Hong Kong Harbour: The whole package

CHIP 2016-2017, Pɘggy
July 21, 2017

Yesterday we went to the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. After we presented our product ideas, we were informed about what HKSTP really is, what they do and what [...]
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Design activity: Visiting the HKDI !

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
July 21, 2017

Dimitri, Luca, Nicolas, Pierre and I had the opportunity to have a tour of the HKDI (Hong Kong Design Institute) ! The building alone is worth a visit: we were [...]
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Shenzhen Autism Society

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
July 21, 2017

Yesterday, we met the Shenzhen Autism Association (SAS). The challenge we had (we learned it by phone) was communicating with the people of this association as nobody spoke English. So, [...]
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The beginning of our China journey

CHIP 2016-2017, Pɘggy
July 20, 2017

Hi everyone! On Tuesday we finally all arrived in Hong Kong :-) Even though the flight was long and the weather not really welcoming we still were all glad to [...]
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An unexpected journey

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
July 20, 2017

Time to make some updates about our last two days in Shenzhen. On Tuesday, we started to visit the major electronic marketplaces of Shenzhen – Huaqiangbei. Imagine buildings all around [...]
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Progress – Problem – Progress

CHIC 2016-2017, Trobak
July 20, 2017

Hello dear reader, After two more general posts we're back at what we do best : work (héhé). As you know we are now in Shenzhen in order to develop [...]
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Design activity: Dim Sum Lab

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
July 20, 2017

Small stuffs to share. Like the chinese food, Dim Sum Lab is a place that brings together people around a table to share something they like. Dim Sum Lab is [...]
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Update on the prototyping process

CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga
July 20, 2017

Hi everyone! We are glad to update you about the work we are getting done these days. Aside two pitches (on Tuesday at HAX and on Wednesday at Massive Hardware) [...]
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Scavenger hunt in Hong-Kong

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
July 18, 2017

On Saturday we had the chance to participate to a scavenger hunt in Hong-Kong in order to discover further the city and its culture. Our team was composed by members [...]
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Shenzhen – x.factory

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
July 17, 2017

Today we moved for the first time to x.factory which is a hub that provides a prototyping workshop with production-level equipment and co-working space. We like the place and it’s [...]
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One week in Hong-Kong

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
July 17, 2017

It's been almost a week since we left - time goes by and we have plenty to tell you about our experience in Hong Kong. After this very busy day [...]
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Hong Kong, Day 3: HKPST, OOCL, BRINC

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
July 16, 2017

This morning we went to Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP). This non-profit entity, created in 2001 by the Hong-Kong government, tends to boost the innovation in order [...]
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Friday 14: Design tour, Forbo & MakerHive

CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga
July 16, 2017

Design Tour During this Friday morning we divided ourself in 4 groups, attempting to explore different places about art and design. HKDI A part of us went to the HKDI [...]
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Hong Kong – Shenzhen

CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga
July 16, 2017

The 5 days in Hong Kong have came to an end yesterday. We had a packed program there and struggled to find time to write on the blog. However we [...]
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Pitching, pitching…

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
July 16, 2017

We want to briefly share with you the evolution of our project after the first week of our China trip that has been spent in Hong Kong, as it can [...]
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Hong-Kong days 3 and 4

CHIC 2016-2017, Trobak
July 16, 2017

Hello hello ! It's been 3 days since we landed in this big city of Hong-Kong, and even if the days are long (and the nights getting shorter for some [...]
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Hello Hong-Kong ! Day 1-2

CHIC 2016-2017, Trobak
July 16, 2017

Hey people, It's been a while again, we promised more regularity but you know how it is ! Anyway... We arrived in Hong-Kong ! After months speaking (and dreaming) about [...]
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Take-off day

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
July 13, 2017

Today was D-day: we were finally flying to Hong-Kong! At 8am, we had a last workshop at EPFL, to practice our pitching skills, and learn more about the schedule of [...]
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The big start

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
July 11, 2017

Hello everyone ! After several months of research, creation, coding, welding and so on, we were able to advance our project. So, we are ready for the big start in [...]
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Taking off, literally!

CHIP 2016-2017, ShuQi – Team Geneva
July 3, 2017

We prepared, planned, and now it’s here. Although not yet, as us girls leave a little bit before (thanks EPFL for the flexible plane dates!) to stretch out our sore [...]
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Test on the lake

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
June 27, 2017

For several weeks, the waterproofing of our device was a big problem. The last test in the Hydraulic Machines Lab (HML) was not successful at all and we made our PCB [...]
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Milestone 3

CHIP 2016-2017, Pɘggy
June 25, 2017

Hi dear Chic Community, Since exam week is taking an end we can focus 100 % on our Peggy again 🙂 Milestone 3 on the 13th of June has once [...]
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the final spurt

CHIP 2016-2017, ShuQi – Team Geneva
June 15, 2017

Hello there, The project is advancing and we can see our ShuQi become more and more tangible. For the milestone we had a fast and simple 3d print, but this [...]
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Object prototyping

CHIP 2016-2017, Team Ticino – Air pollution problem
June 9, 2017

Hi everybody, We are working hard on the connectivity between the telephone and the sensor, the first iteration of the PCB and also on the first prototype for the general [...]
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our PCB has arrived!

