What InCube is About

The world faces many complex problems that heavily impact the way individuals, companies and institutions interact. Entrepreneurship can help address some of these challenges by driving innovative and unprecedented solutions. Universities are in a unique position to inspire their students to acknowledge real-world problems with an entrepreneurial perspective. Providing a dynamic environment and cooperating closely with corporate partners are necessary prerequisites to realize this vision.

InCube helps to bridge this gap, by bringing together universities, students and companies in an inspiring environment. Working in a confined place provides a special setting where innovative ideas are proposed, planned and executed by driven students. The complimentary educational journey ensures that students are equipped with the proper methodologies, tools and skills to evolve an abstract idea into a prototype that they can develop further.

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InCube 2020 - Alpine Edition Challenges

Team Matterhorn
Climate and Development

Finding ways to spur economic growth and alleviate poverty while at the same time improving resilience and adaptation to climate change in developing countries.

Expert : Linn Borgen Nilsen, Senior Scientist, ETH4D

Team Castor
Health and the Elderly

From surviving longer to leading a longer, quality life: Improving the quality of life of healthy elderly people to uphold their autonomy and enable independence.

Expert : Samuel Rom, Executive Board Member at Föderation der Schweizer Psychologinnen und Psychologen (FSP)

Team Dufourspitze
Food System and Sustainability

Leveraging technology to conceptualize a more efficient and sustainable food system.

Experts : Phillipe Schuler, Global Movement Coordinator at TooGoodToGo & Martijn Sonnevelt, Executive Director at ETH World Food System Center

Team Alphubel
Higher Education and Intercultural Dialogue

Using new approaches to improve diversity in higher education by leveraging the power of intercultural dialogue.

Expert : Aditi Kothiyal, Scientist at Computer-Human Interaction Lab for Learning & Instruction EPFL

InCube 2019 edition - Challenges

Team Hilti - Singapore

Smart construction sites for a Smart Nation: how can we build smart construction sites for a Smart Nation?

Team Axpo - Zurich

How to fight wasting energy in cities?

Team Huawei - Zurich

Intelligent, connected, sustainable cities: how to ease human-urban interaction for better wellbeing in Zurich ?

Team PMI Science - Zurich

In the age of open innovation, how should researchers embrace current and future consumer needs to guide new research and product development?

InCube Alpine Edition Participants

Program InCube Alpine Edition 2020


September 20, 2019

The weekend before InCube all participants are attending the Pre-event called OutCube. Here they learn valuable things for their time in the Cubes and get background information for the Challenges.

InCube Launch

September 26, 2019

The event is launched on Thursday night. The challenges get explained and all key players of the event introduced. The participants learn where they will spend InCube and on what challenge they will be working on. At the end of the night, the Cubees leave to their Cubes.


September 27, 2019

On Friday the teams need to face the public for the first time in order to narrow down the problem and define a customer. They will move to ideating for a solution and finally constructing a prototype to test on Saturday.


September 28, 2019

Saturday starts off by having the teams test their prototypes with the available public again. Based on this they will repeat the process again. The will reiterate on the problem statement and come up with different prototypes.


September 29, 2019

By Sunday the teams have been inside the cube for 72h. Eat, sleep and work at the same place. On Sunday they’ll reevaluate on their previous prototypes and include now the business side as well. They develop a business model for their chosen product and bring it to the next level.

InCube Final

September 30, 2019

On Monday the teams need to pitch their presentation at the final event. They will present at the same time in front of the local juries in Zurich, Boston and Singapore. The prizes will be assigned by the combined voting of all the local juries. All the pitches will be made available on our channels!

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