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SWIFT* Workshop – Innovation Jamming among Swiss and Hong Kong students

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On 22 July 2019, over 60 students of Design, Engineering and Business backgrounds, from 10 places namely Switzerland, Belgium, India, Honduras, France, Spain, Serbia, Senegal, Italy and Hong Kong gathered at HKDI for SWIFT*, a 8-hour design hackathon dedicated to exploring future scenarios in resolving critical social issues of Hong Kong in areas of healthcare, ageing, youth mental health and the environment.

Creative juices kept flowing throughout the whole day. Students of École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), École cantonale d'art de Lausanne, Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique, Geneva School of Art and Design, School of Engineering and Architecture Fribourg, Geneva School of Engineering, Architecture and Landscape, School of Management and Engineering Vaud, School of Management of Fribourg, Geneva School of Business Administration, University of Lausanne and HKDI worked in teams and presented end products in the format of a catalogue or 3D-printed prototype, all uploaded onto the virtual online shopping website for judging.

We are honoured to have invited Mr Andreas Rufer, Deputy Consul General of Switzerland in Hong Kong to join our judging panel. Four selected teams were awarded Swatch watches sponsored by The Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong, which also arranged  a cocktail reception for the event. Great thanks also go to EPFL which coordinated with the other 9 Swiss institutions and generated the workshop content with HKDI DESIS Lab, and to Grove Sandwiches which provided refreshments for the participants.

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