DINAcon Awards 2017: Nominated Projects

ICT Scouts & Campus Pilot

ICT Scouts & Campus is a pilot project in northwestern Switzerland to implement a concept of systematic ICT/MINT talent early identification and continuous talent development as a long-term contribution to combat the ICT/MINT skills shortage.

Homepage: http://www.ict-scouts.ch

Collabora Online

Collabora Productivity is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud with Collabora Online. Collabora Online is a powerful LibreOffice-based online office that supports all major document, spreadsheet and presentation file formats, that allows you to run your own online office suite, on-premise or in your own cloud, staying in full control of your own files. Key features are collaborative editing, excellent office file format support, and it works in any modern browser, without the need of any plugins.

Homepage: https://www.collaboraoffice.com

Home Assistant

Home Assistant is a home automation platform running on Python 3. The goal of Home Assistant is to be able to track and control all devices at home and offer a platform for automating control.

Homepage: https://home-assistant.io

Jitsi Meet

Jitsi Meet is a collection of Open Source projects (Apache 2 licensed) aimed at providing great video conferencing experiences for any conference size. It uses state-of-the-art tech to achieve this, and best of all, you can self-host it!

Homepage: https://jitsi.org


ld.geo.admin.ch is the Linked Data interface of the Federal Spatial Data Infrastructure (FSDI) of Switzerland. Selected datasets of the FSDI are published as Linked Data. Currently the swissBOUNDARIES3D (Version 2016 and 2017) are available.

Homepage: https://www.geo.admin.ch/linkeddata


Wikimed is an offline medical application that runs on Android. It contains 50,000+ medical articles from Wikipedia, is available in 10 languages and is completely free. It is particularly popular in the Indian subcontinent, particularly with medical students who can't afford books or healthcare workers in rural areas.

Homepage: http://www.kiwix.org/wikimed


Nextcloud is the most active open source, self-hosted file sync and share technology project. Nextcloud provides easy access in a single place to all your data stored on FTP, WebDAV, SMB, Windows Network Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive and more through a web interface, sync clients for all major platforms as well as WebDAV. With a easy to use interface, powerful administrator tools and extensive sharing and collaboration features, Nextcloud is designed to give home and enterprise users control over their data.

Homepage: https://nextcloud.com

Lernstick Winterthur

The City of Winterthur has equipped all 7,500 lower and middle school pupils with the Learning Stick, a mobile open source learning environment developed in Switzerland. This project provided human and financial resources for the further development of some open source projects.

Homepage: http://schucom.ch/lernstick/lernen

OpenStreetMap Longterm Contributors

OpenStreetMap, or OSM for short, has been very active in Switzerland for years with the OSM Community and the Swiss OpenStreetMap Association, or SOSM for short, in the collection and processing of geo-data as well as access to them and their presentation on the web. These data are available to the general public for free and unrestricted use in accordance with the OSM license conditions. The long-standing active members Simon Poole, Michael Spreng and Stefan Keller are nominated for the award on behalf of this community.

Homepage: https://www.osm.ch


The project provides an OpenShift PaaS for a large part of the company's applications. It also prepares the way for various other open source use cases.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x0fnGTBhW4

The worlds 1st Ethereum funded movie - eMovieVenture

On Ethereums 1st birthday in July 2016 Scenic Swisscoast GmbH decided to build a Ethereum use case that would bring blockchain technology from the geeky early adopters closer to mainstream consumers. A full feature cinema movie was funded with a 3 phase ICO, a ticketing system was developed and an movie-ecosystem that fosters decentralized, low-budget independent movie making processes has been set up. The movie will be out in 2018 but before that there will be a voting process that defines which will be the next project to be produced in the framework of eMovieVenture.

Homepage: http://emovieventure.com

Iridium Browser

A browser securing your privacy: The Iridium Browser is based on the Chromium code base. All modifications enhance the privacy of the user and make sure that the latest and best secure technologies are used. Automatic transmission of partial queries, keywords, metrics to central services is prevented and only occurs with the approval of the user. In addition, all our builds are reproducible and modifications are auditable, setting the project ahead of other secure browser providers.

Homepage: https://iridiumbrowser.de/

OWASP ModSecurity Core Rule Set (Short: CRS)

The Core Rule Set (short: CRS) is a defense tool protecting web applications from being exploited by attackers. The rule set consists of over 150 elaborate patterns that are distributed under the Apache Software License (ASLv2). CRS is based on the open source ModSecurity

Web Application Firewall and is considered the "1st Line of Defense" against web based attacks (as those described by the OWASP Top Ten). CRS is incorporated into various commercial products and installed on hundreds of thousands of webservers worldwide.

CRS is a venerable OWASP project with a history spanning ten years. In late 2016, it saw a major release (CRS3) bringing big progress in terms of usability and new features like the Paranoia Mode aimed at high-security setups. CRS is being developed by a world-wide community with two of the core contributors, Franziska Bühler and Christian Folini, being based in Switzerland.

Homepage: https://coreruleset.org/

Individuals: Christian Folini

Christian Folini is a medieval historian working as a security engineer and open source enthusiast. He holds a PhD in medieval history and enjoys defending castles across Europe. Unfortunately, defending medieval castles is no big business anymore and therefore, he turned to defending web servers which he thinks equally challenging. He brings more than ten years of experience with Apache / ModSecurity configuration in high security environments, DDoS defense and threat modeling.

