India Switzerland Social Innovation Camp

Understanding reality

and shaping solutions


Engaging the next generation to fight today’s pressing and complex societal and environmental challenges.

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 people develop the skills which help them get their feet on the ground quickly in a new environment and become creators of solutions.

In February 2020,

EPFL has conducted the second edition of INSSINC, a social innovation pilot program in Bangalore.

In partnership with the SELCO Foundation and swissnex India, the workshop brought 10 new participants to Bangalore, one of the fastest growing Indian city. They have worked in interdisciplinary teams, mixing engineering, design and social science competencies to address 3 problem statements with SELCO. They have prototyped 3 different solutions and have tested it on the field.

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 tackle complex societal challenges from the bottom-up starting from the communities’ needs in order to create holistic and scalable solutions that address the complex needs the communities face on the ground.

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. 


Marius Aeberli

Designer & Head of Education - EPFL+ECAL Lab

Marc Laperrouza

Economist & Researcher - EPFL, College of Humanities

Hilda Liswani

Social Impact Strategy & impact entrepreneur - EPFL, Tech4Impact

Pierre-Xavier Puissant

Design Researcher - EPFL, College of Humanities

Shahaab Javeri

Project Coordinator - SELCO Foundation

Beatrice Scarioni

Social Impact Strategy & impact entrepreneur - EPFL, Tech4Impact

Cassius Castellino

swissnex India

Gregory Peper

Designer & Innovation Strategist

Vivi Jiang

Visual Communication Designer