Photo essay of the Lift Conference: A peek into Swiss tech and startups from emerging markets

Charmaine Li traveled to Geneva, Switzerland for Seedstars World, an international startup competition that is part of this year's Lift Conference. Here are some impressions of the event.
Photo essay of the Lift Conference: A peek into Swiss tech and startups from emerging markets

From an elaborate tech installation that simulates the experience a bird in flight to a booth promoting innovations on how to deal with death, the Lift Conference—which is going on until tomorrow—in Geneva, Switzerland seemed to be bursting of digital and entrepreneurial projects of all stripes from all corners of the globe.

Also held during Lift was Seedstars World, a startup competition that looks beyond Silicon Valley and Europe, and focuses on emerging markets. was part of a group of journalists invited to attend the Seedstars World Final event that took place yesterday. Essentially, ten entrepreneur finalists—who were either locals from emerging markets or expats now living in these regions—pitched their idea on stage for a chance to win $500,000 in financing. In the end, Salarium, a cloud-based ERP platform startup from the Phillipines, took home the grand prize.

Here's a peek into the hustle and bustle that's going on in Geneva:



A morning session where entrepreneurs from various emerging markets shared their experiences (and challenges) running businesses and raising capital as women.

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Introducing Birdly, a Swiss design research project that has built an installation offering users a full-body experience of a bird in flight. It consists of a sensory-motor coupling simulator and head-mounted display (Oculus Rift).
3D printed jewelry designed and hand-made by digimorphé in Zürich


Just in case you wanted to get fit and work at the same time...


Seedstars World winner Salarium

All images by Charmaine Li for

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