Trust Valley meets Silicon Valley

Exploring the relationship between trust and digital transformation to address the digital challenges society is faced with today.


Join us on Wednesday, 24 March at 8am in San Francisco, and 4pm in Switzerland. REGISTER HERE


We live in complex times where exploring the most pressing questions at the crossroads of technology and humanity is  imperative for the future of our society. At the heart of this process, we find trust. Trust emerges as the backbone of a digital transformation that is needed to address the digital challenges society is faced with today. How do we build trust in complex times?  How do we approach trust as we design digital technologies? These are some of the pressing questions we will explore on Wednesday 24 March in the first edition of “Trust Valley meets Silicon Valley”.


“Trust Valley meets Silicon Valley” is an initiative bringing together the brightest minds and subject-matter experts from two leading global hubs in technology leadership and cybersecurity: Switzerland and the Bay Area in  the United States. What can Switzerland and the Bay Area learn from each other when trust is the key link between technology and society?


As the world’s humanitarian and internet governance capital, Switzerland hosts a rich digital trust and cybersecurity ecosystem such as the Trust Valley–an alliance supported by multiple public, private and academic players based in Switzerland.


This event is co-organized by swissnex San Francisco, Trust Valley, the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, and Switzerland Global Enterprise/Swiss Business Hub USA.


Keynote speaker

Mitchell Baker

Mitchell Baker co-founded the Mozilla Project to support the open, innovative web and ensure it continues offering opportunities for everyone. As CEO of Mozilla Corporation, Mitchell is focused on accelerating the growth levers for the core Firefox browser product and platform, while investing in innovative solutions to mitigate the biggest challenges facing the internet.

As Chairwoman of Mozilla for the last two decades, Mitchell Baker has been responsible for organizing and motivating a massive, worldwide, collective of employees and volunteers who are building the internet as a global public resource, open and accessible to all. Mitchell is deeply engaged in developing product offerings that promote the mission of empowering individuals. She also guides the overall scope and direction of Mozilla’s mission. Mitchell has written the key documents that set out Mozilla’s enduring mission and commitments — the Mozilla Public License in 1998, the Mozilla Manifesto in 2007 and the Mozilla Manifesto Addendum — also known as the Pledge for a Healthy Internet — in 2018.


Panelist Bios

Brandie Nonnecke

Brandie Nonnecke, PhD is Founding Director of the CITRIS Policy Lab, headquartered at UC Berkeley. Brandie has expertise in information and communication technology (ICT) policy and internet governance. She studies human rights at the intersection of law, policy, and emerging technologies with her current work focusing on fairness, accountability, and appropriate governance mechanisms for AI. She is a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She served as a fellow at the Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub and at the World Economic Forum on the Council on the Future of the Digital Economy and Society. Brandie was named one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics in 2021. Her research has been featured in Wired, NPR, BBC News, MIT Technology Review, Buzzfeed News, among others. Her research publications, op-eds, and presentations are available at


Heather Loomis

Heather Loomis is a Partner and Managing Director of Fund Strategy at Glynn Capital, a technology growth investment firm founded in Silicon Valley. In this strategic position, Heather is a member of both Glynn’s investment and business teams. She is responsible for creating and addressing opportunities within the market to ensure the firm remains at the forefront of technology investing. Most recently, Heather was Managing Director and Head of BlackRock’s Institutional Family Office Business in Canada and the Western U.S. Prior to BlackRock, Heather was a Managing Director at JPMorgan, responsible for managing a $13 billion dollar Fixed Income Business across the Western and Central United States. Heather began her career as a proprietary equity trader at First New York Securities in Manhattan. She has regularly appeared in broadcast and online media. Heather has been a spokesperson for sustainable investing and an advocate for women’s empowerment and financial education throughout her career. Outside of work, Heather sits on the Advisory Board of Tompkins Conservation. She led the San Francisco Council of the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) for five years and sat on their board for ten. Heather graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and currently lives with her family in San Francisco.


