On Friday 6 March, innovation players came out in droves for the 6th annual edition of the Hacking de l’Hôtel de Ville : 4,000 business meetings during the largest meetup in France, a collaborative workshop on new recruitment challenges, 5 round tables, 24 demos of game-changing innovations …. Startups, corporates, investors, experts and City of Paris officials once again seized the opportunity to build new and lasting business partnerships.
Urban Lab, the urban experimentation laboratory of Paris&Co, unveils the 15 winners of its latest call for candidates to participate in the Urban Innovation District.
To meet the challenges of the Paris of tomorrow, Urban Lab and fourteen other partners (the City of Paris, Ademe, ATC France, Bouygues Construction, Citéo, Eau de Paris, Evesa, Icade, Keolis, Orange, RATP, SEMAPA, Sogaris, Syctom) will test fifteen prototypes in the Paris-Rive-Gauche Urban Innovation District. The winners will roll out their solutions to address three themes: mobility, modular urban spaces and the circular economy/resources.
“TwinswHeel”, by TwinswHeel and Franprix: the first delivery droids in Paris
Make proximity shopping easier – that’s the solution Franprix and TwinswHeel want to offer. Droids help household shoppers, particularly the elderly, transport their purchases across Paris by following them home (the droid pairs up with the person via smartphone) or through autonomous delivery.
“CityProgress”, by Cityprogress
This logistics solution reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the city center, improves safety conditions for delivery personnel and passersby, and reduces delivery time, thanks to pollution-free light vehicles that detach from heavyweight delivery trucks.
“Hestia” by Monoprix
Monoprix is testing several new innovations to improve customer service, both in shops and online. The solutions being tested in the 13th district are inspired by the best global practices; they seek to greatly reduce delivery-related nuisances and boost eco-friendly delivery by foot, to better integrate urban environments.
"Light serving mobility" by Citelum
This solution uses lighting infrastructures to recharge vehicles and optimize parking. It’s a new service equipped with an electric plug in the lighting pole and a sensor in the light fixture, to easily interface with other municipal services. In the mid-term, the system will also offer new uses to facilitate urban mobility.
"City Charge" by Bouygues Energies & Services
This recharge solution for the city of tomorrow is designed for quick deployment and fosters re-utilization of existing infrastructures. It’s adapted to citizen needs through slow recharge, often overnight. It also offers other advantages: no civil engineering, no footprint and a charging station that blends seamlessly into the urban landscape.
“Virtuoz” by Feelobject
Virtuoz is a tactile, interactive map that lets the blind and visually impaired move about with full autonomy, in buildings and their immediate surroundings. The user experience will be tested on a neighborhood-wide scale in the urban innovation zone of the 13th district.
“Velo-Cargo Generation” by B-Moville and FM Logistic
To boost widespread use of cargo bikes, they must first be adapted to market needs, increasing carrying capacity and power while respecting speed limit regulations. With the cooperation of several global manufacturers, experimentation will help define the equipment needed for cargo bikes to adapt perfectly to urban environments.
CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND LOCAL RESOURCES
“Cycle Up” by Cycle-Up
Using a circular approach, Cycle Up is an ambitious platform that aims to set up proactive re-use of construction materials on a neighborhood scale. It will group together different types of buildings, combining public and private players to maximize economic, environmental (CO2 and waste), and social reintegration benefits.
“Parisette” by Ecosec
These autonomous toilets use no water or sawdust; they are odor-free, built of natural materials and cleaned by personnel on bikes. They put humans back at the heart of the organic materials life cycle, by generating value add out of the nitrogen and phosphate found in urine and transforming them into fertilizer for urban agriculture.
“Heywaste” by Heyliot
An IoT solution for managing waste flows to provide proximity points of collect for citizens, facilitating their use and avoiding waste overflow. Compliant with the new environmental waste management regulations, the platform and its low-energy laser sensors adapt to different sizes of containers and offer information systems and teams to improve waste sorting and recycling.
“Vépluche”: Coming full circle, from biowaste to vegetables
The company specializes in collecting biowaste via electric cargo bikes, recycling waste through methanization, and selling local fruits and vegetables fertilized by food waste from restaurants. It aims to prove its services are both relevant and profitable for the entire chain.
MODULAR URBAN SPACES
“HighFive” by Quentin Vaulot
HighFive is an anti-ram raid safety barrier for public spaces. Its primary vocation is to protect citizens from terrorist attacks, using aesthetic, anxiety-free designs. The barriers are made of several units that can be arranged in variable configurations; they shape a singular urban landscape while offering modular functions (vegetation planters, benches, etc.).
“Paris2Connect” by ATC France, Audiospot, Aximum, Nokia, Parking Map, RATP, Signify (ex-Philips).
The challenge is to demonstrate how mutualized urban infrastructures using street furniture (streetlamps, traffic lights …) can meet the exponential connectivity needs of smart cities and autonomous mobility, as we gear up for the arrival of 5G.
“OurHub” puts games back in the heart of the City
Created in Copenhagen where it is currently being tested, OurHub facilitates outdoor sports by making equipment and accessories (ping pong balls, basketballs, etc) available in self-service boxes near playing fields. OurHub also offers a digital application that connects individuals who want to enjoy sports and have fun together.
“Urban Canopee” by Canopee Structures
Urban Canopee is a solution that combats the impact of climate change through urban vegetation. Islands of natural freshness, these depolluting canopies are a source of biodiversity. The autonomous, vegetated street canopies contain solar panels and an intelligent, connected irrigation system to make our cities greener and more resilient.