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Project kick-off

Snooze
October 28, 2018

Hi CHIC community! Team Snooze is composed of 6 members from really different backgrounds : 3 engineers, 2 designers, and 1 business student. Jonathan Robotics student @EPFL interested in product development [...]

Let’s start!

Unum+Solum
October 28, 2018

  1st step Done ! The kickoff weeekend of the CHIC was really intense and full of thinking, ideation, brainstorming and of course fun! We started the kickoff weekend working [...]

T-PSY is born

October 28, 2018

Hi everybody! We are the T-Ψ team... The 28th of October, six students from different fields met up and came up with the idea to help people yo deal with [...]

Let’s all go “toygether” at Forum EPFL

ToyGether
October 8, 2018

Dear CHIC followers, if you recall the last couple of posts from this summer, we left our story hanging between pitches, prototyping and culture-exploring activities in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. We [...]

Behind the scenes of “Lost in construction”

ecal, Media
September 28, 2018

Thanks to the support from the Canton de Vaud two students from ECAL's movie school joined us for the trip to Shenzhen and Hong Kong. A few words from Korlei Rochat [...]

Border ecologies – Innovation Parks

Guido
August 2, 2018

First of all what is an innovation park ? According to the EPFL an Innovation Park is devoted to housing start-ups, SMEs, research teams and innovation cells from major companies [...]

Border Ecologies – Migration

Flowlin
July 30, 2018

The border between mainland China and Hong Kong is unique in the world. They were once one country and after a century of separation they are one again, but only [...]

Border ecologies – Middle Class

Flowlin
July 27, 2018

The idiom “middle class” has only specific definitions, no outwright meaning is linked with the term even though it is used by most. Actually cities or countries can have their [...]

Border Ecologies – Media & Press

Guido
July 26, 2018

China or more specifically the Chinese government puts a lot of effort into making sure that access to press and Internet in the mainland is limited. This is different in [...]

Border Ecologies – Architecture

CORE
July 26, 2018

Our trip in China takes place in two differents cities: first Shenzhen and then Hong Kong. And as one is located at the border of main China and the other [...]

Border Ecologies : Food safety

Flowlin
July 26, 2018

Hello everyone, for this border ecology, let's talk a bit about the food safety around this two wonderful lands. The first thing you have to know when you go to [...]

Border Ecologies: Makerspaces

ToyGether
July 26, 2018

Introduction During the whole CHIC experience we were working in or visiting places called Makerspaces. Makerspaces are places where people are allowed to make a bit of mess, it’s a [...]

Border Ecologies – Social Media

CORE
July 26, 2018

Social media was pretty much everywhere during our stay here in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, but it took multiple forms, some of which were expected before leaving Switzerland, some not [...]

Two days of work in HongKong

Flowlin
July 26, 2018

Monday Back to work! Monday was a very packed day. We started with a presentation at HKinvest in the morning where we got to understand better the HongKong market which [...]

Consumption in Shenzhen and Hong Kong

FLUID
July 26, 2018

Hello CHIC community, Today is the last day of our CHIC trip. We had a scavenger hunt and enjoyed the time at the beach together. These days were unforgettable memories [...]

Education system: Shenzhen & Hong Kong

Flowlin
July 25, 2018

One country, two systems does it also count for education? The aim of this article is to highlight the differences and similarities between the education systems of Shenzhen (China) and [...]

Public spaces in China

ToyGether
July 25, 2018

Hi everyone, Here we are again, for another “Border ecologies” blog post. The text that is following will describe some of the differences Amandine Gini & Simone Sanso spotted during [...]

Border ecologies: Tourism

CORE
July 25, 2018

Dear readers, In this article, we will analyse the differences we can find about the theme « tourism » between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Indeed, we have found a lot of disparities [...]

Border Ecologies: Sharing economy

FLUID
July 25, 2018

Dear chic community, As our trip to China comes to an end, it is time for some reflection in this special blog post. This post will be centered around the [...]

Happy ending in Hong Kong

FLUID
July 25, 2018

Welcome back CHIC community, On the 24th our designers started the day with a special design review on the trip. They were working on a creating a booklet with all the [...]

Border ecologies: Public transportation

CORE
July 25, 2018

After spending more than 10 days in Shenzhen and 5 days in Hong Kong, we were able to compare the differences and similarities between the two systems of the same [...]

Last pitches @ Brinc

CORE
July 24, 2018

This morning, we had the freedom to choose what we wanted to do. While some enjoyed a bit of sleep or relaxation, most of the teams were making final adjustments [...]

Ni Hao HK

FLUID
July 23, 2018

Hello CHIC community, Today was a day of a lot of discoveries. We visited HK invest, Modern Terminals, Panalpina headquarters and an amazing makerspace, where we pitched the night away! [...]

23rd July, day full of visits

Flowlin
July 23, 2018

Morning at the Skytop with InvestHK [gallery ids="4639"] After a packed weekend full of cultural experiences we were ready to start a new week of the CHIC. Pitches and interesting visits [...]

It’s time to show to Seeed what we did

Guido
July 22, 2018

Dear CHIC community, Wednesday 18 was the last entire day of work we had at x.factory. Every team was under pressure because it was the day to finally show to [...]

Huawei visit in Shenzhen and transfer to Hong-Kong

Flowlin
July 22, 2018

Dear CHIC community,   Yesterday we transferred to Hong-Kong. It was a very long and tiring journey, because first one need to pass the Chinese customs, pass many security checks [...]

Hello, Hong Kong

FLUID
July 22, 2018

Yesterday we left Shenzhen and came to Hong Kong. The metro in Hong Kong is not as crowded as that in Shenzhen. The HKUST is surrounded by mountains but the [...]

A major step

Guido
July 20, 2018

Dear CHIC community, Yesterday was quite an important day for us, aside from having visited Tencent we also had to finish our prototype. Clearly having a full working prototype wasn't [...]

Interviews, Consumption and China

FLUID
July 20, 2018

Hello CHIC community,   Yesterday has been a rich experience for all of us. Indeed, we visited the Tencent headquarters and got the opportunity to interview some people directly. We [...]

Huawei and PCBs

CORE
July 20, 2018

Dear CHIC Community, Today was a very interesting day. Indeed we had to wake up early to take the bus to go to Huawei this morning ! After a long [...]

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 [...]