CHIP 2016-2017, ShuQi – Team Geneva
June 6, 2017

Today is a good day, because our PCB has arrived! Axel has worked diligently to order it as soon as possible, in order to proceed with the tests. ShuQi is [...]
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Interdisciplinary thinking

CHIP 2016-2017, Team – Fribourg
June 5, 2017

Hi there :-) In a little bit more than one week milestone 3 is coming up. One of the main goals is to present some first complex interdisciplinary processes as [...]
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Week14

CHIP 2016-2017, Team Ticino – Air pollution problem
May 31, 2017

Dear all, During week 14, we managed to finish the PCB design of our device, and we are producing it in this week. We also did the product design according [...]
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Milestone 2

CHIP 2016-2017, Team – Fribourg
May 30, 2017

Hi there :-) Last Wednesday we had our Milestone 2 presentation. This time we managed to finish your explanations in the given 15 min. to 20 min. time frame. Once [...]
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Before Milestone 3

CHIC 2016-2017, Trobak
May 30, 2017

Hi everyone, Short post today, just to let you know how much we've done since last post and how we're getting ready for the final milestone before heading to China! Rihab [...]
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Milestone ahead

CHIP 2016-2017, ShuQi – Team Geneva
May 30, 2017

Hello everyone! Our join work ShuQi is showing tangible results - every day there are improvements in the technical and design fields. Loic has created the 3D Model of our [...]
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PCB Assembly complete !

CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga
May 24, 2017

Last night, we finally assembled the first prototype of Ilanga’s electronics. I was a little bit worried as it was only my second time doing this, but my friend Salah [...]
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Discussion about the PCB Design

CHIP 2016-2017, ShuQi – Team Geneva
May 23, 2017

The engineers proudly presented with a real size 3D print of the PCB. It is an oval form which fits perfectly into the case of our lovely bird.With this mock-up we discussed [...]
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Some improvements – Still much work to do

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
May 20, 2017

At the end of this week, we finally managed to implement the most important functionalities of our microcontroller, which was a huge relief! Now we are able to automatically log [...]
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Week13

CHIP 2016-2017, Team Ticino – Air pollution problem
May 18, 2017

After the second milestone meeting, we received some valuable suggestions from our instructors. Our next steps will be: Focus on the industrial design; BlueTooth communication between the device and the [...]
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Third milestone is coming

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
May 17, 2017

This week we have finally (and fortunately) met M. Farhat, a fluid mechanics teacher at EPFL. It turned out that EPFL has many high-end facilities allowing to simulate high pressurized [...]
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Sunny days and good news

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
May 16, 2017

The good days are FINALLY back and I feel that it gives energy to the whole team seen the advances of these last days. Khalil realized a real marathon to [...]
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PCB order

CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga
May 16, 2017

Today marks a big milestone for Ilanga: we ordered our first PCB! This may not sound like much, but for us it was quite stressful: once a board is made, [...]
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Interdisciplinary issues

CHIP 2016-2017, Team – Fribourg
May 15, 2017

Hi dear CHIC community Last week we booked our flights to China. Therefore, there was an exuberant atmosphere as the trip finally got concrete. Obviously, we had a lot more [...]
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the first prototype is within reach

CHIP 2016-2017, ShuQi – Team Geneva
May 12, 2017

Hello! This week we have started working on our first prototype. We’ve finished the last tests of feasibility and the result are mostly positive.  We have already explained in this [...]
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Hardware

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
May 4, 2017

All the components have arrived and also the produced PCB is ready... What does that mean? Start soldering! With a little instruction from our super-assistant Gilbert, Tobia spent the morning [...]
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New Name: Livelo

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
May 2, 2017

  In the last weeks the whole team brainstormed in order to find a name for our product that could represent it and at the same time represent the team's [...]
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Week 10

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
May 2, 2017

After a well earned week of relax (at least on paper) and a lot of eating (easter bunnies and co.), our team is back to work. Each one of us is [...]
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We are… TODOO ! 💫💫

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
May 2, 2017

We just named our baby ! We went for something pretty self-explanatory but also playful: Todoo ! We chose blue because it symbolizes autism and red to represent the time-timer. Once [...]
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Becoming Ilanga

CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga
May 1, 2017

Hi everyone! Last Friday Milestone 2 took place and we came up with a name and two big changes. We wanted a brand related to the sun. We also wanted [...]
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Easter break

CHIP 2016-2017, Team – Fribourg
April 28, 2017

Hello everybody,   Last week we all benefited from our Easter holidays!!! Therefore, we could allocate even more time to our project… (or at least we tried ;-)).   All [...]
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Getting ready for the second milestone

CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga
April 27, 2017

Hey everyone We are back after a long time of silence The second milestone is approaching and we spent the week preparing it. After the holidays we came up with [...]
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week 8

CHIP 2016-2017, Team Ticino – Air pollution problem
April 20, 2017

Hi everyone, This last week before the Easter break, we are very motivated because our project begins to take shape. Our software engineer finished coding the core functionalities of the [...]
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Week 8

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
April 14, 2017

The past two weeks were essentially dedicated to the electronic part of the device. The first version of the PCB has been designed and its production was launched. We hope we [...]
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Blog Post

CHIP 2016-2017, Team – Fribourg
April 13, 2017

Hey everyone! After the success of the Milestone 1, we can continue the project. Now we are organizing the second milestone. We will present the 3D model with the electronic [...]
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Week 7

CHIP 2016-2017, Team Ticino – Air pollution problem
April 12, 2017

Hi everyone, This week we continued coding the backend part of our device, we implemented different core functionalities that will allow our Android application to interact with the database and [...]
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Focus on App

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
April 11, 2017

This week, our blog post will take you through what UX designer Hélène and Software Engineer Khalil have decided to do for the project's app. The app is an essential [...]
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Milestone 1

CHIP 2016-2017, Team – Fribourg
April 6, 2017

Hi dear CHIC community, We hope you are all fine? This Tuesday we had our first milestone presentation… Although, we do know our device by hard, it is still more [...]
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the path from milestone 1 to milestone 2

CHIP 2016-2017, ShuQi, ShuQi – Team Geneva
April 4, 2017

This week we presented our work we have done so far. There were many things to say and that is why the presentation got longer and longer. Sorry for that. [...]
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Hey ! Long time no see !

