About CH Open

The CH Open association has been promoting open systems (open source software) and standards (open standards) in the Swiss ICT landscape since 1982. With numerous active working groups and events, CH Open informs and networks companies, public administration, educational institutions and individuals, and politically advocates for more openness and sustainability in IT. CH Open has about 200 individual members and about 100 collective and premium members (companies and authorities). Numerous cooperations with Swiss and foreign ICT associations, communities as well as universities and authorities contribute to the implementation of CH Open's concerns at all levels.

Source | Business | Community

Open source

In today's connected world, open systems are essential for smooth communication. This is the only reason why services like the World Wide Web or e-mail could become successful. Open source software is a central part of this movement and helps companies, public administrations, schools and private individuals to concentrate on their central tasks independently of external constraints.

Open Business

Open source is also to be spread in the business world. Open Business serves as an approach to use open ideas and open content.

Open Community

CH Open is also active behind the scenes and is involved in commissions and activities such as eCH and swissICT for Open Source Software, Open Business and Open Society.


How and where does CH Open get involved?

Working Groups

CH Open offers numerous national conferences and events(working groups) on the topic of open source. The theoretical and practical expertise of CH Open members and interested parties should thereby be expanded in the area of open source software, but also in related areas such as open data, open government, open innovation and more.

The CH Open Business Events are also part of the Working Groups. They take place several times a year over midday in Swiss cities.

In collaboration with the Digital Sustainability Lab of the Institute Public Sector Transformation of the Bern University of Applied Sciences, CH Open also launches and publishes research projects in the field of open source.

Other occasions

CH Open organizes the working groups itself or participates in third-party events. These include: Open Education Day, IT Procurement Conference, Workshop Days, DINAcon and many more.


CH Open is also active behind the scenes. Through its extensive network of contacts, the company maintains close ties with the private sector and public administrations. The association is also involved in commissions or working groups in associations such as eCH, swissICT, Opendata.ch, Digitale Gesellschaft and several more. The association is politically engaged and represented by the association Parldigi.


About CH Open

Executive Board

The board members volunteer for CH Open. See here who are behind it.

CH Open members

Thanks to our loyal members, we have been promoting open source since 1982. Our premium members make it possible through their extra contribution that new ideas can arise.


The statutes of CH Open are divided into twelve individual points. Read through the points here.


CH Open publishes press releases regularly. Take a look at all previous releases here.


Do you have a question for CH Open? Please contact us. We look forward to your message.

Become a member!

Become a CH Open member and benefit from attractive price discounts on our chargeable events.
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