Discovery Camp

Discover how sustainable innovation is applied through hands-on workshops with four different actors of the ecosystem!

The Discovery Camp is a series of 4 workshops to enable students to discover how sustainable innovation is conducted for different types of actors, specifically for an NGO, the public sector, a startup, or a large company.

During practical sessions, students will meet representatives from each track and work on real-life cases and gain insights on innovation methodologies applied to sustainability challenges. Through additional skills training and networking opportunities, students are encouraged to explore opportunities for the future.

What to expect 

  • Grasp how sustainable innovation takes place across the different actors (NGO, Corporates, Startups, public sector) in the ecosystem, understanding their role, activities and mindset
  • Get insights on how innovation methodologies are used to tackle sustainability challenges
  • Work on real-life sustainability challenges faced by different actors and hear first-hand from people working for each organisation
  • Meet and collaborate with EPFL students from other fields

A certificate of participation is awarded at the end of the program

Bachelor, Master and PhD students


  • How can the user or beneficiary experience inform and shape better solutions? By involving users in the design phase of a project or solution, we can obtain a better understanding of the situation on the ground, and create solutions that are adapted to real needs and will be more easily adopted.


  • Every day, billions of people come into contact with Bühler technologies to cover their basic needs for food and mobility, and more. Their technologies are in your smartphone, solar panels, diapers, lipstick, banknotes, the foods you eat, and the vehicles you drive.
  • During this workshop, you will ideate around reducing/reusing/recycling/recovering food waste that results from the production of certain foods, but which still contain many nutrients.
  • Future Sustainable Territories, Infrastructure and Cities (FUSTIC) was founded by EPFL and ENAC to promote the societal and ecological transition by championing research in digital technology and sustainable cities, regions and infrastructure.
  • In this workshop, you will do rapid prototyping around one of the major challenges of the 21st century: how can cities be more sustainable when they currently represent 75% of global energy consumption, 75% of global CO2 emissions and are home to 50% of the world’s population?
  • Plastogaz is a startup born in a  EPFL chemistry laboratory, developed by a team whose ambition is to develop technologies to valorize alternative feedstocks such as plastic waste to produce the chemicals we use in our daily lives.

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This program is part of the EPFL Changemakers journey and powered by EPFL Vice Presidency for Innovation.


Should you have any question, do not hesitate to reach out!

Marius Aeberli, Vice Presidency for Innovation
[email protected]