Digital Innovation Incubation Program: UNIGE Digital Fellows

The University of Geneva (UNIGE) supports residency periods for its members at swissnex SF to enrich and enliven the links between UNIGE and the Bay Area.


The goal of the Digital Innovation Incubation Program is to:

  • incubate digital innovation activities with the Bay Area and Silicon Valley ecosystem
  • create sustainable interactions and cooperation with the Geneva digital ecosystem
  • scout new trends and build thematic networks for UNIGE
  • identify and raise funding for joint projects


The first call for projects in late 2016 gave rise to a number of excellent projects. The three projects below were selected, and we are looking forward to their implementation and results:

Indie Drug Innovation: the DIY Remaking of Insulin, Estrogens, and Antibiotics, Gabriela A. Sanchez, PhD Candidate, Science and Technology Studies (PhD Supervisor: Prof. Bruno Strasser); residency March-April 2017

Competing Crowds, Julia Buwaya, PhD Candidate, Centre universitaire d’informatique (PhD Supervisor: Prof. José Rolim); residency April-May 2017

Exploring the role of digitization and digital tools as an enabler for microgrid implementation, Ashley Christine Pilipiszyn, PhD Candidate, Institute for Environmental Sciences (PhD Supervisor: Prof. Martin Patel); residency September-December 2017.

For more information and to apply, see UNIGE Digital Fellows.


Project Lead for swissnex San Francisco:

Benjamin Bollmann
Head of Science Programs & University Affairs