Collaboration GVA2 - HEAD Geneva

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02.09.2018

HEAD and GVA2 collaborated in a competition for an artistic intervention in the parks of Geneva

GVA2 approached HEAD's Bureau d' Intervention Publique (BIP) to organize a student competition to improve the experience of park walkers. The goal was to make the parks attractive and increase visitation as well as the popularity of the parks.

Guiding principles were drafted to frame the approach, and GVA2 trusted the teachers to specify the pedagogical aspects of the approach, leaving a great freedom for students.

In the end, no fewer than eight projects were presented to a jury composed of teachers, a representative of the Service des espaces verts, a teacher from HEPIA and members of our association's committee. The projects presented surprised us very pleasantly by their originality, their degree of achievement as well as by the intellectual and creative approach that guided the students.

The winning project, entitled "L'autre bout du monde", proposes to install a sculpture depicting the island of Chatham, located on the opposite side of Geneva in the New Zealand archipelago. Located not far from our "Bout-du-monde", in Bertrand Park, it will be made of a material containing phosphorescent crystals that glow in the dark. It will therefore be visible day and night, thanks to the crystals that store daylight. At both ends of the globe, the two islands of Chatham - the true and the sculpture - can be illuminated at the same time.

Now all we have to do is to go to the end of this project and make it a happen with the help of the authorities. To be continued...

Meet the Makers on the Blockchain with Alp ICT

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06.25.2018

Second Meet the Makers session organised with our partner Alp ICT on the Geneva Boat

For this second session of “Meet the Makers” organized with Alp ICT, we have chosen to meet actors from the Blockchain field.

We had the opportunity to discover the different cases of application of this technology on the Geneva State, thanks to the presentation of Vincent Pignon, CEO of WeCan.Fund and digital advisor to the State of Geneva. A demonstration of the solution developed at SICPA, by Philippe Thévoz, Executive Vice-President eGovernment Systems, offered the participants a concrete visualization of the advantages offered by the blockchain. A demystification of ICO's by Emilie Raffo, Business Manager at Torus Solutions, helped to understand the full potential offered by this new financing solution. A presentation of the numerous cases of applications developed in Geneva within the Fongit, by its director Antonio Gambardella. And finally, a prospective vision of the societal and human responsibilities induced by the blockchain thanks to Jean-Henri Morin, professor at the University of Geneva.

This event took place on the Bateau Genève in the magnificent setting of La Rade and was attended by nearly 60 people. 

Watch the video of this event by Alp ICT 

GVA2 supports Sculpture Garden

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06.08.2018

"Sculpture Garden", support for the contemporary art biennale at Parc des Eaux-Vives

A partnership was concluded between artgenève/sculptures and GVA2 to support the organization of a large-scale contemporary art biennale that will be part of Geneva's other major contemporary art summer fairs in Europe. The first edition takes place from June to September 2018 at Parc des Eaux-Vives.

To give the event a local and international influence, our association supports the organizers for the fundraising part with the help of our collaborator Renate Cornu. We have raised almost all the necessary funds and are waiting for confirmation from other potential sponsors. 

A vernissage in the presence of Sami Kanaan, Mayor of Geneva, Lionel Bovier, director of the Mamco and curator of the exhibition, as well as officials of the FMAC, partner of the event, took place on 8 June, bringing together more than 200 people. On this occasion we had the opportunity to witness Roman Signer's performance on Le Jet d'eau. A video of the highlights of this event is visible by clicking on this link.

