Innovathon Fall 21′: The Digitalization of Mobility

How do you envision the future of mobility?

Make your ideas count by joining the UZH Innovathon. A new course at UZH for Master and Doctoral students based on challenges from industry partners.

Work across disciplines for real digital mobility solutions

Mobility of the future will be digital. It is expected to be connected, (partly) autonomous, post-fossil, and clean with benefits for health, environmental sustainability, and the economy.

This transformation depends on developments in various disciplines including data science, law, ethics, geography, medical and health sciences and economics. This course provides an introduction to the digitalization of mobility from the perspectives of these disciplines.

Lecturers from four UZH faculties share their perspective on the digitalization of mobility. Download lecturers list.

What you can expect

Develop innovative ideas with the support from a challenge partner. Make your ideas count. Ideas with high potential will be given the chance to be further developed after the course.

Gain unique and valuable experience for life! Learn about the digitalization of mobility, create ideas with your interdisciplinary team, develop your innovation skills, and grow your network.

Course facts

The course consists of a preparatory lecture block and the 48h Innovathon. Participating students hand in two assignments and present their idea to the jury at the end of the Innovathon.


September 14th-15th: Lecture block

September 30st-2nd of October: Innovathon


The course takes place at the University of Zurich and in the Blue Lion Accelerator in Zurich. An overview of all venues can be found in the course guide.

The Kick-off on Tuesday September 14th takes place in room SOC 1-106.

Target group

This course is open for Master and Doctoral students from all disciplines. Bring your knowledge in law, psychology, data science, geography or econnomics and help your team get a multi-perspective understanding of the challenge.

Are you a curious person who would like to learn more about digital mobility and develop your innovation skills? Then this course is for you.

ECTS Credits

UZH students can earn 3 ECTS credits. ETH students will get a certificate for participation. For more information on ECTS credits, please consult the UZH course catalogue. Not all study programs will cross-list this module. In such cases, students can contact their study administration office to clarify if they will receive ECTS for this course.

Pursue ideas after the Innovathon

Winner teams will be invited to pursue their ideas with the challenge partner. Project funds will be available for teams that decide to continue to develop their idea.

Real world challenges

The challenges for the Innovathon 2021 have been developed with six challenge partners, all active in different ways in the digitalization of mobility. Representatives of each challenge partner will present the challenges and answer any questions from the student teams during the Innovathon.

Organized with the Digital Society Initiative

This Innovathon is organized by the UZH Innovation Hub, Cluster for Digital Innovation  in collaboration with the Digital Society Initiative, Mobility Community (DSI).

Do not hesitate to get in touch with the organizing team if you have any questions about the Innovathon.

DSI Mobility community


Explore the partners for the Innovathon Fall 21' : The Digitalization of Mobility

Siemens Mobility

Siemens Mobility is a separately managed company of Siemens AG. As a leader in transport solutions for more than 160 years, Siemens Mobility is constantly innovating its portfolio in its core areas of rolling stock, rail automation and electrification, turnkey systems, intelligent traffic systems as well as related services. Siemens offers innovative and future-proof mobility solutions, that make trains and infrastructures intelligent, increase value sustainably over the entire lifecycle, enhance passenger experience and guarantee availability.

To the Innovathon, Siemens Mobility brings a challenge related to the means of transport battle and how digitalization can help to optimize them.


SBB is shaping the mobility of the future – easy, personalized, connected. SBB transports over 0.84 million passengers and 185,000 tonnes of freight to their destination every day.


The Mobility Cooperative provides its customers with some 3’000 shared vehicles at 1’500 stations throughout Switzerland round-the-clock. Beside continuous improvement of its convenient self-service-offer to enhance the advantages of combined mobility, Mobility strives to fully electrify its fleet until 2030.


Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, Accenture offers Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services. Over 500,000 employees deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries.

To the Innovathon, Accenture brings a challenge related to the effect of new ways of working on people’s mobility.


CSEM is a Swiss private, non-profit research and technology organization with the mission to invent and develop world-class innovative technologies and transfer them in priority to the Swiss industry. Among others, CSEM has a track record of more than 20 years in the development of wearables (Digital Health) characterized by resource limitation, miniaturization, precision, reliability, comfort, production costs, and medical quality (ISO 13485).

To the Innovathon, CSEM brings a challenge related to how clothing can be reinvented to actively control the microclimate around the body so that thermal comfort is electronically optimized based on physiological and environmental signals (the function is today manually performed by clothing adjustment according to discomfort feelings when, e.g., somebody moves from one environment to another or starts/stops a physical activity, such as indoors to outdoors or running/resting).


AMAG Group Ltd is a Swiss corporate group active in the automotive industry. It comprises AMAG Import Ltd, AMAG Automobil- und Motoren Ltd, AMAG First Ltd, AMAG Leasing Ltd, AMAG Services Ltd, and AMAG Parking Ltd. With a market share of over 30%, it is the biggest automotive company in Switzerland. AMAG Group employs over 6’600 people with a yearly revenue of CHF 4.7 billion (2019). Its administrative headquarters is based in Cham (ZG) and it operates about 80 garages all over Switzerland.

To the Innovathon, AMAG brings a challenge related to the digital experience of private car owners.