Fusebox EPFL


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Welcome to the first crowdsourcing exercise of the IT & e-Business Strategy course! 

Idea generation starts on Monday 02 November and will end on Sunday 29 November (midnight) . 

 We would like you to propose a topic for the class to be held on Monday December 14 . The topic should be

     •    Related to the aims, domains, and areas of the course
     •    Motivated (please write a ~100-word text , including possibly sources / links associated with the idea)
     •    Also, we encourage you to comment and vote on others’ ideas.

 Finally, some important points:
     •    You should not post an idea already posted, thus each post should be different.     •    By posting earlier, there is less likelihood that the ‘idea’ is already taken, don’t leave it to the last minute!     •    At the end of the challenge we will reward the top five people in terms of engagement with the site (posting, commenting, etc.)!

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From Farm to Fork, more than 30% of the food produced is lost while current resources will not be sufficient to feed 8 Billion people by 2025… How can we improve the current value chain? How can we reduce food losses for a sustainable future? Bühler, a global leading supplier of food processing solutions invites you to share your ideas for this Fusebox challenge. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 16 PARTICIPANTS WHO TOOK PART IN THE 2-DAY WORKSHOP AND PRESENTED THEIR IDEAS AT THE FINAL. ALL 5 IDEAS HAVE BEEN JUDGED AS HIGHLY INTERESTING AND HAVE BEEN REWARDED WITH PRIZES UP TO 2500 CHF. Click here to discover the video of the challenge! Click here to view the final results, full story and illustrations! Congratulations to the 16 winners : Keren Wang, Guo Tao, Shan Zenghuan, Nicholas Molyneaux, Aureline Grange, Jean-Charles Gasche, Nicolas Pierret, Alexandra Schelbert, Hélène Gonnet, Andreas Bruun, Erika Georget, Gian Nutal Schädli, Florian Oberholzer, Andreas Lauper, Xavier Gil, Maurice Peterli. A big thanks to all the participants, Bühler, the selection committee, the jury, the Junior Entreprise Lausanne and ETH Juniors for making this challenge a success!

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What are unused or under valued resources waiting to be tapped into ? Cut hair, grass, morning dew, used textile… How could they contribute to reduce our environmental footprint, improve our wellbeing and create sustainable living for our communities? No ideas are too crazy, let your imagination flow! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Rien ne se Perd... Tout se Transforme" by Nitto Souvent on passe à côté de l'essentiel... Quelles ressources inutilisées ou sous-estimées n'attendent qu'à être exploitées ? Cheveux coupés, herbe de notre jardin, rosée du matin, vêtements usés… Comment pourraient-elles réduire notre impact sur l'environnement, améliorer notre quotidien et contribuer à un futur durable? Aucune idée n’est trop folle ! Laissez libre court à votre imagination… FINAL RESULTS After great debating with the jury, we are happy to announce the winners: 1)  Gold (1000 CHF): "From Lead to Gold" by Alicia with the contribution of Nicolas Pierret.  2)  Silver (800 CHF): "Green Algae into Biodegradable Fertilizing Film" by Pierre Jacquet with the contribution of Alicia, cesco and Nicolas Pierret. 3)  Bronze Award (600 CHF): Sustainable Street Food by Alicia with the contribution of Alexandre Gubert, Cécile B. Qian Qian and Kristin Becker van Slooter. 4)  Top 5 Leaderboard (600 CHF): Alicia, Nicolas Pierret, Alexandre Gubert, Cesco and Pierre Jacquet. The authors and contributors of the Top 10 ideas took part in a convivial ceremony at the Rolex Learning Center to celebrate the end of the challenge, get rewarded and meet in person. Pictures of this event and illustrations of the Top Ideas will be published very soon… Stay tuned!

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Challenge PSA Peugeot Citroën « Live and Let Drive » Create together the interior of tomorrow’s car! In 10 to 20 years, cars won’t be just means of transportation: They will still have 4 wheels, but will be more connected, intelligent and safer… Some of them will even be capable of driving by themselves. Take a seat in tomorrow’s car and imagine your daily trips, your leisure drives or departing on holiday… How do you imagine the inside of this ideal car of the future, in which your friends, family and yourself will be delighted to spend quality time? Let your creativity speak and come and share your insights on fusebox.epfl.ch. The best ideas will be chosen by a professional jury and will be made come true for tomorrow’s world!

