TRANSFORM - Digital Skills for the Transformation of Disciplines and Business

Digital Transformation is a major challenge and opportunity for professionals in a variety of sectors. The magnitude and depth of change in many professions is unclear even to those involved and the success of such transformation relies on awareness, skills and knowledge. This conference offers opportunities for managers, researchers and professionals in diverse fields to discuss and learn about the changes sweeping through each other’s fields, what skills are necessary to deal with these shifts and how to embed them into the way the organization operates.

12.09.2019, 11:45 o'clock until 13.09.2019, 17:15 o'clock – Campus BFH Brückenstrasse 73, 3005 Bern // Berner Town Hall, Rathausplatz 2, 3011 Bern

The conference TRANSFORM is co-organized by the Institute Public Sector Transformation and Institute Digital Enabling in collaboration with national and international partners as a forum to discuss challenges surrounding the digital transformation. The Swiss Informatics Society is an event partner.

The conference focusses on the development of professionals and business activities to further the digital transformation.

Language of the conference is English unless noted otherwise. 

The target audience is managers and professionals from a wide range of fields with an interest in learning about digital transformation and connecting with other professionals from various fields.


  • Start date 12.09.2019, 11:45 o'clock
  • End date 13.09.2019, 17:15 o'clock
  • Place Campus BFH Brückenstrasse 73, 3005 Bern // Berner Town Hall, Rathausplatz 2, 3011 Bern
  • Application deadline 20.08.2019
  • Costs Thursday 190.- / Friday 290.- / Both days 390.- (Reduced fees for members of asut, SwissICT and SI)



Day 1 - Thursday:

BFH Departement Wirtschaft, Brückenstrasse 73, 3005 Bern

  • What developments will professions and academic disciplines undergo with the digital transformation?
  • How can vocational training and higher education profit from the availability of digital resources?

Day 2 - Friday:
Bern Town Hall, Rathausplatz 2, 3001 Bern

  • What competences are required in the digital future of business?
  • What business opportunities arise from the use of machine learning, platforms and crowd-sourcing?
  • What is the role of computational thinking in disruptive changes in business? How can computational thinking be taught?
  • What leadership competences are necessary to guide digital transformation whilst effectively managing the associated risk?

Thursday, 12. September 2019

All presentations are in English unless noted otherwise.

11.45 - 12.45h


Welcome Apero

12.45 - 13.15h    

Welcome Note (German)
Ms Christine Häsler
Director of Education, Canton of Bern

13.15 - 13.30h


Welcome Note
Prof. Dr. Herbert Binggeli
Rector of the Berne University of Applied Sciences (BFH)

13.30 - 14.00h


Digital Transformation of Vocational Training
Prof. Dr. Pierre Dillenbourg
Full Professor, EPFL Lausanne

14.00 - 14.30h    

Digital Future of Agriculture
Prof. Dr. Alain Sandoz
Associate Professor, University of Neuchatel

14.30 - 15.00h    

No Coding Platforms for Managers
Prof. Dr. Erik Graf
Professor, Bern University of Applied Sciences

15.00 - 15.30h    

Coffee break

15.30 - 16.00h


Digital Transformation of Sports Coaching: The Case of Soccer
Prof. Martin Rumo
Professor, Bern University of Applied Sciences

16.00 - 16.30h    

The Future of the Law Profession
Prof. Dr. Erich Schweighofer
Professor, University of Vienna

16.30 - 17.00h


Digital Skills for Successfully Transforming Business
Dr. Alain Gut
Director Enterprise Sales Unit, IBM Switzerland,
President of the Education Commission of ICT Switzerland

17.00 - 18.00h


Panel Discussion: Next Big Thing for Digital Business

All presentations are in English unless noted otherwise.

08.30 - 09.15h



09.15 - 09.30h    

Welcome Notes
Prof. Dr. Corina Caduff
Vice-Dean Research at BFH
Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kissling
Director of BFH Business School

09.30 - 10.00h


Opening Key Note
Ms Fabrizia Benini
Head of Unit – Digital Economy and Skills, DG CONNECT

10.00 - 10.30h


Digital Skills: Perspectives from a CEO
Dr. Marianne Janik
Country Manager Switzerland, Microsoft

10.30 - 11.00h    


11.00 - 11.30h    

Digital Transformation Skills – from the Usage of Tools to the Creation of New Tools
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Riedl
Director of the BFH Centre for the Digital Society

11.30 - 12.00h    

Applied Data Science
Prof. Dr. Marcel Salathé
Director of the EPFL Extension School

12.00 - 13.30h



13.30 - 14.00h    

Developers are not the Enemy! Helping Humans to Create Secure Software
Prof. Dr. Matthew Smith
Fraunhofer Institute for Communication,
Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE)

14.00 - 14.30h


Social Computing Systems
Prof. Dr. Krishna Gummadi
Head, Networked Systems Research Group, Max Planck Institute

14.30 - 15.00h


Privacy Skills Needed for the Future
Dr. Sebastian Pape
Mobile Business & Multilateral Security
Goethe Universität Frankfurt

15.00 - 15.30h     Coffee-Break
15.30 - 16.00h    

Computational Thinking for All
Prof. Dr. Alexander Repenning
University of Applied Science Northwestern Switzerland

16.00 - 16.30h    

Skills for Collaborative Government
Ms Angelina Dungga-Winterleitner
Researcher, Bern University of Applied Sciences

16.30 - 17.00h    

Closing Key Note: How the Digital Transformation will
Support Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Future
Prof. Dr. Gerd Folkers
President of the Swiss Science Council

17.00 - 17.15h    

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Riedl
Director of the BFH Centre for the Digital Society