EPFL+ECAL Lab and Apptitude

Nicolas Henchoz, Valentin Calame, Apptitude SA

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Augmented Relations, from tech to impact driven innovation.

We have extensively digitized our world. Huge efforts have been made to capture, describe, and store archives. It increases accessibility, but for which impact? The fantastic richness of digitized heritages must bring value. It means to understand how to engage with the audience, find disruptive ways to revive and express the content. The project Jean Starobinski. Relations critiques. launched by the Swiss National Library and the EPFL+ECAL Lab, the Design Research Center of EPFL, explores this challenge through the implementation of an experimental online exhibition, about one of the most famous Swiss authors, Jean Starobinski. They invited Apptitude to join the project as a partner: together, they defined a new model of innovation, performing research and production in parallel. After only 14 months, the project was not only online, but already an award winning digital experience.

Discover the website: www.expo-starobinski.ch

Nicolas Henchoz

Director of EPFL+ECAL Lab

Nicolas Henchoz is the founding director of the EPFL+ECAL Lab, the design research centre of the EPFL (the Swiss federal institute of technology, Lausanne) in cooperation with ECAL (University of Art and Design, Lausanne). Its mission is to turn technical performance into impactful user experience, and understand adoption factors for disruptive innovation. Nicolas is the author of several academic contributions as well as the book Design for Innovative Technologies: From Disruption to Acceptance. He is the curator of projects and exhibitions in places such as the American Institute of Architecture in New York, The Lab @ Harvard or the Museum Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic. EPFL+ECAL Lab projects earned several awards, including International Design Festival Berlin, Design Prize Switzerland, Best of the web, Best application of the year, etc.

Valentin Calame

Research assistant at EPFL+ECAL Lab

Valentin is an architect and researcher in the field of digital design. After studying architecture in Switzerland and Sweden, he turned to virtual spaces for a MAS thesis in
Design Research for Digital Innovation at the EPFL+ECAL Lab. Through his research project, he had the opportunity to explore different ways of augmenting spaces (physical and virtual) through technology and to question some of its limits.

Apptitude SA

EPFL Innovation Park

Apptitude is where software engineering and design meet. Their team provides strategic, technical and ergonomic skills to transform ideas into elegant and efficient digital products. Their work is characterized by a collaborative and end-user centric approach. The agency, founded in 2012 and based at EPFL Innovation Park in Lausanne, is proud to count today more than 20 employees specialized in the creation of state-of-the-art custom digital products: mobile applications, web platforms, business software and connected objects (IoT).


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