Le salon “Computer” de Lausanne. Partie 3 : Les géants, les utilisateurs et l’informatique romande à travers le temps

par Pierre-Yves Hurel


Contexte : Cet article fait partie du dossier à propos du salon lausannois “Computer”

    • Dans le premier (lien), j’ai présenté mes choix méthodologiques, le corpus étudié et les principales périodes du salon.
    • Dans le second article (lien), je relate comment cette foire était intégrée dans un contexte de rivalité régionale.
    • Dans ce troisième article, j’étudie les entreprises présentes sur le salon.
    • De nouveaux articles seront publiés dans les prochaines semaines.

Au sein du salon lausannois de l’informatique « Computer » cohabitent les « géants » venus de l’étranger et les acteurs locaux. Ces derniers sont de différentes natures : il y a d’une part les « utilisateurs » – les grandes entreprises (privées ou publiques) locales qui viennent exposer leurs projets en lien avec l’informatisation de la suisse romande, et d’autre part les jeunes pousses qui proposent leurs propres logiciels. Il est vraisemblable que « Computer » (et les autres foires) joue un rôle important en termes de networking pour les acteurs impliqués dans l’exposition – cette fonction est d’ailleurs explicité lors d’un article de 2001. Continue reading Le salon “Computer” de Lausanne. Partie 3 : Les géants, les utilisateurs et l’informatique romande à travers le temps

The “Computer” exhibition of Lausanne. Part 3: American giants and local users

by Pierre-Yves Hurel


Context : This paper is part of a dossier about “Computer” exhibition.  

  • In the first part (link), I detailed my methodological choices, presented the corpus of newpsaper sources and a chronology of the “Computer” exhibition.
  • In the second part (link), I have shown to what extent show was integrated into a context of regional rivalry
  • In this third part, I will list the companies attending “Computer” and introduce the clientele.
  • More articles will be published over the coming weeks

At Lausanne’s “Computer” trade show, international “giants” peacefully coexist with local actors. There were the as well large local companies (private or public) who come to showcase their projects linked to the computerisation of French-speaking Switzerland as also young developers who presented their own software. It is likely that the “Computer” exhibition (like other fairs) played an especially important networking role for the actors involved in the exhibition – a function explained in this article in “Le Temps” from 2001. Continue reading The “Computer” exhibition of Lausanne. Part 3: American giants and local users

Le salon “Computer” de Lausanne. Partie 1 : Une première vue d’ensemble

[Contexte : Cet article fait partie du dossier consacré au salon “Computer”. Celui-ci comprend une série d’articles à venir dans les prochaines semaines. Dans cette première partie, je présente mes choix méthodologiques, le corpus étudié et les principales périodes du salon

par Pierre-Yves Hurel

Dans quel contexte culturel et technologique a émergé le jeu vidéo en Suisse romande ? Quelles sont les particularités de l’informatisation de cette région ? Selon quelles modalités l’informatisation locale a été traitée par la presse ? Pour répondre à ces questions, j’ai décidé d’étudier la couverture médiatique d’un salon de l’informatique lausannois : le salon « Computer ». Ce dernier s’est tenu biannuellement puis annuellement de 1978 à 2004 à Lausanne-Beaulieu. A chaque fois, l’on trouvait dans ces grandes halles la fine fleur de l’informatique mondiale et locale, répartis sur des stands équipés en ordinateurs, goodies et dépliants explicatifs. Entre les allées, des cadres supérieurs venant chercher des « solutions informatiques » et des curieux venir découvrir des machines de pointe.

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CH-Ludens Kick off. How the Sinergia came into being.

by Eugen Pfister

How it all began

Our SNSF-Sinergia project unites a dynamic team of 20 researchers across four university locations in Switzerland: The Bern Academy Of the Arts, the University of Bern, the University of Lausanne and the Zurich University of the Arts. We come from different cantons and countries as well as from different research directions and – not but – we are united by a common research interest: The study of the history of digital games in Switzerland.

It is a huge privilege that we can – and in fact are supposed to – do in our project exactly what has driven us in our individual research for years, but now as a collaborative team. Our goal is, therefore, on the one hand, to learn as much as possible from each other and find fruitful ways to synergise with our different methods and research questions. On the other hand, we are considering digital games as a cultural technique that will contribute to a better understanding of the digitalization of Swiss society throughout the past century. Our project will run from February 2023 to January 2027.

On February 2, 2023 we (that is almost all of us) met in the rooms of the HKB for the kick-off of our project. Some of us had known each other for a long time by then. These personal and professional networks proved to be essential in the genesis of the project. I had known Yannick Rochat for five years at that point and among other things we had written an essay highlighting the need for this research in Austria and Switzerland in January 2021. Together with him, we first came up with the idea of submitting a proposal for the SNSF Sinergia funding scheme. In turn, I already knew René Bauer, Mela Kocher and Beat Suter from the internationally renowned gameZ & ruleZ conference, to which they had invited me to give a talk in 2019. Our colleagues from the ZHDK probably have the most comprehensive knowledge of the history of digital games in Switzerland. René and Beat accordingly wrote a three-part essay on the topic for my blog as early as 2021. Finally, I met Tobias Hodel and Addrich Mauch at a Game Studies Community meeting at the University of Bern in February 2021. Shortly after the event, I asked them to join us. I also had the enormous luck to have Arno Görgen at my side as a colleague and partner for more than six years. Inside this constellation, we have been working on the preparations for the application since 2020.

I believe one of the great strengths of our project is the extremely strong dynamic of mutual curiosity and openness in our team, which we also emphasized in the cover letter for our application. In our regular preparation meetings, it became apparent again and again how organically our group worked together. Our research complemented each other perfectly and in doing so we were united by a common interest.

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