Landing in the Drone Valley

Entering Switzerland’s Drone Innovation Ecosystem
Tuesday, October 9

Event Details


District Hall
75 Northern Ave. , Boston, Massachusetts 02215 United States


October 09, 2018 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am America/New York (UTC-05:00)



Join a panel of experts from swiss aeropole, GZA, GGBa, S-GE, and swissnex Boston to learn everything you need to know about the drone ecosystem in Switzerland and how you can take advantage of all it has to offer. Register now to reserve your spot.

Switzerland, Home of Drones

In Switzerland drone researchers, startups, and companies can rely on a welcoming and supporting ecosystem geared towards fostering excellence in the field of drone technology and applications. The country provides exceptional access to world-class education and research institutions with close ties to industry, successful peer companies and business friendly regulations, as well as a pioneering air traffic management and a sizeable pool of experts.

This panel is part of swissnex Boston’s overaching series, Aerial Futures: The Drone Frontier and is hosted in conjunction with our HUBweeek Open Doors Public Exhibit. Tickets to Ladning in the Drone Valley also provides access to our drone exhibit hall.


Massimo Fiorin, Panelist
Director Business Park, swiss aeropole

Massimo Fiorin is responsible for the management and development of the swiss aeropole Business and Technology Park in Payerne, Switzerland. swiss aeropole, which is located next to a 2.8 km runway in the heart of Switzerland’s “Drone Valley”, aims to expand a thriving community of aviation and aerospace companies, with a particular focus on the UAV/UAS sector. With its partners WindShape, INVOLI, RelaSyS and CertX, swiss aeropole is developing the DronePole project. Its objective is to contribute to the safety and security of professional drones by providing testing, certification, and R&D services to drone manufacturers and operators. A trained economist with a keen interest in technology and innovation, Massimo holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Geneva’s Graduate Institute.

Lukas Sieber, Panelist
Executive Director North America, Greater Zurich Area

Lukas Sieber worked at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C., USA and was responsible for all public diplomacy activities and programs for the Swiss government throughout the United States. With a background in political sciences from University of Zurich and postgraduate studies at Georgetown University, USA, he now acts as Executive Director North America of Greater Zurich Area (GZA), the official investment support agency of Zurich and surrounding areas, and is Co-Founder of the Mindfire Foundation, a Swiss based foundation that unites some of the smartest minds to develop human-level AI.

Matt Julian, Panelist
Director US, Greater Geneva Bern area

Matt Julian is Director USA for Invest Western Switzerland, where he represents the economic development interests in the United States of six contiguous Swiss cantons (states), a dense commercial region that ranges from Geneva to Bern. Having spent 25 years working on behalf of international economic development agencies around the world, guiding their investment promotion strategies and managing their cross-border business attraction activities, Matt is responsible for facilitating and supporting relationships between US and Swiss enterprises, and institutions, at the academic, research and commercial levels. Matt is also a drone enthusiast, holds a Part 107 certification, and is the primary contact point within the organization for matters related to the UAV/UAS sector.

Philippe Labouchere, Panelist
Project Leader for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, swissnex Boston

Philippe Labouchere holds a MSc and BSc in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). After having explored the mysteries of quantum cryptography during his master, he did an internship at the Science & Technology office at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo, Japan, where he got acquainted with the swissnex network. Upon his return home, he started a doctoral program with Prof. Grätzel at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), during which he worked on next-generation dye-sensitized solar cells. After having completed his Ph.D., Philippe moved to London and worked in the field of artificial intelligence applied to online marketing. In 2017, he joined the swissnex Boston team to foster the exchanges between Switzerland and the Greater Boston Area in the fields of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Sean Powers, Moderator
Trade Commissioner for Foreign Direct Investment, Swiss Business Hub USA

Sean Powers is a Trade Commissioner for Swiss Business Hub USA, part of Switzerland’s official trade and investment promotion agency, Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE). Sean promotes Switzerland as a highly attractive business and investment location for US companies looking to grow into Europe. Sean is an experienced economic development professional, previously leading the life science sector efforts for Scottish Development International, Scotland’s economic development agency. Sean is a Boston native and graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


– 9.30am Welcome remarks by swissnex Boston and S-GE

– 9.45am Presentation by GZA and GGBa

– 10.00am Presentation by swiss aeropole

– 10.15am Testimonials from Swiss startups

– 10.30am Q&A

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