CHIC 2016-2017, Trobak
April 4, 2017

Hi everyone, It's been a while. We all had a lot of thing to do and we kind of forgot to keep you up to date. Sorry for that :) [...]
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Starting week 7

CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga
April 3, 2017

Hi everybody!   After Milestone 1, we met to debrief the feedback we obtained and thought about the following. Globally the comments we received are encouraging. Each member of the [...]
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Blog Post Week 6

CHIP 2016-2017, Team – Fribourg
April 3, 2017

Hey everyone, Sun is back, warm weather with it. But we have not time to enjoy it ! The all team is being busy to prepare the first milestone that [...]
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Week 6

CHIP 2016-2017, Team Ticino – Air pollution problem
April 3, 2017

Hi everyone, As the days pass, we become increasingly aware of our device final functions and possibilities. We are now building an environmental monitoring device that detects the particle level [...]
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Week 6 – Branding

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
April 2, 2017

This week was a relatively calm week, principally dedicated to "branding". We have arrived at a point where our product, the data logger, is slowly becoming tangible and we have [...]
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Rollercoaster Week – 🎢

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
April 2, 2017

This week we became aware of what a project like CHIC is, with moments of doubt but also reflections and teamwork in order to find a way to cross the [...]
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An engineer’s view of milestone 1

CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga
April 1, 2017

  The main attraction this week was the first milestone for our group. It was the first time we could gather some feedback on our progress from supervisors and CHIC [...]
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Blog 5 week

CHIP 2016-2017, Team Ticino – Air pollution problem
March 30, 2017

  Hi everyone!   During this week we finally received the hardware components we ordered. So we did some preliminary test with them. The sensor model is Shinyei PPD42NS, an [...]
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G3ID (Geneva Global Goals Innovation Day)

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
March 28, 2017

G3ID is a large show room of innovative and humanitarian companies and associations. We were invited there to present our project and the challenges we are facing.  In the conference [...]
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Week 5

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
March 28, 2017

We are in the 5th week, we have now a first sketch of an application interface, in order to manage the loggers and get the data. We learned how to [...]
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Moving on – moving quickly

CHIP 2016-2017, ShuQi, ShuQi – Team Geneva
March 27, 2017

The one and a half hour meeting we had scheduled this week ahead of our milestone, was not long enough to discuss all the work each one has done. The [...]
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Milestone numero uno ! ✅

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
March 26, 2017

After this first milestone, it's time to take stock of the situation: we are re-thinking the general shape of the object. Following the feedback of parents and specialists, we decided [...]
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Exciting first milestone in Lausanne

CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga, Livelo, Presentation, Todoo, Trobak
March 25, 2017

In spite of all the work going on during the weeks, milestones are important moments in the CHIC process. They are a way to demonstrate the progress towards the development of [...]
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week 4

CHIP 2016-2017, Team Ticino – Air pollution problem
March 23, 2017

Hi everyone, This week, after some discussion into the group, we decided to modify the database structure, and our software engineer continued coding the back-end part of our project. After [...]
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All about milestone 1

CHIP 2016-2017, Team – Fribourg
March 23, 2017

Hi dear CHIC community, After a two week absence I was happy to get back to our team. I was impressed to see how our group advanced and I had [...]
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Week 4: Design incoming

CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga
March 22, 2017

This week our engineers finally picked the last remaining components! We calculated how much battery we will need, and it will be quite a challenge to make everything fit inside a [...]
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Week 4

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
March 21, 2017

This is the 4th week. Following the turnaround we got last week, we thought of different concepts and configurations for our device: should it be molded? should it be encased [...]
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Week 4: Pablo’s visit

CHIP 2016-2017, Team – Fribourg
March 20, 2017

Hey everyone! This week we concentrated on the precise specification and working of our little pEggy. After a quick presentation by the mechanical team, we talked about the first milestone, [...]
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Modeling and interviewing

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
March 20, 2017

👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 We took some decisions regarding the shape ! Congratulations: it's a watch ! 👶🏻⏰ Here are a few drafts of what it could look like: Our goal is to [...]
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Get into the customer’s brain

CHIP 2016-2017, ShuQi, ShuQi – Team Geneva
March 19, 2017

In the last weeks the interaction design (Julia) and business (Tabea) tried to get into our future consumer’s brain to understand what they think and feel. This is of great [...]
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Week 3: Slowly, but steady

CHIP 2016-2017, Team – Fribourg
March 14, 2017

Hey everyone! Team Fribourg here - Where the ideation process is still in a way in progress. We know what we want, but the technical details are still a bit [...]
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CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga
March 13, 2017

Hello everyone! As we go forwards into the project, we feel like the outline of our UV-wearable becomes clearer and clearer. First of all, we have a better insight of [...]
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Week 3 – Slight turnaround

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
March 13, 2017

At the beginning of last week, an important meeting with an hydrogeologist of the ICRC led us to change dramatically our former specifications. What the ICRC really wants is a [...]
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Week 3

CHIP 2016-2017, Team Ticino – Air pollution problem
March 13, 2017

Hi everyone, This third week our main target was to set up the environment needed to implement solutions we selected in the previous week. We sent out the order of [...]
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Today on the menu: TechTalk

CHIP 2016-2017, ShuQi, ShuQi – Team Geneva
March 12, 2017

Last week we spoke about the RFID technology. This week we are explaining the process more in detail. There are different types of RFID technologies. Each one uses different frequencies [...]
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Week 3 – Data Processing and discussions

CHIC 2016-2017, Trobak
March 12, 2017

Hey people ! This week has been pretty important since we started processing the datas we got from the online survey we disseminated through the internet. It's not gonna be [...]
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2nd week

CHIP 2016-2017, Team Ticino – Air pollution problem
March 7, 2017

During this week, we continued our work on designing the air pollution detection device.   We had a meeting with one electronics expert at USI to discuss what is the [...]
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Week 2

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
March 5, 2017

Second and intensive week for our team. Our main problem for visualizing our ideas was that we do not have a water hand pump. This is why Yohanna and Elise [...]
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We keep moving

