Flashback

Airaware, Pɘggy, ShuQi
October 10, 2017

As we get closer to the start of a new CHIC edition we felt it was the perfect time to take a look at the journey of one team. Have [...]

DemoDay@ECAL

Ilanga, Livelo, Todoo, Trobak
September 30, 2017

Great turnout for CHIC's 2016-2017 first DemoDay at ECAL! The floor was given to the designers who, each in their own style, related their CHIC experience. Todoo told the audience about their [...]

The end of the china trip

ShuQi
August 15, 2017

31/07 and 01/08 Hello everybody, We are almost at the end of our CHIC program and we are very sad about that. By the way it’s time to complete our [...]

X factory public event

Todoo
August 5, 2017

Better late than never ! We finally managed to upload our video so that we can  share it with you ! Here is finally the blogpost we made for the [...]

FOOD SAFETY – border ecologies

Airaware
August 3, 2017

As the population of this country is big and its food culture widely diversified, food safety is a huge subject in china. As for many other topics, Hong Kong and [...]

Migrant workers in Shenzhen and Hong-Kong

Trobak, give value to your waste
August 2, 2017

Chinese population is a well-known immigrating population. There are Chinese immigrants all around the world, from Europe to North America and more recently to Africa where China is taking the [...]

Goodbye China

Pɘggy
August 1, 2017

Yesterday was our last day were we worked on our prototype. After a rocky start and some further issues along the way we were proud to present an almost functioning [...]

time to say goodbye

ShuQi
August 1, 2017

Our days in China are counted and soon we will finish CHIP. Axel, Adrien and Loïc will travel around in China and Julia and Tabea will go back to Switzerland. [...]

Border Ecologies: Innovation Park

Trobak, give value to your waste
July 30, 2017

Honk Kong Science and Technology Park We had the great opportunity to visit the Hong Kong Science and Technology Innovation Park that gather several enterprises, start-ups and research center in [...]

Border Ecologies: Makerspace

Todoo
July 30, 2017

As part of the CHIC project, we are multidisciplinary students that travelled one week in Hong Kong and ten days in Shenzhen. During this trip, we had the occasion to [...]

Border ecologies: Food safety

Todoo
July 30, 2017

Hong Kong posses a really special status within the world but also regarding Mainland China. It is clearly separated from the nearest Chinese cities, like Shenzhen, by customs. In fact, [...]

We see light at the end of the tunnel

Pɘggy
July 30, 2017

After facing multiple initial problems we finally had an overall successful day. We dispose over three functioning PCB, a nice looking 3D Peggy model, a finished poster and an almost [...]

Border Ecologies: Tourism

Trobak, give value to your waste
July 30, 2017

This text is an attempt to compare the touristic experience in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The World Tourism Organization defines tourism more generally, in terms which go "beyond the common [...]

Border Ecologies: Social Media

Todoo
July 29, 2017

As the CHIC students crossed the border between Hong Kong and Mainland China onto Shenzhen, we experienced firsthand China’s online policy regarding Social Media. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, among others, [...]

Last and busy day

Trobak, give value to your waste
July 29, 2017

What a last day! Tuesday was the last day in Shenzhen, the last of this great adventure. We started the day with a couple of hours catching up on our [...]

Border Ecologies: News/Media

Ilanga
July 29, 2017

Media is defined as the means of communication used to reach a large number of people. It includes some standard means such as television and newspapers, but also some more [...]

27-28 July: work on prototype and visit PCB factory

ShuQi
July 29, 2017

Thursday started early for some and later for others. The groups worked in different places on different tasks. The designers and most business people worked mostly at the hotel and [...]

our PCB adventure

ShuQi
July 29, 2017

ShuQi is advancing despite all struggle. Initially the PCB posed a lot of issues: the stencil was had missing holes, so the soldering paste could not be applied for one [...]

Prototyping in Shenzhen

Pɘggy
July 29, 2017

After having a great time in Hong Kong visiting multiple companies, doing pitches and some sightseeing, we now concentrate on making our prototype in Shenzhen. Unfortunately, the 3D printer at [...]

time flies

ShuQi
July 27, 2017

It is incredible how fast time goes by. One week in Hong Kong has already passed. The lovely tramways on the island, the narrow roads of central, the markets of Mong Kok [...]

24 juillet – Huawei, Star Rapid & SSIP

Todoo
July 26, 2017

Today, we woke up early to take our private bus for the day at 7.30 am. After a two hours ride, we arrived to the HQ of the first company [...]

Border Ecologies – Sharing Economy

Ilanga
July 25, 2017

When, in 2008, Brian Chesky could not pay his rent, he came up with a solution: why not rent the spare rooms to travelers for cheaper than hotel? He then [...]

July 25th, Shenzhen exploration

Airaware
July 25, 2017

On July 25th, our exploration of Shenzhen started with the Huangqiangbei electronics market. We set off at 09:30 in the morning to get there. We were amazed by the size of [...]

