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  • Report Open Geneva 2018

    Open Geneva publishes today its strategic report, which summarises the highlights of the 2018 edition of the Open Innovation Festival in Geneva. The report also outlines the strategic directions taken for the next edition of the Festival on 18th - 24th March 2019.

    A big Thank You to all participants, event organisers, volunteers, and partners. See you in 2019!

    [report currently only in French]

  • Open Geneva - Flash Back

  • Media Response

    20/04/2018 : BNP Paribas (Suisse) stimule la créativité des start-up locales

    RTS - La 1ère

    23/04/2018 : La Matinale 5h - 6h30 - Futur Antérieur


    16/04/2018 : Hackshow, Festival de l’Innovation ouverte

    16/04/2018 : L’innovation se développe sous le signe de la diversité à l’Open Geneva

    16/04/2018 : L’innovation éclot dans la diversité

    RTS Info

    14/04/2018 : 19h30 - Hackatons: quand le bricolage vole au secours des handicapés

    World Radio Switzerland

    10/04/2018 : Open Geneva; hackathon and hackshow

    Tribune de Genève

    09/04/2018 : Un festival autour de l’innovation se déroule cette semaine dans le canton

    Léman Bleu

    09/04/2018 : Le Paléo Festival De L’Innovation Démarre Aujourd’hui

    06/04/2018 : Hackathon: à qui profite l’innovation ?

    Journal de l’UNIGE | Issue 144

    05/04/2018 : «Pour innover, il faut développer une culture du partage de l’information»


    Don’t miss the HACKSHOW, the unique moment when you can discover the results of 30+ hackathons, and meet with all sorts of innovators, not only engineers, but also social innovators, transition innovators, hospital innovators, blockchain innovators, humanitarian innovators, youth innovators, etc.

    Learn More about HACKSHOW

  • SonoCoin aims to leverage the expertise and motivation of Open Geneva

    SonoCoin is presenting at Open Geneva, a notable Open Innovation Festival. The event promotes open innovation and aims to encourage development in science, technology and the environment. Open Geneva will include over 35 innovative projects focusing on industries ranging from renewable energy to blockchain and various other technologically related fields. An expected 500 participants with a broad variety of skills and backgrounds will be attending Open Geneva from the 9th through the 15th of April 2018.

    SonoCoin aims to leverage the expertise and motivation of Open Geneva’s community to openly discuss the project’s technology and provide feedback on the following subjects:

    • Application presentation and walk-through
    • Commercial use cases – Openly discuss real world SonoCoin applications
    • Technical roadmap - Past, current and future software developments
    • Community optimization discussion – How can SonoCoin reach out to its local community more efficiently?

    To generate interest, SonoCoin will be rewarding participants with 5 coins each during the event. Our team’s goal is to educate attendees by encouraging the download and exchange of SonoCoin is as a way to receive valuable feedback on the technology and interface. SonoCoin will be proudly presenting beside on Saturday the 3rd of April. Our team is excited to interact with and benefit from their experience. We look forward to sharing a productive hackathon with our local blockchain community.

    About ecosystem aims to interconnect blockchains through what is called the Smartbridge. uses delegated-proof-of-stake as its protocol in which 51 nominated delegates are tasked with running the network. Delegates distribute dividends to those who voted for them in exchange for their support. ARK looks to connect blockchains by tweaking the code to become compatible with their own network. Once connected the protocol makes it possible to communicate and trigger functions on a completely different blockchain.

    About SonoCoin

    SonoCoin is a digitally encrypted audio file that operates on a proprietary blockchain system, using the Proof-of-Stake (PoS) protocol to verify transactions. The SonoCoin audio file is a sound interpretation of a code that can be recognized and recorded by any device that reproduces sound. The SonoCoin solution is similar to Bitcoin’s peer-to-peer value transfer, with an improved and more user-friendly platform similar to PayPal. To reduce the cost for end-users, the service has been streamlined to a less complex lighter protocol. Operations and interfaces use a light version of the blockchain network, allowing for a decentralized operation with faster transactions. The framework also provides transaction flexibility across various popular peer-to-peer messaging platforms, social networks, and email.

  • Pitch your SDG projects at BNP Paribas & Amaris booth

    French Version Here

    You have worked out a project on the following themes during Open Geneva :

    • Services 4.0 (rethink a durable service economy with respect to innovation and digital)
    • Businesses in the city: which social and sustainabilty impact ?
    • What actions can be undertaken for the transition?

    You are welcome to come and pitch your SDG project on the BNP Paribas & Amaris booth on Sunday 15th April from 2:30pm until 3:30pm during the HACKSHOW. Experts and coaches in innovation from BNP Paribas & Amaris will be here to listen to your ideas.

