Edition 5: The COVID competition | 2020-2021

Welcoming 5 new partner-schools in France and 1 new partner-school from Morocco, student-teams compete to develop tech solutions that will help reboot society and overcome the crisis. A new, parallel competition is launched engaging staff and clients. 

The Champions

Competition Track 1

1st PRIZE: Benevid | SIMPLON Occcitanie

Logo of BeneVID, the winner of the City'ZEN Challenge Edition 5

The idea is to create a mobile application to help people suffering from isolation (for example, due to COVID) by facilitating their daily life. It will connect them with volunteers in their neighbourhood who will provide them various services such as: purchase/delivery of groceries, food and other essential supplies, handiwork services and/or household chores, administrative tasks, etc.

Promotional video of the project "Benevid".
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2nd PRIZE: Donate Life | ISMO, Morocco

Logo of Donate Life, the winner of the City'ZEN Challenge Edition 5

The strict and restrictive measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic caused a severe lack in the country’s blood banks. This situation has become dramatic for blood cancer and haemophilia patients. Our idea is to create a mobile application that will facilitate the blood donation process by linking blood donation centres to donors, which will help to maintain a stable and sufficient blood stock and therefore save lives.

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3rd PRIZE: VegeGreen | ESILV Paris

Logo of VegeGreen, the winner of the City'ZEN Challenge Edition 5

VegeGreen is an application of exchange of products between individuals of the same neighbourhood which allows each one to produce locally what he or she wishes and in the interest of a whole community. The goal is simple: to use this application to allow a connection between the actors producing on a local scale (small producers, farms, people owning a vegetable garden…) and the potential buyers of these products (private individuals). The interest is to encourage local supply chains, meetings and mutual help. Owners of gardens can leave free access to them so that others can come and maintain them and cultivate their products.

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Competition Track 2

1st PRIZE (employee-initiated projects): Take a Seat | EPITECH Toulouse

Logo of Take a Seat, the winner of the City'ZEN Challenge Edition 5

The COVID pandemic has generated one of the most important transformations in history in terms of the way we work (working from home, hybrid working…). Take a Seat is a digital platform that will, on one hand, allow public institutions to offer their unused or under-used workspaces for the public interest and, on the other hand, enable those in need to search, identify and book workspaces easily.

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1st PRIZE (client-initiated projects): Click & Treat | ECE Lyon

Logo of Click & Treat, the winner of the City'ZEN Challenge Edition 5

With the Click & Treat mobile application, doctors can fill, renew and modify prescriptions for their patients in facilities which care for the elderly (retirement homes, etc.). The app displays new prescriptions in PDF format and the doctor validates it with a single click.

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The non-laureates

Competition Track 1

DPO Health Care (Doctor Pharmacy Online) | ISMO Tetouan

Our solution will allow doctors to write prescriptions and send them to all pharmacies using the mobile application. After confirmation, the patient will receive a list of the pharmacies that have the medication he or she needs. Using a specific identification number, the patient will either go to the pharmacy or place an order online. In addition, databases of patients will be added to this application as all their medical information will be stored. This will considerably reduce medical errors and also save patients time and money as they will not have to repeat, for example, medical tests they have already done.

Medic’App | EPITECH Barcelona

Medic’App is an application designed to help elderly persons organise their medication intake, and to provide them the location of the nearest pharmacies and emergency services. The application will include an “alarm” system in which the user configures the name of the medication and the frequency of intake that will appear through a phone notification. Other features considered include an appointment calendar, an SOS button to call an emergency contact and reminders to purchase a new medicine when it is out of stock.

GO2R | ESILV Paris

To create a free mobile application to learn about the carbon footprint of food and textile consumer products. The carbon footprint will be calculated on the basis of several recognized environmental factors. In addition, the application will offer alternative products (in terms of price and quality) that have a lower carbon footprint.


The objective is to simplify access to identity papers thanks to a mobile application, while guaranteeing the security and confidentiality of personal data. The dematerialization of documents, allows to avoid oversight and long administrative procedures in case of theft or loss. The application is highly secured thanks to double encryption technology.

Claydd | ECE Paris

How can we make people aware of the need for better and more effective handwashing? Our solution is to create a user experience for establishments receiving the public. It will be an interactive educational display consisting of a screen, a dispenser and a compartment. The screen will display a video showing the most optimal way to wash hands. The dispenser, highlighted on the display, will offer users a disinfectant solution. This solution is a combination of hydro-alcoholic solution and fluorescent solution/powder. Users can use it to wash their hands, following the video or not, as they wish. They can then test the overall distribution of the product on their hands. To do this, they will simply place their hands in a black compartment. The fluorescent solution, which is charged with energy by exposure to light, will illuminate in the dark. Thanks to a camera, the user will be able to see the result. In addition, artificial intelligence can be used to calculate the percentage of surfaces covered during hand washing and compare this result with those of other users. The terminal will indicate that the experiment data is collected for this purpose.

Competition Track 2

SmartWasteFlow | UniLaSalle

As part of the dematerialization of local public services, our smart platform makes waste collection more efficient for both citizens and cities. Our solution, through its simplicity and convenience, will improve good practices upstream and waste treatment downstream, and thus reduce our ecological footprint. 

CaRouleCool! | ECE Lyon

Medical-social establishments have complex and diverse needs in terms of personnel (doctors, nurses, educators, nursing assistants, ASH…), 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. The objective of our solution is to optimize the scheduling process for such institutions via an intelligent platform that takes into account all the various needs, wishes and constraints of the employees as much as possible.  

How to apply

You have your own project-idea.

In Track 1, student-teams propose and develop their own project-ideas.

The call for project-ideas for Track 1 is from 18 October to 29 November 2021.

You don’t have your own project-idea.

In Track 2, student-teams develop the project-ideas proposed by staff and clients of Berger-Levrault.

The call for applications for Track 2 is from 18 October to 29 November 2021.