During the Swiss Digital Days, several European countries have teamed up to expand the initiative to their countries. The goal is to further accelerate digital evolution throughout Europe.
The Swiss Digital Days will expand in Europe. Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Sweden, Serbia, Ukraine, Poland, and the city of Vienna formed a digital alliance to support digital initiatives throughout Europe, with the Swiss Digital Days as a role model.
“I am pleased that other organizations are open to the idea of a digital day. Such transnational initiatives, which have the same goals, will make Europe a stronger digital hub. And we have to get better”, says Marc Walder, founder of digitalswitzerland.
The Swiss Digital Days have caught international attention
The Swiss Digital Days are a series of events about digitalization. The event took place from 1st to 3rd of November and with more than 300 physical and virtual events all over Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The idea is to inform and educate the people on digital trends.
The event is organized by digitalswitzerland and aims to foster dialogue regarding digitalization, give companies a stage to present their ideas, and consumers the chance to give feedback. “It’s the fourth time that interested people can get informed, actively participate in the discussion regarding current topics, and learn digital skills for their everyday lives,” says digitalswitzerland about the event.
Representatives from other countries are visiting for the digital days. Poland and Germany have already organized similar events in their own countries. As the event is successfully boosting digital trends, there will be more events of this kind in the future.
“The fact that those seven nations can agree on common values is an essential first step to foster digital change together and step up for shared values such as responsibility, sustainability, and security,” says Diana Engetschwiler, project manager of the Swiss Digital Days.
Digitalization is a transnational effort
Digital technologies are borderless, and international cooperation is paramount for the development of the sector. Unlike the prior industrial revolutions, which were mostly national efforts, the fourth industrial revolution has to be an international effort. The technologies themselves and the regulatory frameworks have to be developed on an international stage to become successful.
“Given the far-reaching impact of digitization on our society, we must find ways to involve all parts of society and maximize the benefits of new technologies,” says Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman at SEB and co-founder of the Swedish initiative Digital@ldag. “We also need to address the challenges they pose and join forces in Europe to learn from each other and work together.”
Nebojša Đurđević, CEO at Digital Serbia Initiative, comments, “Initiatives with such a broad impact usually come from governments. I am proud that the civil sector is initiating and implementing activities to promote the opportunities that digitization has brought us fully. I believe that this contribution will be essential for Europe’s prosperity in the digital age, and that is why the Digital Serbia Initiative is working with our partners from other countries.”
A promising development. A success from Switzerland and Liechtenstein gets exported into the rest of Europe. Again, the two countries have made a significant contribution to digital developments in Europe.