The Lift Conference

The first Lift conference edition was created in 2006 in Geneva; it has since become one of the leading European digital innovation conferences. It attracts innovators from around the world for three memorable days of inspirational speeches, interactive workshops, informal networking and knowledge-sharing. Over 1000 participants - from entrepreneurs to senior managers, engineers to scientists, researchers to artists - gather to learn about key trends, to share the knowledge and experience that fuel innovation.

Other Lift Productions

To leverage our extensive innovation event experience, we curate and co-produce events for and with partners. Since 2006 we have organized and supported over 30 events around the world. The event formats vary from half-day workshop sessions to 3-day conferences and festivals. Our role includes program curation, speakers sourcing and coaching, workshop animation, moderation and event promotion. Visit our services page to learn more about the Lift projects portfolio.


Upcoming events

Lift China 2015

June 2015   |   Shanghai – Shenzhen, China

In June 2015, Lift will host the second edition of Lift China in partnership with swissnex China. This second edition will be held in Shanghai before moving to Shenzhen. Lift China will bring together innovators, entrepreneurs from China and abroad to discuss and exchange on China innovation.

Past events

March 18 2015   |   Federal Palace, Bern

On March 18th 2015, the first edition of Lift sous la Coupole will be held in Bern within the Federal Palace on the theme “Switzerland a start-up nation?”. This event will bring together representatives of federal authorities, entrepreneurs, investors, experts and researchers to discuss a favorable framework for technology transfer and entrepreneurship, the aim being to ensure the continued development of a healthy startup ecosystem.

Feb. 4–6 2015   |   CICG, Geneva, Switzerland

Lift Conference is one of Europe’s key events about innovation and digital technologies. It features a special blend of inspiring speeches by some of the world’s best speakers, truly interactive workshops, exhibitions of interactive media projects and prototypes to play with …and the legendary Fondue!

  • Author of "A History of the Future in 100 Objects"
  • Frederic Jacobs
    Built the high-security messaging app that Snowden recommends and encrypted WhatsApp
  • Explorer of the future of activism and communities
  • Co-founder Eventbrite, building tech products used by millions of people around the world
  • Working with Google to help phones and robots see in three dimensions.
Nov. 6–7 2014   |   Basel, Switzerland

In November 2014 a new yearly Lift edition was successfully launched, connecting innovators in Life Sciences and Information Technologies. The first edition explored hot topics like “Big Data and Beyond”, “Shaping Healthy Habits” and “Man-Machine Interface” in the exceptional setting of Markthalle Basel. 

  • Exploring the Future of Humanity
  • The Man Behind Ireland’s Synthetic Biology Accelerator
  • Faster Innovation Through Open Access Research and Public-private Partnerships
  • Building the Future of Family Planning
  • Preparing the insurance industry for the future of healthcare
Oct. 21-22 2014   |   Villa Méditerranée, Marseille

A big thank you for having participated in Lift with Fing 2014 and for making it such a great success! It was a real pleasure meeting you all. We really hope that you enjoyed the experience and left inspired and nurtured with new contacts and tools to help you further your ventures.

We extend our thanks to the whole Fing team who did an amazing job all throughout the event.

Sept. 10, 2014   |   Shanghai

To strengthen our links with Asia and discover more of the innovation and entrepreneurship scenes of China, Lift is going on a scouting event in Shanghai in partnership with swissnex China. Lift China will be the place for makers, artists, startups and pioneers alike to meet and make fruitful connections with our international community.

  • Trainer and consultant, project director with the China Institute for Innovation
  • Faculty Member at the Design & Innovation College, Tongji University
  • Founder of XinCheJian, China's first hackerspace
  • Curator, cultural adviser, interactions amongst digital art, information and technology
  • Co-founder of One of the World's Largest Do-it-yourself Biology Labs
Feb. 5-7 2014   |   CICG, Geneva, Switzerland

Lift Conference is one of Europe’s key events about innovation and digital technologies. It features a special blend of inspiring speeches by some of the world’s best speakers, truly interactive workshops, exhibitions of interactive media projects and prototypes to play with …and the legendary Fondue!

  • Creative Director of The New York Times R&D Lab
  • President and CEO, reinventing Logitech
  • Co-Editor and Managing Partner at Boing Boing, research director at Institute for the Future
  • Member of the board of directors of Audemars Piguet, leading a global family business
  • Teenage Hacker and Maker
October 15-16, 2013   |   Villa Méditerranée, Marseille

Occupy Industry! The 5th edition of Lift with Fing in Marseille will gather those who envision how digital technology could transform design and manufacturing, and those who are actively making it happen!

