INFORMATION AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

Keeping up with digital developments

Having played host to the creation of the World Wide Web back in 1989, Switzerland can truly say that it has been dynamic in the digital domain for a number of decades. The country certainly did not wait for the 4.0 revolution to lay a solid foundation in this field.

The state of Vaud has played a pioneering role in this respect, hosting the establishment of Elca Informatique in 1968, Logitech in 1981, and then large-scale data centers at the turn of the millennium. Vaud is something of a digital safe and provides an ideal framework to carry out secure digital activities, as illustrated by Safe Host and Brainserve which are both based in the canton.

In terms of the development of technology, start-ups and multinationals alike can count on the canton of Vaud’s expertise in terms of research laboratories and world-renowned institutions of further education. A number of the latter, namely the EPFL, the HEIG-VD, and the UNIL, bring together significant forces in the ITC sector. The EPFL alone has two centers dedicated to data science – the Swiss Data Science Center and EcoCloud –not forgetting the brand new Center for Digital Trust, which is the first institution of its kind in cybersecurity.

Digital companies in Vaud develop products and services in extremely diverse domains, ranging from cybersecurity, fintech, digital health, smart factories and cities, to wearable technology and e-tourism.

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Our success stories

Predictive Layer

Predictive Layer’s mission is to provide leading services in automated predictive analysis. The company uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to process client information and correlate it with open data to establish short-term forecasts.

CISCO

This US giant which specializes in network equipment has been based in Rolle since 2007. The group also has a development unit within the EPFL Innovation Park and is anticipating widespread digital disruption across all sectors of industry.

News and events

9/25/2020

Forum of the 100: the Swiss face artificial intelligence

The Forum of 100, organized by Le Temps, is a platform for debate and networking based on an annual conference led by quality speakers. It aims to promote the economic dynamism and creativity that are characteristic of the French-speaking region. For a full day, the guests discuss issues that are essential to Switzerland's future. The theme of the 2020 edition: "The Swiss in the face of artificial intelligence". The online launch of the program and the opening of registrations will take place at the beginning of March. In the meantime, you can discover the portraits of the "100 personalities who make up French-speaking Switzerland".

SwissTech Convention Center EPFL, Lausanne

3/20/2020

Covid-19: Guide and questionnaire for Vaud entrepreneurs

Partial lay off (chômage partiel, RHT), questions, links, tutorials, tips and tricks, a questionnaire and a webinar to help you deal with the current situation: visit our page dedicated to entrepreneurs and share your questions (and resources!) with us.

3/13/2020

The merger of Innovaud and Economic Development - Canton of Vaud (DEV) officially approved

The general meetings of the associations Innovaud and Développement Économique - Canton de Vaud (DEV) validated the merger of the two entities into a single association during the extraordinary general meeting of March 12, 2020 in Lausanne. The new entity will be called "Innovaud". The committee members and the president of the new structure are also elected. Its new management was also chosen following a job competition. The two teams from Innovaud and DEV will work under the same roof for their common mission (media release, in French)