Beautifully located at the Rhine and bordering immediately on France and Germany, Basel is a youthful city at the Northwestern end of Switzerland, with an old and prestigious university as well as a thriving life-sciences industry attracting a young international crowd. The center of the city is a gem, picturesque and intact since the middle ages. With only 200.000 inhabitants, Basel may well be the smallest metropolis in Europe–cosmopolitan yet cozy–but it is certainly the one with the mildest climate all year round.

logo_COINs The coins11 conference, Sept. 8–10, 2011 is presented in collaboration by Hyperwerk Institute of Postindustrial Design and the COINs Collaborative, an initiative of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Wayne State University College of Engineering-Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Collective Intelligence. The collaborative builds open knowledge networks to advance the emerging science of collaboration for design, research and industry competitive advantage. For more information on the COINs conference, visit