offshore vs. nearshore vs. local IT development.

keynote speeches, panel discussion and apéro riche.

Join our external event and learn more about the pros and cons of the diffent software development methods.

Date: 28th of August
Time: 18:00 (doors), 18:30 (start) until 21:00
Location: fahrnisbau zone contemporaine, Freiburgstrasse 580, 3172 Niederwangen-Bern
Tickets: free entry, limited number of seats, please register here
Dresscode: smart casual or business




Dr. Christian Kunz
Cofounder & CEO, BitsaboutMe AG
Berne, Switzerland


BitsaboutMe is a young startup in the Personal Data Economy based in Bern. Before becoming an entrepreneur and starting his own company Christian was CEO of and sold the company to Tamedia. He worked at eBay International in various senior strategic and operational roles for 8 years and has spent 5 years in Management Consulting with McKinsey & Company. He holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from MIT and had a passion for data and analytics throughout his career. Besides working on BitsaboutMe he serves as a non-executive board member and startup coach.


Christian will talk about starting a company in Bern, attracting tech talent and the challenges of near-shoring.


Daniel Gauch
Head of Development at AXON iVY AG and KLARA BUSINESS AG
Lucerne, Switzerland


AXON is a multinational swiss-owned group focused on digital transformation. Its subsidiary company AXON ACTIVE VIETNAM, with 350 of the over 650 group employees, is specialized in agile software development and testing. We provide businesses around the globe, Offshore Development Center (ODC) and Offshore Testing Center (OTC) services, including appropriate human resources and infrastructure, to help them turn their conceptual idea into real products.


Daniel Gauch will tell us, how AXON successfully bridges the cultural differences and language barriers for nearly a decade and what are his personal learnings about working part time in Switzerland and in three different big vietnamese cities.


Nikola Cvetkovic
Founder / CEO at
Member JCI Beograd
Belgrade, Serbia


After successfully starting and growing a software development company to 25 employees in 3 years and leading a division of JCI with more then 15.000 members, a few months ago Nikola excited the company he founded to start Product Hive. Product Hive is a design and development company that helps clients build kick-ass digital products.
Besides the regular „design and develop“ services, Product Hive serves as an early stage product consultant, helping clients apply proven principles and methodologies of Lean product development, which in combination with their technical knowledge ensures a better, more efficient product/business that maximizes the return on investment.


Nikola will tell us about his diverse experience working from Serbia with clients from Sillicon Valley all the way to Australia. He’ll touch on the current situation on the Serbian IT market, and why you should or should not work with Serbian companies.



Markus Tressl

Senior Solution Architect
Namics AG and Namics d.o.o. Beograd
St. Gallen, Switzerland


Namics was founded in 1995 and provides professional services for complex e-business projects. Today 500 employees in six locations in Switzerland, Germany and Serbia work in multi-disciplinary teams for our clients success. In 2014 Namics d.o.o. was incorporated in Belgrade, Serbia as the first non-German speaking Namics office. Moving through temporary and co-working space today we are proud of our office location right on Knez Mihailova where 37 frontend, backend, and mobile software engineers as well as designers work and where we annually grow by around 15 FTE.


Markus will tell us about the very beginning of the evaluation process for a new Namics location, as well as building an employer brand in a new market. With nearly 20 years of German-speaking history there are certain challenges that need to be addressed when working together in remote teams, especially if you aim for one principle: one company.




Christian Hirsig
Founder Atizo AG and project leader at powercoders
Member JCI Bern
Berne, Switzerland


Christian Hirsig is a serial entrepreneur with expertise in crowdsourcing and open innovation and a teacher of entrepreneurship and innovation. He is one of the founders of Atizo AG and today engaged as social entrepreneur at Powercoders, a coding academy for refugees, and in several other projects as well as mentor and startup coach.

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