Research and innovation have the potential to address many of the malfunctions of our socio-economic systems. As we are entering what some refer to as the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, technology in particular is playing a crucial role in addressing many of the most pressing problems of our time.
The opportunities to solve such major challenges are significant: from alleviating poverty, ensuring access to education and healthcare, enabling circular economic systems, to promoting gender equality – technological solutions can play an important role in providing (and scaling!) solutions to these complex problems
From Lab to Market
The Playgrant program is a newly launched EPFL Tech4Impact grant. It is designed for EPFL researchers’ (potential) entrepreneurial projects, i.e. research projects with an advanced technology but with the need to test and validate the technology in different market and sustainable impact application scenarios.
Playgrants are one-year programs aimed at promoting the creation of social enterprises. A Playgrant includes workshops, mentoring, as well as a financial grant of CHF 50,000.
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16h30 – Doors open and start of the interactive exhibition of EPFL Start-Ups working on the SDGs
17h00 – Welcome and Introduction
17h15 – Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals
17h30 – Introduction to the 1st EPFL Sustainable Development Goal Report
17h45 – Presentations of inspiring SDG research projects at EPFL
19h00 – Closing Remarks
19h15 – Apero & interactive exhibition of EPFL Start-Ups working on the SDGs
Welcome and Introductions
Prof. Dr. Marc Gruber, Vice President for Innovation at EPFL
EPFL-Technology, Sustainability Goals, and the Scaling of Solutions: Three Key Ingredients for a more sustainable Future
Dr. Thomas Gass, Vice Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and former UN Assistant Secretary-General
Dr. Julia Binder, EPFL Tech4Impact Project Leader
EPFL Research Projects
Prof. Dr. Claudia Binder
Sustainable urban systems
Prof. Dr. Janet Hering
Eawag and EPFL working together for SDG 6 to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Prof. Dr. Anders Meibom
EPFL’s Transnational Red Sea Initiative/Center
Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nazeeruddin
Perovskite Solar Cells: A New Paradigm in Renewable Energy
Prof. Dr. Marcel Salathé
ITU / WHO Focus Group AI for health
Dr. Klaus Schönenberger
Technology Innovation for development and humanitarian action: The EssentialTech Centre
Prof. Dr. Karen Scrivener
Cutting 30% of CO2-emissions in constructions – while improving quality and lowering cost
Prof. Dr. Wendy Lee Queen
Realizing the environmental benefits of synthetic sponges
Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
The interactive start-up exhibition will showcase 12 innovative EPFL spin-offs working on different SDGs
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