…is today. The place should be packed with business angels and innovation benefactors. It really should. Nearly 100 innovation projects are on show. Students, companies, professors have been busy for weeks or months getting from a rough idea or a loose specification to a mock up, demonstrator, beta version or proof of concept. As I write, 39 judges divided into 10 panels are interviewing and assessing the ideas. At 415 pm this afternoon the winners will be announced. Lots of prizes. But also an opportunity for the winning projects to have 3 more weeks of coaching and do a final pitch on July 13th…and win more prizes.
Here are some snaps from the morning so far with a few projects that caught my eye. First the setting up phase near library.
Then by the coffee bar this team caught my attention. They have designed and manufactured a protototype of a self generating buoy. As it floats and moves about in the waves, a clever system generates electricity. They designed it all with Catia software and then manufactured the parts. « our inspiration came from clockwork mechanisms ». here’s a 3D printed cog with an bearing inside.
Their incredible powerpoint presentation is science museum standard (I worked in one for 3 years!) and will get a special post in the next few days. Here’s the team:
Heading back was this cross disciplinary team which has designed smart clothes. But I haven’t talked to them yet. Will do so later!
Next some second year students who have managed to design a traffic simulation system in which you can simulate toll points on motorways, crossroads, drag and drop cars, lorries, traffic lights, roadworks; vary parameters such as speed and density of traffic. It allows you to see how traffic jams build up and dissolve. Some of this team did a fantastic dramatised presentation on our intercultural exploration course in January…now here they are as budding traffic flow engineers. Fantastic!
Just opposite, a team of 4 third year students that worked on a car project for senior drivers with a leading French car component supplier and Andres (he did MoTIS in 2015), from the D School across the road. You can see the good design thinking principles (ideation, etc.) on their poster.
Here’s the team
You can see the mock up of the dasboard. The elderly driver’s perception of the surrounding traffic is heightened as she or he sees behind via the control panel.
« The D School team had had that idea. We added the concept of leds around the windscreen that go from green to red to alert the driver of oncoming traffic on port or starboard ».
And just down the hall was another team with a control concept that drivers could probably use in this project! Their original idea was to use a sensor packed baseball cap so that your head movements could control an electric wheelchair. here’s the cap:
« But we realised it could also be useful for anything where both your hands are occupied…like driving, sailing, painting,…whatever! » This team (here they are with an ESIEE alumni)
wants to work another month to improve the beta version, which the poster sums up nicely.
That’s it for the time being. Now I go back for another look.