Sept. 16-18, 2013   |   Geneva

Lift co-produced the 2013 edition of the Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon), the world’s leading event in Open Data. Presented under the patronage of Federal Councillor Alain Berset, this OKCon edition attracted over 900 participants from 45 countries to Geneva and served as official launch platform for the Swiss Open Government Portal.

Feb. 6-8 2013   |   CICG, Geneva, Switzerland

Thank you so much for joining the 8th edition of Lift in Geneva. Over 1000 participants coming from 30 countries, including 70 journalists and bloggers came together to share, connect and create new opportunities. We had a wonderful time and we hope you enjoyed it too, and left inspired and lifted!  Let's follow-up on the ideas that came out of Lift13 and make innovation happen now.

  • Age of the Inpossible
  • Agile Business Design at FREITAG AG
  • Lift13 Recap

Lift with Fing 2012

Sept. 27-28, 2012   |   Marseille, France

This 4th edition of Lift with Fing was openend by Fleur Pellerin, French Minister in charge of SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy. It was different from previous ones: Participants were invited to take part in a new kind of foresight exercise. The 2-day event featured talks and a giant co-creation workshop about digital disruptions.

The outcome of the workshop will be published soon in form of a report here: website Questions Numériques.

  • Artist / Professor of Digital Arts, École Supérieure d'Art d'Aix-en-Provence
  • French Minister in charge of SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy
  • Director, Institute for Sustainability and Interdisciplinary Studies University of Iceland
  • Digital artist and curator, Director of Lighthouse
  • One of the world's leading human geographers and social scientists
  • Bio / Hack Innovation
  • Promise: A constitution for the people by the people.
  • Lightning in the Age of Cloud Computing
Apr. 18, 2012   |   Seoul, South Korea

For our 4th Lift event in Korea, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Presence Switzerland mandated us to curate a event in Seoul, taking place prior to the 2012 Expo in Yeosu. The mission was to celebrate innovation and create and reinforce bridges of friendship between Swiss and Korean pioneers. It connected up-and-coming leaders, artists, researchers and young professionals, presented prototypes and exclusive demos of state-of-the-art projects. The projects were presented in a very unique setup, including live interviews by MCs, to stimulate the networking between Korean and Swiss participants.

  • Swiss-Korean Innovation Night, curated by Lift

Lift Conference 2012

Feb. 22-24, 2012   |   CICG, Geneva, Switzerland

Lift12 (Geneva, Feb. 22-24, 2012) featured our special blend of some of the world's most inspiring speakers, truly interactive workshops,exhibitions of interactive media projects, prototypes to play with and ... the legendary Fondue!


  • Lisa Harouni, CEO Digital Forming: "Mass customisation and 3D printing"
  • JP Rangaswami, Chief Scientist "Technologies vs people"
  • Hojun Song, Artist: "The Open Source Satellite Initiative"

Lift with Fing 2011

July 6-8, 2011   |   Marseille, France


  • Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive NESTA: "Openness and collective intelligence, its prospects and its challenges"
  • Juliana Rotich, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Ushahidi Inc.: "Ushahidi: Powered by Open Source"
  • Jonathan Kuniholm, PhD Candidate, retired Marine Corps Officer: "Open Prosthetics, where it comes from, what it changes, what it means for all of us"

Laboratoire des Nouvelles Lectures

Apr. 30 - May 2, 2011   |   Geneva, Switzerland



Mar. 23-25, 2011   |   Lyon, France


Lift Conference 2011

Feb. 2-4, 2011   |   CICG, Geneva, Switzerland


  • Ben Hammersley, Editor at Large Wired UK magazine: "What does the internet bring to the concept of a country?"
  • Don Tapscott, Chairman of the think tank Moxie Insight: "MacroWikinomics"
  • Kevin Slavin, Co-Founder and CCO of Starling: "Those algorithms that govern our lives"

Lift with Fing 2010

July 5-7, 2010   |   Marseille, France

In 2010 Lift France with Fing gathered 560 participants and explored how the technologies and concepts of the web are changing the real world today and in the future. For the last 20 years, networked technologies have redistributed the power of imagining, evaluating, and acting. But this change extends far beyond the digital. It transforms manufacturing, learning, cities, public policy, perhaps even our own minds… Themed “dot.real” Lift France with Fing 2010 explored how the real world is being “webified”.

