FIELD projects

Open-ended projects and human-centered design

FIELD projects

The global and local challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, environmental degradation, social injustice require new approaches that challenge traditional innovation mindsets, design processes and business models. It requires next-generation engineers to integrate a human and design-centric lens in their practice when embracing open-ended and ill-defined challenges

FIELD projects give students a unique learning opportunity where they can obtain practical and first-hand experience through a project-based approach. Following a human-centered design process, teams have to conduct an end-to-end design intervention in the context of an ill-defined problem. It covers design research (e.g., field research, user observation, design thinking, system thinking, sense-making, framing, ideation), co-creation, prototyping, user-testing, validation and implementation of innovative propositions for local and global challenges.

Generally speaking, these user-centered approaches are complements applicable to all EPFL student activities. Thanks to the courses offered, students can develop the necessary expertise.

FIELD projects are generally in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

FIELD Courses

  • HUM-378
  • HUM-375
  • Design for Sustainability Course (September 2021, more information soon)

Programs FIELD

Due to the COVID-19 situation, INSSINC (India Switzerland Social Innovation Camp) and CHIC (China Hardware Innovation Camp) are unfortunately suspended until further notice.

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