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Closing Ceremony of the Design & Science Prize

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Since October 2018, 35 students from Strate design school, ENS Paris-Saclay, Centrale Supélec, Télécom and ENSTA ParisTech have been working in groups on the theme of "Artificial Intelligence" as part of the Design & Science Prize - Université Paris-Saclay. They have had five months to imagine, develop and prototype an innovative project in the fields of culture, health, education, energy and mobility, based on the theme of artificial intelligence. On 14 March next, the ten competing groups will present their project based on the theme of artificial intelligence. The most convincing and original projects will be rewarded.
 
Ahe Design & Science Prize - Université Paris-Saclay brings together each year design and engineering students to develop innovative projects around a cutting-edge scientific theme. The originality of this program allows to bring together design and science students around the same table to work on a project in an extremely concrete way. This experience of collaborative work allows them to confront points of view, ways of thinking and problem-solving methods which, although different according to the profiles, are complementary in the different phases of the project's development.
 
Divided into small groups, they worked for a semester on the development of an innovative product or service, from the emergence of the idea to its conception, using an entrepreneurial approach.
 
Supervised by professionals, they also participated in numerous workshops at the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, presented their work publicly on several occasions at the Palais de la découverte, and benefited from presentations and meetings with innovation specialists. More than an educational opportunity, this program is also a professional springboard, since some projects lead to the creation of startups.
 
On March 14, the ten competing groups will present their project based on the theme of artificial intelligence at the Palais de la découverte. The most convincing and original projects will be rewarded. The winning team of the Design & Science Prize - Université Paris-Saclay will win a 3000 € grant for the development of the project, a half-day coaching session by the company In Process, a place in an incubator as well as the exhibition of the project at Laval Virtual, the European trade fair dedicated to new technologies and uses of the virtual world.
 
The Design & Science Award is led by Design Spot, design centre of the University of Paris-Saclay, in partnership with Strate design school, Universcience, CEA List, Hub France IA, Laval Virtual, Le Laboratoire Cambridge and Inprocess.
 

The Theme

Artificial intelligence challenges very deeply our needs in terms of knowledge and memorization. Accustomed to considering himself superior to the animal in his cognitive capacities, man is already discovering himself inferior to the machine in a very large number of tasks related to execution, and tomorrow related to knowledge. AI will thus radically change our expectations in terms of professional practices and requirements, and more generally will deeply influence our life in society. The way of teaching in schools will also have to deeply evolve, not to say revolutionize.
 
Faced with artificial intelligence, the challenge for mankind is to develop and enhance his extraordinary capacities linked to his sensitivity, imagination, intuitiveness and creativity, and even his generosity. Qualities that are more particularly developed in artistic training. This no doubt explains why many scientific training courses are currently multiplying exchanges with art and design schools, seeking to broaden the reciprocal skills of their students.
 
Each year, the Design & Science Prize is part of this approach by making future engineers and designers collaborate together on major social projects, in order to reconcile science and creativity, technology and imagination.
 
Program - March 14, 2019 
 
18h15 :
- Welcome by Bruno Maquart, President of Universcience
- Introduction by Vincent Créance, Director of Design Spot
- Keynote by Laurence Devillers, researcher in computer science and ethics at the CNRS, specialist in artificial intelligence
- Presentation of the Design & Science Award by Bastien Perdriault, Program Manager
 
19h :
- On-stage presentation of projects by applicants
- Visit of the stands and discovery of the prototypes
 
21h: Award ceremony by the jury followed by a cocktail party.
 
 
Location: Palais de la découverte - Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris
 

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