News + Events | July 2018

news + events | august


FEATURED | Voting is now open for SXSW 2019. Vote for our panels today!

This year, we're hoping to take two panels to Austin for South by Southwest. Community voting for panels opens today so click the links below to vote and help us bring the best in Swiss innovation to SXSW!

Science Must Escape Gravity: The Zero-G Revolution

A researcher, an entrepreneur and a NASA astronaut have joined forces to make revolutionary zero-g research an accessible option. Learn how they aim to launch medicine into the microgravity frontier.

Teaching Drones to Dance on Their Own

Drones are about to cross over into everyday life. See how they’re preparing, using AI to teach themselves to navigate busy city streets, maneuver in disaster areas, and dance.

CLICK HERE for more info and to vote for our proposals, as well as 3 exciting proposals from our colleagues at swissnex San Francisco!

events | HUBweek 2018 + It Wasn't Written at MoMA

JUST ANNOUNCED: The Drone Frontier is coming to Boston's HUBweek!

October 8 and 9 | District Hall, Boston

With the support of Swiss Touch, we’ll bring the Drone Frontier to Boston’s HUBWeek on October 8 and 9. Join us at District Hall as we showcase some of the most exciting drone technologies and applications to a wide audience during the festival for the future co-founded by Harvard University, MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Boston Globe. We’ll be bringing a “flying cage” to our exhibition space at District Hall, allowing for visitors to experience live drone demos. Come see for yourself as an international selection of drones take flight and explore the Drone Frontier at HUBweek 2018.

Our space will also include the Swiss Touch table, a collaborative interactive installation that has travelled all over the United States. The table creates space for conversation and exchange as we explore the future together.



IT WASN'T WRITTEN: International Symposium on Designer-ly Ways of Historiography

September 5 | MoMA, NYC

This symposium, presented by Julia Meer (HumboldtUniversity Berlin and MIT) and Robert Lzicar (Bern University of the Arts HKB) in partnership with swissnex in New York, focuses on historiographic dimensions of design in both the creation and the reception of history. It will feature, among others, Martino Stierli, Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA, Clive Dilnot, Professor of Design Studies at Parsons School of Design NYC and Arne Scheuermann, Professor of Theory of Design at the Bern University of the Arts HKB.

RSVP (limited seating)


aerial futures | the latest from the #DroneFrontier

Article | Our partners at swissinfo publish their community-generated FAQ

Our media partners at swissinfo used the hashtag #DroneFrontier to collect some of the public's most pressing questions regarding drones and their future applications. Check out the article and keep the conversation going with #DroneFrontier!

Article | A new proposed law would turn drone journalism into a swarm of lawsuits and make it easy to sue over news photography (Nieman)

"Imagine if a news photographer at a football game had to get permission from every single person in the stadium before taking a single shot — or else face hundreds of civil lawsuits. That’s what new model legislation wants to bring to public airspace."

news + recap | 4D printing, Smart Nanoparticles + more

The wild future of 4D design (Fast Company) | Christoph Guberan + MIT Self-Assembly Lab brought their latest work to NYC. Catch the exhibition, “Liquid to Air: Pneumatic Objects”, at the Patrick Parrish Gallery in NYC until August 26.

“The two major things that are new here is that printing soft, stretchy materials is very difficult in any other 3D-printing process. It’s almost impossible—and then, printing inflatables that are also air- and water-tight is really unheard of.”
-Skylar Tibbits, founder of MIT Self-Assembly Lab

Article | Smart Nanoparticles: MIT and EPFL have partnered to pioneer a new non-toxic method for battling cancer (EFPL)

Article | Major innovation organizations in Switzerland partner to offer world-class research facilities to high-tech startups (


opportunities | in Boston + beyond


  • OPEN POSITION: Project Leader for Art/Science Programs | swissnex Boston
    Ever thought about joining our international, innovative team in Cambridge? We're seeking a new Project Leader for Art/Science Programs! For more information on this unique role and to apply, click here.

  • Pro Helvetia: Competition for Venice Architecture Biennale 2020 | Deadline: September 16th
    The Venice Architecture Biennale is one of the most prominent platforms for architecture and urban planning worldwide. Its 17th edition is due to start in May 2020. For the second time, Pro Helvetia plans to choose the Swiss contribution by means of a competition. Eligible for participation are architects and interdisciplinary teams operating in the field of architecture. Apply now!


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