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About us

We are a civic tech company and refine administrative data. The data originates exclusively from the public administration and is therefore neutral. With our platform politik.ch, we support our customers in the area of politics and public affairs. We process all political transactions in Switzerland at the national and cantonal level. Filtering and managing political business is thus simplified and our clients retain an overview of the swiss political system despite an information overload.

politik.ch is a member of SWICO, the ICT and online industry association, and SWESA, the Swiss Entrepreneurs.

What are our competences?

The way politik.ch works is based on the proven principles of “lean” (process-optimised) and “agile” (resource-optimised). In this way, we work in a focused and structured manner in order to use our resources efficiently for our clients’ needs.

Civic technology refers to (information) technologies that enable citizen participation. We want to be able to convey a deep understanding of political contexts and the process of decision-making thanks to politik.ch’s technology. We have been listed on the Civic Tech Map since the first Civic Tech Conference in Switzerland.

We work with open government data . Everything that the Confederation or individual cantons publish will be captured. This means that you have all government data from a single source, regardless of whether it is from a canton or the Confederation, an interpellation or a consultation. You can immediately continue to work with the affairs, map your internal positioning and inform stakeholders.

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Our Team

We are an interdisciplinary team consisting of over ten employees from the fields of politics, public affairs, law, software development, design, start-up and management. We are constantly working on improving our platform and incorporating our clients’ wishes into the development.

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Clemens Maria Schuster

Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman of the Board of Directors

In a previous life, classical philologist (Latin, ancient Greek), then made the hobby “Internet“ to his profession. Consultant for digital value creation and digitization. OpenData and transparency as a basis for economic sustainability. In the founding team of politik.ch with Thomas Gemperle since January 2017.

clemens.schuster@politik.ch

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Thomas Gemperle

Co-Founder, CTO

OpenData, transparency and politics. In addition, he is a programmer and blogger and loves traveling and communication. Homo politicus. In the founding team of politik.ch with Clemens Schuster since January 2017.

thomas.gemperle@politik.ch

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Nicolas Hebting

COO

Studied law at the Universities of Zurich and Leiden and is involved in neighbourhood help and the voluntary fire service. Plays 4gewinnt pretty well and Ligretto pretty badly. Has been active in the world of civic tech and startups since 2016.

nicolas.hebting@politik.ch

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Irina Simmen

Senior Project Manager

ETH degree in International Studies, previously worked as a journalist when not in Hong Kong supporting refugees. Since she was five years old, she wanted to have political debates with her father at the lunch table. Sees political education and information as a cornerstone of democracy. Is passionate about her three sisters, and likes to sing when no one is listening. 

irina.simmen@politik.ch

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Andrés Vázquez Passfeld

Product Designer

As a designer and researcher, he finds every interaction of people and society with technology exciting. Especially in combination with politics. That’s why he is currently studying political science and sociology as his second degree. As a surfer and nature friend, he loves to spend his time in or near the water.

andres.vazquez@politik.ch

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Sofia Nicoli

Testing Officer

BA’s degree in Political Science and Law at the University of Lucerne. She finds digitalisation and transparency the cornerstones of modern politics: she therefore analysed their implementation in her thesis. Is interested in cantonal politics in Ticino. Plays volleyball and is committed to raising awareness about mental health.

sofia.nicoli@politik.ch

Michael Thurm

Product Owner

Has an eye for the big picture and the small important things. Keeps track of three children, a flock of chickens and above all the product backlog of politik.ch. Used to be a journalist. Wrote his diploma thesis on Europe as a rhyzomatic being. Would write that again today. Writes user stories instead.

michael.thurm@politik.ch

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Diana Luchianciuc

Junior Product Designer
Self-taught, young UI/UX professional, loves sarcastic comments, informal approaches, and a homely attitude within a team. She says: “Work takes half of our lives, it’s sad to waste it on being boring”. She would have become a hard rock singer, if her singing hadn’t reminded her of the vocalization of an injured coyote. 

diana.luchianciuc@politik.ch

 

Harold Tor

EU Product Advisor
Consultant in EU and international digital advocacy and communications in his midlife crisis after two decades of worming through the corridors of decision-making. Always on his world tour of philology, archaeology and gastronomy. An avid cook, a struggling gardener and a gymrat-wannabe.

harold.tor@politik.ch

Stephanie Lindegger

Project manager
Found her way to the Master’s programme in International Relations via market research, data analysis and consulting, and ended up living in Scotland for a year. Besides international politics, she finds happiness in cats and skiing.

stephanie.lindegger@politik.ch

 

Contact us if you have any questions or are interested, we are happy to help!