CHIP 2016-2017, ShuQi, ShuQi – Team Geneva
March 5, 2017

This week, we began with a feed back about the kick-off. After the conversation we agreed to explore different scenarios/ situation in which our object will be useful. In the [...]
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The serious report: episode 1

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
March 5, 2017

Luca has focused on highlighting the most risky assumptions for our value proposition. It is important to know which assumptions we must verify and validate first. If these assumptions are [...]
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Smart Wellness – Week 2

CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga
March 5, 2017

Another exciting week for team “Smart Wellness”! Our biggest question for now is how should the user interact with the product? We have several ideas that we will explore, from [...]
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Week 2 – Still going strong

CHIC 2016-2017, Trobak
March 4, 2017

This week was a great week ! We had a really productive meeting on Thursday during which we decided to study what the product available on the market are capable [...]
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1st week

CHIP 2016-2017, Team Ticino – Air pollution problem
February 28, 2017

Hi everybody, We are working hard this first week to analyze the possible solutions for our idea regarding the following aspects: Electronic, Software, Business and Design. Each one of our [...]
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Week 01 here we go !

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
February 28, 2017

The Kick-Off Day marked the official start of the adventure ! Time to get serious. In the past weeks, we have explored and imagined different directions: as you could see [...]
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Getting everything on track

CHIP 2016-2017, Team – Fribourg
February 27, 2017

To whom it may concern We sat down together to, once again, refine our vision for pEggy and to define its functional requirements. Some of our initial ideas were kept, [...]
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Too early to panic but too late to relax

CHIP 2016-2017, ShuQi, ShuQi – Team Geneva
February 27, 2017

You know the feeling when you start to dig into a project and what once seemed too big to handle becomes reasonable? Well, this is not how I feel now. [...]
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Week 1

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
February 27, 2017

This week, we mainly brainstormed the different solutions we could implement for the different parts of our device. It is actually composed of three main parts: the communication module, the [...]
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Week 1 – Where are we going?

CHIC 2016-2017, Trobak
February 26, 2017

So here we are, one week passed since kick-off. Time really flies pretty quick and you only realize it when you reach the deadlines. Anyway, we used that time pretty [...]
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Here we are after the first week

CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga
February 24, 2017

After the kick off day of last Sunday, we feel like the project has now really begun. Even if the whole process of research we did the last semester was [...]
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Kick-off meeting in Lausanne

CHIP 2016-2017, Team Ticino – Air pollution problem
February 23, 2017

Hi Everyone! Last Staturday we had our kick-off meeting of CHIC program in Lausanne. It is so great to see you again and we feel very excited to start the [...]
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Kick-off

CHIP 2016-2017, Team – Fribourg
February 21, 2017

Hey everybody! Let’s talk about our Kick-Off meeting on Saturday We all arrived on time :-) on Saturday morning to our one day Kick-Off meeting at EPFL in Lausanne. During [...]
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Kickoff Sunday

CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga
February 20, 2017

Today was Kickoff Day, the first time we gather to actually work on our product. We spent the morning on a presentation on startups, iterations and an intro to manufacturing. [...]
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There was no time wasted today

CHIC 2016-2017, Trobak
February 19, 2017

We are proud to present you our first cardboard mock-up ! Yes it's hard to believe but it's not working yet... Let's be serious for a bit, we spent the [...]
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Kick-off: let’s get that pump pumpin’!

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
February 19, 2017

In the last weeks and months we worked intensively on understanding and developing our problem, through our contact person inside the ICRC and contacts to other people in different domains (geological, [...]
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Kick-Off Sunday !

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
February 19, 2017

So here we are ! Enjoying a nice and quiet Sunday in the sun ! We started off by simplifying our product a little more, setting our priorities and staying [...]
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Ready to go

CHIP 2016-2017, Team Ticino – Air pollution problem
February 6, 2017

Ciao a tutti! It took us a long time and a lot of brainstorming and discussion with our supervisors and relevant experts to reach this final project idea. Air pollution [...]
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may our journey begin

CHIP 2016-2017, ShuQi, ShuQi – Team Geneva
December 22, 2016

Hi there. Our team first met in the train from Geneva to Renens, where the CHIC ideation weekend took place. After these 42min, we were fully convinced of the competence [...]
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First steps

CHIP 2016-2017, Team – Fribourg
December 19, 2016

Hey everybody and welcome to our first Blog-Post. The CHIC-Project has officially started with the ideation weekend in November! Based on the wide range of information we gained during this [...]
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3..2..1.. Go !

CHIC 2016-2017, Ilanga
December 7, 2016

Hi everyone, Team Wellness reporting in! What a crazy time for all of us: everyone has a ton to do for class and CHIC doesn’t help. Anyway, maybe we should [...]
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Our first post – Let’s get started !

CHIC 2016-2017, Trobak
December 2, 2016

Hi everyone, We're Team Food-Waste ! As every other team in the CHIC program, we're all student from different backgrounds and we chose to work on the thematic of the [...]
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Ideation Week-End

CHIC 2016-2017, Livelo
December 1, 2016

On October 29th and 30th the kick-off day of CHIC, also known as the Ideation week-end was held. Groups were formed around different themes. Because we feared that designing a [...]
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Let’s get it started !

CHIC 2016-2017, Todoo
December 1, 2016

Hi everybody ! The third edition of CHIC has officially begun. It’s hard to find the words to express how happy and excited we are to be a part of [...]
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CHIC 2017 onto a great start

CHIC 2016-2017
October 16, 2016

The third edition of the China Hardware Innovation Camp got onto a great start thanks to the workshop on teams brilliantly organised and animated by Prof. Jacques Lanarès from the [...]
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Discover the CHIC 2016 movie

CHIC 2015-2016
October 12, 2016

Thanks to the generous support of the Canton de Vaud (DGES), Maxime Descloux and Céline Dondénaz (from ecal's movie department) have followed one CHIC team during an entire edition of [...]
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Join us for the CHIC 2016 DemoDays

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi, Okeep, Presentation, Tikku
September 14, 2016

CHIC 2016 is almost over but you have one last chance (actually two…) to catch up with us and discover what the 4 teams have achieved during this second edition. [...]
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The end!

