India Switzerland

Social Innovation Camp

From February 4 to 18, 2023
A social innovation workshop in Bangalore
Interdisciplinary teams of students from EPFL, ECAL, and UNIL
In partnership with SELCO Foundation and Swissnex India

In today’s increasingly fast-paced and globally interconnected world, an aspiring professional should have the skills to work in a completely unfamiliar environment.

Everything, from the tools we use and the ways we do things, is evolving rapidly, therefore an important role of education is to help people develop the skills which help them get their feet on the ground quickly in a new environment and be creators of solutions.

In February 2023,

For the 3rd time, EPFL is conducting INSSINC, a social innovation programme in Bangalore in partnership with the SELCO Foundation and swissnex India.

The workshop immerses 12 students in Bangalore, one of the fastest-growing Indian city. They will work in interdisciplinary teams, mixing engineering, design and social science competencies to address problem statements provided by SELCO with the aim to co-design and prototype ideas for SELCO’s beneficiaries.

INSSINC gave me a condensed and unique experience, whether cultural, social, professional or human, it made me change my way of looking at things.

Louis BetinStudent in Product Design, 2019 edition

INSSINC 2023 Timeline


Nov. 13 2022 - Application deadline

Fill the application form, upload a resumé and send a video of motivation in English before Nov 13 (midnight).

Nov. 16 2022 - Selection communication

We will communicate the name of participants on Nov 16 2022 at 8PM. You will have until Nov 18 at 6PM to confirm your participation.

Nov. 21 2022, 5.30PM - 7PM Onboarding session (at EPFL, SPOT, DLL-EL150)

Meet the 2023 cohort, the team you will work with and the program process.

Nov. 28 2022, 5.30PM - 7PM Introduction to social innovation and tools (at EPFL, SPOT, DLL-EL150)

Introduction session about social innovation, frameworks, and tools

Dec. 12 2022, 5.30PM - 7PM (at EPFL, SPOT, DLL-EL150)

Discussion about field activity outcomes, and guest's talk

Feb. 04 - 18 2023 - INSSINC

2 weeks social innovation workshop in Bangalore, India.


Do I need to pay for this program?

Thanks to the generous support of many sponsors we cover the return flight between Geneva and Bangalore, accommodation during the workshop. You will just need to pay for your Indian e-visa (below CHF 100) and cover any additional cost on the ground.

Am I paid for my participation?

No. We believe that this is an incredible learning experience allowing you to practice some of your skills and work with like-minded social entrepreneurs.

Do I get ECTS for the program?

No. The workshop takes place outside of the academic calendar. We nonetheless strongly encourage you to build on the fieldwork during the Spring semester with courses at EPFL or with a semester project.

I'm not a student from EPFL, ECAL, and UNIL can I apply?

No. The programme is currently only open to students from the 3 institutions.

What are the conditions of participation?

You must fill out the application form and upload a resumé and video of motivation in English before November 20 (midnight). Of course, you need to be fully available from February 4, 2023, to February 18, 2023. Once you have confirmed we will buy your plane ticket. If you cancel thereafter without a valid justification (e.g., medical reason) we will ask you to reimburse the plane ticket and accommodation.

When will I know if I am selected?

We will communicate the name of the participants on November 24 at 8 PM. You will have until November 27 at 5 PM to confirm your participation. Failure to confirm before the deadline will lead to non-selection.

Is there anything else I should know about the program?

We are offering an extra-ordinary learning experience. In return we expect an extra-ordinary commitment and autonomy.

Any other questions? Contact us

Partnership & support

The programme is made possible thanks to the generous support of EPFL (College of Humanities, Vice-Presidency of Innovation), the Canton de Vaud (DGES), and swissnex India. In order to develop this program and make it as sustainable as possible, we’re looking for additional partners.

Contact us