In 2017, we at the Business Informatics Technology Centre (TEWI) worked on intensifying our networking activities with institutions in Valais. One highlight was the cooperation with Mobility-Lab and Post-Auto Valais. This culminated in a workshop held in Sion in September. At this Future Workshop, we worked with participants from science, politics and business to identify a number of innovation areas that are important for the Canton of Valais and outlined interesting project ideas for some of them.
Furthermore, we have taken up the thread of cooperation with the new management of the Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences (FFHS) in Brig. This institution has had a contractual relationship with TEWI for many years. This should lead to joint projects again in the future. A concrete project is being developed and should begin in the course of 2018. Other ideas are awaiting concretisation. In addition, together with staff from the University of Bern conducted an analysis of public IT procurement in Valais and evaluated it in a report that has not yet been published. All these activities make it clear that cooperation with organisations in the Valais is close to our hearts and that we are and that we want to make our contribution to the networking of various actors and to the transfer of knowledge. Another important milestone this year is that our Executive Director Gabriel Abu-Tayeh was able to submit his dissertation to the University of Bern, which is largely based on work done in the course of TEWI’s activities. Unfortunately, this also means that his employment ended for the time being at the end of the year. Our research assistants Jessica Kummer and Jonas Schwery also left their jobs during the year under review, but Camille Herzog and Linn Hjalmarsson joined our small but well-established team. We are therefore looking forward to 2018 and hope to be able to carry out further interesting and valuable activities for the Valais.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Myrach, President TEWI
Read the complete activity report 2017.