CHIC 2015-2016
August 5, 2016

Hello everyone! This trip has now come to an end, and let's look at what we have done during the last days! Well, during our last (full) day in Shenzhen, [...]
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Last day in Shenzhen!!!!

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
July 27, 2016

Yesterday, our industrial designer and our electronics engineers moved to Seeedstudio for working on the Hibachi instead of visiting BGI - Beijing Genomics Institute. The goal was to adjust the [...]
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OKEEP’s last days in Shenzen

CHIC 2015-2016, Okeep
July 27, 2016

Time went fast, this post is catching up on all we did those past days. Day 5: On Friday the whole team went to Seed to work hard. Patrick were [...]
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Last day of hard work in China!

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
July 27, 2016

This trip comes to its end! But even the day before leaving China, there is always time to work! So today, the whole team together, we went to the new [...]
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Wrap-up of the last few days

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
July 27, 2016

Hello everyone! First of all, sorry for not posting in the last few days (I know you missed us), but we have been very busy! So, since last Thursday what [...]
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Here comes the last day in China!

CHIC 2015-2016, Tikku
July 27, 2016

We cannot believe CHIC is almost finished! It is our last day and the noisiest team Tikku still has a lot of work to do. The engineers left early the [...]
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Day 8 – Let there be light!

CHIC 2015-2016
July 27, 2016

After a delicious breakfast, all the 4 teams met in the lobby of the hotel to discuss with our supervisors the next steps of the projects. We decided to start [...]
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The day of yesterday 20.07.2016

CHIC 2015-2016
July 27, 2016

We got up and eat it all up We took the MTR and discovered how tiered we all are. We went to the old Seeed studio to work with team [...]
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Day 5! Scavenger Hunt

CHIC 2015-2016
July 26, 2016

It's Saturday, our 5th day in this adventure. After exhausting days of pitching, little sleep and still some jet lag, we are given the opportunity to engage in a quest to [...]
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Day 15 – DJI and BGI visits

CHIC 2015-2016
July 26, 2016

Today, thanks to the late start, we had the chance to get our well deserved sleep after the long program of yesterday. It felt so good! And we were all [...]
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Huawei, StarPrototype and SSIP

CHIC 2015-2016
July 25, 2016

First visit of the day, Huawei. We met at the lobby at 7:30 to take the bus to the Huawei manufacture. There, we have been welcomed in a fancy meeting [...]
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Day 4 – HKSTP and a view!

CHIC 2015-2016, Visit
July 25, 2016

All teams worked hard last night (or early in the morning) to prepare the pitching session of the day, this one for investors-oriented people at the Science & Technology Park. [...]
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Day 12 – Work work work work work

CHIC 2015-2016, Okeep
July 24, 2016

Not all the teams were in their best shape after the late night of day 11 but this day was not one allowing procrastination. The amount of students dressed in pink [...]
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Time is running out at Seeedstudio!

CHIC 2015-2016, Tikku
July 22, 2016

All the PCBs (5 pieces) are mounted and 2 of them are working properly! The others are currently being tested. The day starts well and my team is happy :)! [...]
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Programs can be uploaded in the PCB!

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
July 22, 2016

Today, we had a lot of work to do. All team members moved to Seeedstudio. Our priority is to succeed in boot loading PCB, which we didn’t manage yesterday. The [...]
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Close to our first functional prototype!

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
July 22, 2016

We started our day by moving to HAX, a american renowned hardware accelerator. This company accelerate startups with a high market potential. At Shenzhen, HAX is focused on hardware projects fitting to [...]
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Not every day is an easy day

CHIC 2015-2016, Tikku
July 21, 2016

Time is going so quickly and we did not noticed how Wednesday was over! Then my blogpost will cover 2 days. Yesterday the work was efficient and quick. The quick [...]
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A day full of activities

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
July 21, 2016

Good afternoon people! What have we been up to today? Well, a bunch of things actually! Lara and I started the day in a pretty stressful way since we had [...]
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More information about the Chinese market

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
July 20, 2016

I have been walking around Shenzhen (well mostly around the hotel) in order to observe the behavior of the Chinese people regarding mailboxes and other topics related to our project. [...]
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2nd day at Seeed Studio

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
July 19, 2016

First of all, today was Lara’s birthday so it was gonna be a good day anyway!!! What a busy day! The team actually split up to do some different things [...]
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Un Tikku par-ci, un Tikku par-là

CHIC 2015-2016, Tikku
July 19, 2016

Some time in the morning were spent today to define the tasks and their priorities, in order to use our time in the best way. We decided to split the [...]
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Day 2 in Seeed Studio

CHIC 2015-2016, Okeep
July 19, 2016

Seeed Studio told us the missing components should arrive at 2pm, however to be sure, electrical engineers went to the Huaqiangbei market to buy some of them. It went well [...]
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Files sent for running our first 3D printing

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
July 19, 2016

This morning, our team split into three groups. One went to Huaqiangbei, one of the biggest electronics market in the world, to find some missing components such as the battery and [...]
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Day 7, First day in Shenzhen!

CHIC 2015-2016, Okeep
July 18, 2016

Finally, the first day of work is here, everyone is very excited to start implementing their prototypes. But first things first: we need a lot of strength to get through [...]
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Hong-Kong and Shenzhen, Here we are!

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
July 18, 2016

Hibachi team had arrived at Hong-Kong last week. It was intense! We pitched almost every day in front of different audiences: investors, companies, entrepreneurs, makers, students and other people. Our [...]
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We are in CHINA!

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
July 18, 2016

Hello everyone! We have arrived almost one week ago in China, already! We landed in Hong Kong last Tuesday night and have already done so much! It’s time for you [...]
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Shenzen & Seeed Studio: Here we are !

