Update November 18, 2020:

This site still reflects information pertaining to the 2020 edition. When we have more information concerning the 2021 iCAN competition it will be posted here.

In general, the Swiss iCAN selection process will start in December with a call for projects.  In the meantime, if you need more information, please get in touch with us through our contact page


Welcome to the official web site for the iCAN Swiss Qualifying Competition!

Here you’ll find all the information you need to enter and compete in this unique contest of innovative micro-nano creation!

What is iCAN ?

iCAN is a global contest for students interested in advanced engineering applications for improving our society (monitoring of health and environment, efficient energy harvesting, autonomous systems, software control, etc.). Key disciplines involve Microengineering, Nanotechnology, Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, etc). The spirit of iCAN is that students design, assemble and demonstrate a working system by using commercial electronic, optical, mechatronic components, provided by university laboratory, often sponsored by companies.

iCAN is the first large-scale high-tech innovation contest initiated by scientists from both academy and industry in micro/nano fields. 

Each year, the iCAN contest has 2 stages:

Stage 1: a national contest. In Switzerland this part will be held in April 2020, exact date will be communicated in February.

Stage 2: the international contest. iCAN 2020 will be held from June 26 – 28, 2020 in Nanjing, China.

* The winning team from the Swiss Qualifying Competition will receive the right to represent Switzerland at the international iCAN finals – including transportation and hotel expenses.

» International iCAN web site

» See previous Swiss iCAN winners


Who can enter ?

The competition is open to all university students in Switzerland. Students must form a team and develop a novel application project using existing micro/nano devices. The final project should be completely functional when shown to the Jury.


How do I enter ?

Please see this page for more details.


I have some more questions, who do I contact ?

Have a look at our contact page.  We’ll get back to you as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours.