Application Form – Competition Track 2

The application checklist:

Step 1: Review the 10-15 finalist project-ideas
Step 2: Select a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 project-ideas
Step 3: Compose a letter of motivation (one page maximum) that describes your comprehension of the selected project-ideas as well as the contributions you propose to make to those project-ideas in terms of its development during the competition. During the official selection jury in January, this document will constitute the most important element in the evaluation of each candidature.
Step 4: Complete the application form on this page by providing all the required information
Step 5: Agree to all competition conditions
Step 6: Upload your motivation letter and other required documents, and submit the application dossier

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    • You must select a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 project-ideas to submit your candidature. Please note that you need to submit only one motivation letter for all the projects you choose. Finally, be sure to indicate in your motivation letter which projects you have selected (e.g., Projects 2, 5, and 8)

      The finalist project-ideas of BL staff and clients will be posted on the 18th of October, 2021.
    • Project 1
    • THEME: Drive with peace of mind
      SECTOR: Environment; Social; Local democracy
      COUNTRY: France

      SUMMARY: With a view to reducing pollution in major cities, the French government has put in place low emission zones (ZFE). While this measure has been applauded by many, such zones necessarily exclude those who do not have the means to respect the relevant material requirements. It thus seems necessary to bring to these citizens the means to be able to drive cleanly by avoiding these zones of exclusion, by limiting the pollution and the additional costs induced by this measure by proposing them routes that bypass these zones.

      The idea would be thus to create a solution that would identify such zones, alert drivers when they approach them, indicate pollution levels, provide relevant information concerning entry requirements and, finally, propose alternate routes. The proof of concept could be an add-on solution to an existing app, or a stand-alone solution.

    • Project 3
    • THEME: Green Budgets!
      SECTOR: Citizen relations; Others; Environment
      COUNTRY: France

      SUMMARY: France is now the first nation in the world to implement an "environmental budgeting" approach, commonly called the "green budget".

      But what is a green budget? How can we manage a green budget? How to calculate and visualize the "greenness" of a budget?

      Local governments are in great need of digital tools and services to help them control the environmental footprint of their expenditures and revenues. This opens the door to the creation of digital tools dedicated to the analysis and visualization of environmental budgeting.

      A new generation of ecological financial management products to be invented!

    • Project 4
    • THEME: Civil Protection System for Natural Disasters
      SECTOR: Environment
      COUNTRY: Any country; international

      SUMMARY: The United Nations (UN) recently issued a new climate warning that natural disasters caused by global warming have increased fivefold over the course of the last few decades. During the period from 2000 to 2019, more than 7,000 major disasters occurred, claiming lives and affecting some 4.2 billion people, and accounting for $2.97 trillion in global economic losses. According to the same agency, the number of weather, climate and water extremes is increasing and will become more frequent and severe in many parts of the world as a result of climate change.
      However, thanks to improved early warning systems and claims management, the number of fatalities dropped almost threefold between 1970 and 2019, from 50,000 in the 1970s to less than 20,000 in the 2010s.

      This is where we can contribute: A digital tool for management in case of natural disasters, where knowledge in territorial information management, file management and public administration is combined.

      This tool should allow:
      1. To display all the information from various sources on the affected territories: urban centers (cadastre), population (census), land use, elevation map, flood zone maps, etc.
      2. Agile editing of elements: re-drawing of affected highways and roads, positioning of refugee camps, changes in the course of a river, etc.
      3. Geolocation of emergency services in real time: police vehicles, firefighters, ambulances, helicopters, etc.
      4. Quickly know assets and people affected within an area.
      5. Initiate the corresponding administrative procedures automatically.
      6. Centralized sharing of the measures taken by the competent administrations.
      7. Communication between users.

    • Project 5
    • THEME: Local crowdfunding platform for the community and the environment
      SECTOR: Environment
      Country: Any country; international

      SUMMARY: During the COVID lockdown period, platforms of collective financing (which enable individuals to participate in financing social and ecological companies/initiatives) knew a craze without precedent. In other words, the level of engagement in supporting ecological and social transition increased substantially.

      To differentiate itself from existing platforms, the idea is to propose a crowdfunding platform specialized in financing environmental and solidarity projects at the local level. Citizens will be able to propose and vote for green or solidarity projects to be implemented in their neighborhood. Once the project is chosen, they can decide to participate financially via a crowdfunding platform to allow its realization. One possibility would be to use blockchain technology to manage this platform.

    • Project 8
    • THEME: Green tools for digital companies
        SECTOR: Environment
         COUNTRY: France; international

      SUMMARY: The COVID pandemic is driving major changes by promoting digital tools and the adoption of dematerialization. But these changes are not without significant consequences for the environment.

      In terms of the global carbon footprint, digital tools currently represent 4% and are estimated to reach 8% in 2025. In France, the production and use of these digital objects are responsible for 81% of emissions in this sector. Concerning data centers, although less important, they nevertheless represent 14%. Finally, computer networks account for 5%. This is a significant figure that includes the production of equipment (routers, relay antennas, servers, etc.) as well as their electrical consumption. Companies such as Berger-Levrault therefore have a responsibility to find solutions to this growing problem.

      Here are 3 possible project-ideas for student teams to develop:
      1. The idea would thus be to create a solution that would enable companies in the digital sector to compare and thus, evaluate. This would include: choice of indicators, choice of existing tools, development of an evaluation benchmark, evaluation, and to put this evaluation against the known benchmark. 
      2. Another idea would be, in order to limit the storage of data in the cloud, to imagine a solution that analyzes the data, optimizes it, compresses it, archives it and deletes obsolete data (according to the lifespan of the documents for example).
      3. A final idea would be to be able to obtain a power consumption indicator linked to the application deployed on a given server. Once the indicator is obtained, it could be integrated into the development specifications to reduce this indicator, the goal being to make the applications less energy consuming.

    • Project 9
    • THEME: Mapping the carbon footprint of cities
      SECTOR: Environment 
      COUNTRY: Any country; international

      SUMMARY: The importance of the environmental policy of cities and its influence on climate change is indisputable. Urban areas have a fundamental role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in Europe as well as worldwide. Cities need appropriate tools to take stock of GHG emissions.

      The idea would be to create a solution that would compare the carbon footprint of a city and its quality of life to other cities (using a variety of criteria and indicators published on a real-time dashboard, for example) and communicate it to citizens.

    • Project 10
    • THEME: Environment / Waste management
      SECTOR: Environment
      COUNTRY: Any country; international

      SUMMARY: How to make waste collection more efficient at the neighborhood or community level.
      COVID has reinforced the need for dematerialization of local public services. This platform is part of this ambition.

      It will make it possible to no longer look for information by going to (and getting lost on) the site of the union of landfills or rubbish dumps that we do not know, or to keep the commune's newspaper on the living room table, or the Post-It note stuck on the fridge, etc.

      This new platform will give, for each street in each municipality, the precise organization of waste collection: days of collection by type of garbage bin; places for depositing glass / linen / compost (map + itinerary); contacts of services for bulky items; location and operating hours of waste collection centers and landfills; push notification system for reminders, alerts, etc. ("think about taking out the yellow garbage cans tonight" or "beware, tomorrow ferrous materials collection").

      The solution, through its simplicity and convenience, will improve good practices upstream and waste treatment downstream, and thus reduce our ecological footprint.

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