Meet the Makers evening with Alp ICT

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11.27.2017

GVA2 and Alp ICT to organize the first "Meet the Makers" event on Smart Cities

As part of its partnership with Alp ICT, the association organised a meeting of innovators from the digital technology scene thanks to the Meet the Makers campaign initiated by Alp ICT. In a different format from our thematic dinners, the association invited its members to discover this program. The event focused on the theme of Smart Cities and was followed by a dinner.  
Our speakers presented their work and their vision for the integration of Smart Cities technologies in Switzerland and elsewhere. We had the pleasure of listening to the following speakers: 

  • Giorgio Pauletto, Strategy, Foresight and Innovation Designer at SIG. Mr. Paulette's mission is to develop a strategy of innovation and industrial intelligence. In the past, he has been a consultant in technology, strategy and foresight for the State of Geneva. 
  • Nicolas Bongard, Project Manager Cantonal Economic Strategy 2030, came to present the Canton's Smart City strategy.
  • Anne Mellano Koymans, Co-Founder and VP of Operations of BestMile. This company has developed a platform for the management of autonomous vehicles. Founded in 2014, BestMile has offices in San Francisco (USA), Lausanne (Switzerland) and London (United Kingdom).  
  • Herve Dedieu, CEO of Novaccess, who created a multi-service platform for the global management of connected objects on a city-wide scale (monitoring of fire detection systems, lighting, etc.). 
  • Flavia Viscardi, Communication Manager of the Swiss Living Challenge, who has devised a new way of living and living together by offering the inhabitants of a neighbourhood to adopt sustainable gestures thanks to her solar house, the NeighborHub. The project won the Solar Decathlon 2017 competition organized by the U. S. Department of Energy.    

The event brought together about fifty people and, according to their positive feedback, was a success.

In memory of Victoria Canonica

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06.30.2017

The Notting Hill model by Victoria has been re-released in support of the Cansearch Foundation and the refugee children

In November 2016, little victoria sadly lost her battle against acute myeloid leukemia and was taken away from this world.

During her illness, Victoria designed a shoe  in collaboration with the Benjie brand. The money raised from the sale of this shoe was donated to the Cansearch Foundation, which funds research projects against various forms of childhood cancer.

Today, her parents decided to continue the fight by creating the committee "Canfight for Victoria", an action group within the Cansearch Foundation. With support from GVA2, this committee has reproduced the shoe designed by Victoria.

Some of the pairs are being sold at the store and the proceeds donated to Cansearch. The others were given to the International School where Victoria was educated. The school, which encourages its students to actively participate in humanitarian projects, decided to donate a large number of the shoes to refugee children in the “Foyer des Tattes”. The remaining pairs were offered to Victoria's close friends.

We are proud that the fight against childhood cancer led by Victoria, and continued today by her parents, can provide support to children in need and financial aid towards cancer research.

If you want to help research against childhood cancer, you can go to canfightforvictoria.com or the Cansearch Foundation website!

Thank you for your help so that Victoria's fight continues!

GVA2 supports Alp ICT’s developments

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06.14.2017

GVA2 supports the transformations and new positioning of Alp ICT, an organization dedicated to bringing digital actors together in western Switzerland

Dedicated to the economic development of the digital industry in western Switzerland, Alp ICT is active both regionally, nationally and internationally. In order to facilitate the digital transformation of industries and promote the excellence of digital players in Western Switzerland, Alp ICT acts as a liaison between companies, R&D Institutes, as well as institutional and financial players.

The increasing interest at national level for the digital sector, in terms of entrepreneurship and impact of society, is encouraging AlpICT to redefine its positioning in the Swiss digital ecosystem.

In this context, GVA2 decided to support the developments of Alp ICT, bringing in the marketing agency KollectiveLabs to conclude a series of partnerships with the private sector with AlpICT and allow it to start new collaborations with the various concerned industries. This long-term project is also about creating a shared vision for the future of the digital sector in Switzerland.

The teams conducting this project wish to move forward in the most collaborative way possible, by inviting individuals, companies and other bodies from the digital sector to contribute collectively to the development of the regional digital ecosystem and to promote Swiss digital innovation beyond its borders.

To find out more about this new initiative, go to the website www.alpict.com or contact the info@alpict.com team directly if you wish to contribute to the future of digital in Switzerland.

  • AlpICT - Digital innovation in Switzerland
  • AlpICT - Focus areas