More than 10,000 people have already taken part in the Digital Days activities, Digitalswitzerland founder Marc Walder said at the online media conference on Monday. In her address, former Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard invited people to embrace new technologies, saying that digitisation was changing "everything at a rapid pace".
The Digital Days also aim to promote the next generation of STEM (mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology) students in Switzerland. Google CEO Patrick Warnking spoke about this. He said that there would be a shortage of around 120,000 skilled workers in this sector of the economy over the next few years. The aim is to get the new generation excited about it, which is why a campaign has been launched to get young people interested in STEM professions. Ana Brnabic, Serbia's Prime Minister, spoke about Europe's role in digitalisation.
Digital and physical
The Digital Days are taking place for the fourth time, lasting until Tuesday. The event will be held digitally and physically across Switzerland, lasting three days for the first time. Around 400 free events at over 20 locations across Switzerland will bring together like-minded digital enthusiasts, newcomers, industry experts and companies to foster the development of ideas.
One of the topics to be debated is the digital transformation of tomorrow's Switzerland. Start-ups are also to be promoted. The Digital Days were opened by Federal President Simonetta Sommaruga.
The Digitalswitzerland initiative, launched in 2015 at the World Economic Forum WEF, has since grown into a movement in which over 150 major Swiss companies and institutions have joined. Since 2017, Digitaltag has been held every year under the auspices of Digitalswitzerland. According to Digitalswitzerland, Switzerland is in sixth place in the digital ranking (Werbewoche.ch reported).
In the context of the Digitaltage, seven organisations that are committed to digitisation will also sign a joint declaration of intent. Switzerland, Sweden, Serbia, Ukraine, Poland, Liechtenstein and the City of Vienna intend to hold parallel Digitaltage events across Europe from 2021 in order to achieve a broader impact. Digitalswitzerland is to take on the role of project sponsor and coordinate the activities. (SDA/swi)