The Innovation Challenge “Campus 2030” allows members of the UNIL & EPFL community to use the campus as a “living laboratory” with a project that they can implement on their campus and/or outside. The participants of the Challenge will be able to develop an idea in team on a theme that touches them and have a real impact. To do so, we propose two Challenges per year related to one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For each Challenge we involve actors from the public and private sector to support the participants during the week. They will be accompanied during 4 evenings : awareness, team training, coaching and final presentation. The winning team of the Innovation Challenge will have direct access to our acceleration program UCreate3. They will also be accompanied by a sponsor who will provide them with support worth CHF 10’000 (a mix of cash and coaching) to make their project a reality.


The objectives

Raise awareness among students, researchers, professors, alumni and employees of UNIL & EPFL on sustainability issues that concern them as members of a community of 30’000 people (UNIL-EPFL campus).

Move from awareness to action with an Innovation Challenge on a given issue that allows them to generate ideas with a concrete and visible impact on their community. The teams will benefit from an individual coaching session to guide them.

At the end of the week, support the most promising projects with the UCreate3 program. The projects will be tested on campus to be validated (or not).




The goal of this first Innovation Challenge around decarbonization is to generate ideas to decrease the carbon footprint of our community and our UNIL & EPFL Campuses (ODD #13). This can be initiatives that directly affect the Campus or the behavior of the community, in its daily life. The 5 areas of action to contribute to the reduction of our footprint and on which projects can have an impact are : food, consumption, transportation, housing and public services.

Registered for the opening night

Registered for the Innovation Challenge

Coached projects

Winning team : UniDress

Our partners


Winning team

UniDress is a digital platform for the student community that allows us to revalue our unused wardrobe through sales and repairs. Lucie Vanhollebeke & Blanche Marion (EPFL students) and Pierre Lego (UNIL student) are the winners of the 1st edition. They will access UCreate3 with the support of Romande Energie this fall 2021.