    To be the bank of a changing world is to always partner better with our clients and our teams while contributing to a sustainable growth better shared. For us in Geneva, this means to embed in our local ecosystem a contribution to the local urban, social and cultural environments. To actively participate to Open Geneva is to embody this engaged enterprise strategy Isabelle Jacob Nebout Head of Development & Innovation, Member of BNP Paribas Suisse Executive Committee, BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA

  • Accelerate in China with Tsinghua-UNIGE x-prize

    Since early 2017 Tsinghua x-lab and the University of Geneva have engaged in discussions regarding establishing a collaboration avenue to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in both universities. In building on two vibrant innovation ecosystems, and as a first step to widening the scope of collaboration Tsinghua x-lab and the University of Geneva will support and nurture each other’s startup teams, coming to explore potential markets, build a local network and engage additional resources.

    For the first time, the two institutions will actively target entrepreneurial teams generated out of joint educational programs and the Open Geneva Hackathon, with the intent of not only bringing forth great ideas, but supporting further development of the idea to a workable solution and then to product.

    x-lab and the University of Geneva will use their respective spaces to house 2-3 teams visiting for a period of 2 weeks at a time. During their stay, the visiting teams will receive ground support from both organizations in accessing local resources, meeting with investors, mentors and corporates of interest, and engaging with each other’s industry and sector consultants.

    This is a one of a kind opportunity for early stage startups to map out, explore and venture into markets, shaping their product development and giving them a taste of future markets and partners.


  • Map of Open Geneva Hackathons by ESRI

    checkout also the awesome Open Geneva Storymap.
    both map and storymap are designed and updated by Tiago Arvela, ESRI Suisse.

  • Accelerate with Lift:Lab

    Lift had joined forces with Open Geneva as a founding member and is delighted to be an acceleration partner with its co-creation event: Lift:Lab. Lift:Lab is a bespoke 2.5 day immersive program designed to help project teams take their project to the next level. Lift:Lab brings fresh emergent insights together with a set of innovation methodologies, prototyping tools, and a community of curated experts to work directly with teams on their projects.

    Lift:Lab welcomes teams of 5-7 people from businesses, startups, governments, non-profits, or foundations. With a project at any stage of development: from a problem to solve, all the way to a project already in implementation.

    Discover Lift:Lab

    The next edition of the Lift :Lab is around the corner (June 6-8, 2018 in Geneva) and there a still a few spots available. Don’t hesitate to contact the team to explore participation opportunities and benefit from special packages.

    About Lift:Lab

    Lift:Lab is a program co-created by Lift and its key partners to promote open innovation as a positive change drive for business and society. The program is organized in different cities around to world to support innovators in making innovation happen.

    Contact :

  • Open Geneva Program

    Open Geneva offers 35+ events to innovate together, enjoy, and challenge yourself, from 9th until 15th April 2018

    During 6 days, hundreds of participants, with a variety of cultural and expertise backgrounds, will work together to imagine, design and produce innovative solutions to outstanding challenges.

    Medtech, hospital innovation, smart cities, social innovation, Earth observiation, humanitarian innovation, digital humanities, are a few examples of scientific, technical, and social innovation topics. Hackathons, workshops, open doors et conferences: the Open Innovation festival in Geneva features collective intelligence, knowledge sharing, and creativity in a fun and entertaining atmosphere.

    The full program is available at

  • Open Geneva videos

  • Accelerate with MassChallenge

    Following the launch of the Open Geneva Acceleration Partnerships, our very first Acceleration Partner is MassChallenge Switzerland, the leading Swiss accelerator. To celebrate the hand-shake between Open Geneva and MassChallenge, MassChallenge Switzerland has issued a special 100% discount credit code: OPENGENEVA2018. Use it and join a global network of 1495+ startups from 81countries, that have raised over $3 billion in funding, generated $2 billion in revenue, and created over 80.000 total jobs to date

    Apply to MassChallenge until 28th March
    discount code : OPENGENEVA2018

    If you want to learn first hand about how the program works, tour the accelerator space and meet & connect with like-minded change-makers, you are welcomed to the 2nd Open House Event, happening on Tuesday, March 20th. Please register here and see you soon!

    MassChallenge helps entrepreneurs solve the world’s biggest challenges by providing an established international community of startups, world class mentoring from industry experts, tailored programming and unrivalled access to corporate partners. Last but not least, the selected startups wrap up with non-dilutive cash awards that can go up to CHF 1 million and several other in-kind prizes.

  • Open Geneva Acceleration Partnerships

    We are proud to announce the launch of the Open Geneva Acceleration Partnerships.

    We welcome incubators & accelerations programs to come to the Hack Show on April 15th 2018 to talk to innovators and invite applications to their programs. We are particularly interested in early-stage startup programs for:

    • acceleration programs for education
    • non-profit & social impact
    • for-profit startup programs