political areas of economics and transportation. She represents the canton on the Board of Directors of Flughafen Zürich AG, is President of the ZVV Transport Council and of the foundation board of the Innovationspark Zürich foundation.

swissnex Salon

The swissnex Salon is a new model for dialogue on how the future of our society is shaped: a platform that includes multiple perspectives and provides a critical lens on possible emergent futures. Taking inspiration from the values articulated within the Preamble of the Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation, we examine the role of technology in shaping, distorting, and expanding societal foundations.