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Over  3.8 billion years , Nature has been developing sustainable solutions to most of the challenges our society is struggling with today: renewable resources, waste management, efficient transportation, highly functional but biodegradable molecules... Why not tap  nature’s genius  to drive sustainable change?  Biomimicry , a novel approach to innovation, seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating Nature's time-tested patterns and strategies. This Fusebox Challenge gives you the opportunity to dive into biomimicry independent of your field of expertise. Your mission consists of (i) identifying a societal or technical challenge problem around you, (ii) revealing the functional need within and the scale of impact, (iii) exploring the natural world in search of an appropriate solution, and (iv) describing the way in which you envision its implementation. For ease of analysis, please structure your proposal as follows: Societal/technical challenge  - Describe shortly the problem you have identified and explain to which degree solving it could improve the status quo. Inspirational organism or system  - What organism or biological system is facing a similar problem, how has it solved it, and what are its tools/strategies that can be emulated. Means of implementation  - How do you propose to apply this solution to real life? Despite being a recently developed innovation methodology, Biomimicry is already at the core of many research papers and startups shaping sustainability around the world. If you are not sure whether your idea is out there already, or you simply seek inspiration, have a look here  →  www.asknature.org Have fun  - and may the genius of Nature be with you !   Have a look at the full brief to learn more about our amazing experts and jury! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Biomimétisme : quand la Nature inspire l’innovation ! La réponse de la Nature aux défis de l'Homme Voilà  3.8 milliards d’années  que la Nature développe des solutions à la plupart des défis auxquels notre société est confrontée aujourd’hui : utilisation de ressources renouvelables, gestion des déchets, logistique performante, molécules biodégradables aux propriétés remarquables… Pourquoi ne pas exploiter cette incroyable masse de savoirs pour rendre notre société plus harmonieuse, et nos technologies plus durables ?  Le   biomimétisme  propose une nouvelle façon d’innover : concevoir des solutions durables en s’inspirant des stratégies de la Nature, éprouvées par le temps et la sélection naturelle. Cette nouvelle édition de Fusebox t’invite à découvrir la démarche du biomimétisme, et toutes les disciplines sont les bienvenues ! Ta mission consiste à (i) choisir un problème technique ou de société qui t’intéresse (ii) explorer le monde naturel à la recherche d’une solution appropriée (iii) expliquer comment tu imagines son implémentation. Afin de guider la réflexion et permettre la comparaison des différentes idées, nous te suggérons de structurer ta proposition comme ceci :   Le défi technique / social  - Décris brièvement le problème que tu as identifié et explique à quel point il est important de le résoudre.  Le système ou organisme dont tu t’inspires  - Quel organisme ou système biologique est confronté à un problème similaire, comment il l’a résolu, et lesquels de ses outils ou stratégies peuvent être imités ? Ta solution concrète  - Comment proposes-tu de réaliser et appliquer ta solution dans le monde réel ? Bien que cette méthodologie ait été développée récemment, le biomimétisme est déjà au coeur des recherches académiques, industrielles et même à l’origine de start-ups partout dans le monde. Si tu n’es pas sûr si ta solution n’est pas déjà implémentée quelque part, ou si tu cherches l’inspiration, essaie ce moteur de recherche pas comme les autres  →  www.asknature.org A toi de jouer - et que le génie de la Nature soit avec toi !   Pour en savoir plus sur notre remarquable équipe d'experts et notre jury de grande qualité, clique sur l'onglet "Full brief"!

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EPFL, EIA Fribourg and UniFR are entering a team for the Solar Decathlon Challenge 2016 – a highly prestigious international competition  – to design and build a fully operational solar powered house that solves difficult problems currently affecting society.    Would you like to be part of this ground breaking competition? What should  the core concept for the house be ?  What challenges should it address?  How could a solar house solve these challenges? How can we guarantee technology, design and quality of life are all balanced? Share your ideas, discuss other peoples ideas and vote for your favourites below. This challenge is about more than just building a better solar house. It’s about rethinking and redefining the place we call home – how we work, eat, drink, shop, grow up, grow old, create communities, and above all, how we can thrive as a society in the future. This is a chance for you to wipe the slate clean and imagine a more sustainable form of urban life!  The most active participants with the best ideas stand a chance of being part of the Solar Decathlon team!  And there will be a plenty of other giveaways for great work, great ideas and helpful comments. The challenge is open to all from Sunday, September 21... Join us!   L’EPFL, l’École d'ingénieurs et d'architectes de Fribourg (EIA-FR) et l’Université de Fribourg (UniFR) ont constitué une équipe pour le Solar Decathlon , compétition qui consiste en l’élaboration d’une maison fonctionnant entièrement grâce à l’énergie solaire, permettant ainsi de se passer des énergies fossiles au quotidien. Participez à cette compétition novatrice ! Comment imaginez-vous le concept global de ce bâtiment ? Quels sont les défis à relever pour concevoir cet habitat solaire, et comment combiner technique, design et qualité de vie afin de réaliser une construction durable ? Faites part de vos idées, échangez avec les autres et votez pour les meilleures propositions ci-dessous. Au-delà de simplement construire une maison solaire, le but de ce challenge est la redéfinition de notre habitat : repenser notre manière de travailler, de manger et boire, de faire nos achats, de grandir, de vieillir, de vivre en communauté afin de permettre à la société de s’épanouir pleinement dans les années à venir. Ce challenge Fusebox est l’occasion de repartir à zéro pour imaginer et développer un mode de vie urbain durable pour les générations futures. Les participants les plus actifs avec les meilleures idées auront la possibilité de faire partie de l’équipe du Solar Decathlon ! De nombreux cadeaux seront également offerts à ceux ayant contribué au projet par des propositions originales ou des commentaires constructifs. La Fusebox est ouverte dès dimanche, le 21 septembre.