LUC Switzerland: First events in the new year
20 Feb 2013 in Alumni by Roman Stiehl
February 2013: Zurich, Switzerland
Through a corporate partner company visit in January and the pre assessment center social event in February we have had a great start of the year in the Swiss chapter.
10 UAA members have had the pleasure to get good insight into the network's youngest corporate partner Optotune. This CP is under the leadership of two of the earliest Unitech alumni: Mark Blum and Manuel Aschwanden. After the start as an ETH spinoff they have been in the market of specialized optics for a few years now and the company is prospering well with currently around 30 employees. Their two main product types are focus-tunable lenses and laser speckle reducers - check their website for more information if you're interested.
After an interactive presentation by Mark where he told us about the early phase of the company and the challenges which they faced and solved, they offered pizza and beer for everyone - a gesture which was well appreciated and led the evening to a pleasant end. I'd also like to mention their awesome customized "Don't lose focus" glasses which they had made, and we even got to take one home each! Furthermore the outcome of the visit has also been very satisfactory for Optotune as they were able to hire an intern (almost) on the spot who is now working there.
The social event in February was the one that happened in all local chapters: the evening before the assessment center the assessors and the UAA members got together for dinner, drinks and talks. We went to a Spanish restaurant called "Tasca Romero" where we enjoyed delicious and authentic tapas for all tastes. We were espacially impressed by the Chorizo Diablolo, a sausage which comes with a bit of alcohol and is lit on fire after they put it down on the table