Author: Minna Guigon-Sell

Expert Group “Blockchain Technology in Interorganisational Collaboration” meeting 29.04.21

The 12th meeting of the expert group “Blockchain Technology in Interorganisational Collaboration” took place over lunch on the 29th of April.

First, the members were informed about the opportunities of the innovation process of the databooster. The innovation process gives the benefit of exploring and testing ideas together with experts in the field. Moreover, one can get support for project funding. The iterative process involves different steps such as scouting for ideas, setting up a call, shaping and re-shaping the challenge and ultimately setting up a deep-dive workshop (

After these introductory remarks, the expert group hosted Daniel Rutishauser from inacta AG to give an overview on the new DLT law and future trends in the blockchain sector. Daniel presented inacta’s hypotheses to four key areas of the blockchain space: crypto assets, token economies, DLT solutions, and DLT base layer. In particular in the area of crypto assets, Daniel explained that Switzerland has a competitive advantage due to the new favorable DLT law and he expects that many of the future crypto assets will be issued and traded in Switzerland. Besides many other topics, the current hype around NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and its effect on the digital art market gave rise to much discussion among the experts. The members could not agree on the fundamentals for the immense prices that this new market has realised. Considering the number of open questions, NFTs might be a topic that deserves a meeting for itself.

The online meeting was concluded without an apéro, but with many new insights on the blockchain sector gained.

Ask the Experts

New structure, new logo, new concept: the expert group “Machine Learning Clinic” is a unique pool of expert knowledge. Our last meeting aimed to connect experts willing to share their knowledge with companies in need of expertise to push AI-projects forward. Despite the hype around AI and deep learning of the last years, only a few deployed solutions are running in industry. Why is this? What are the missing bricks? One of the missions of the ML-Clinic is to overcome this gap between lab and real-world applications.

During registration we identified needs and experts on the following hot topics:

  • Data Management
  • Vision Inspection
  • Cloud Integration
  • Hardware / Edge-Processing

During a 90min virtual meeting we connected people, exchanged experience, and brainstormed about new ideas. With the new open-innovation initiative and the support from Innosuisse there are many possibilities to support companies on their ML-journey.

In a familiar round we discussed about real cases from Roche, Sulzer, SBB and others. One common issue is data quality, availability and working with rare scenarios. How to deal with missing, wrong or corrupted data. How to train robust neural networks based on such datasets. There is no easy solution but there are more and more ideas how to deal with these common industrial issues.

Beside the deep technology discussions another highlight was the “non-virtual apéro package” which all participants received before the event. Even though we only communicated through Bytes over a glass fibre everyone had a real chilled beer and some nuts in their hands – what beer would be better to stimulate the real neurons than the AI beer: DEEPER

Overall a successful event and we hope you tune in for the next get together of the ML-Clinic!

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