  • Senior lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Bath
  • Founder, Superflux
  • Filmmaker and anthropologist, Think Public
  • Freelance journalist, The Guardian
  • Adviser to the Prime Minister Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations, Indian Government

Lift Conference 2010

May 5-7, 2010   |   CICG, Geneva, Switzerland

Lift10 gathered 1000 participants to explore the most overlooked aspect of innovation: people. Known in techno-parlance as users, people ultimately define the success of all technological and entrepreneurial projects. Their approaches are unique, influenced by cultural and generational diversity. During 3 days Lift10 explored the myths and uncover the reality behind the "connected people" in speeches, workshops and the interactive “Lift Experience” exhibition, curated by HEAD.

Lift in Asia 2009

Sept. 17-18, 2009   |   Jeju, South Korea

The third edition of Lift in Korea explored how social networks, online games, robots and communicating objects, once designed for entertainment purposes, are giving birth to a whole new range of opportunities and challenges. The two-day conference welcomed 450 participants on Jeju Island and featured an open program where members of the audience presented their ideas and projects.

  • Robot Movies Producer, South Korea, CEO, Shincine
  • Co-founder, Cyworld
  • CEO of the second largest social network service in Korea, Neowiz
  • New Generation Architect, Founder of Mass Studies
  • Founder of me2DAY

Lift with Fing 2009

June 18-20, 2009   |   Marseille, France

In 2009 a second international event was added to the Lift conference roaster: With our friends at the Fondation Internet Nouvelle Generation (FING) in Paris we kicked-off a new event series in Marseille, targeted at exploring digital innovation around the Mediterranean. French minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet closed the event with a personal wrap-up.

Lift Conference 2009

Feb. 25-27, 2009   |   CICG, Geneva, Switzerland

Lift09 welcomed over 800 participants, looking back to look ahead, exploring topics like change, solidarity, love, or design, during three days of intense networking and inspiration themed around a simple question: "Where did the future go?". A special highlight of this 4th edition of Lift in Geneva was the speech by one of the “fathers of the internet” and Google Vice-President Vint Cerf.

  • Vinton Cerf, Vice President Google, Internet Evangelist: "From the Jurassic Era of the Internet to its Futures" (FR)

Lift in Asia 2008

Sept. 4-6, 2008   |   Jeju, South Korea

The first full-scale event of Lift in Asia took place in a breath-taking setting on the beautiful Korean island Jeju-Do. Besides inspiring speakers and workshops the 2-day event offered participants a great exhibition of interactive design prototypes in collaboration with Seoul-based Nabi art center.

Lift Conference 2008

Feb. 6-8, 2008   |   CICG, Geneva, Switzerland

The 3rd edition of Lift Geneva offered 650 participants three full days of workshops, talks, social activities and discussions to get a look at the most important technological trends and meet the people behind them. It was in 2008 that the first edition of the start-up event “AlpICT” Venture Night was launched in a full room at Salle Communale de Plainpalais.

Lift in Asia 2007

Sept. 12, 2007   |   Seoul, South Korea

After being invited to speak at Lift Geneva in February 2007, Korean star entrepreneur Jaewoong Lee encouraged the Lift Team to launch a Lift edition in Korea. Only a few months later the Lift Team organized its first Korean Event: on this first Lift Night in Seoul 180 participants came together from to connect with speakers like Adam Greenfield, Bruce Sterling, XL games CEO Jake Song and Korean architect Yoo Suk Yeon and discuss real and digital spaces.

Lift Conference 2007

Feb. 7-9, 2007   |   CICG, Geneva, Switzerland

At the 2nd edition of Lift in Geneva 550 people came together. For the first time selected participants were offered the opportunity to talk during the open stage sessions or share and learn with others during a pre-conference workshop. 2007 was also the year the interactive experience exhibition space, LIFT+ was launched to stimulate active interaction between the participants.

  • Jan Chipchase, Principal Scientist Nokia Research Center "Literacy, Communication & Design"
  • Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology Newcastle University: "How kids teach themselves"

Lift Conference 2006

Feb. 2-3, 2006   |   CICG, Geneva, Switzerland

At the very first edition of Lift 350 participants came together in the CICG, Geneva. The goal of Lift06 was to connect people passionate about new applications of technology and propel their conversations into the broader world to improve life and work. A new series events was born!