CHIC 2015-2016, Okeep
July 18, 2016

For the first day in Seeed Studio, we visited the place and started planning the week. It should be quit busy; Audrey and Patrick the engineers will work on the [...]
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Seeedstudio – here we are!

CHIC 2015-2016, Tikku
July 18, 2016

After some intense days in Hong Kong, pitching in front of investors and makers and visiting the HKUST, the Harbour, Panalpina and the Science Park, we finally arrived to Shenzhen, [...]
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1st day – Take off your mind

CHIC 2015-2016
July 12, 2016

Monday morning, the alarm rings (like the onions) , let’s pack and meet everybody at 9 am sharp in BC 410. Well… not so sharp, it’s 9:15 and many people [...]
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Sprint UI/UX

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
June 10, 2016

During this sprint I implemented the design made by Lara Defayes, the media and interaction designer of the team. As you can see the UI design has rather well evolved. [caption [...]
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Tikku first game

CHIC 2015-2016, Tikku
June 7, 2016

We are back to present you our first game, developed by the engineering team! It's concept is similar to Guitar Hero game, but better adapted to a mobile game and [...]
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Last milestone – done!

CHIC 2015-2016, Tikku
May 28, 2016

Here we are! The last milestone has been passed and we are going towards the China trip! Lot of work is still remaining. The pricing and costing aspects still need [...]
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Ta(l)king control

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
May 26, 2016

As the semester reaches to its end, the Hibachi is finally taking shape. After though some trouble with the experiment, it's finally solved! (Until the next problem) In contrary to [...]
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A functionnal communication flow

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
May 20, 2016

Let's talk software and firmware, or how to make the link between them! As annonced during our last presentation, we chosed to use Bluetooth Low Energy or Bluetooth Smarth to [...]
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Week 11- Almost there !

CHIC 2015-2016, Okeep
May 17, 2016

This is the last run before the final milestone next week ! An initial version of the electronics is here. So far one mistake has been found and solved, the [...]
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Sticks Design

CHIC 2015-2016, Tikku
May 8, 2016

One of the biggest parts of the work for the second milestone was the design of the sticks performed by Adrian. He has been working on colors and shapes according [...]
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About electronics…

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
May 7, 2016

Drumroll.... Our Aimo connected device starts to take shape in terms of electronics as well. We designed the first testing board using Altium Designer and we sent it to fabrication [...]
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Milestone 2: Done!

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
May 4, 2016

Last week, we were excited to present our progression to the CHIC Jury and to the rest of the audience. In only 15 minutes, we have to present one month of hard [...]
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Positioning and gaming environment

CHIC 2015-2016, Tikku
May 2, 2016

Difficult to believe, that only one milestone is left before going to China! We are so excited to be there although few time is left now to finish the work [...]
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Week 10 – Positioning

CHIC 2015-2016, Okeep
May 1, 2016

Milestone 2 went well but we are waiting for the feedbacks. We will keep you updated about that next week ! About the positioning here is where OKeep would be: [...]
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Milestone 2 behind!

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
May 1, 2016

Time is passing by so fast! Only one milestone left before we go to China! Let's look at what has been done on the business side during the last month. [...]
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CHIC 2016 – 2nd milestone

CHIC 2015-2016, Presentation
April 30, 2016

The second milestone (April 28) gave us a chance to see the great work put in by the four teams over the past 5 weeks. All teams managed to cover [...]
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Hibachi is getting ready for MS2

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
April 28, 2016

The second milestone presentation is this Friday and Hibachi team is getting ready for this important day. Weekly meeting at ecal with the Hibachi team The last few details have [...]
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A new start with Hibachi

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
April 25, 2016

Since we started CHIC, my team and I all agreed on one common thing: Heaböx is not the name we have dreamt about to represent our lunchbox. So after brainstorming a [...]
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Let’s talk software and firmware

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
April 25, 2016

This awesome adventure is the opportunity for me to update my mobile app skills. A lot of new things have appeared and among them: Swift. The brand new language from Apple [...]
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Tikku’s updates

CHIC 2015-2016, Tikku
April 24, 2016

As the project starts to materialize into PCB's, foam prototypes, software design and scripts our team is facing challenges and limits of the ideas we have imagined. The decisions must [...]
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Big shift !

CHIC 2015-2016, Okeep
April 20, 2016

Yes it is a big shift for Okeep ! We had this meeting with our supervisors yesterday and their good advice made us take a big turn ! We are [...]
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A word from our user experience designer

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
April 19, 2016

Here comes the time to design the communication around Aimo. But before we begin, why Aimo? What does this name even mean? Our name comes from a french saint called [...]
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Week 8 – Be challenged and keep going !

CHIC 2015-2016, Okeep
April 18, 2016

  We met this week and talked about the screen, LED, TFT ? Color or monochrome ? We encountered more issues, what about resistance (when falling), waterproof, etc… Many questions [...]
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Tikku refueled

CHIC 2015-2016, Tikku
April 16, 2016

Tikku is back after a long and pleasant vacation! We are refueled and ready to work harder! A break was all benefit, because we came up with new ideas and [...]
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Here we are!

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
April 7, 2016

After this long period of silence, I'm glad to announce you that the new version of Aimo is ready and the 3D printing is on-going ! The previous one helped [...]
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First milestone: Survived

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
April 3, 2016

Last week was a really excited and intense week. We had our first milestone and so presented our work to the jury, to the professors and to the other teams. It was a [...]
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Milestone 1 behind!

