Understanding reality and testing ideas
India Switzerland Social Innovation Camp
Everything, from the tools we use and the ways we do things, is evolving rapidly. As a result an important role of education is to help students develop the skills which help them get their feet on the ground quickly in a new environment and propose solutions.
In the 21st century,
India is going to be a home to one-fourth of the world’s population.
The country faces huge challenges: the unplanned growth of cities, pressure on environmental resources, access to drinking water, sanitation, education, and medical care. India’s long and rich tradition in social entrepreneurship provides a fantastic place to explore existing and potential social innovations. INSSINC enables participants to discover complex societal challenges from the bottom-up starting from the communities’ needs.
2019, 2020, 2023 Editions
We have worked with 34 very talented and engaged students from 3 different institutions
“In a sentence, INSSINC was a lesson of humility and humanly the richest experience I’ve had.”Ismail BenkiraneRobotics + Neuroprosthetics, EPFL
“Working with people who think and implement differently, as well as immersing ourselves in a different culture (...) taught us in two weeks what people take years to learn.”Grace LokakoBusiness/Management, HEC, Lausanne
“Take everything you think you know and throw it out the window. Improvise. Adapt. Jugaad.”Philippe BontàSocial Sciences, UNIL
At the same time,
Breaking a technology-driven paradigm
Designing successful solutions for social issues cannot be made remotely over the night, with a top-down approach. Embracing so many cultural, social and economic constraints is a very powerful but challenging human-centered design experience. Going back to the beneficiaries to demonstrate and test prototypes enable participants to validate/invalidate their assumptions. Eventually, building a better understanding of the problem statement.