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This project, funded by Gebert Rüf Stiftung, is supported by the following project partners: 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
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.
While past 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 will drive collaboration.
What is special about the project?
Enabled by Design is to develop and sustain the 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 Enabled by Design platform is a new tool to bridge designers and technologists in the long term.
From a technology transfer perspective, and in addition to the values that design brings to early stage innovation, the project is 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.
The project raised a great traction at EPFL, ECAL, the start-up and designer communities of the ecosystem. The first version of the Enabled-by-Design platform has been developed and is being tested. The platform will be shortly opened to the EPFL and designer communities. Several promising projects have been identified and some already started. Talented designers have been hired to work on them and the outcome is very positive. A sound toolkit to facilitate the collaboration between designers and technologists has been developed. The toolkit addresses the making of a design brief, the project planning, the creation of a budget and the evaluation of design gaps.
Persons involved in the project
, project manager
Prof. Luc Bergeron and Daphna Glaubert, ECAL
Isabel Casado and Sumegha Mantri, EPFL
Nathalie Nyffeler, HES-SO
Last update to this project presentation 05.11.2019