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Ready for the Digital Future?

Universities and competence centers focus on the application of new technologies; robots, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things are a mainstay in the news. But are we ready for the digital future? Do we have the necessary skills to take full advantage of new technologies?

Digital transformation is a multi-disciplinary topic—perhaps one of the most complex of our time— and much information on the topic exists. The purpose of this project is to make digital transformation easy to access and understand. This is the basis for a constructive dialog about the digital future of nations, companies and people.

Digital Transformation: The Project

Digital Transformation: Visions of Nations, Companies, and People is a documentary film that builds on an interview series beginning in spring 2017. The documentary completes by spring 2018. This film encourages companies and people to participate in the digital future.

Economist and filmmaker Manuel Stagars conducts video interviews with corporate decision makers, consultants, scientists, entrepreneurs, and others around the world about their visions of the digital future. Full conversations and videoclips from the documentary stream online, which makes the project an interactive platform on digital transformation.

A Film by Manuel Stagars

Manuel Stagars was born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland. He is an economist, film director, author, and serial entrepreneur with twenty years of experience in consulting and startups in Switzerland, the United States, Japan, and Singapore. His current film projects focus on the potential of technology for the economies of nations, societies, and the lives of people around the world.

His recent films include FinTech Made in Switzerland (2016) and The Blockchain and Us (2017), both of which received accolades internationally. Digital Transformation builds on Manuel’s research and global professional networks in different parts of the world.

Manuel has published books and scientific articles on startups, marketplace lending, impact investing, data quality, and Open Data.

He has a degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and several financial certifications (CFA, CAIA, ERP).

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What is Digital Transformation?

Digital transformation is a process, more so than a project. It begins with digitization and digitalization. Digitization is the translation of analog information into digital form. Digitalization is the process of using digital information. Both have enabled megatrends of our time, such as the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, Big Data, artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, blockchain, or cryptocurrencies. Digital transformation describes the stage where digital technologies reshape the way nations, economies, and societies function. This transformation is only now beginning and poses many questions.

The digital future holds fascinating opportunities, but also known and unknown challenges for nation states, companies, and individuals. Within the next years, digital transformation may alter the way we have lived as a species for the last centuries. An exciting time in history, indeed.

Why This Project Matters

Many big changes are exponential: They build slowly until their effects show in a very short amount of time. This can be unpleasant if it hits us by surprise. This project provides an easy-to-understand global outlook on digital transformation and encourages a dialog about its benefits and challenges. With its interactive format and shareable bites of information, this project is a step toward making the most of our talents in the digital future.

Digital transformation holds great promise for those who keep an open mind. Knowledge creation is a bottom-up process that starts with each individual wanting to know more. If anything, this project shall inspire you to join the conversation and learn more about the digital future.