Yves Daccord

Yves Daccord is a renowned humanitarian leader, international strategist, influencer and changemaker. His current focus is on the theme of security, social contract and the role of cities at the age of digital surveillance and pandemics, which is the subject of a special initiative he is leading at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and society. From 2010 – March 2020 Yves was Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a global humanitarian organization employing 20,000 staff. A former journalist, TV producer and international relations expert, his ICRC career spanned more than two decades in a variety of posts and challenging contexts – including Israel and the Occupied Territories, Sudan, Yemen, Chechnya and Georgia. Yves is a Commissioner of the #Principles4Peace initiative. He is as well member of the Board of Trustees of ODI, of the Board of the International Human Rights Film Festival of Geneva, of the Board of the leading swiss newspaper LeTemps and of the Board of the Humanitarian Quality Insurance Initiative.

This event is co-organized by swissnex San Francisco, Trust Valley, the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, and Switzerland Global Enterprise/Swiss Business Hub USA.

Tech4Trust_6th Workshop Legal experts

On Friday 19th, be part of our Tech4Trust Legal Workshop  | 9am - 11am | Online 

Meet the experts in Legal such as :

- Yaniv Benhamou, Associate Professor at the University of Geneva, attorney-at-law

- Ria Kechagia, Scientific Collaborator on Intellectual Property and Privacy law

University of Geneva

- Sanja Fabrio, Co-founder et Managing Director at RegHorizon LLC

- Ilham Afdili, IP specialist, Senior Patent attorney


9h00: Welcome by Lennig Pedron

9h05: Cloud & Data Protection by Yaniv Benhamou

9h20: AI and data protection by Sanja Fabrio

9h35: Intellectual Property by Ilham Afdili

9h50: Interactive Q&A Session with Ria Kechagia

10h15: Wrap up and Closing

Swiss Cyber Security Days - 10&11 March 2021

Tech4Trust by Trust Valley will partner with Swiss Cyber Security Days in Fribourg

This Year, the Swiss Cyber Security Day, the biggest event in Switzerland dedicated to Cybersecurity will take place 100% digital.

The second edition of the SCSD will be placed under the theme of confidence in a hyper-connected digital society, in particular in connection with 5G, transport and e-banking. Cyber-attacks are seen around the world as the second potential danger hanging over the stability of society, especially in the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Cyberspace is the area where opportunities, but also risks, threats and damages, have increased the most in recent years. The SCSD wish to strengthen the transfer of knowledge in this field.


Key figures:

Trust Valley will animate a virtual booth open to the public, come to visit us!

We will start our Start-ups scouting for the NEXT Tech4Trust Season on the virtual booth.

Meet Edward Snowden with his Keynote

Bug Bounty, one of our Tech4Trust Start-up has been selected to do a Keynote during the event!

CyberPeace Institute Panel Discussion with Lennig Pedron, André Kudelski and Philippe Gillet SICPA.

More than 70 high-level national and international speakers

120 exhibitors (firms, universities, public actors and associations)

40 presentations reserved for best practice solutions

2,500 visitors expected

Link to registrer:

Tech4Trust_ WorkshopWithExperts_ Fundraising

On Friday 5th, be part of our Tech4Trust Fundraising Workshop  | 9am - 11am | Online


Meet the experts in fundraising such as :


- Jean-Philippe Lallement, Managing Director, EPFL Innovation Park

- Bolko Hohaus, VP French Speaking Switzerland, SICTIC

- Lajla Aganovic, Investment Director at Swisscom Ventures

- Julien Guex, General Secretary, FIT, Innovation and Technology Fundation

- Guy Giuffredi Investment Director at Swiss Startup Capital and Board Member at Aare Ventures

- Daniel Rufenacht, Group Vice President Corporate Communications and Sustainability at SGS

- Philippe Gillet, Chief Scientific Officer at SICPA




9h00:   Welcome by Jean-Philippe Lallement

9h05:    FIRST PART: Fundraising- Investor Groups (Bolko Hohaus and Guy Giuffredi)

