What is the staatslabor?
The staatslabor was born from a keen interest in public action and the desire to keep it in pace with present opportunities. In the summer of 2016, a group of young people from such diverse backgrounds as design, technology, social sciences, politics and administration decided to set up a site where issues related to public services and policies could be tackled in a multidisciplinary and innovative fashion.
Officially launched in January 2017 and housed in the Impact Hub of Berne - located in the heart of the old town, the staatslabor supports the developmental work of Swiss public and parapublic sectors striving to offer citizens services tailored to their current and future needs. The staatslabor functions simultaneously as a platform connecting experts, civil society and administrations, a forum for exchange, and a laboratory for public innovation.