Ongoing projects

Credited by the SKIL

Autoglider

Our project aims to make a quasi-autonomous glider that would use as little of its engine as possible thanks to its ability to seek out hot air currents and use them to gain height. Human intervention would take place during take-off and landing, and the engine battery would be recharged by solar panels.

Bamboulette

Let’s face it, some EPFL squares look more like Walmart car parks on a Sunday morning than places to meet and relax to enjoy a sandwich at lunchtime or a discussion on subatomic particles in the afternoon. Thus, it seemed necessary to invent the Bamboulette. Future indispensable object of the public squares, it will have the ambition to be a chair, a bench, an umbrella, a trolley and a green space at the same time!

Mego-Land

Our idea, called Mego-Land, is to recycle plastic filters from cigarette butts to produce ashtrays. These ashtrays would be of two complementary types: collective and portable. Portable ashtrays prevent smokers from discarding their cigarette butts in the wild. Collective ashtrays, in addition to collecting cigarette butts from people nearby, near a bar for example, allow owners of portable ashtrays to dispose of accumulated cigarette butts, so that they can be sent to a recycling company.

Seeded paper

This project aims to encourage people to avoid the one-time use of some products. What’s better than planting flyers and business cards that you only read once? Simply plant, water and a little sunshine to obtain vegetables or flowers from the seeded paper.

Pizza Funghi

Our project focuses on the application of two materials: soil and the root part of mushrooms. Together we want to test the potential for combining these resources through a series of experiments to test their properties. The final experience will be the start-up of a wood oven revisited by our techniques.

Dew water harvester

Dew has an interesting potential as source of water. We are looking to create an easy to build harvester to exploit this phenomenon. The materials will be easily accessible so that the crop can be built in the event of a pandemic and the water will be used to irrigate plants to allow greater food self-sufficiency.

diOgen

What if you could travel with a piece of home? what if you could get lost in the nature with a shelter? what if. . . we could go around the world without a low impact? Let’s invent the diOgen!

SKIL Projects

Funguys – Mycelium design and Architecture

The Funguys – Mycelium design and Architecture team is an experimental group focusing on the development of a 100% biodegradable, organic and ecological material.

SP80

The SP80 project was founded in September 2017, gathering a team of EPFL students and Alumni with the same desire to push the limits of speed sailing.

EPFL Interdisciplinary projects

Lausanne Racing Team (LRT) for the Formula Student competition

The Lausanne Racing Team is a student team founded in September 2017 on the initiative of a few students of Mechanical Engineering. It quickly attracted a lot of interest from students in different sections.

GrowbotHub for Igluna project

Who has never dreamed of going to the moon? But have you thought about how you will eat once you get there? The GrowbotHub project by the Légumes Perchés association aims to create a system that will allow the cultivation of fruits and vegetables for the moon.

Swiss Solar Boat

Our goal? – Build a boat on a foil over 6 metres long, operating only with solar panels. Ideally, it will reach a top speed of 30 knots (about 55 km/h) with the pilot on board.

Other supported projects

Verti’SKIL by Act4Change Lab

This student project aims to bring more greenery to the EPFL campus by implementing a first prototype of a green wall on the SKIL.

La Pergola by Act4Change Lab

La Pergola is a student initiative that aims to reinvest the small forgotten areas of the campus into sharing platforms.

CIEL – Tomorrow’s sustainable olympic village

CIEL stands for Concours Interdisciplinaire Etudiant de Lausanne and organizes an annual idea competition for a continuous period of 24 hours on the UNIL and EPFL campus. The conceptual core of this project is synergy, the synergy of ideas, people, skills, disciplines, motivations and sensitivities.