5TH EDITION

ACCELERATE THE DIGITAL DISRUPTION!

THE BERGER-LEVRAULT CITY’ZEN CHALLENGE

Our initiative aims to recognize, to incubate and to reward the efforts of IT students in the crystallization of their technological projects in order to meet the major challenges that society is now facing.

UNPRECEDENTED DISRUPTION

Without question, the COVID crisis has engendered one of the most significant disruptions of human society in modern history. Nearly every aspect of life has been transformed – from the way we socialize, dress, move, meet, play, travel, learn and eat, to the way we work, trade, prospect, shop, consume and collaborate.

And as the virus continues to surge and resurge, this massive societal transformation continues. In parallel, on the horizon is a force majeure that is threatening the very survival of human civilization: the climate crisis. Taken together, these converging, menacing forces demonstrate that our societies need a fundamental reboot – by design, now.

HELP US BE THE CHANGE WE NEED

Through the acceleration of digital innovation we can help our societies to adjust, to adapt, to mobilize, to solidarize, to protect, to persist and, ultimately, to overcome. We can thus transform the current crisis into a force for hope, a force for change.


We at Berger-Levrault know that change is possible. During our more than five centuries of existence, our company helped French society to facilitate one of the most important reboots in human history: the transition to democracy.

Join us today and help us be the change we need.

We welcome projects related to every sector of the Smart City domain: IoT, the environment, education, health care and social services, government and public services, urban management, transportation and mobility, culture and tourism, telecommunications, e-commerce, etc.

NEW! A special feature for the 5th edition

TWO COMPETITIONS IN ONE

WHAT'S NEW ?

With a view to enlarging and energizing the innovation ecosystem around the City'ZEN Challenge, a new second competition track has been added to the 5th edition where student-teams will develop the ideas proposed by both the employees and clients of Berger-Levrault.

In sum, students at our partner-schools can now submit their candidatures for two competition tracks:

TWO TRACKS

Competition Track 1: Student-teams propose and develop their own project-ideas
Competition Track 2: Student-teams develop the project-ideas proposed by staff and clients of Berger-Levrault

Concerning the advantages for students, the purse is now even more attractive with more prizes and more winning teams:

Track 1: 15,000 € and 3 winning team
• 1st Prize: 7,500 €
• 2nd Prize: 5,000 €
• 3rd Prize: 2,500 € 

Track 2: 7,000 € and 2 winning teams (NEW)
• Winning Prize for project-ideas proposed by BL staff: 3,500 €
• Winning Prize for project-ideas proposed by BL clients: 3,500 €

In sum, our competition now offers a total purse of 22,000 € (an increase of 7,000 €) and 5 winning teams (instead of 3 in previous editions).


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CITY'ZEN CALENDAR

23 Novembre 2020 - 5 January 2021
CALL FOR PROJECTS
14 January 2021
ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS
25 January 2021
OFFICIAL LAUNCH

THE WINNERS OF THE 4TH EDITION




1st PRIZE was attributed to Connect from EPITECH Barcelona. This project is a digital platform that centralizes and analyzes data streams and aggregates key performance metrics in order to provide a simple but multi-functional and real-time ‘smart-city’ dashboard to municipal leaders. This tool enables them to better define their needs, reduce costs and optimize essential city and citizen services. Watch Video

2nd PRIZE went to WeCare from ESILV Leonard de Vinci. With a view to providing better care to homeless populations, this digital platform centralizes all data concerning outreach initiatives and actions from all socially oriented actors (private and public) in order to maximize transparency, increase efficiency and thus, harmonize collaboration.
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3rd PRIZE was awarded to InnovAbeille from ECE Paris. Engaged in the urgent fight to protect endangered bee populations, this project’s connected beehive uses sensors and AI algorithms to provide accessible and relevant real-time data enabling beekeepers to provide optimal care for and protection to their colonies. In addition, as a veritable turnkey solution, InnovAbeille aims to render apiculture accessible to everyone and thus to facilitate the growth of beekeeping in urban areas.
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