Border Ecologies – Metro

Todoo
July 25, 2017

Hong Kong (HK) and Shenzhen (SZ) have both experienced an enormous growth throughout the last decades. In this process, public transports is one very important piece of the puzzle, since it ensures an efficient flow of people. In [...]

Border of ecologies – Pollution

Ilanga
July 25, 2017

The « Chinese » part of the China Hardware Innovation Camp is soon reaching to an end, leaving us with wonderful memories. It is probably for most of us one of the [...]

HK – Day 4

Pɘggy
July 24, 2017

The fourth day of the trip to China of the CHIC project was all about exploring the beauties of Hong-Kong. The group splitted in small teams and were given challenges [...]

Last day of work & PCB factory visit

Ilanga
July 23, 2017

Already one week in Shenzhen! Time goes by so quickly, and there is so much to do on all projects! Yesterday was the last where we were assigned to work [...]

From the slimey to the peak

Airaware
July 23, 2017

This morning was ok, we didn't need to rush. We just recieved few instructions and split in three teams which each had one designer . Each team went to the [...]

Hong Kong Harbour: The whole package

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 [...]

Design activity: Visiting the HKDI !

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 [...]

Shenzhen Autism Society

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, [...]

The beginning of our China journey

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 [...]

An unexpected journey

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 [...]

Progress – Problem – Progress

Trobak, give value to your waste
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 [...]

Design activity: Dim Sum Lab

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 [...]

Update on the prototyping process

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) [...]

Design Activity – Jockey Club Innovation Tower

Trobak, give value to your waste
July 20, 2017

On Friday we got the opportunity to visit the Jockey Club Innovation Tower and more precisely, the exhibition that the the School of Design was holding in the building. Just [...]

Scavenger hunt in Hong-Kong

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 [...]

Shenzhen – x.factory

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 [...]

Last day in Hong Kong and arrival in Shenzhen

Ilanga
July 17, 2017

After a week full of presentations and pitches, Saturday was the first day totally dedicated to sightseeing and discovery of the city. The aim was to walk through the more [...]

One week in Hong-Kong

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 [...]

Hong Kong, Day 3: HKPST, OOCL, BRINC

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 [...]

Friday 14: Design tour, Forbo & MakerHive

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 [...]

Hong Kong – Shenzhen

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 [...]

Pitching, pitching…

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 [...]

Hong-Kong days 3 and 4

Trobak, give value to your waste
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 [...]

Hello Hong-Kong ! Day 1-2

Trobak, give value to your waste
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 [...]

Hong Kong, Day 2: HKUST, RISE and IoT startups

Todoo
July 13, 2017

After a first night where many of us had sleep problems due to jet lag, we attended a presentation by HKUST’s Dean of Students, Dr. Robert Wessling. Wessling holds a [...]

The mystery of the money counting system

Pɘggy
July 13, 2017

Hi there, It is a while since we last spoke… Since milestone four was this week on Tuesday we had our hand full to try to make the prototype work. [...]

Take-off day

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 [...]

The big start

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 [...]

Taking off, literally!

ShuQi
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 [...]

Test on the lake

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 [...]

Milestone 3

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 [...]

the final spurt

ShuQi
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 [...]

Object prototyping

Airaware
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 [...]

our PCB has arrived!

ShuQi
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 [...]

Interdisciplinary thinking

Pɘggy
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 [...]

Week14

Airaware
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 [...]

Milestone 2

Pɘggy
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 [...]

Before Milestone 3

Trobak, give value to your waste
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 [...]

Milestone ahead

ShuQi
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 [...]

PCB Assembly complete !

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 [...]

Discussion about the PCB Design

ShuQi
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 [...]

Some improvements – Still much work to do

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 [...]

Week13

Airaware
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 [...]

Third milestone is coming

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 [...]

Sunny days and good news

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 [...]

PCB order

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, [...]

Interdisciplinary issues

Pɘggy
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 [...]

the first prototype is within reach

ShuQi
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 [...]

Yes. We definitely need more regularity !

Trobak, give value to your waste
May 9, 2017

Hello people ! As said in the title of this post, we need to post on a more regular basis. We'll work on it we promise ! So, what's new [...]

Hardware

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 [...]

New Name: Livelo

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 [...]

Week 10

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 [...]

We are… TODOO ! 💫💫

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 [...]

Becoming Ilanga

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 [...]

Easter break

Pɘggy
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 [...]

Getting ready for the second milestone

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 [...]

week 8

Airaware
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 [...]

a trip to the state of Shu in the mountains Qi

ShuQi
April 15, 2017

On our journey, we have found a new team member: ShuQi. She has already been an observer last week, and joined us this Friday. The ingredients were a plate of [...]

Week 8

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 [...]

Blog Post

Pɘggy
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 [...]

Week 7

Airaware
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 [...]

Focus on App

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 [...]

Milestone 1

Pɘggy
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 [...]

the path from milestone 1 to milestone 2

ShuQi
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. [...]

Hey ! Long time no see !

Trobak, give value to your waste
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 :) [...]

Starting week 7

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 [...]

Blog Post Week 6

Pɘggy
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 [...]