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CRI Labs Summer School 2018

The Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) is a unique open research and learning environment.
The CRI is focused on learning through research, life sciences and digital transformation.


The CRI Summer School is a 8-week challenge-based programme, hosted by the CRI GameLab and MakerLab. In it, 50 international participants, from a variety of fields, will join forces to learn through masterclasses, workshops, hackathons, and by developing projects tackling the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – specifically Health & Education & Environment.
How? By creating games and making devices that benefit from digital fabrication (3D printing, rapid prototyping, etc.). Experts in serious game making, medicine, environmental science, digital fabrication, frugal innovation – and more! – will mentor groups of students as they hack their way to a better world.

CRI Labs Summer School


Promising projects will be encouraged to pursue spin-off opportunities after the summer school – the CRI Labs manage a catalysis programme for innovative research and development.

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Serious fun

With the CRI GameLab, learn to make quality and fun serious games on health/education/environmental issues

Week 1
4-8th June

Hack the makerspace

Learn to use the CRI MakerLab’s, digital fabrication tools (3D printing, laser cutting…) and open source hardware to create innovative and frugal devices to improve world health, education and the environment

Week 2
11-15th June

Kickstart your projects

In mentor groups, define the real world problems linked to health, education and/or the environment that you want to solve and how you want to solve them with games and devices.

Week 3
18-22th June

Change the world

In multidisciplinary groups, you have 5 weeks to produce a functional prototype that will meet your specifications and make humanity proud. There will also be learning expeditions to key locations that will help ground your work to real world initiatives.

Weeks 4-7
25th June-20th July


At the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris, the largest science museum in Europe, the public will get to experiment with what you will have achieved. They will also give you useful feedback to improve and polish your projects.

20th July

Accelerate to the finish line

In this final week, you will finalise your prototypes and set them up for possible incubation and acceleration.

Week 8
23-27th July


Start date:

4 June 2018

The CRI GameLab and MakerLab are looking for talented and motivated mentors and participants, to join our CRI Labs Summer School in Paris. Profiles we’re looking for : medicine, engineering, art, design, game creation & development, sound design, fashion, management & communication…

Desire to learn and motivation are key! If you want to participate but feel you might not have the “right skills”, apply anyway! You may have something unique to contribute and you’ll be able to express this in your application.

The summer school is free and open to all.


To bring their skillsets to the co-creation process. If you have a project idea that you want people to work on, that’s great! However, this is in no way mandatory. The Summer School is the perfect environment to codesign, innovate, and develop your skills, while contributing to a meaningful project.


To bring projects and/or expertise to the teams. You can also teach masterclasses and workshops. In exchange, the summer school will catalyse your project. At the end of it, you and your team will have produced a working prototype. Want to become a mentor? Contact us for more information or  click here.


 Rolling administration is still open

Fill in this form, and be ready to include:


 Portfolio / Github account

Reference letter (professor,  employer…etc)

(if you think it would be useful)


If you can’t find the answer to your question below, please contact e-mail: class2018@cri-paris.org

Free: the CRI is funding tuition fees, so participants don’t have to pay anything to be a part of the summer school.

However, travel, accommodation and amenities are at your expense.

Open to all means we’ve developed the CLaSS with students in mind, but anyone can apply and potentially participate!

Expect at least 600€ / month for decent lodgings in Paris. Accomodation can be cheaper in the suburbs; the CRI is easily accessible from several suburban train lines. We have reserved accomodation for a limited number of international students; however, attribution is on a first come, first served basis and cannot be guaranteed.

Transport card (navigo) is 73€ / month.

Food is 5-15€ / day, depending on how frugal you are.

Participants: you need to be present on site as much as you can. Please let us know when you’ll be unavailable in your application. It’s preferable for you to be available remotely for your group during project time.

Mentors: the key weeks to be available are:

  • Week 2 (11-15 June) to pitch your projects / expertise briefly (30 mins)
  • Week 3 (18-22 June) to accompany groups during their SDG problem definition and project kickoff (1 hour / day minimum).
  • Afterwards, it is ideal if you are able to provide time regularly, to help groups move forward in the right direction.

As a teaching institution, we are able to provide this. Please let us know that you need one when you apply.

Yes. Once your application has been accepted, you can e-mail it to us to sign.

At the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity, in Paris. The summer school will take place at our 2 sites:

Tour Montparnasse
20th floor
33 avenue du Maine
75015 Paris

Faculté de Médecine
24 rue du faubourg Saint Jacques
75014 Paris

They’re a 20 minute walk, or 10 minute bus ride, from one another.

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