Christian Folini is the author of the 2nd Edition of the ModSecurity Handbook and one of the few teachers on this subject. He serves as Vice President of the federal public-private-partnership "Swiss Cyber Experts" and as the Program Chair of the Swiss Cyber Storm conference. He is also a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, where he tries to use his background in the humanities to explain hardcore technical topics to non-technical audiences.

Homepage: https://www.christian-folini.ch

Cryptomator Crypto Library

Cryptomator provides transparent, client-side encryption of your files in the cloud. Protect your documents from unauthorized access. Cryptomator is free and open source software, so you can rest assured there are no backdoors.

Homepage: https://cryptomator.org/


Dribdat (from "Driven By Data") is an open source tool for data-driven team collaboration such as Hackathons. It provides an open source website and project board for running events, and integrates popular community platforms and open source code repositories. It is the official platform of Opendata.ch hackathons and School of Data Switzerland workshops.

Homepage: https://datalets.ch/dribdat

Swisscom Mailer

The Swisscom mailer is a web-based email management system that is easy to use and integrates with existing user databases and Event Management App (KIME). It allows the user to send out bulk emails to specific user groups. It is a custom solution hosted inhouse in Switzerland - independent of existing US based hosted newsletter distribution services.

Homepage: https://www.web-essentials.asia/success-stories/web-application/bulk-email-management-web-application.html

APPUiO - Swiss Container Platform

APPUiO is the Swiss container platform created by developers for developers. APPUiO is based on the next generation PaaS Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. Reliable open source concepts such as Docker and Kubernetes allow you to develop, operate and scale your application according to your needs. With this technology, applications can be operated both on public clouds as well as on in-house data centres. Puzzle ITC and VSHN DevOps experts are two of the driving forces behind APPUiO, who help their clients to successfully realize concepts such as Continous Integration and support deployment. We fully embrace the open source philosophy and therefore make documentation of APPUiO available to our community.

Homepage: http://www.appuio.ch

Open-Data-Plattform Public Transportation Switzerland

Timetable information and real-time information on public transport in Switzerland have been available on a new platform since 2 December 2016. It was drawn up by Swiss Federal Railways (SFR) on behalf of the Swiss Confederation. The data enables both transport companies and companies from outside the transport industry to develop new customer information systems, new apps or other applications for passenger information. The Federal Office of Transport (FOT) has commissioned SFR as the system operator to set up and operate an open data platform for the entire Swiss public transport system. The open data platform ÖV Schweiz provides all timetable data supplied by the licensed transport companies involved as well as the current and expected traffic situation of public transport in real time. Users are companies and startups that process the data and compile customer information for travelers. In line with the Federal Council's "Open Data"strategy and as a contribution to the implementation of the DETEC's "Digital Switzerland" strategy, innovations are to be facilitated and promoted by the private sector.

Homepage: http://opentransportdata.swiss

City of Bern with Ki-Tax

The Ki-Tax solution supports the entire childcare voucher process in the City of Bern - from the application for a childcare voucher by applicants to the issue of the childcare voucher (price reduction) to the settlement of payments with the daycare centers. The software will be released as open source software.

Homepage: http://www.bern.ch/ki-tax

OneGov Cloud

OneGov Cloud - Smart Government Platform: from information to transaction: The OneGov Cloud provides the public sector with a framework to make better use of the opportunities of digitization in the sense of intelligent networked government and administrative actions.

Homepage: https://www.onegovcloud.ch

SUSE Linux

SUSE is one of the most successful projects in the history of Linux, and at 25 years of age it is one of the oldest projects in its history. SUSE has helped make Linux socially acceptable and established it as a corporate system. SUSE has always remained true to its open source philosophy, and for 25 years SUSE has stood for digital sustainability, transparency and collaboration in the international business world.

Homepage: https://www.suse.com/


Jedi is a static analysis tool for Python that can be used in IDEs/editors. Its historic focus is autocompletion, but does static analysis for now as well. Jedi is fast and is very well tested. It understands Python on a deeper level than all other static analysis frameworks for Python.

Homepage: http://jedi.readthedocs.io/

Firstnames of Switzerland - an open data web-application

The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) has not only collected the first names since 1902, but also provided them with an interactive tool to the population. However, the popular first name search is now only available as an Excel file because of savings and a new website of the FSO.

The company snowflake productions gmbh, specializing in web solutions, decided to bring back to life the interactive database «first names in Switzerland». It allows queries on the frequency of first names in the living population of Switzerland. The statistical data of the population and households (STATPOP 2015) provided by the FSO serves as a data source.

Homepage: https://vornamen.opendata.ch/

Open Network Infrastructure Association

The Open Network Infrastructure Association is working towards a world where open network infrastructure is as trustworthy as open source software is today. Its current main focus is to deploy an open, free and community-owned Internet of Things network in Switzerland.

Homepage: https://opennetworkinfrastructure.org


Elexis is a comprehensive open source software for medical practices. Originally programmed by physician Gerry Weirich, it is now being developed further by the community and a professional company.

Homepage: https://medelexis.ch http://elexis.info/