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Pitching like no tomorrow !

ToyGether
July 18, 2018

Dear CHIC followers, we don't know whether we are still influenced by the jet-lag or it's the impact of the famous "Shenzhen speed" everyone talks about. However, it is already the [...]

On our way to MS7

CORE
July 18, 2018

Hi everyone, MS7 is on its way. Which also means that our last days in Shenzhen and x.factory are approaching as well 🙁   On Tuesday, we went to Huaqiangbei [...]

Pitches and PCBs in the making

Flowlin
July 18, 2018

After getting some components in Huaqiangbei, we went back to work on Monday. We were supposed to get the PCB in the morning, but there was another delay and we [...]

A lot of pressure and rain

FLUID
July 18, 2018

Good morning everyone, The last days in Shenzhen and xFactory are approaching. All the teams are very close to the final prototype. As a result, the program for the day [...]

Day n°8/ Still working hard at x.factory!!!

ToyGether
July 16, 2018

After this weekend and a sunday free of work, the five teams are back to work at X-Factory. The teams are very focused, as there are only 4 days left [...]

Meeting Artop, everything tip top !

ToyGether
July 16, 2018

Hi everyone, Here we are again, to give you some more insights about how the prototyping phase of the Toygether plush toy proceeds! After a very instructive feedback from the [...]

A great meet-up with Chinese culture

FLUID
July 15, 2018

Dear CHIC community, We are already on the 15th of July and time is flying! We are still working hard on the project, even during the weekend. Indeed, yesterday Thomas [...]

Huaqianbei, eldorado of my heart

Flowlin
July 15, 2018

I am happy to write to you because the last three days have been the time for us to discover in depth the famous Huaqianbei electronics market.  Huaqianbei (华强北) might [...]

Shenzhen Immersion

CORE
July 15, 2018

On Saturday, July the 14th, we had to finish redesigning our product. Because of the lack of designers in the CORE team, Lison helped our mechanical engineer to do it. [...]

First pitch !

CORE
July 14, 2018

Feedback from Eric On July 13th, the two business students could talk with Eric, Chinese entrepreneur, about the CORE project. It was a very rich experience as it was quite [...]

A story of markets and pitches

ToyGether
July 13, 2018

For this second blog post we want to talk about Friday July 13. The morning was devoted to hard work at the x.factory, with teams either working on their pitches [...]

The First Pitch

FLUID
July 13, 2018

Today we had our first pitch in HAX which is the world's first and largest hardware accelerator. They reminded us that many other teams were doing the similar products. And [...]

China, here we are!!!

Flowlin
July 12, 2018

Day 0 and Day 1 We arrived in Shenzhen yesterday evening after a very tiring adventure. We all met on Monday morning at EPFL for an entire day of pitching [...]

let’s goo x.factory

ToyGether
July 12, 2018

For our first day in Shenzhen which is one of the biggest production centers in the world and the richest city in China with the CHIC team we are going [...]

First day at x.factory

CORE
July 12, 2018

Dear readers, Here's what happened on our first day in Shenzhen. We all woke up bright and early and had breakfast together which allowed us to learn more about each [...]

Ni Hao China !

ToyGether
July 11, 2018

Monday, 9 July 2018 meeting at 8:00 at EPFL. All five teams from Geneva, Fribourg and Lausanne were ready with their luggage and excited to finally start the adventure. Not [...]

ARRIVAL

FLUID
July 11, 2018

Hello CHIC community,   How have you been? We arrived yesterday night in Shenzhen! The trip was quite exhausting; it's not everyday that you can fly to the other side [...]

MS6 – Take-off day

CORE
July 11, 2018

Dear CHIC colleagues The last few weeks have been a real push for the CORE team. Indeed we finally created a functional prototype and tested it with a potential customer. [...]

MS5 – Some results!

CORE
June 18, 2018

Dear CHIC members, Last thursday we had our 5th Milestone where we were finally able to show the horizontality of our project. On the electronical side, the PCB was finally [...]

MS4 – Moving forward, at last

CORE
June 6, 2018

Dear CHIC members, What a ride it has been since the last milestone. At our last presentation, we finally had something to show for, and we have to say, it [...]

First part of the mission accomplished!

FLUID
June 4, 2018

Dear CHIC community, Last Thursday, we had our last milestone presentation in Switzerland! After seven months of hard work, and activities keeping our brains firing, we were lucky to have [...]

Let me introduce to you… Toygether !

ToyGether
June 2, 2018

What a journey we had! For the past seven months, our team has kept working and improving every single day. We started from late October by not knowing each other [...]

MS3 and next steps

CORE
June 1, 2018

Dear CHIC Community After presenting the latest iteration of the CORE system at the MS3 to our supervisors in Fribourg, we left with some very insightful feedbacks to improve the [...]

Why bother?

ecal, EPFL, Flowlin, FLUID, ToyGether, UNIL
June 1, 2018

There are times in life when you can ask "why bother?". The third and last prototyping milestone offered a great answer. All teams really made an impression in terms of [...]

准备,出发 ! ( Get ready, start ! )

ToyGether
May 26, 2018

The final race that will bring all of us in Shenzhen has officially begun, and trust me it will be messy! While the semester is about to be over to [...]

Almost reaching the finishing line

FLUID
May 25, 2018

Dear CHIC community, Brace yourselves for the upcoming milestone, for our product is becoming real. Indeed, the final milestone of the semester before leaving to Shenzhen is next Thursday's presentation. [...]

Convergence towards a shared common goal

Flowlin
May 21, 2018

Dear CHIC Community Our trip to China is getting closer and we have to get some major pending work done. Berk is currently working on the final touch of our [...]

Hi! Final milestone!

FLUID
May 21, 2018

We had our meeting last week on Monday. It was the second meeting after last milestone. But it was also only two weeks before the final milestone. Now the proximity [...]

Soft stuff

ToyGether
May 18, 2018

  Hi everyone! We've been a bit late on the blog updates, but we've been super busy with our electronics, design and more! We presented our first soft prototype at [...]

Taking shape

FLUID
May 13, 2018

Hello CHIC community,   How have you been? On our part, we are working hard! The last week we were able to make quite some progress on the project. We [...]

Do Not Disturb While Focusing

Flowlin
May 12, 2018

Dear CHIC community! In order to move forward more quickly, we’ve decided to start focusing less on getting feedback from users of our early prototypes, but to start more concretely [...]

Milestone 4

Flowlin
May 6, 2018

Dear CHIC community!   The Milestone 4 is now behind us! We were able to present a 3D printed mockup of our product, a first digital mockup of the PCB [...]

Successful pivot and boosted motivation!

FLUID
May 4, 2018

Dear CHIC Community,   The past Milestones have not always been easy. However, with time and dedication we came to a good idea that fit within our competences and within [...]

From breadboard to spring(board)

ecal, EPFL, Flowlin, FLUID, Milestone, ToyGether, UNIL
May 4, 2018

Kudos to the 3 teams for having shown some major progress at the 2nd prototyping milestone. While there is still some pivoting in the air, one starts to get a [...]

Milestone 3 – Considering the details

Guido
May 4, 2018

Hello everybody! We presented our progress at MS3 about a month ago. Since then, we’ve been working hard trying to deconstruct and implement all the feedback from our supervisors. Here’s [...]