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
March 29, 2016

We hope everyone had a great Easter! We are happy to have survived the first milestone! For this step, which took place last Friday, we basically needed to present in [...]
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CHIC 2016 – 1st milestone

CHIC 2015-2016, Presentation
March 24, 2016

Really great presentations today by all the CHIC 2016 teams as part of the first milestone as well as great feedback from the supervisors who managed to drop by. A number [...]
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Getting out of the Building

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
March 22, 2016

Last weeks, after having mapped our assumptions regarding our early adopters customers, we have decided to verify our hypothesis by meeting some of them face-to-face and by doing online surveys. [...]
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Sketches and Design

CHIC 2015-2016, Tikku
March 22, 2016

Some quick sketches and renderings, trying to find a shape for Tikku. The main challenge is finding a shape that is inspired from drum stick while still being different enough [...]
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Week 5 – Soon 1st milestone

CHIC 2015-2016, Okeep
March 22, 2016

On Thursday we have the 1st milestone, meaning that we would present the progress of OKeep. The journey so far is very exciting but not so easy ! Here are [...]
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Vita in motu!

CHIC 2015-2016, Tikku
March 18, 2016

It is time to talk about the "dark" engineering side of Tikku... Last Thursday the development kits arrived and Szabi - the electrical engineer started to code some of the [...]
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A hard day’s work

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
March 17, 2016

Today was a working day for the Heaböx team. Most of us went to the maker space in the EPFL/ECAL lab at some point during the day, and even though [...]
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Engineering, prototyping, components…

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
March 16, 2016

In parallel with mechanics, our engineering team is also working on the development of the firmware and electronics, as we want to have a working prototype by the end of [...]
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Fast, simple and cheap experiments

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
March 15, 2016

In a first stage, we have decided to decrease our uncertainty as fast as possible by making small and quick bets, instead of investing time and efforts into scenarios' assumptions. [...]
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Week 4 – Waze & more…

CHIC 2015-2016, Okeep
March 15, 2016

The second version of the survey is almost done ! We are now trying to dertermine the price and verify if people are ok with dynamos. More interviews are in [...]
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A week full of good results!

CHIC 2015-2016, Tikku
March 13, 2016

It's Christmas!  The parcel containing the first order of electronic components arrived this week. The playground is open! We will stay close to you, to share the first issues. While [...]
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Week 3 – OKeep goes green !

CHIC 2015-2016, Okeep
March 11, 2016

Our connected device will be powered by a dynamo ! After considering using a solar panel (very bad idea in a city center with tall buildings), we decided to use [...]
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Come on and let’s rotate Aimo!

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
March 10, 2016

Yes, that's right, our first prototype is almost ready to be 3D printed ! Our (mechanical) engineers worked very hard to make the magic happen : For now, this is just the [...]
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Slowed down by our heating constraints

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
March 9, 2016

Regarding CHIC deliverables, our team is unfortunately slightly delayed. This holdup is due to one of our main challenges that disrupt all of us; the interdependence heating constraints that concerns all domains of [...]
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Let’s talk business

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
March 9, 2016

We are really progressing with our device Aimo and this is partly due to our (outstanding) organization, as you were able to see it in the last post. In addition [...]
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Journey into our daily life

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
March 8, 2016

The spirit of CHIC is not only about designing an innovative connected device, but also rushing to be able to do it right in a very short period of 6 [...]
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Models & Diagrams

CHIC 2015-2016, Okeep
March 7, 2016

Week 2 is now over  and it was a productive one ! Our team has mainly been discussing the different possibilities to power our device: dynamo, solar panel, or lithium [...]
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Starting by coordinating and brainstorming

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
March 3, 2016

As a first step, we need to structure and to coordinate our team in order to be as efficient as possible all along the conception. We have therefore clarified responsibilities of each [...]
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TIKKU Project in the Starting Blocks!

CHIC 2015-2016, Tikku
February 29, 2016

Here we are: CHIC 2016 Edition has been launched and we are proud being part of it! Since the Ideation weekend we have been working and brainstorming a lot on [...]
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The real start for Okeep

CHIC 2015-2016, Okeep
February 28, 2016

Welcome to the page of our Okeep project, aimed at improving security for bikes. With the beginning of the new semester comes the real start of our project. Until now, [...]
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Time for Kick-Off!

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016
February 22, 2016

We have been selected to go to China and we are extra motivated! We had to change our connected object Aimo a little bit because our mentors helped us realize [...]
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Let’s make our lunchbox real!

CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi
February 21, 2016

After having been selected by the jury of CHIC by presenting our surrealistic concept, this is time to make it real...! Eating at lunch can represent a problem for many people who want [...]
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CHIC 2016 Kick-off

CHIC 2015-2016, Projects
February 21, 2016

All the teams gathered on Satruday at the EPFL+ecal Lab for the CHIC 2016 kick-off. We started by covering the (numerous) weekly deliverables and the 3 milestones scheduled during the [...]
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Weekly posts from teams

Aimo, CHIC 2015-2016, Hibachi, Okeep, Tikku
February 19, 2016

You will soon find the team's weekly posts on their respective project pages (Aimo, Heaböx, Okeep and Tikku). Stay tuned...
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Okeep’s Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

CHIC 2015-2016, Okeep, Projects
February 17, 2016

The functional requisites for Okeep's Minimum Viable Product (MVP) are the following: Core functions: Blinkers Use the smartphone's GPS to indicate the way Sensors: accelerometer and switch The device would [...]
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Some news from Shenzhen 4.0

Visit
January 26, 2016

Great tour in Shenzhen and Hong Kong with Pascal Marmier, swissnex China's hyper-dynamic CEO. 6 days packed with meetings, visits and discussions ! Happy to announce renewed commitment from our [...]
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4 teams selected for CHIC 2016 !

CHIC 2015-2016, Presentation
November 19, 2015

A little more than 3 weeks have gone by since the ideation week-end. Just enough time for the 6 teams to "go out of the building" and test their initial [...]
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CHIC 2016: THE selection!

CHIC 2015-2016
October 18, 2015

And.... we have 6 selected projects. After intense discussions between the organisers and a selection of projects with high potential time has come for the CHIC "mercato". The 6 project [...]
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CHIC 2016 IWE D2: Ideation

CHIC 2015-2016
October 18, 2015

After a long day of learning, students are there Sunday morning ahead of time (!) to start with the ideation part. The session kicks off with Alex and a stellar [...]
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CHIC 2016 IWE D1: Learning time

CHIC 2015-2016
October 18, 2015

After the stellar launch at the EPFL+ECAL Lab, participants to the CHIC 2016 ideation week-end start a long day of learning punctuated by a couple of practical exercises. On the [...]
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CHIC 2016 has started !

