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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 and robotics

Maybe you could design new products with artificial intelligence (AI)? Deliver new customer experiences using the Internet of Things (IoT)? Or boost efficiency with intelligent robotics? 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.

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:

IoT - watch how to create opportunities with IoT

In this session, you’ll cover the three main themes that enable the IoT to be deployed in any business.

Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence - watch how to create opportunities with A.I

In this session, fast-forward to the near future, discuss the next wave of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems and anticipate their impact on data-enabled corporations.

Robotics - watch how to harness the power of robots

During this session, you will take a journey into the workplace of tomorrow and discover intelligent applications for robots.

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.


liVe Virtual Agenda

0 Pre-program 
  • Welcome Cyril Bouquet (IMD) High-Performance teams: Alyson Meister (IMD)
  • Connect with your coach: Form your tribe 
1 Get Started
  • Program intro Cyril Bouquet (IMD), Marc Gruber and Pierre Vandergheynst (EPFL)
  • Demystifying AI Pierre Vandergheynst (EPFL)
  • Connect with your team: The AI opportunity Pierre Vandergheynst (EPFL)
  • Design thinking I: Cyril Bouquet (IMD)
  • Connect with your team: Clarify the customer problem to be solved Cyril Bouquet (IMD)
2 Discover the next-frontier technologies
  • Internet of Things David Atienza (EPFL)
  • Robotics Auke Ijspeert (EPFL)
  • Connect with your team: Map company opportunities Cyril Bouquet (IMD)
  • Virtual Lab visit (EPFL)
  • What the Tech! Cyril Bouquet (IMD)
  • Connect with your team: Map company opportunities Cyril Bouquet (IMD)
3 Bring new value to your business and to society
  • Design thinking II: Transforming opportunities into winning solutions Cyril Bouquet (IMD)
  • Making your business future-proof: The invincible company Yves Pigneur (UNIL)
  • NEW: Individual and team coaching Flesh out business model solutions
  • Where-to-play I: Navigate new business opportunities Marc Gruber (EPFL)
  • Where-to-play II: Workshop with your own companies Marc Gruber (EPFL)
4 Putting it in context
  • NEW: Individual and team coaching Accelerate your innovation agenda
  • The dark side of AI Pierre Vandergheynst (EPFL)
  • Robots on Trial Oyku Isik (IMD) and Leila Delarive
  • NEW: Individual reflections Develop your action plans
  • Connect with your team: Share action plans in breakouts Cyril Bouquet (IMD), Marc Gruber (EPFL)
  • Digital Competitiveness – Implications for Companies Arturo Bris (IMD)
  • Program close Cyril Bouquet (IMD), Marc Gruber and Pierre Vandergheynst (EPFL)
5 Teams only
  • High-Performance teams: Alyson Meister (IMD)
  • Connect with your coach: Capture learnings What to communicate and to whom? What are the next steps?



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