About Us

EssentialTech Center is a research centre attached to EPFL’s Vice Presidency for Research. Its goal is technology innovation for development, for humanitarian action and for the promotion of peace. Its approach combines technology development with the elaboration of innovative business models for a sustainable and large-scale impact.

EssentialTech was launched by EPFL in 2011 as a programme; based on its successes, EPFL’s presidency has decided to elevate it to become a centre in 2018.


Our Philosophy

EssentialTech is a place for dynamic exchanges stimulating innovation which arises from transdisciplinary collaborations on aspects related to technologies, socio-economic contexts and deployment strategies.