Ideation Workshops

People with disabilities meet people who are interested in finding innovative ideas together.

The Innovation Booster Technology and Special Needs offers workshops to facilitate the identification of innovative ideas.

Through this workshop, people concerned by the disability meet people interested in the theme. Based on the needs identified in the first phase, these people imagine innovative solutions. These concrete innovation ideas can be submitted to the Innovation Booster and give rise to real projects.

Participation in these workshops is free.

Two ideation workshops are organized on the topic of visual disability. One workshop in German in Luzern and one in Italian in Lugano.

A workshop is organized on the theme of mental disability, in French in Geneva.

All concerned and interested persons are invited to participate in these workshops. This means:

  • people with disabilities
  • Family caregivers
  • Professionals in the field of social work, care and nursing
  • engineers
  • architects
  • designers
  • web designers
  • computer technicians
  • creators
  • makers
  • and all interested people…

Next Workshops

Workshop in Italian: November 25, 1:30 to 4:00 pm

Location : USI Startup Centre, Lugano-Viganello (Via la Santa 1)

symbole du handicap visuel: un oeil est strié puis barré Workshop on the theme of visual disability

Registration required by filling out the form on the right or by writing to


13.30 Welcome
  Introduction and presentation

Presentation of three specific needs:

  • Internet
  • Public space
  • Administration
14.00 Conceptualization through exercises and small group discussions
15.30 Synthesis in plenum
15.45 Declaration of interest
16.00 Conclusion of the workshop and aperitif

Workshop in French: November 4, 1:30 to 4:00 pm

Location : Espace Tourbillon, Plan-les-Ouates (Genève)

symbole du handicap mental: deux faces d'un visage une en noir et l'autre en blanc Workshop on the theme of mental disability and multiple disabilities
logo de Clair Bois workshop organized in collaboration with Clair Bois

Registration is required by filling out the form on the right or by writing to

Program in standard language:


Welcome of the participants

Presentation of the Innovation Booster and the needs gathering workshops


Presentation of three specific needs highlighted for this workshop (details below)

  • A / Mobility
  • B / Social relations
  • C / Public space, Accessibility of spaces

Ideation in small groups, around one of the three themes

In each group (A, B or C), people with and without disabilities discuss the chosen issue. The people discuss the problem and look together for a concrete solution to meet the need.

15h30 Common synthesis
16h Aperitif and friendly exchange

Registration for the Geneva workshop is closed. Thank you for your understanding.

Program in simplified language

Workshop to get ideas

The Research Foundation supports the creation of inventions.

These inventions can be :

une ampoule s'allume sur la tête d'une femme. La femme a une idée. une ampoule s'allume sur la tête d'un homme. L'homme a une idée.
  • objects
  • machines
  •  programs for the tablet or the computer
  • a service done by a person
These inventions help people with disabilities. Une main tendue vers une autre main
We need you to create these inventions.

We are organizing a workshop.

You are invited to participate in this workshop.

We will be able to discuss together.

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People with disabilities will be there.

Educators will also be there.

People without disabilities will also be there.


For example, there will be:

  • engineers
  • architects
  • inventors
  • scientists
  • researchers
Together, we will imagine solutions for : une ampoule s'allume sur la tête d'un homme. L'homme a une idée.
  • Being independent when I use a wheelchair
  • Being safe when using a wheelchair
  • Moving safely on sidewalks
  • Going backwards with my wheelchair
  • Meeting people
  • Doing activities with other people, such as
    • Dancing
    • Flirting
    • Working
  • Being able to enter all buildings
  • Being able to go to all the spaces outside
  • Opening doors
  • calling the elevator
une personne debout ouvre une porte vers elle


Past Workshops

Workshop in German: 

The workshop took place on September 22. Read more about the workshop here.

Organized in collaboration with the FabLab Luzern

logo du Fab Lab Luzern

Location : FabLab Luzern, Horw (Technikumstrasse 21)

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