Last week the Digitaltag Vaduz (Digital Day Vaduz) attracted crowds to learn about digital technologies. The annual event aims to show the general public the benefits digitization will bring to their everyday lives.

Visitors followed exciting presentations and panel discussions on the digital future in the Art Museum in Vaduz or via live stream. A survey on how digitalization is perceived among the public in Liechtenstein was also presented.

The Digital Day in Vaduz, part of digitalswitzerland’s nationwide Digital Days, is one of the flagship events of the organization is supported by the municipality of Vaduz and the Liechtenstein government.

Digital administration

The event started with Deputy Head of Government Sabine Monauni and Vaduz Mayor Manfred Bischof. They presented how the state and municipalities are digitalizing their services to make residents’ daily lives easier and what’s planed for the future.

Generational differences

Their presentations were followed by the science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar. He demonstrated how his grandson Emil will grow up in the digital world, showing the audience how intelligent devices, artificial intelligence, smart medicine, and new forms of social interaction will shape the upbringing of the new generation.

“Emil’s world is different from the business as usual of my generation,“ he said. „It will be the result of a global transformation, and this raises the question of the new priorities and values of his world.” Certainly, many parents and grandparents in the audience could relate to the topic.

Media competence

Another topic of great interest to the public is “Media Competence in Everyday Life.” Jochen Fasco, the representative for media competence of the state media authorities in Germany, spoke on the subject.

In his lecture, he discussed how children and young people, but also adults, can prepare themselves to be an active part of the digital world. His presentation was followed by a panel of experts from Liechtenstein, including Jennifer Rheinberger, Chairperson of the Media Competence Expert Group, Günther Kaiser, Managing Director of formatio Privatschule, and Marcel Kaufmann, Head of the Centre for School Media at the Education Authority.

Virtual reality

A stunner during the event was a showcase of various digital innovations at the Art Museum, including the Smart Factory of the University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland OST, a touchscreen art generator, and virtual reality applications for the young and old.

Positive attitude

Events like the Digitaltag Vaduz show impact. Christian Frommelt, Director of the Liechtenstein Institute, presented the results of the first representative survey on digital transformation in Liechtenstein. The majority of the population in Liechtenstein has a positive attitude towards digitalization. More than 700 people from Liechtenstein took part in the survey.

Frommelt explained that most respondents believe that Liechtenstein is well-positioned in digitalization. By comparison, 94 percent of respondents in Germany recently felt that their country was lagging in digitalization.

He also said that the public had expressed concerns about more control and surveillance. The survey shows a need for action in Liechtenstein, particularly in protecting against hacker attacks and combating cyber-bullying.

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