YEEP-tech 2021 online collaboration

Like many others, the corona pandemics forced us to adapt to the new situation. Instead of a meeting in Ethiopia, YEEP-tech 2021 will be organized in the form of an online pilot project. Students from Switzerland and Ethiopia will learn how to assemble and use a 3D printer. In 6 online sessions (different Saturdays in March, April and May), we will create mixed teams and get to know each other, get a basic know-how about 3D-printing and learn how to design objects in CAD software. Hopefully we will be able to meet physically towards the end of the project in order to assemble a 3D-printer kit together. The project will be finalized with a competition, where mixed Swiss-Ethiopian team will have to design a specific object and print it out on the machine.

Time: March – May 2021

Main supporter: Hirschmann Foundation

More information and online application form (application deadline: 14 March 2021)


YEEP-business 2021

We are slightly optimistic that it should be possible to carry out our standard YEEP-business format in autumn 2021. The final decision should be taken in April, when we hopefully know more about the development of the corona pandemics and the different travel restrictions.

As usual, we will set up an interdisciplinary team of different Swiss partner schools and work on business ideas of Ethiopian students at Hawassa University.

Time: September or October 2021 (8 days, Saturday – Sunday)

Main supporter: Hirschmann Foundation

More information and online application: Not yet open, come back in April 2021 or send us a message if we should notify you when the project is open for application


YEEP-tech 2022

YEEP-tech is our new format with a focus on technical collaboration between students in Switzerland and Ethiopia. The first edition has been postponed to 2022. It has 4 phases in which different partner schools and universities in Switzerland are involved. The topic of the project is development and usage of 3D-printer. The main project (YEEP-tech week) will take place at the beginning of February 2020. Furthermore, the project has 4 phases:

Phase 1: Study visit in Switzerland
A delegation of Ethiopian teachers of Hawassa University and vocational training centers will visit Switzerland for one week. During meetings with Swiss partner schools, they will participate in different exchange and know-how transfer activities.

Phase 2: YEEP-tech competition week in Ethiopia
Around 15 students and apprentices of Swiss schools will travel to Ethiopia and work with local student teams in a competition week (objective: building a 3D-printer together).

  1. Tech diploma thesis in Ethiopia
    3-4 technical students of one of the Swiss higher professional education schools will travel to Ethiopia, where they complete the practical work of their diploma thesis together with Ethiopian students
  1. Business week Ethiopia
    15 business students from different Swiss schools will travel to Ethiopia and work with Ethiopian students to transform the prototypes (3D-printers) into sustainable local businesses.

Time: November 2021 (phase 1), February 2022 (phase 2), May – June 2022 (phase 3), September/ October 2022
(phase 4).

Main supporters: Movetia, Hirschmann Foundation

More information and online application: Not yet open, come back in September 2021 or send us a message if we should notify you when the project is open for application