9h15:   1st Panel (Q&A) Vision & Perspectives from Investors Groups

09h45:  SECOND PART: Corporate VC (Lajla Aganovic, Daniel Rufenacht, Patrice Perche and Philippe Gillet)

10h05:  3rd Panel Investors Vision & Perspectives from Corporate VC 15 minutes

10h35: Wrap-up and conclusion – Global Q&A Session 20’


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Tech4Trust@Yverdon: le berceau de la cybersécurité

Le jeudi 4 mars, rejoignez-nous au 5ème Roadshow digital de 8h30 à 10h30 co-organisé avec Y-PARC et la Heig-VD


Avec la participation de:

Juliana Pantet, Directrice d’Y-PARC

Raphaël Conz, Responsable de l’Unité Entreprises au SPEI

Sylvain Pasini, Responsable du pôle de compétences cybersécurité à la HEIG-VD

Stefano Ventura, ex-directeur de l’IICT, Professeur honoraire, HEIG-VD

Eduardo Sanchez, ex-doyen TIC, HEIG-VD, Professeur honoraire HEIG-VD, Professeur honoraire EPFL.

Juergen Ehrensberger, Professeur et Directeur de l’IICT, HEIG-VD

Frédéric Mauger et Mark Vincent, Co-fondateurs de Sysmosoft SA

Lennig Pedron, Directrice de Trust Valley

27 Start-ups du Tech4Trust



8h30 Mots officiels de bienvenue de Y-PARC, Trust Valley et du Canton de Vaud Promotion économique

8h45 La cybersécurité à Yverdon-les-Bains par Sylvain Pasini

8h55 Présentations des Start-ups (1ère partie)

9h10 Présentation de la Success Story Sysmosoft

9h15 Présentations des Start-ups (2ème partie)

9h30 Panel de discussion et réseautage


Link to register:

Tech4Trust Roadshow - 4th Stop online with Idiap Research Institute

Tech4Trust Roadshow – 4th Stop online with Idiap Research Institute

After the launch of the 2nd season of the program in Lausanne, the Tech4Trust by Trust Valley roadshow stopped at Zug, Zurich and Geneva. The 11th of February, we will join our forces with the powerful Wallis network and Government for the 4th Stop Roadshow.

Join us on Thursday 11 February, at 09.15am to 11am, for the 4th Swiss virtual roadshow with Idiap Research Institute to discover cutting-edge startups and discuss emerging topics with key experts.

Based in Martigny, in the Swiss Alps, Idiap is involved in research projects at local, national and international levels. Established as a non-profit foundation, Idiap was founded by the City of Martigny, the Canton du Valais, EPFL, the University of Geneva, and Swisscom. The Institute is among the leaders in artificial and cognitive intelligence since 1991.

With the participation of:

M. Christophe Darbellay, Wallis Government President 

Vincent Riesen, CEO Valais Chamber of Commerce and Industry

François Foglia, Deputy Director Idiap and IdeArk President

Sébastien Marcel, Idiap Research Institute, Head of the Biometrics Security and Privacy group

Yann Rodriguez, former CTO de KeyLemon, Senior Director SW and Machine Learning chez ams AG.

David Lavorel, CEO Airport and borders at SITA,

Christophe Nicolas, Chief Information Officer, Kudelski,

Emmanuel Zurowski Cybersecurity program management, Groupe Mutuel

Patrick Siggen, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Wallis

Line Pillet, Head of Institute Entrepreneurship & Management HES-SO Valais-Wallis

Laurent Sciboz, Head of applied research Institute at HES-SO

And many high level experts from local compagnies

09:15 Welcome by Trust Valley, State of Wallis and Idiap Research Institute
9:35 Virtual tour in Idiap’s the biometrics lab
9:40 1st round Pitches of Start-ups
10:00 Panel 1: Biometrics
10:20 2nd round Pitches of Start-ups
10:40 Panel 2: Cybersecurity and trust
11:00 Virtual Visit of Kudelski IOT Lab Center
11:05 Networking session

