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New technologies for your business transformation

Hands-on, experiential learning

TransformTECH is not just another technology conference. In an interactive, experiential environment, your journey through the exciting world of new technologies and innovation in the context of your business. You will leave with a pretotype (a working prototype) for your business transformation.

Explore AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain and the new frontiers of computing

Maybe you could design new products with artificial intelligence (AI)? Deliver new customer experiences using the Internet of Things (IoT)? Or boost efficiency/safety with intelligent robotics or blockchain? You'll get up to speed on these exponentially improving technologies,  you will learn how to select the most appropriate ones to enable digitization, assess the impact on your business and how you can harness their power.

New session “Frontiers of Computing”
Computing - and its inception in the modern computer - is perhaps the single most important invention of the 20th century. It has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, from our leisure to our health and of course our professional endeavours. All of it driven by the remarkable power we can pack in tinier and tinier silicon chips. As we now contemplate the end of Moore’s law, we pause to reflect on these remarkable achievements and highlight emerging technologies such as Quantum Computing. What lies beyond our current computing paradigm is perhaps the most strategic technological question of the 21st century.

Innovation and design-thinking methodologies

Using an innovation methodology, you'll move from identifying a business challenge which could be solved by technology to creating a pretototype which provides the solution. You will follow a step-by-step approach and be inspired by examples from many industries.

The combined expertise of IMD and EPFL

The program brings together the innovation and technology expertise of two top schools: IMD business school and EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), one of the two Swiss federal institutes of technology.

Meet the experts you'll be working with

How the program works




  • You identify a business transformation challenge/ opportunity to work on during the program with support from IMD.
  • You get familiar with the latest digital technologies through a designated platform.



You will explore business opportunities in 3 areas:

Design new products, services and solutions

Are you dealing with stagnating sales or even serious disruptions in your market? Perhaps you’ve succeeded in partially streamlining your cost structure. In this session, you will be challenged to design a new customer offering (product, service or solution) that can bring new sources of growth for your business and imagine ways to test your assumptions in the market.

Deliver new user experiences

Technology provides us with amazing new capabilities, but ultimately, the implementation of a new technology depends upon an audience wanting to buy it, use it and be wowed. In this session, you’ll learn about users to better understand their “pain points”, the benefits they’re seeking and the value they’re willing to allocate. 

Develop operational efficiencies

Are you under relentless pressure to make operations more efficient, reduce costs or improve internal services? Technology can improve an organization’s competitiveness by offering people powerful tools to access the right information at the right time, in turn, to facilitate their decision-making. 

Explore exponentially improving technologies
Get the latest from EPFL and other technology experts on:

You’ll cover the three main themes that enable the IoT to be deployed in any business.

Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence  
You'll fast-forward to the near future, discuss the next wave of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems and anticipate their impact on data-enabled corporations.

You'll take a journey into the workplace of tomorrow and discover intelligent applications for robots.

You'll explore new use-cases for all your digital interactions.

New frontiers of computing
You'll discover what lies beyond our current paradigm of computing.

Develop your technology-enabled business case

Create and refine your pretototype through experiential learning:

  • Get first-hand exposure to new technologies with a visit to EPFL labs
  • Develop a pretototype with feedback from business, innovation and technology experts. Come as a team to develop a pretotoype for your specific business opportunity.

By the end of the program, you will be ready to test your technology-enabled business case within your organization.


Continue technology prototyping for your business transformation initiative and get feedback.


Agenda coming soon


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