Total and Air Liquide launch the “Boost my Op’” student contest to think the operator of the future up

Air Liquide, through its i-Lab (Innovation Lab), and Total launch an innovation contest open to students in France to think the operator of the future up.

Both Groups challenge candidates to design technologies and/or services, which could provide increased safety to the operator, and streamline his/her maintenance or inspection operation management, his/her daily tasks organization, as well as interactions with his/her industrial environment at production sites.

An Air Liquide/Total jury will select ten finalist teams and invite them to visit one of the Groups’ production unit to make their idea concrete and prototype it at the Usine IO, a prototyping workshop based in Paris. The teams will also benefit from the support of Air Liquide and Total experts. The aim is to turn their ideas into actual projects by developing proofs of concept. The winning team of the contest will have the opportunity to attend the Consumer Electronics Show, a reference world show for consumer electronics, held in Las Vegas in January 2017.

To take part in the contest, students from universities, engineering schools, or industrial maintenance, computer science, design, fashion, business schools, have to register on to be kept informed of the call for idea platform opening in September 2016.

An initiative of both Total and Air Liquide, this contest aims to identify new ideas in order to enhance and make the work of production site operators easier. In particular selected proposals may leverage new usages and technological tools to design and develop “the plant of the future”. This contest is in line with the open innovation approach of both Groups. “Connect”, Air Liquide’s plant of the future project, was certified “technological showcase” by the Industry of the Future Alliance (Alliance Industrie du Futur), an organization that gathers Industry and Digital Technology professional organizations in France.

Visit the Boost my Op’ Challenge platform at

About Total
Total is a global integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, and the world’s second-ranked solar energy operator with SunPower. Our 96,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and accessible to as many people as possible. As a responsible corporate citizen, we focus on ensuring that our operations in more than 130 countries worldwide consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. / @Total

Air Liquide
The world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 68,000 employees and serves more than 3 million customers and patients.* Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902. Air Liquide’s ambition is to be the leader in its industry, delivering long-term performance and acting responsibly. Air Liquide ideas create value over the long term. At the core of the company’s development are the commitment and constant inventiveness of its people. Air Liquide anticipates the challenges of its markets, invests locally and globally, and delivers high-quality solutions to its customers and patients, and the scientific community. The company relies on competitiveness in its operations, targeted investments in growing markets and innovation to deliver profitable growth over the long-term. Air Liquide’s revenues amounted to €16.4 billion in 2015, and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. On 23 May 2016, Air Liquide completed its acquisition of Airgas, which had revenues amounting to $5.3 billion (around €4.8 billion) for the fiscal year ending 31 March 2016. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.
*Following the acquisition of Airgas on 23 May 2016 – @AirLiquideGroup

i-Lab Air Liquide
The i-Lab is Air Liquide’s laboratory for new ideas. Both a Think Tank and a venue for experimentation, its mission is to help accelerate the pace of innovation and explore new markets. @iLabAirLiquide