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Which of the following is the right question:
a) What is teaching?
b) What is learning?


Octanis came into being because we wanted to learn - by teaching ourselves. Now we teach our members on how to learn by teaching themselves.

At Octanis, we share - tools, code, knowledge, ideas, mistakes. Learning at Octanis is not an individual experience - it is a collaborative experience. Because learning happens by working on projects. At Octanis, mistakes don't mean failure - they represent a learning experience which we share. At Octanis, inaction means failure. It is only by not doing anything that we cannot learn anything.

How do we prevent inaction from happening? By letting our members roam free. Our only rule is «work». And we leave it to our members to choose on what project they want to work, to create the space where they can work, and set the time when they work. We believe that it is by giving room that people can be creative. This is why we created Octanis. To give us this room.

And we strive to make this creative experience open for whomever is inspired by it. What do we need for this? Not much, really. Just creative freedom. Just the possibility to do stuff. Just the freedom to develop and grow, and to accumulate experiences. We have started to make our experience available to the EPFL community, and would love to continue to do so. As mentioned, we don't need much for this.

We hope to see you soon!

Upcoming events


Open Night @ EPFL

Tue 6th March
MED 3 2215


Making fast & slow - Rack introduction workshop


Robots for automated experiments in research: Meet our echo-locating robot

Tue 6th March
Presentation by Frederike Dumbgen, LCAV
MED 3 2215
Find out more here!


Creation and characterization of ultra-dense hydrogen

Tue 13th March
Presentation by Pierre-Etienne Sottas
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