Creative Hub

Creative Hub is a platform for the promotion of Design entrepreneurship in Switzerland. Maind cooperates with Creative Hub  during the training week on business design and entrepreneurship addressed to the student of Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design SUPSI.



Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.


Experientia is an international experience design consultancy helping companies and organisations to innovate products, services and processes by putting people and their experiences first.


The company who practices societing transforms itself from a monolithic entity, insensitive to its environment, into an extended production community held together by a common ethos. The societing, as we see it, is an attempt to follow the production processes of socialization.


Plugandwear specializes in interactive fabrics that can exchange information between a computer and the surrounding world and can be used as sensors or actuators. Plugandwear supports research labs, universities, schools, designers, companies, artists and fashion designers. All textile sensors are compatible with the Arduino platform.


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Ex Machina

Founded in Lugano in 2005, Ex Machina Sagl is a competence center for open source software and a solution provider of high-quality IT consulting and systems integration services. Ex Machina has teamed up with some of the best professionals in open source technologies in order to ensure “Made in Switzerland” development standards.

Your Interface

Your Interface

Your Interface is a full-service communication agency for the digital world. In our Atelier, we design and develop projects, relationships and research programs with passion and enthusiasm. We happily and harmoniously blend together our DNA of researchers with our love for creativity. Every project is accurately designed combining together our state-of-the-art methodologies with custom-cut creativity.



EnvEve SA produces innovative Natural Hazards automatic detection systems. Little autonomous wireless sensors monitor constantly many areas. In case of danger they send an alarm in few seconds to internet and mobile phones. Natural Hazards are a growing global threat. Wildfires, Floods and Landslide cost many human lives and hundreds of billion of dollars worldwide each year. EnvEve SA can provide an early detection which could reduce enormously that cost.



Company specialised in user experience design based in Ticino.



Myfoglio is a cloud based accounting software dedicated to professionals and micro-enterprises for a lean invoice management activity. Based on widely adopted web 2.0 paradigms myfoglio allows any user to manage it’s outbound and inbound invoicing activity in a smart, quick and effective way with an extremely simple platform, accessable from any web browser or mobile device.



Zoorate is a web-company specialized in Social Commerce solutions that develops and distributes innovative technologies leveraging on consumers’ interaction valuing Online Reputation as a support to e-commerce transactions.



LCV – Laboratory of Visual Culture – Department for Environment Constructions and Design

The LCV integrates research, design knowledge and technical competences from visual communication, interaction design and interior design fields. LCV is a specialized and innovative centre that develops visual  communication projects for public and private bodies on a regional, national and international level. Great care is given to Research & Development, carried out in key sectors on competitively acquired projects with large European and national agencies or mandated by organizations and institutions.

DTI – Department of Innovative Technologies

The mission of the Department of Innovative Technologies is to develop undergraduate and continuous education, and to contribute to research and development in information technologies, electronics, mechanics, and in the engineering sectors resulting from a combination of these sciences. In particular, these include telematics and telecommunications, mechatronics, and production systems. The Department is organised according to subject Units, irrespective of whether they are classified as Institutes, Laboratories or scientific Areas. Each subject Unit covers three mandates: undergraduate education, continuous education, and research and development.
From January 2007, the research and development sector will comprise two Institutes (IDSIA and ICIMSI), two scientific Units waiting to be granted Institute status (ISEA and ISIN), a joint USI-SUPSI Laboratory for eLearning (eLab), and the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Unit (SMF).

ICIMSI – Institute of Computer Integrated Manufacturing for Sustainable Innovation

ICIMSI works in the computational sciences and industrial technologies sector. The main subdivisions of this Institute may be summed up as follows: (1) Virtual prototyping and hi-tech materials – with research projects seeking to develop new products using hi-tech materials; (2) Development of design and control instruments for industrial automation – concentrating on the development of software for systems design and control; and (3) Production and logistics systems – running projects in the areas of lean manufacturing, supply chain, enterprise networks, and integrated information systems.

IDSIA – Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence

IDSIA is an Institute run in conjunction with USI. It enjoys worldwide reputation for scientific research, which ranges from automatic learning (drawing its inspiration from biology and biological mechanisms) to the optimisation of complex problems. The Institute has also developed simulation models, process-planning models and models in the field of medical diagnostics, namely through ‘Data Mining’ (cataloguing medical examinations of patients).

ISEA – Systems and Applied Electronics Unit

ISEA focuses on those aspects of a product where electronics and informatics are applied in order to meet concrete market needs. Research, driven by the need to create know-how towards a better understanding of how potential products can be used, is conducted by three laboratories: the Microelectronics Laboratory (LMIT), the Mechatronics Systems Laboratory (SMT) and the Telecommunication, Telematics and High Frequency Systems Laboratory (TTHF).

ISIN – Information Systems and Networking Unit

The key research topics of ISIN lie in the area of distributed environments, whether applications or systems. In particular, one of the fundamental lines of research in the next few years will be in
Pervasive Computing and Communications, where the environment and the objects in it interact naturally with each other. Integration between informatics skills and networking skills is one of the strong points of the Unit, which has three laboratories: the Software Engineering and Information Systems Laboratory (ISSI), the Multi-media Technologies Laboratory (LTM), and the Networking Laboratory. While concentrating mainly on teaching the exact and the natural sciences, the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Unit (SMF) also possesses competence in modelling and simulation.



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