1. Chinese-Swiss
High-Tech Summit

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China's approach to innovation is unique and massive.

The following numbers give a first impression:

  • China spends $200 billion on R&D (2% of GDP)
  • 2 million engineers graduate from Chinese universities every year
  • in Shenzhen alone: 25'000 startups and 150'000 industrial designers
  • in Q2 2017 for the first time ever more venture capital money was invested in Chinese startups than in Silicon Valley
  • 300 million mobile phones (1/4 of yearly world production)
  • Chinese invention examples: hoverboard, e-cigarettes, low-cost clinical studies and DNA sequencing, Solar City, 3D food printers ...
  • Chinese Internet giants that compete with Silicon Valley: Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu, JD.com, ...
  • areas of leading innovations: digital manufacturing, electrical modules, Internet of Things, robotics, electrical - self-driving cars, 3D printing, drones, collaboration technologies, mobile phones,...
  • One of the industries where China is market leader worldwide is in renewable energy. In 2016 China invested $32 billion outside the country. Five of the six biggest solarcell companies come from China.

At this event you will meet managers from Chinese Internet and tech giants, entrepreneurs, technology parc managers, most promising startups and experience innovations that open your eyes to an entirely new world.

November 06, 2018


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We visited the world's most amazing gadget market

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The New Shanzhai: Democratizing Innovation in China

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Shanzhai: China's Collaborative Electronics-Design Ecosystem

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Shanzhai: Open innovation as an invitation to start new brands

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Designed in Shenzhen: Shanzhai Manufacturers and Maker Entrepreneurs

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  • Ralf Haller, Hightech Connect Suisse
  • Dr. Max von Zedtwitz, Director, GLORAD Center for Global R&D and Innovation
  • Chinese and Swiss politician guests

Keynote - Lessons learned from Chinese-Swiss business deals

How to build trusting relationships and better understand expectations.

How to improve the chances for successful collaborations and investments.

Shenzhen – high-tech area of the future that challenges Silicon Valley

Networking Break

Hightech Connect Suisse Lifetime achievement “Rebel” Award

Panel discussion

moderated by Löpfe

China’s new role in the high-tech battle of the future.
How can we better understand each other and collaborate?

  • Prof. Dr. Tomas Casas i Klett, Director China Competence Center, University St. Gallen

The top 10 high-tech E-Commerce giants from China

and what can Switzerland learn from Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu, JD.com,...

Networking & Apéro

Dr. Max von Zedtwitz

Max von Zedtwitz is an expert in global innovation, R&D, product development, and cor-porate entrepreneurship, especially with respect to emerging markets such as China.

Max is a professor of innovation and international management at Kaunas University of Technology, and a visiting lecturer at universities in Europe and China. He runs the GLO-RAD Center for Global R&D and Innovation with offices in Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Heilbronn, Sao Paulo, Kaunas, Moscow, and St. Gallen. He is a former Vice President with PRTM Management Consultants, where he was co-responsible for their global R&D practice and an overall lead for global product development and China innovation projects. Before joining PRTM, he was Managing Director of AsiaCompete Int’l, a business intelligence firm, and a professor at Tsinghua and Beijing University in China, Skoltech in Moscow, and IMD in Switzerland.

Max has led more than 60 consulting engagements in R&D, technology and innovation strategy, product development operations, global strategy, productivity improvements, product lifecycle management, organizational road-mapping and design, corporate incuba-tion, start-up management, China business and corporate M&A. He has worked and lived in all major markets, including Europe, the U.S., China, Russia, Korea, and Japan, and with MNCs as well as SMEs and startups. The format of engagement is typically interventionist at a senior management level, accompanying corporate strategy making and execution.

Max is a frequent speaker and executive educator on global innovation and China. His most recent book is “Responsible Product Innovation”, published by Springer in 2018. Max has written 17 books and more than 100 scientific articles, winning prizes for academic ex-cellence and practitioner orientation in journals such as JPIM and R&D Management. He also is on the editorial advisory board of nine journals, including the highly ranked Global Strategy Journal, Technovation, and R&D Management. His most recent top publication was on China innovation in the MIT Sloan Management Review in 2018. He has been quoted in periodicals such as the Economist, China Daily and the New York Times. In 2009, he was recognized as one of the 50 most influential innovation scholars worldwide.

Max holds Ph.D. and MBA degrees from the University of St. Gallen, and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from ETH Zurich. He attended Harvard University as a post-doctoral fellow.