With the Institut Mines-Télécom's first Entrepreneurship Challenge, engineering students from the Mines and Telecom schools are working to invent the intelligent city of tomorrow: carte blanche for technological innovation!
From 26 to 28 June, the Institut Mines-Télécom organized its first Student Entrepreneurship Challenge at Mines Alès, bringing together its Mines and Telecom schools. Teams from the schools in the Mines-Telecom network took up the challenge of imagining and building the intelligent city of the future.
The thirteen participating teams, each with a project to create innovative products, services and/or companies, were pre-selected from the various schools: Mines Albi, Mines Alès, Mines Douai, Mines Nantes, Télécom Bretagne, Télécom ParisTech, Télécom SudParis and Télécom École de Management.
As soon as they arrived on the Mines Alès campus, the teams were mixed in order to take advantage of the complementary curricula of the engineering students present. These future engineers, who are well versed in innovation and creativity, were then given carte blanche to imagine the innovative technologies that will enable today's cities to provide more efficient and more ecological services tomorrow.
The 4 projects of the final selection
- Energie Cloud, a simple contact charging device for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices (project led by Télécom Paris Tech)
- Sentimy, the creation and response to easy and effective surveys (project led by Télécom Bretagne)
- Etalieu, a mobile application to make precise, fun and secure inventory of fixtures (project led by Télécom Ecole de Management)
- Meebike, a 3 in 1 bike (project carried by Mines Douai).
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The 2015 Student Award Winners
Rendezvous for the final in October at Bercy
This first edition of the Student Entrepreneurship Challenge at Institut Mines-Télécom was a success because of the richness of the exchanges between students from different schools. But also because it interested many corporate partners such as Legrand, Crédit Agricole Languedoc and La Poste, as well as the Norbert Ségard foundation, which will be offering the prize for technological innovation.
For Michel Ferlut, Director of Economic Development at Mines Alès and coordinator of this first edition: "The Student Entrepreneurship Challenge at the Institut Mines-Télécom is an original educational project. We wanted the students to benefit from the complementary nature of the training in the schools but also to develop their ability to adapt by integrating a new team".
The 2015 Student Award Winners
Following this challenge at the start of the new school year, Emmanuel Macron, Minister of the Economy, Industry and Digital Technology, has already agreed in principle to preside over the future award ceremony at Bercy next October.
About the Institut Mines-Télécom www.mines-telecom.fr
The Institut Mines-Télécom is a public institution dedicated to higher education, research and innovation in the fields of engineering and digital technology. It is made up of the 10 grandes écoles Mines et Télécom under the supervision of the Minister in charge of Industry and Electronic Communications, 2 subsidiary schools, 2 strategic partners and a network of 13 associate schools. The Institut Mines-Télécom is recognized nationally and internationally for the excellence of its training of engineers, managers and PhDs, its research work and its activity in the field of innovation.
The Institut Mines-Telecom is a member of the national research programming alliances Allistene, Aviesan and Athena. It maintains close relations with the economic world and has two Carnot Institutes. Every year around a hundred start-ups leave its incubators.