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“Where is Elsa?” – A Social Program by Zürich Tourism 
Exploring Zurich with students from the EESTech Challenge

A Successful Social Program by Zürich Tourism

From the keyboard to the milk pail: the participants in the computer programming competition, the EESTech Challenge, experience a memorable day in Zurich.

“Where is Elsa?” was the title of this year’s final of the EESTech Challenge, a contest organized by the Electrical Engineering Students’ European Association (EESTEC). Students from 12 different countries traveled to Switzerland to put their programming skills to the test in the halls of the ETH. The task: to create a cow recognition program – like a face recognition program, only with cows – within a period of 24 hours. On the day after the Challenge, the Zürich Tourism Convention Bureau invited the participants and organizers to a day packed with adventure and activity to give them the opportunity to see Zurich outside of the ETH.

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Activity 1

Breakfast on a Farm

The day begins with a lavish breakfast at the idyllic Juckerhof farm. Here the students fortify themselves with culinary delights direct from the farm.
Activity 2

Farmers’ Competition

The IT students compete in the disciplines, “Nail hammering”, “Horseshoe throwing” and “Cow milking” (fortunately in this case an artificial one).
Activity 3

City Tour on E-Bikes

The procession of e-bikes and e-scooters follows the tour guides along the lake, across the Limmat river, and then through the charming Old Town.
Activity 4

Round Trip by Boat

The MS Etzel, built in 1934, takes the group on a leisurely cruise. They regain their strength with a healthy buffet from the Gärtnerei restaurant.
Activity 5

City Tour by Tram

Subsequently, our guests board the almost 90-year-old tram, the “Elephant”, which trundles through Zurich’s streets and past the city’s main sights.
Activity 6

Lindenhof with Tastings

Afterwards, the guests head up to the Lindenhof. At the top, they are rewarded with superb views, as well as Turicum gin and Taucherli chocolate.
Activity 7

Scavenger Hunt

On this scavenger hunt by ZÜRICHescape, the students have to solve puzzles to track down robbers, extraterrestrial aliens and elderly grandmothers.