Merger: ICTswitzerland and Digitalswitzerland under one roof in future

The general meetings of Digitalswitzerland and ICTswitzerland have approved the merger. Under the name Digitalswitzerland, the new umbrella organisation pools the strengths of 220 members from business, the public sector, non-governmental organisations and associations, as well as research and education.


Following the signing of the declaration of intent to merge by the umbrella association ICTswitzerland and the location initiative Digitalswitzerland in July, the members of both organisations have now also confirmed the merger project at their respective association meetings.

With the merger, Digitalswitzerland will work even harder to promote Switzerland as a leading digital research and innovation location, according to a statement on Friday. In particular, the new umbrella organisation will expand public dialogue with the Swiss Digitaltage and other channels, become more involved in digital issues at the political level, for example for the rapid introduction of the E-ID, strengthen STEM vocational training (mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology) and promote the startup ecosystem in Switzerland. This should credibly position and strengthen Switzerland as a leading digital research and innovation location.


Merger completed by the end of 2020

The merger was decided on 1 October and should be completed by the end of 2020. In future, the umbrella organisation will have three offices in Lausanne, Bern and Zurich. Ivo Furrer will remain President of Digitalswitzerland, while the current ICTswitzerland President, National Councillor Marcel Dobler, will become Vice President. Nicolas Bürer will assume overall responsibility for Digitalswitzerland. Andreas W. Kaelin is Deputy Managing Director and Head of the Berne office. He is responsible for the political representation of interests as well as for the dossiers cybersecurity and ICT vocational training. Sébastien Kulling will continue to head the Lausanne site as deputy managing director. He is responsible for all activities and members in Suisse Romande.

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