This year ETH Week is about Challenging Water. During one week, 180 students get the chance to work on this important societal challenge. Among numerous professors, CEOs, journalists, policy makers and NGO leaders, Spark Labs is invited to help the innovators of tomorrow develop new ideas Challenging Water through Design Thinking.
At Europe’s largest climate change education experience talented and ambitious students from around the world learn how to combine science and entrepreneurship to find sustainable solutions to climate change. In a two-day D. T. Workshop Spark Works takes the students through an initial design process exploring innovative business concepts that help to adapt or mitigate climate change.
Spark Works has began a collaboration with Valora Lab to uncover customer needs through human-centered research and explore new ways in which digital channels can address them. How can digital make a great product even better? Our researchers are now in the field; observing, working with staff and talking to customers of Brezelkönig, one of Valora's businesses, to answer this question.
At the IKEA #DDDZurich Spark Works participates in a gathering of creative thinkers to exchange ideas for the What Design Can Do Challenge, an initiative developed in collaboration with the IKEA Foundation and the UNHCR aiming to improve the lives of refugee families in urban areas.
The Global Shapers Hub Zurich hosts its 4th Pre-Davos Summit, inviting the select group of Global Shapers that attend the WEF Annual Meeting. Spark Labs moderates a Design Thinking workshop designed to encourage building on the diversity of knowledge, experience and perspectives.
The Silicon Valley based BizSmart Camp is a fun, intensive experience that helps prepare kids to become the creators of the world’s next great products and companies. For the first time in Zürich, Spark Labs will contribute in helping teams of teens from 16-18 years to learn and apply Design Thinking.
Over 100 Bachelor's and Master's students from all ETH departments get the chance to work on an important societal challenge, redesigning the food system. Spark Labs helps to introduce various methods for solving problems and generating ideas.
Collaborate for Social Impact (C4SI) is an experiential education program which challenges students to engage innovatively with pressing social issues. Spark Labs helps to mentor students from a variety of backgrounds who work in teams to respond to real world problems faced by leading international organizations.
Design Thinking is an innovation method that puts people centre stage when developing new ideas. For the first time, ETH Zurich is offering master’s students in any field a three-month course on this approach to human-centered innovation.
This Way Up is the forum for leadership, growth and collaboration, where CEOs come to tackle relevant, pressing and difficult business issues across industries. For the second year, Spark Labs leads a group of CEOs through the Design Thinking process as a means of getting to the core of their customer's needs.