CHIC 2015-2016
October 16, 2015

The second edition of the China Hardware Innovation Camp (CHIC) got off on the right foot in the inspiring facilities of the EPFL+ECAL Lab. A group of highly motivated students [...]
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CHIC 2015: DemoDays @ ecal and @ EPFL

CHIC 2014-2015, Presentation
September 10, 2015

Have you been following the first edition of the China Hardware Innovation Camp (CHIC)? Are you curious to see what an interdisciplinary group of students from EPFL, ecal and UNIL can [...]
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Day 13: PCH + DJI = SZX

CHIC 2014-2015, Visit
July 21, 2015

The day started with the visit of PCH, a company that fully integrates activities from the design of a product to its distribution worldwide. Niamh Given gave us a short [...]
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Day 11: Day off….almost

CHIC 2014-2015
July 19, 2015

Sunday in Shenzhen.... means either work or shopping. Most participants enjoyed a good rest in the morning before heading out for THE karaoke.
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Day 10: Work @ Seeed Studio

CHIC 2014-2015
July 18, 2015

Another busy day (Saturday) for all the teams. Some engineers went back to Seeed to keep the assembly process while the other team members either stayed at the hotel to [...]
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Day 9: Work at Seeed Studio

CHIC 2014-2015
July 17, 2015

[caption id="attachment_709" align="alignnone" width="300"] Work at Seeedstudio[/caption] Finally a full day of work at Seeedstudio. Teams are starting the soldering process. Some surprises here and there...
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Day 8: Visit of Huawei and Foxconn City

CHIC 2014-2015, Visit
July 16, 2015

An early start (7.30AM) for one of the most exciting industrial visit. The bus headed to Dongguan, the industrial area of Shenzhen. After a 90 minute drive we arrived at [...]
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Day 7: Work at Seeed Studio and pitching at Chaihuo

CHIC 2014-2015, Presentation
July 15, 2015

Another full day of work at Seeedstudio for the 3 teams. [caption id="attachment_697" align="alignnone" width="300"] CHIC's working space at Seeedstudio[/caption] [caption id="attachment_698" align="alignnone" width="300"] Firmware on the way[/caption] [caption id="attachment_696" [...]
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Day 5: Seeedstudio and EPFL alumni meeting

CHIC 2014-2015, Fimi, Visit
July 13, 2015

First day at Seeedstudio. We finally all meet with Ivy who has been organising the whole trip on Seeedstudio's side. After a brief presentation of Seeed's activities, participants discover the [...]
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Day 4: Moving to Shenzhen

CHIC 2014-2015, Fimi
July 12, 2015

After a short night (some were actually able to "document" the sunrise on ClearWater Bay), everybody headed to the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border by public transport. A few hours later (and [...]
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Day 3: Scavenger hunt

CHIC 2014-2015, Visit
July 11, 2015

The day was spent roaming Hong Kong to familiarize students with the diversity of the city. The five teams were tasked with a number of activities. Equipped with a day [...]
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Day 2 ter: Not the only one in town

CHIC 2014-2015
July 10, 2015

Hardly arrived in Hong Kong and already copied! [caption id="attachment_642" align="alignnone" width="225"] CHIC in Hong Kong[/caption] Thanks to Niccolo (swissnex Boston) for spotting and taking the picture
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Day 2: HKSTP and Brinc

CHIC 2014-2015, Fimi, Visit
July 9, 2015

HKSTP After a pretty short night (at least for some of us who had to adjust some final details on their pitches and project handouts) we went to visit the [...]
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Day 1: Hong Kong

CHIC 2014-2015, Vesta
July 9, 2015

After a first night in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, we have spent a very busy day and a first experience with a so called Typhoon. We have [...]
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Day 2 bis: Parallel Lab

CHIC 2014-2015, Dory, Visit
July 9, 2015

As Florian already told you this second day was really intense in discovery and knowledge. Nevertheless we should not forget that innovation is not only about science and market, but [...]
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CHIC 2015 – Presentations @ 2nd milestone

CHIC 2014-2015, Dory, Fimi, Presentation, Vesta
May 1, 2015

May 1 The 2nd milestone of CHIC was held on labour day! The 3 teams presented their progress in front of their colleagues and experts from the different schools involved [...]
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CHIC 2015 – 1st milestone

CHIC 2014-2015, Dory, Fimi, Presentation, Vesta
March 13, 2015

March 13 Today we had the first reunion of all the teams since the kick-off week-end. Each team had 15 minutes to present the progress of their project, including the [...]
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La “Silver Economie”

CHIC 2014-2015, Vesta
March 1, 2015

"La silver économie ou économie des séniors désigne l'ensemble des activités économiques liées au personnes âgées. Résultante de l'accroissement de l'espérance de vie, le développement de la silver économie est [...]
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What would a nurse do?

CHIC 2014-2015, Fimi
February 24, 2015

After some interviews with nurses we now have a better understanding of what a baby needs and believe more than ever that our project can assist babies around the world in [...]
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Baby experts

CHIC 2014-2015, Fimi
February 18, 2015

A nice side effect of the CHIC is that all of our group members will be great fathers/mothers after studying 24/7 what an innovative baby bottle is all about! ;)
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Eureka!

February 15, 2015

After quite some brainstorming and horse trading the participants to CHIC came up with 3 great projects: an intelligent baby bottle, a water environmental monitoring device and a device to [...]
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CHIC 2015 is on the roll….

CHIC 2014-2015
February 14, 2015

Participants to CHIC 2015 are learning the tricks of the trade by applying the value proposition canvas to the case of Airbnb.
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