Link to register:

Tech4Trust 3rd Stop Roadshow in Geneva co-organized with GCSP (Geneva Centre for Security Policy - Maison de la Paix)

For its third stop, the Swiss acceleration program “Tech4Trust” by “Trust Valley” National roadshow comes to The Geneva International thanks to its founder GCSP.
Join us on Thursday Feb. 4th 4pm – 6pm (online event):
– infodemic, desinformation
– cybersecurity
with HIGH LEVEL EXPERTS from Cyber Peace Institute, HPE, GCSP …
DISCOVER around +35 strong innovative projects in digital trust & cybersecurity:
– 27 startups from the acceleration program “ Tech4Trust by Trust Valley”
– HP Entreprise Startups Acceleration Program
– The Creative Spark incubator from GCSP

Welcome by Trust Valley, State of Geneva, GCSP (Ambassador Christian Dussey)
Panel 1: Infodemic: When One Epidemic Hides Another and social Media’s Role In The Capitol Insurrection
Panel 2: Cybersecurity and Digital Trust

Learn more and REGISTER:

Tech4Trust Roadshow in Zurich in partnership with PwC Switzerland

(Evénement en anglais uniquement) For its second stop, Swiss acceleration program “Tech4Trust” by “Trust Valley” National roadshow comes to Zurich thanks to its Partner PwC Switzerland! Join us on Tuesday Dec. 8th for an online event to see how innovation in digital trust and cybersecurity can accelerate your business growth.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the pitches of our 27 Tech4Trust startups.

Learn more and register NOW:

Tech4Trust Roadshow in Zurich in partnership with PwC Switzerland

(Evénement en anglais uniquement) For its second stop, Swiss acceleration program “Tech4Trust” by “Trust Valley” National roadshow comes to Zurich thanks to its Partner PwC Switzerland! Join us on Tuesday Dec. 8th for an online event to see how innovation in digital trust and cybersecurity can accelerate your business growth.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the pitches of our 27 Tech4Trust startups.

Learn more and register NOW:

The "Trust Valley" meets the “Crypto Valley” for Tech4Trust Roadshow

(Event in English only) There is no need to prove Switzerland’s international leadership anymore when it comes to digital trust and cybersecurity, we believe that joining forces and connecting Swiss valleys is key to build trust throughout the country and beyond.

This event is the 1st roadshow stop of the Swiss acceleration program “Tech4Trust” by “Trust Valley”. It aims at bringing together key actors from the “Trust Valley” and “Crypto Valley” ecosystems to broaden and enrich the discussion. On this occasion, the 27 selected startups to participate in the “Tech4Trust” acceleration program will also present their promising projects to investors and audience.


16:00 – 16:10 : Intro Trust Valley & Tech4Trust

16:10 – 16:20 : Welcome & Intro by CVVC and CV Labs

16:20 – 16:45 : 1st round of pitches (9 startups, 2:30 min / startup)

16:45 – 17:15 : 1st “Fire side chat Lessons learned from Blockchain Security Entrepreneurs" (Dr. Jean-Philippe Aumasson, Taurus / Dr. Petar Tsankov, ETH Zurich & ChainSecurity / Fabiola Luna, Swiss Blockchain Initiative)

17:15 – 17:40 : 2nd round of pitches (9 startups, 2:30 min / startup)

17:40 – 18:15 : 2nd discussion panel on Hacks & DeFi (Demelza Hays, Cointelegraph / Felix Laufenberg, Bitcoin Suisse AG / Hubert Ritzdorf, PwC Switzerland / Sebastien Gajek, Ditcraft / Jose Ramirez, SEBA Bank AG / Connor Howe, DeFi Advocate)

18:15 – 18:40 : 3rd round of pitches (9 startups, 2:30 min / startup)

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