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New Event Series with Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)

December 7, 2020.

In collaboration with the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), swissnex San Francisco is launching Next Stop: Approaching the Future of Mobility, a four part series that surfaces ideas and insights from mobility experts in four main areas: micromobility, simulation of mobility, hyperloop, and autonomous vehicles.

The events will feature a mix of panels and presentations with thought-leaders, presentations from leading startups, insights into the most cutting-edge new vehicles, networking opportunities, and more.

The first conversation of the four will focus on micromobility and will take place on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. 

The second event of the series will focus on hyperloop and be hosted in a two part panel discussion. The first panel, Next Stop: The Future of Freight will take place on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. The second panel, Next Stop: How to Build Hyperloop will take place on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. 

New Video
Next Stop: The Future of Mobility
February 16, 2021

Next Stop: Approaching the Future of Mobility series makes another stop at the hyperloop station. This time, various experts from Silicon Valley and Europe were interviewed to discuss passenger mobility and their predictions about the future. The experts answer the three following questions:

  • What will mobility look like in 50 years?
  • What predictions can you make about hyperloop?
  • What technology will influence passenger mobility the most?

This video brings together speakers from various backgrounds to share their insights. From university professors to startup founders and tech authors, the video highlights different perspectives on the future of mobility.

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Dennis Tudor
Dennis is the Co-Founder and CEO at Swisspod. After winning multiple 1st place awards at the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, including the Innovation award by Elon Musk, Denis Tudor founded Swisspod Technologies aiming to commercialize Hyperloop Pods at scale. He leads 40 engineers at Swisspod whose mission is to create a sustainable future using Hyperloop energy-autonomous vehicles that allow for affordable and scalable infrastructure. Denis is also pursuing a PhD at EPFL, Switzerland on the Optimal Design of Hyperloop Systems after having graduated valedictorian.



Devin Liddell
Devin is a futurist who works collaboratively with clients such as Boeing, Intel, JW Marriott, Nike, Starbucks, and Toyota to design preferred futures in aviation, automotive, smart cities, personal mobility, space travel, and more. Devin also leads TEAGUE’s future-focused conceptual projects. Most recently, these have included: Poppi, a vision for an airline of the future, and Hannah, a proposal for the future of autonomous school transportation. With nearly two decades of experience in strategy and design, Devin has worked across a broad spectrum of industries: aerospace, education, software/technology, food and beverage, and retail; some of his past clients include Amazon, GE, Microsoft, Nordstrom, and Viacom.


Clint Rule
Excited and intrigued by complex systems, Clint has a heart for hard questions—especially those involving personality, identity, organizations, and systems of control. His passion drives him to be a collaborative partner with clients, a supportive guide for creative teams, and a champion of human-centered design. Clint has worked in a wide array of opportunity spaces including connected home, business intelligence, transportation, and retail, and has executed successful programs with clients including IKEA, Amazon, Ford, and PwC. Clint earned a master’s in Interaction Design from Savannah College of Art & Design, and a bachelor’s in Broadcast and Electronic Media from the University of Oklahoma.


Jasmine Kent

With a passion for aviation and 8 years of software engineering and leadership at Google, Jasmine joined Dufour Aerospace in 2017. She is responsible for software development and technical oversight at Dufour.




Juan Vicen
Juan Vicen is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Zeleros Hyperloop, the European company based in Valencia (Spain) leading the development of a scalable hyperloop system to move at 1000km/h and 0 direct emissions. Zeleros’ unique technologies integrated in a high-capacity and fully-autonomous vehicle enable the implementation of scalable hyperloop routes, reducing the cost per kilometer of infrastructure and operating at safer pressure levels. After being awarded at the Elon Musk’s SpaceX Hyperloop competition for their design concept in United States, and founding the company in 2016, Zeleros has grown rapidly, cooperating with renowned industrial players and research centers such as Altran, Red Eléctrica de España, Renfe, CIEMAT, global investors such as Plug & Play Tech Center and public organisations such as EIT Climate-KIC or European Innovation Council. Mobilizing +150 people worldwide to bring hyperloop to reality within a decade and to become the global reference. More information at:

 Prof. Dr. Kay Axhausen
Kay W. Axhausen was born in Heidelberg. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a doctorate in civil engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. In 1989 he went to the University of Oxford as a research assistant and in 1991 was appointed Lecturer and later Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London. From 1995 to 1999 he was a professor at the Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck. Since 1999 he has been a professor at the Institute for Transport Planning and Systems at ETH Zurich. His current work focuses on the agent-based microsimulation toolkit MATSim.



