French Companies Launch « Sharing Energy in the City, 2030 » Innovation Challenge

With the development of decentralised electricity and energy production, the sharing of energy between citizens, industries and/or public institutions will certainly reshape our relationship to energy in our everyday life. In this context, a set of French firms have launche the Sharing Energy in the City 2030 Challenge, aiming to gather prospective scenarios the everyday life in 2030. The objective of the competition is to find new solutions in the form of products, services or systems for energy management in the city of the future, in order to sustain research and creativity.

The French electric utility company EDF, the world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management solutions Dassault Systèmes, as well as and the Agency for the Promotion of Industrial Creation APCI are looking for interdisciplinarity projects, developed by research and creative teams (each project has to combine at least 2 disciplines like design, art, engineering, economy, architecture, business, town planning, human sciences…), that adress the issue of shared energy in 2030.

This challenge is open to researchers or post graduate students in research labs, schools, universities, start-up incubators or clusters but also companies or local authorities, whatever their nationalities. In a first phase, this challenge is dedicated to select finalists who, then, will be supported in their innovation until the prototype realisation, for a maximum two years development.

Are you interested in participating in the challenge?

There are two categories: one for entries sufficiently advanced for the creation of a prototype, and one for solutions requiring further development through research. The projects, presented in English, will have to demonstrate real potential for improved energy efficiency and offer feasible completion within two years. There is a €5,000 prize for the best « Innovative Solution » project, a €1,000 prize for the best « Collaborative Research » project and some 6-month work experiences in EDF’s research & develpment center(s) to be earned.

The deadline is March 31st 2014 midnight GMT!

Click to access the challenge page

Click to access the challenge page

About Yannig

Yannig was Marketing Manager at eYeka, responsible for PR, communication and research. Interested in marketing, innovation and design-related topics, he also loves to free his head by cycling, running, reading or drawing. Yannig, who holds an MSc from ESSCA School of Management and a PhD from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, tweets under @YannigRoth and blogs at
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