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Outpost Innovation Programs

Industry-Specific Focus Weeks
(Silicon Valley only)

With our industry-specific Focus Weeks, you will be taken on a deep dive into a specific topic or industry, with subsequent reception of a certificate stating your achievement.
These weeks are designed for teams or individuals of positions such as innovation managers, C-level executives and investors with an interest in deep-driven topics, network-building and the experience of local expertise.

A typical week looks like the program below

containing a well-balanced composition of theoretical, practical and individual learning and application contents, including:

  1. Introduction day with essential foundations regarding the local ecosystem and its typical traits
  2. Theoretical insights in partnership with local experts, universities and professors
  3. Company visits and experience sessions with first-hand insights as well as personal exchanges with experts and SV insiders
  4. Case studies or workshops
  5. Individual pitch, wrap up and certificate

Registrations for the following industries are open:

Blockchain

May 4th – 8th, 2020
Silicon Valley

Explore how Distributed Ledger Technologies deliver solutions to enterprises and how the adoption of decentralized platforms across industries can be supported.

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Blockchain technology is recognized as critical, especially for the future of financial services: from new market entries, to cross-selling opportunities and even the implementation of wholly new business models. The Blockchain focus week will explore how Distributed Ledger Technologies deliver solutions to enterprises and how the adoption of decentralized platforms across industries can be supported. Blockchain as a Service, digital assets custody solutions and tokenization services among other relevant topics will be explored by Swisscom Blockchain AG in partnership with UC Berkeley. The Blockchain world is evolving fast, so should you!

Health Tech

May 11st – 15th, 2020
Silicon Valley

The program consists of lectures and workshops on new technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, and augmented reality from the health, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry.

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Healthcare undoubtedly has a huge potential for optimization, both in the US and in Switzerland. Although the health systems work differently in many aspects, both countries face similar challenges. This focus week is about the Outpost being able to inspire you with industry-leading partners. We do this by specifying problems together and working jointly to find solutions that improve Switzerland’s healthcare system. The program consists of lectures and workshops on new technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, and augmented reality from the health, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. Furthermore, you will visit startups and learn the innovation methods of established companies. The whole week will pay close attention to experiences in the innovation transfer and changes from the US to the Swiss environment.

Corporate Innovation

June 15th – 19th, 2020
Silicon Valley

Know-how on specific frameworks and concepts that touch on cultural and structural topics such as lean thinking, agile organizations, portfolio management, and organizational change.

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Innovation is a central driver for corporate success and thus an important object of consideration both at the level of business models and at the level of the products or services. The Corporate Innovation Week equips its participants with know-how on specific frameworks and concepts that touch on cultural and structural topics such as lean thinking, agile organizations, portfolio management, and organizational change. Based on practical and theoretical approaches you will get an understanding of how to drive business innovation in order to foster the development of new businesses and new business models for your company.

Cyber Security

September 14th – 18th, 2020
Silicon Valley

Join our Cyber Security program to explore cutting-edge advancements in the prevention, detection and response to security threats and to learn from industry experts, startups, as well as your peers in Silicon Valley.

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Digitalization intensifies networks of people, machines, technology and businesses. Information can and must be accessed from anywhere. This rise in complexity and its challenges are crucial for your business development. Issues to be faced are the cybersecurity workforce gap, alert fatigue by the huge number of false positives, instant visibility and overview of the infrastructure and the “weakest link” being under constant attack. What are the most important security trends and risks, and what are the newest technologies to effectively fight against such threats? Join our Cyber Security program to explore cutting-edge advancements in the prevention, detection and response to security threats and to learn from industry experts, startups, as well as your peers in Silicon Valley.

Infrastructure and Transportation

October 5th – 9th, 2020
Silicon Valley

Explore changes to transportation and its implications on existing structures and models, such as smart cities, drones or autonomous vehicles.

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The future of transportation and infrastructure dramatically changes our cities and the way we live, from commuting to communicating and many more aspects. How can a merger of the digital and physical worlds revolutionize urban transportation, dissolve infrastructure issues and increase the quality of life? In our Infrastructure and Transportation Week, we ask questions such as how people will commute and how goods will be transported in the future, and how physical infrastructure will have to evolve to accommodate these changes. Together, we will explore changes to transportation and its implications on existing structures and models, such as smart cities, drones or autonomous vehicles. By participating in our program you will have the chance to build a visionary, pragmatic and courageous mindset in order to establish a sturdy foundation today, for the future ahead.

Industry 4.0

October 19th – 23rd, 2020
Silicon Valley

First-hand insights from industry leaders on new technologies and applications such as automation, IoT, AI, Smart Factory and 5G

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The fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, is now underway. Manufacturing and engineering will undoubtedly profit from the ongoing digital transformation. It is of crucial importance to gain knowledge into the emerging risks and opportunities of building a more customer-centric supply chain, to enhance operations for increased productivity as well as minimizing downtime and improving workers’ safety.
In our Industry 4.0 focus week you can expect first-hand insights from industry leaders on new technologies and applications such as automation, IoT, AI, Smart Factory and 5G, in order to prepare for your future manufacturer journey.

E-Commerce

November 16th-20th, 2020
China

Dive into China’s digital marketplace with insights on new retail business model, customer experience, leading online payment and technology, social and digital marketing as well as examples on efficient warehousing and logistics.

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China is the world leader in e-commerce, also referred to as the nexus retail innovation. In the E-Commerce Focus Week, you will dive into China’s digital marketplace, with insights on new retail business model, customer experience, leading online payment and technology, social and digital marketing as well as examples on efficient warehousing and logistics. China is said to remain one of the fastest growing consumer markets in the foreseeable future. Now is the right time to invest in learning from its leading e-commerce ecosystem.

Artificial Intelligence

September 14-18, 2020
China

Gain Chinese insight in the understanding of, and approach to AI, as it is of critical importance to future economic growth and competitiveness through new offerings, sharper value propositions and more efficient processes.

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China is rapidly becoming a global leader in artificial intelligence. The topic is a top priority on the country’s agenda, while the technology is already omnipresent in China’s public life. For companies worldwide, AI is of critical importance to future economic growth and competitiveness through new offerings, sharper value propositions and more efficient processes. Our AI Focus Week provides Chinese insight in the understanding of, and approach to AI. Join our immersion week in China to compare your business’ AI efforts to Chinese benchmarks and to gain a better understanding of how to shape the future with an AI approach.

Can’t find your field of interest? No problem. Get in touch to discuss whether the Outpost can organize a Focus Week or separate event of your specific preference.

What is included in the Focus Weeks?

  • 5 full days of educational sessions, workshops, company visits and exchanges with industry experts and peers
  • Program support with an Outpost representative accompanying the group
  • Hotel accommodation 5 nights (Sunday – Friday)
  • Transfers between events
  • Lunches

If you prefer to book and pay for your own accommodation, contact us.

Focus Weeks Pricing

*Early Bird bookings are valid up to 6 months before the starting day of each focus week.
*The focus week will be held with a minimum of 10 binding registrations 2 months before the starting date of each focus week
*The groups are limited to 15 participants.
*The flight is not included in the prices above. 

Are you a leader who aspires to boast achievements and influence the future of your company?

Do you want the skills to kindle the same kind of excitement and creativity emanating from leading innovation ecosystems? The innovation programs of our Outposts support you in addressing today’s complexities of a changing environment with the establishment of an according mindset and know-how. Start your future today.

Contact Details
Tina Werro
General Manager
tina.werro@swisscom.com
+41 79 158 72 02

For further questions or registration assistance,
reach out to Tina Werro, or
register directly via the link below