Marc Amblard
Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Marc Amblard is the managing director of Orsay Consulting. An expert in the mobility revolution, he provides advisory services focused on mobility and automotive technology to both corporate clients and startups. Marc assists established players with startup and technology scouting market insight and deep dives, corporate development, strategic advisory, executive briefings and public speaking. He also advises several startups in both Silicon Valley and Europe. Marc is deeply engaged in the local mobility ecosystem, working closely with various key stakeholders. He often speaks at events and publishes a monthly newsletter on the mobility revolution as well as a landscape of the global autonomous driving ecosystem. Marc leverages 30+ years in senior positions in the automotive and rail industries, in Europe and the USA. He received a masters in engineering from Arts et Métiers in France and an MBA from the University of Michigan. 

Mario Herger
I’ve been living in Silicon Valley since 2001. I am researching technology trends, write books and consult companies on topics such as Innovation, Silicon Valley Mindset, Foresight Mindset, Automotive, Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, Intrapreneurship. For many years I worked at SAP as development manager and innovation strategist. Now I help companies how they can apply the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit from Silicon Valley in their organizations, to be more innovative and discover trends and tipping points earlier and influence them. I give keynotes about these topics and conduct workshops on Foresight Mindset, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Silicon Valley-Mindset, Automotive, Creativity, and Intrapreneurship. I also look at signals of emerging technology trends and how they impact society, politics, or employment. I also host and meet delegations from other countries and bring them contact with people and companies in Silicon Valley.

Tassilo Wanner

Tassilo Wanner is the VP of Global Public & Regulatory Affairs at Lilium. He oversees the company’s worldwide stakeholder engagement, advocacy efforts, and regulatory and government affairs strategy. Previously, Tassilo was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, leading TTL (Transport, Travel, and Logistics) as well as strategy and change management studies. Before joining McKinsey, he spent four years in political planning and strategic communication roles for the Parliamentary Leadership in the German Bundestag as well as for the German Federal Minister of the Interior in Berlin. Tassilo studied at LMU Munich and Georgetown University and earned a Doctorate in Political Science and Modern History.


Past Events
Next Stop: How to Build Hyperloop [Recording]
February 9, 2021 at 9am PST

How will people travel in 20 years? Hyperloop is a proposed mode of transportation which consists of pods transported at high speed through the length of low-pressure tubes. These tubes are elevated off the ground due to a lack of air resistance or friction. The concept of using low-pressure or vacuum tubes as part of a transportation system has a long heritage.

Join the conversation with thought-leaders and experts from Silicon Valley and Europe to learn more about the future of transportation and how these new services will be integrated into the urban mobility landscape.

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Next Stop: The Future of Freight [Recording]
February 2, 2021 at 9am PST

Hyperloop is currently under development by a number of startups across the world, with many governments and universities commissioning studies and creating preliminary designs for the system.

Join the conversation with thought-leaders and experts from Silicon Valley and Europe to learn more about the future of transportation and how these new services will be integrated into the urban mobility landscape.

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Next Stop: Micromobility [Recording] 
December 15, 2020 at 9am PST

In recent years, cities are being challenged by a growing number of micromobility options. The use of traditional parking space, package delivery, and pick-up/drop-off locations are now competing with the desire to incorporate bike lanes, shared bikes and e-scooters. Demand on curb space is increasing and new micromobility providers from scooters, e-bikes or shared mopeds bring a new set of challenges. How can we develop such services for the public good? Which sharing models have worked for cities around the globe? How does the micromobility landscape transform into a (post-)pandemic world?

Join the conversation with thought leaders and experts from Silicon Valley and Europe to learn more about the future of micromobility and how these new services will be integrated into the urban mobility landscape.

Watch the video recording