In a ceremony organized at the Usine IO on December 19 in Paris, Air Liquide, through its Innovation Lab – i-Lab – , and Total awarded prizes to students from engineering, IT and electronic, design and arts schools who participated in the “Boost my Op” innovation competition to imagine the operator of the future.
The jury was chaired by designer Pierre Garner and made up of experts including, for Air Liquide, François Darchis, member of Air Liquide’s Executive Committee supervising Innovation, Olivier Delabroy, VP Digital Transformation, Frédéric Despréaux, VP WBL Large Industries, and Nicolas Poirot, VP Cluster South-West Europe, and for Total, Stéphane Michel, Director E&P Middle East, Gilles Cochevelou, Chief Digital Officer, Frédéric Gimenez, Directeur IS and Eric Duchesne, Director Group Technologies. It awarded three winners:
- Gold: Ecole de Condé (Design and Graphic Arts), for a connected sleeve
- Silver: ESSEC Business School, for a safety guidance system on sites
- Bronze: Sup’ Biotech for 2 projects: blue-light glasses to combat somnolence and a app recognizing industrial machine noise.
The members of the jury emphasized the professionalism of the students, all of whom presented original and differentiating ideas. The winning team of students from Ecole de Condé will attend CES 2017, the world trade fair for digital innovation.
Almost 350 students in France working in 140 teams took part in Boost my op’ to take on the challenge of designing technologies and services that would enhance operator security, simplify management of maintenance and inspection operations, improve organization of everyday tasks or facilitate interactions with the industrial environment on production sites.
The ten teams in the finals visited one of the production units of the two companies to formalize their idea and were able to produce a prototype at the Usine IO. They also got support from Air Liquide and Total experts, to enable them to transform their ideas into specific projects via the development of “Proof of Concept.“
The proposals chosen could notably leverage new usages and technological tools to design and develop the “plant of the future”. This competition is an illustration of the open innovation approach practiced by Air Liquide.