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History

The ceremony has grown to a major industry event.

The Swiss ICT Award has drawn Swiss companies and individuals from the ICT industry that have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements since 2004. An independent and interdisciplinary jury awards prizes in the Champion and Newcomer categories to an individual and a company. In the Public category, members of the public choose their favourite from the 10 nominated companies.

Milestones

2004 and 2005:

2004 and 2005 the "Swiss IT Award" was organized by the magazine "InfoWeek" (today: "Swiss IT Magazine") and in different categories. 2006/2007 no award was given.

2008:

Swiss ICT Award 2008 was presented in this form for the first time. The award ceremony took place at the Swiss ICT Forum Lucerne in the Museum of Transport’s new Convention Center in Lucerne.

The premiere, with 320 spectators and moderated by Anna Maier, was a complete success.

2010:

This year’s gala event saw a record attendance of more than 500 visitors. For the first time, a special award was given and went to the Access For All Foundation.

The ceremony was part of the annual Swiss ICT Forum. This event, organised by Swiss ICT, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and GRID Lucerne, was also a prelude to i-days 2010 and opened the permanent exhibition of computer science, i-factory, at the Museum of Transport. The event was enlivened by keynote speeches from Daniel Küng (CEO Osec) and Maria Reinisch (vice-president Siemens IT solutions and services).

2011:

For the first time, Swiss ICT award winners were recognised at the KKL in Lucerne. Before the awards ceremony, Peter Fischer, CIO of the Swiss Federation, said in his speech that the Swiss ICT industry was at the top and supported this with key OECD statistics. The awards documented this leading position, said Fischer.

2012:

With more than 700 attendees, a new record for number of guests was set and the gala was booked far in advance. As part of the award ceremony, an OSEC export stage, a CTI start-up roundtable and a ‘Swiss made’ software panel discussion also took place. Swiss political circles were prominently represented with national and cantonal council members from all federal parties, and including the Greens.

2013:

Again, the gala ceremony was fully booked with around 800 guests. Preliminary a discussion with Dieter Meier (Yello, artist, winemakes, entrepreneur) inspired several hundred guests. Business and politics were prominently represented, the trade publication inside-it wrote afterwards: "This is the most important ICT event in Switzerland".

2014:

For the 10th anniversary of the concept of "the most prestigious prize of the Swiss computer science" is focused and updated. Because IT is an integral part of many products and services, making them often at all possible. Therefore, can and should be not only IT companies compete in the strict sense. Any organizatio that has achieved something special, can win the Swiss ICT Award.

2015:

An "ordinary year": 800 VIPs from the ICT, from industry, research and politics meet to celebrate outstanding achievements. "This year's event proved again, that the status as 'one of the most important ICT events in Switzerland' is correct'." (Computerworld).