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


Wednesday Feb. 06 2013

Wed   09:00

Co-creation workshops (invitation only) & Röstigraben Express

Wed   12:30

Doors opening

Welcome to Lift13! 

Wed   12:45


Let's eat!

Wed   13:00

1st time Lifters Session

Are you attending Lift for the first time? Join us for a short presentation of the event, and you will find out how to maximize your presence during these three days.
Wed   14:00

Democracy in Distress – Re-engineering Participation

How can democracy survive and develop in an age of global networks and ongoing acceleration?
Sami Kanaan City of Geneva Counselor
Maximilian Stern Political Scientist and Managing Director of foraus
Micah Daigle Founder, Collective Agency
Gudrun Pétursdóttir Director, Institute for Sustainability and Interdisciplinary Studies University of Iceland
Jake Levitas Research Director, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts
Luc Meier Under One Roof project leader, EPFL
Wed   15:45


Wed   16:45

Mobile Stories

Discover the creative potential of mobile phones and how artists and designers repurpose them in original ways. Presented by Pro Helvetia
Geoffrey Dorne CEO, Geoffrey Dorne SAS
Christopher Kirkley Musicologist and creator of Sahelsounds
Mark Sorrell Development Director at Hide&Seek
Wed   18:45

Transfer to the Fondue

Group transfer to the Pitoëff auditorium, 52 rue de Carouge 1205 Geneva

Wed   19:00


No need to introduce this part of the program, the legendary Lift Fondue!

Thursday Feb. 07 2013

Thu   08:15

Doors opening

Thu   09:00

Resilience and Resistance

What methods and mindsets help us embrace our present realm of VUCA - Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity?
Venkatesh Rao Author and Blogger Forbes, Information Week
Noah Raford Co-Founder and CEO of Futurescaper, Crowd-sourcing Expert
Konstantina Zoehrer Social Innovation Activist, Entrepreneurial mind and Initiator of Startup Live Athens
Thu   10:30

Break & Speed-Dating

Speed-dating session in collaboration with the W.I.R.E.

Thu   11:30

The Agile Enterprise: Rethinking what it means to manage

The Agile Enterprise or how businesses stay lean and nimble in the face of accelerating innovation cycles. Presented by Liip
Dave Gray Author and management consultant
Abhijit Bhaduri Chief Learning Officer, Wipro Ltd
Daniel Freitag Co-founder and Creative Director FREITAG
Thu   12:45


Let's eat!

Thu   14:30

Innovation Drivers: XXX

In the true Lift spirit of cross-pollination, what can we learn from the strongest creative industry nobody talks about: adult entertainment.
Kate Darling Research Specialist MIT Media Lab, Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center
Garion Hall CEO of abbywinters.com
Heather Kelley Game Designer and Founder PerfectPlum
Thu   15:45


Informal chatting, Lift Experience, and more!

Thu   16:45

The Venture Night

Discover the most disruptive start-ups of Switzerland in a revamped format.

Thu   17:15

Panel of Successful Entrepreneurs

With Pierre Chappaz, Carlos Moreira and Daniel Freitag.

Thu   17:45

Venture Night finalists pitching


Thu   18:45


Let's end the day in style around a glass of wine.

Friday Feb. 08 2013

Fri   08:15

Doors opening


Fri   10:30


Talking-points and guided tour of the Lift Experience!

Fri   11:00
Fri   11:30

Noise and Speed: Loose Brakes and Failing Filters

Mails, tweets, sounds, images, we are experiencing an age of content explosion and a crisis of relevance. How can we cope without shutting our eyes and ears and inboxes?
Atau Tanaka Professor of Media Computing at Goldsmiths and CTO of Clicmobile
Justin Pickard Writer & Futurist at Superflux
Sebastian Dieguez Researcher in cognitive neuroscience, University of Fribourg
Fri   12:45


Let's eat!

Fri   14:15

Reinventing the Crafts: the Future of Job Traditions

Or how leading businesses mix old skills and traditional values with new technologies and contemporary esthetics to become proudly artisanal and globally scalable.
Caroline Drucker Country Manager at Etsy Germany
Massimo Banzi Co-founder, Arduino
Oliver Reichenstein Founder and CEO Information Architects
Fri   15:45


Informal chatting, Lift Experience... last chance to network before the party! :)

Fri   16:45

From Fiction to Design, from Design to Fiction

The mutual relationship between science-fiction culture and technological research and design.
Bruce Sterling Science-fiction author
Anthony Dunne Professor and Head of the Design Interactions programme at the Royal College of Art
Rachel Armstrong Senior Lecturer, University of Greenwich and co-director of AVATAR
Fri   17:15

Wrap-up & End of conference

Fri   21:00

Closing party

Let's dance at the Palais Mascotte! :) 43 rue de Berne, 1201 Geneva
Fri   23:45


For the late night birds who never get enough, check out the Antigel festival!