International Swiss Talent Forum 2021

Due to the various restrictions regarding the ongoing pandemic in Switzerland and abroad, this year’s edition is adjusted as follows: 

  • The event is postponed and will take place from Wednesday, 04 August – Saturday, 07 August 2021. 
  • The number of participants is limited to 40. 
  • There will be only 4 (instead of the usual 5) Challengers. 
  • The event will be organised at a national level and, exceptionally, we will not send an official invitation to international participants. 
  • The invitations will be sent out at the end of March 2021. 

We hope that the situation will evolve positively in the coming months, allowing us to greet the participants in August
We look forward to returning to a normal international format starting 2022. 

The theme of our 10th ISTF is:


At a time when instant communication and technology provide easy access to information, we are faced with a challenging contention: how to maintain privacy amid the massive information flows of a data-hungry world? The sheer scale of mass surveillance has long been perceived as a threat to the values and morals of our democratic society. Some people fear that through surveillance, power structures become ubiquitous, embedded within the systems, and interests they represent.

But instead of thinking about surveillance as an all-knowing oppressive force, it can also be viewed as something which confers safety, access, entitlement, and benefit. For example, public health measures have always depended on surveillance, and this has been especially true in the context of the current global pandemic.

Surveillance systems that can map out the movements of entire populations have extraordinary potential – they can help societies recover from Covid-19. What is your opinion on the benefits and disadvantages of surveillance? Join us to explore the future of this highly topical and exciting theme – we look forward to welcoming you to ISTF 2021!


“I’ve never met so many awesome friends in such a short space of time. I was up every day from 6:30am to 2am and I didn’t even feel tired because there was always another interesting conversation with another interesting person on the horizon. I had one of the best times of my life.” Ali, UK


Schedule ISTF 2021

Wednesday, 04 August – Saturday, 07 August 2021 

Hotel Sempachersee
Kantonsstrasse 46
CH – 6207 Nottwil

40 highly motivated young adults aged 18 to 23 years. Please note that participation is possible on grounds of invitation only (see details in the application section).

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Août 04 - 07 2021


8:00 - 18:00
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