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UZH Innovathon

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The University of Zurich (UZH) Innovathon is an open innovation programme that connects students, researchers and corporations, to jointly develop solutions for societal or business challenges related to digitalization.

About the Innovathon

Why UZH Innovathon?

The UZH Innovathon is a platform for open innovation that connects research insights with real world challenges. It leverages the creativity of students to develop breakthrough ideas to foster innovative solutions.

The Innovathon convenes researchers and students across disciplines. Cross-disciplinary exchange is facilitated through the UZH Digital Society Initiative., which engages over 400 researchers across the UZH faculties and actively curates research communities in areas relevant to digitalization, spanning from work to mobility, democracy and sustainability.

The Innovathon offers a unique opportunity for all participants to actively engage in innovation, to focus on future-oriented topics and to build a valuable network with a dynamic innovation ecosystem.

How does it work?

The UZH Innovathon is a novel course offered to master and PhD students at UZH. In each course 30-50 students work with researchers to develop innovative concepts guided by real world challenges proposed by partners from industry, governmental organisations, private research institutes and NGOs. Students apply to join the course and are selected based on their motivation and to allow for interdisciplinary teams.

During four weeks students go through a process from discovery to pitch and reflection. Engaged researchers support the students to dive into the interdisciplinary nature of the challenge topics and serve as mentors during the concept development.

The Innovathon weekend makes up a centerpiece of the course. During 48h the student teams work in an inspiring atmosphere to develop ideas and prototypes to test their concepts with relevant stakeholders.

At the final pitch event all teams present their validated concepts to an expert jury consisting of researchers and challenge partner representatives.

A guided innovation process

To facilitate the progress of all teams during the idea development, the students are equipped with a manual and supported by experienced innovation facilitators.

The manual guides students through the different steps by hands-on tools on how to develop and select ideas, how to ask the right questions to get valuable feedback and when to finish a discussion and move on.

Become part of it

Join as Student

As a participating student, the Innovathon offers a unique opportunity to:

  • – make your ideas count by developing innovative solutions to real-life challenges proposed by industry partners;
  • – learn from researchers and from peers in other disciplines, and develop invaluable innovation skills;
  • – grow your network with like-minded peers, researchers, and practitioners.

In Fall 2022, two Innovathon courses will be offered:

Innovathon: The Digitalization of Mobillity

Innovathon: Building a people-focused future of work

Join as Researcher

Are you a researcher at UZH in the area of digitalization research? Would you like to gather experience about rapid idea development? We collaborate with the Digital Society Initiative to involve researchers to contribute with expert input and act as mentors for the student during the idea development.

We are currently making plans for the next Innovathons. Get in contact with us if you are interested in contributing!

Join as Challenge partner

Participating challenge partners benefit from:

  • – access to latest research insights and a wealth of creativity on a current challenge, at a minimal time commitment.
  • – a unique opportunity to exchange with the next generation of talent
  • – stronger connections with the local innovation ecosystem.

Get in touch with us to learn more about your role as challenge partner.

A starting point for innovation

What happens to the ideas after the Innovathon?

The UZH Innovathon is just the starting point for new collaborations, projects and innovations. Built into the process is it the possibility for all contributing parties to continue working on the developed concepts after the Innovathon course.

Motivated student teams will be supported to take the next steps to implement their concepts.

Next Innovathon courses

Explore upcoming and past Innovathon courses

Fall 22′ : The Digitalization of Mobility

Mobility of the future will be digital. It is expected to be connected, (partly) autonomous, post-fossil, and clean with benefits for health, environmental sustainability, and the economy.

This transformation depends on developments in various disciplines including data science, law, ethics, geography, medical and health sciences and economics. This course provides an introduction to the digitalization of mobility from the perspectives of these disciplines.

Fall 22′ : A human-centered future of work

Let’s discover a Future of work that puts people next to technology in focus. What does the rapid technological development do with the human aspects of work — human emotion, motivation, social interactions, and leadership? How can these forces be leveraged to improve all aspects of performance and well-being, at the levels of individuals, groups and organizations?

Join to develop solutions that can lift people to feel and do their best at work, today and tomorrow.

Fall 21′ : The Digitalization of Mobility

Mobility of the future will be digital. It is expected to be connected, (partly) autonomous, post-fossil, and clean with benefits for health, environmental sustainability, and the economy.

This transformation depends on developments in various disciplines including data science, law, ethics, geography, medical and health sciences and economics. Join interdisciplinary teams to develop sustainable mobility solutions.