TRANSFORM 2019: Digital Skills for the Transformation of Disciplines, Business and Government

Which digital skills are necessary for the transformation of professions and companies? The event focused on transformation skills and in particular on the development of skilled occupations and entrepreneurial activities for digital transformation.

– The Transform 2019 took place on 12 and 13 September at Rathaus Bern

The TRANSFORM was a 2-day event co-organized and hosted by the Institute Public Sector Transformation and the Institute Digital Enabling.  

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




Thursday, 12. September 2019

All presentations are in German or French.

11.45 - 12.45h


Welcome Apero

12.45 - 13.15h    

Welcome Note 
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-Code, Machine Learning, and the Empowered Domain Expert
Prof. Dr. Erik Graf
Bern University of Applied Sciences, Engereeing and Information Technology

15.00 - 15.30h    

Coffee break

15.30 - 16.00h


Digital Transformation of Sports Coaching: The Case of Soccer
Martin Rumo
Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen SFISM

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 Public Affairs, IBM Switzerland,
President of the Education Commission of ICT Switzerland

17.00 - 18.00h


Panel Discussion: Next Big Thing for Digital Business
Prof. Bramwell Kaltenrieder
Bern University of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Information Technology
Friederike Thilo
Bern University of Applied Sciences, Health
Dr. Thomas Stricker
Swiss Informatics Society - ECDL

18.00h     Apéro
19.15h     Transform-Dinner (optional)

All presentations are in English.

08.30 - 09.15h



09.15 - 09.30h    

Welcome Note
Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kissling
Director of BFH Business School

09.30 - 10.00h


Opening Key Note
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: The one digital skill to rule them all?
Prof. Dr. Marcel Salathé
Director of the EPFL Extension School

12.00 - 12.15h    

Lunch Key Note
Alec von Graffenried
Mayor of Berne

12.15 - 13.30h



13.30 - 14.00h    

Engineering a Fair Future: Why we need Unbiased AI
Prof. Dr. Krishna Gummadi
Head, Networked Systems Research Group, Max Planck Institute

14.00 - 14.30h


Privacy Skills Needed for the Future - Applying Privacy Patterns to the Internet of Things' (IoT) Architecture
Dr. Sebastian Pape
Mobile Business & Multilateral Security
Goethe Universität Frankfurt

14.30 - 15.00h


Computational Thinking for All
Prof. Dr. Alexander Repenning
FHNW, School of Education

15.00 - 15.30h     Coffee-Break
15.30 - 16.00h    

Developers are not the Enemy! Helping Humans to Create Secure Software
Karoline Busse
Usable Security and Privacy Group, University of Bonn

16.00 - 16.30h    

Skills for Collaborative Governance
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

17.15h     Apéro

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?

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