How everything started
At the beginning of the year, the pandemic was far away from us. As it is mostly the case in times of global crisis, I thought that Switzerland would be mostly spared, like it was the case with other viruses. After all, I am well aware that we live in a kind of bubble, where events elsewhere seem to be far away. But this time it was different. I felt it coming when the first cases reached Europe in February and the concerns grew more and more…
Student project affected by Covid-19
Our student project first got affected directly by the Coronavirus pandemic when our physical Mid Term of IGLUNA in Geneva got cancelled at the last minute. This was on the 13th of March 2020. Some students from other teams got stranded in Geneva. The event still took place, but only virtually. As the whole world was starting to be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, lockdowns were being ordered. The University of Applied Science Zürich closed its doors to us, the students on the 16th of March. This meant bad news for our SWAG-Project. We had just begun to plant some fennel and had started our construction. From one day to the next, our project seemed to be doomed and our work in vain: We could not even get our material and our financial support from University was reversed due to the shutdown. If we wanted to finish our project in time for the IGLUNA event, we had to reorganise everything and work with the things we had: I was focusing on the crowdfunding campaign so that we could still finance our project, while Philipp was organising a new place to work. The other team members were working at home. Remo and Stefan started to grow the vegetables at home and some weeks later we had the chance to fetch our material from the university. We kept ourselves updated and trying our best to cope with this situation. Finally, we could breathe a sigh of relief when our crowdfunding campaign was successfully closed and our finances guaranteed.
How it will continue
Fortunately, we will be able to continue our construction work at a new location. This is thanks to Aurovis who places a working place at our disposal. However, the physical IGLUNA field campaign that was planned to be taken in place in Lucerne in July will take place virtually. We are disappointed that the highlight of this amazing journey will not take place as planned. But we still get the chance to present our project to the public in some way and we are preparing to live stream our event in July. The world is going through some hardship and there is nobody left out.
As everyone is affected, the SWAG-Team is trying to cope with this situation and makes the best of it. Again, we are most thankful to our supporters and sponsors who we relied on so much lately, and without whom we could not have continued our vision. Stay healthy and best wishes!