About us

swissnex Labs New York

swissnex Labs New York is an immersive skill-building and prototyping program for professionals looking to stay on top of emerging media trends or make the next move in their career. The Labs help individuals and groups to develop new ideas or to take existing ideas to the next level with cutting-edge best media practices. The program is operated out of swissnex in New York and benefits from being embedded within the New York City media ecosystem as well as digitally connected to the swissnex global network of innovators. Together with colleagues at our parent office, swissnex Boston, we coordinate opportunities for learning, exchange, and network-building across North America.

swissnex Global Network

swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting the dots in education, research, and innovation. Our mission is to support the outreach and active engagement of our partners in the international exchange of knowledge, ideas and talent. The swissnex global network consists of five locations and outposts established in the world’s most innovative hubs and is charged with the mission of strengthening Switzerland’s profile as a world-leading innovation hotspot.


Meet the team

Our team represents a wide variety of backgrounds including innovation, media development, international relations, and more. With offices in New York City and Boston, we utilize our expanded network to capitalize on the latest trends and advise our partners on the most relevant emerging practices in media, innovation, and beyond.


Oliver Haugen

Head of swissnex in New York

Oliver is the Head of swissnex in New York and swissnex Labs New York. He brings with him over 15 years of thought leadership experience on the new economy, international affairs and technology. A Harvard graduate, Oliver has a strong grasp of the Northeast’s academic and cultural ecosystem.


Christian Simm

CEO, swissnex Boston

Christian is a thought leader and liaison who aims to create a magic spark and dialogue between science, education, and art. He founded swissnex San Francisco before making the leap to the east coast to lead swissnex Boston and it’s outpost swissnex in New York. Named one of Switzerland's “100 Digital Shapers 2018” by Le Temps, Christian strives to meaningfully integrate a spirit of open exchange and interdisciplinarity in the digital age.


We are located in Manhattan's bustling financial district at WeWork 25 Broadway. In addition to having convenient access to New York’s world-class media institutions, we curate an office environment that inspires collaboration and drives innovation. Program participants will enjoy the perks our office provides such as beverages, snacks, meeting space, yoga and wellness programming, networking events, and more.