The first day of ETH Week is all about getting to know your group. After a team building exercise, you will meet your tutor. He or she accompanies you throughout the week and helps you stay on track.
We ask you to share your personal experience and discuss your expectations for the week. In this way, you will be ready to get started on Monday. We round off the day with dinner and our first inspiration night.
After an overview about the topic, we send you into the real world to collect information: every team member joins another excursion to meet relevant stakeholders, each with a different perspective on the topic.
The stories you bring back will afterwards be shared, mapped and discussed. How do the stakeholders connect? What challenges do they face? We are preparing a surprise to round off the day.
We dive deeper into the subtopics as your professors frame their perspective on the topic. Afterwards, you will get to meet over 25 experts at the 'Knowledge Fair’. Your task is to interview some of the many representatives from industry, NGOs or academia. Each one has a story to tell, be it about their product, the people they represent, or their scientific research. You will discuss this information and boil it all down to a problem that you want to solve.
We provide you with a nurturing environment where creative and critical thinking is fostered and dynamic peer-to-peer learning allows you to grow as a student. Therefore, we ask you to define your own problem instead of working on a pre-defined one. Part of an iterative process, you will develop and redefine your problem continuously. To achieve this, you will meet design thinking facilitators to help you navigate and control the pace.
To define a good problem, you will ideate on solutions and build prototypes that help you refine your ideas and communicate them to others. Now, many tasks will need to be achieved in parallel. Do research, make the underlying motivations and constraints explicit and check facts and figures. As soon as your ideas have matured, you go back to the stakeholders you met on the previous days and test if your ideas make sense.
Tension and excitement are on the rise. The clock ticks while you polish your presentation, finish your prototype, and rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. The spotlights are focused on your team as you go on stage and present a possible solution to your identified problem. Eventually, we will discuss all the projects together to understand what we have learned from each other and which ideas should be build upon and developed further. Then, we celebrate!