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Paris, France's Institut Mines-Télécom Spurs Smart City Innovations

With the first Entrepreneurial Challenge of the Institut Mines-Télécom, the engineering students of the Mines and Télécom schools work to create the smart city of tomorrow: Carte blanche in technological innovation. For two days, the Institut Mines-Télécom organized its first student Entrepreneurial Challenge in Mines Alès, in conjunction with its Mines and Télécom schools. The

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With the first Entrepreneurial Challenge of the Institut Mines-Télécom, the engineering students of the Mines and Télécom schools work to create the smart city of tomorrow: Carte blanche in technological innovation.

For two days, the Institut Mines-Télécom organized its first student Entrepreneurial Challenge in Mines Alès, in conjunction with its Mines and Télécom schools. The teams from the schools of the Mines-Télécom network, accepted the challenge of imagining and building the smart city of the future. The thirteen participating teams, each presenting a project of creation in innovative products, services and or enterprises, were pre-selected from their respective schools:  Mines Albi, Mines Alès, Mines Douai, Mines Nantes, Télécom Bretagne, Télécom ParisTech, Télécom SudParis et Télécom School of Management.

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Upon their arrival to the Mines Alès campus, the teams were mixed in order to benefit from the complimentary curricula of the student engineers. Trained in the techniques of innovation and creativity, these future engineers received a carte blanche to design innovative technologies that will allow for today’s cities to provide more efficient and ecological services in the future.

The four projects in the final selection:

  • Energie Cloud: a charging device using simple contact for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices (a project by Télécom Paris Tech),
  • Sentimy: simple, effective creation of and responses to surveys (a project by Télécom Bretagne),
  • Etalieu: a mobile application for carrying out detailed, entertaining and secure inventories of fixtures (a project by Télécom School of management), and
  • Meebike: a three-in-one bicycle (a project by Mines Douai).

This first edition of the student Entrepreneurial Challenge of the Institut of Mines-Télécom was a success based on the rich exchanges between students from different schools. But also because of interest manifested by the numerous business partners like Legrand, the Crédit Agricole du Languedoc and the Post, as well as the Norbert Ségard Foundation which will provide the Technological Innovation prize.

For Michel Ferlut, Director of Economic Development at Mines Alès and coordinator of this first edition: “The student Entrepreneurial Challenge of the Institut Mines-Télécom is a unique educational project. We wanted the students to benefit from the complementary curricula of the schools, but also develop their skills by integrating into a new team.”

What should be the main concerns when designing the smart city of tomorrow? How technologically smart is your city? What is its plan for the future? Share your city's stories and your thoughts in the comments area below.

Original article, originally published in French, here.

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