This was LaFutura Global Conference 2021

November 11 and 12 | Zurich

How can we redesign Society when the future is on fire?

As we start to evolve into our new world, we reflect the past, make sense of the present and translate these insights into a better, brighter and equitable future.

So how do we get there? The key to unlocking a better, brighter and equitable future relies on 360-degree perspective on technological, social, political and environmental trends.


At LaFutura you will meet a global community of the brightest minds in trends, futurism and innovation.

Our speakers and workshops are designed to help each of you create and develop a personal and professional roadmap to building your successful, sound and sustainable future, by understanding the ‘Why’s’ and working out the ‘So What’s.’

Susan Choi
LaFutura Global Conference

Patrick Warnking
Country Director Google Switzerland

Zarifa Ghafari
Mayor Municipality of Maidan Shahr (Afghanistan)

Devon Powers
Associate Professor Temple University (USA)

Reto Largo
Managing Director NEST at Empa | Innovation Accelerator

René Jähne
Technology Transfer Officer at NFS Digitale Fabrikation

Annalisa Gigante
Chief Innovation & Technology Officer

Dennis Hausammann
Founder & CEO at iGroove AG

Chris Luebkeman
Strategic Foresight, Office of the President, ETH-Zürich

Nicole Brandes
Author, coach and speaker

Jasper Udink ten Cate
Creative Chef

Kiwa Iyob
Trend Strategist

Rolf Moritz Estermann
Grill Royal, Kin Dee, Freundschaft, Chateau Royal

Kavita Meelu
Cultural Anthropologist

Haig A. Peter
Manager, Think Lab,
IBM Research Europe
Dalith Steiger-Gablinger
Global AI Thought Leader, Serial Entrepreneur
Kendra Valentine
Story Strategist
Philipp Noser
Projektleiter Digitization & IT
Lisa Kurz
Projekt Managerin Smart City / Intercity Logistik
Federico Zipoli
AI for Accelerated Discovery,
IBM Research Europe
Mira Wolf-Bauwens
IBM Quantum Distinguished Ambassador, IBM Research Europe
Andrew Almack
CEO at Plastics For Change
Oliver Iltisberger
Division President ABB Smart Buildings
Andreas Aigner
Innovation Partner at weXelerate

The speaker lineup is growing daily.
Come back soon to not miss out on updates!


The power of diversity

Host: Alberto Manuel, Susan Choi
11.November 16:30 – 18:00

Living and breathing a culture of diversity is the first step to not just a ‚trend’ but imperative to building a better and equitable future of true inclusion and acceptance. When we grow contact with, exposure to, and communication between people who are not like us, we can learn how to relate to difference in a way where difference doesn’t have to be a problem, a barrier, or a threat. Increasing familiarity with these differences (and commonalities) can shape and shift our perspectives, cultivate an acceptance that facilitates belonging, and diminish the misconceptions and prejudices that fuel discrimination. From a business perspective, it creates a more attractive workplace, fires up creativity and innovation and has been proven to increase sales and revenue.

We must work on advancing equality and justice for all by constantly questioning and challenging intersecting forms of structural inequality and discrimination. The future should be free of systemic oppression and everyone should have access and equal rights.

IOT for Business | WORKSHOP

IOT for Business

Host: Stefan Pfeffer
Sponsor: Microtronics
11.November 16:30 – 18:00

Intelligent and open IOT ecosystems are the key driver for the next evolutionary stage of the industry. In this roundtable, we will discuss how your smart products will capture, record, process and analyse data in platforms and cloud environments in the future. From sewers to hospitals, Microtronics' technology has been successfully used in over 300 projects. From the harsh ATEX environment to the control cabinet and building monitoring, the areas of application are almost limitless. The focus of our roundtable is on simple and fast integration and implementation.


Ecosystems for Business

Host: Corinna Pommerening
Sponsor: E4B
12.November 15:30 – 17:00

Ecosystems are the next evolutionary form of the economy. Cross-industry and cross-company collaboration is becoming a key competence for companies. Cross-company culture, cross-company innovation and collaborative business models are shaping the economy of the future. The subject of the roundtable is the development and operation of regional ecosystems, in particular accompanying or operating cross-industry and cross-customer business and performance-oriented networks.

 AI Ethics and Tech for Sustainability // Diversity and Inclusion for Human Potential // Cultural Futurism // Foresight // Utopia and Distopia // WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

VN Residency Zurich
Morning & Evening | November 11

NEST Zurich
Afternoon | November 11

IBM Research Zurich
Morning | November 12

ETH Robotic Fabrication Lab
Afternoon | November 12