Community Building

Community Building

Alumni Events | Topical Meetups | Online Forums | Local and International Audiences | Career Opportunities | Industry Support

Take advantage of swissnex San Francisco’s network and knowledge of both Switzerland and North America to build the right audience. Whether you seek to establish alumni communities in the Silicon Valley, traction in the startup ecosystem, or ties to government peers or industry partners, we can help.

Swiss Game Design Case Study: Growing an Industry

In partnership with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, swissnex San Francisco is growing the presence of the Swiss game design community in North America and in Switzerland. Through many years of work together showcasing Swiss game design in San Francisco at events such as the Game Developers Conference (GDC), we’ve helped expose young talents to a global audience.

We are particularly proud of how our efforts across disciplines—academic, industry, government, and art—have led to a stronger game design scene in Switzerland, where new startups and initiatives are now contributing to the Swiss economy.

Alumni Case Study: Making New Connections and Strengthening Bonds

Alumni Solar Impulse

Swiss universities and higher education institutions work with swissnex San Francisco to strengthen ties with their alumni in North America. Representatives from EPFL, ETH, UNIL, UNIGE, and many other campuses have collaborated with us on events, outings, brainstorming sessions, and more, including a VIP reception with the Solar Impulse plane and pilots at NASA.

Data Canvas Case Study: Citizen Science and DIY Deployment

For many years, swissnex San Francisco has been bringing people together online and in person around the topic of open data. We inspired the first Open Data Camp in Switzerland and launched the Urban Data Challenge to hack and visualize data for a better world.

With our partners Gray Area in San Francisco and Lift in Switzerland, we launched the Data Canvas initiative and its Sense Your City project, in which we empowered citizens around the world to sense and make sense of their environment by creating a DIY sensor network to measure pollution, dust, light, sound, temperature, and humidity. We created an interactive map, opened the data, and asked the community to use it to narrate a story.

Over the course of four months across seven cities in three continents, we engaged over 120k people and got to know more than 700 people who participated in workshops and events. 98 citizens assembled and deployed sensors on their residences, offices, universities, and local hackerspaces, and 340 people exchanged ideas online.