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Dieses von der Gebert Rüf Stiftung geförderte Projekt wird von folgenden weiteren Projektpartnern mitgetragen: enable program, an acceleration program of the Technology Transfer Office of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL); Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL)
Project no: GRS-011/18
Amount of funding: CHF 247'000
Duration: 03.2019 - 08.2020
Area of activity: DesignPlus, 2013 - 2018
PhD André Catana
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
EPFL Innovation Park J
1015 Lausanne (Schweiz)
- andre.catana@epfl. ch
Technological innovation is most impactful when it reaches society in a meaningful way. Design, with its contextual and user considerations adds value to early stage technologies that wish to transition from labs to the lives of people. It helps the new and possibly complex become understandable and adoptable. It acts as a unique differentiator for accelerating the move of promising technologies towards the market.
Over the last couple of years, there has been a recurrent need for design expertise to help push technologies from labs to market. In response, the enable program pioneered engaging design students on technology projects. These collaborations were instrumental in making the technologies more usable and in ultimately facilitating their path to commercialization.
While the projects demonstrated the need for a deeper collaboration between design and technology, they also underlined the challenges in creating the best connections, setting expectations and understanding working methods between engineers and designers.
'Enabled by design' responds to that gap by building a platform to increase awareness and defining tools that willdrive collaboration. It will start with 6 projects from the EPFL. We aim to open the platform to other institutes and startups in the near future not only to promote technology transfer and design value, but to enrich the innovation ecosystem.
What is special about the project?
The ‘Enabled by design’ initiative is the sustainable integration of design expertise within the core of an acceleration program for early stage technologies, of which no parallels exist today within an institutional technology transfer framework. The platform and methodology implemented within the project will constitute a new tool to bridge designers and technologists in the long term.
In addition to the novelty brought by this new framework, the projects themselves are grounded in innovative patented technologies that provide creative solutions.
Finally, from a technology transfer perspective, and in addition to the values that design brings to early stage innovation, the project will be a stepping stone for design to become an integral part of the intellectual property assets which serve as basis for moving technologies from lab to market.
Our project will span over 18 months. The initial 4-6 months are dedicated to doing the groundwork of building the tools and community, setting up the platform and starting a subset of the selected projects.
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Persons involved in the project
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Prof. Luc Bergeron and Daphna Glaubert, ECAL
Isabel Casado and Sumegha Mantri, EPFL
Nathalie Nyffeler, HES-SO
Last update to this project presentation 05.04.2019