Narbonne: the agglomeration in search of talent to boost its economy

Narbonne: the agglomeration in search of talent to boost its economy
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A hundred participants (project leaders, students and coaches) gathered this weekend at IN’ESS for a first hackathon dedicated to innovation.

A weekend to present the best innovation. This was the challenge launched by Greater Narbonne to fourteen project leaders during the first edition of the National Engineering Challenge organized at IN’ESS. For two days, on March 26 and 27, these imaginative and committed students, mostly from Montpellier, were accompanied by 53 engineering students from the Institut Mines Télécom (IMT) in Alès, in the Gard, and coaches of the territory (accompanying nurseries, technicians of the agglo, contractors, experts), to build and defend their project.

“The engineering students went to the projects that attracted them, explains Cyril Oliver, project manager in economic development at the agglo. The choice was made by affinity, it is the particularity of this challenge, which makes it more motivating”. Divided into 14 teams, there are therefore a hundred participants who have worked all weekend on very different projects to respond to the theme: “Feeding and protecting our planet”.

“These students give us hope for a better world”

Solar energy cooperative, low water consumption shower, student carpooling network, agro-food production in hostile environments and in space, creation of K-Way using recycled materials, etc. “We traveled to Niger, Guadeloupe, Drôme… says Yves Zambrano, director of the economic attractiveness and social innovation center of Grand Narbonne. These students are very creative and show an incredible ability to adapt and they make us hope for a better world, what more could you ask for, it’s great!”.

During this intense hackathon, project leaders were able to discuss, compare their ideas and work on the three essential phases in the development of their project: desirability, feasibility and sustainability. Before the last stage on Sunday afternoon: the presentation of the projects in front of the members of the jury. Composed of representatives of the CCI of Aude, the Junior Economic Chamber, FACE Aude, the PFT Aude-PO, Ad’Oc, Grand Narbonne and the Ecole des Mines, the latter had the difficult task of selecting two winners and a crush. The key for these three winners: free accommodation in the incubator and support from IMT.

“It was very difficult to make a choice”

“The projects selected are very beautiful projects. It was very difficult to make a choice, eight were really interesting, emphasizes Jean-Michel Alvarez, vice-president of Greater Narbonne, in charge of the economy and economic recovery, innovation, the attractiveness of higher education and training. This first edition is a total satisfaction. As there is no engineering school in Grand Narbonne, our children leave to study elsewhere. Our goal is to bring them back so that they can start here. We are working for the future: the objective of this challenge is to bring economic activity, to have ambitious projects on the territory”.

Two winners and a favorite prize

A solution to facilitate aircraft landing

1East The prize for this challenge was awarded to Antonin Arnaud, student in the Faculty of Sciences in Montpellier. This young man, passionate and fascinating, who has his pilot’s license, is developing an electronic solution to facilitate the landing of aircraft in addition to existing solutions, particularly for light aviation and small aerodromes. His team of three engineering students provided him with essential information on the technology to be used, and the priority customer target. We can not say more, because a patent will be filed to protect his idea.

A very low consumption shower

The second Prize goes to Florian Bernard, 31, from Bourges. After working for 8 years in aeronautics in Toulouse, Florian resumed studies in renewable energies at the IUT Montpellier-Sète. His project: to develop a water-saving shower, or how to go from 60 liters per shower to 2 to 5 liters with a misting system. “I participated in this challenge with the aim of having technical assistance and an external perspectiveexplains Florian. The result goes beyond my expectations. Thanks to my team of five engineering students, I saved a lot of time. I was able to refine my project, get out of certain impasses. This reinforced my idea, both in terms of the desirability of the project and its feasibility. So everything is positive!” A patent will also be filed to protect his idea.

Access to sport for people with disabilities

The favorite of the jury and the public was awarded to the RARE project (Rêve Agit Réalise Expérimente). Théo Brosse and Léna Leenhart, STAPS students in Montpellier (sports faculty) are developing holiday offers for people with disabilities. Tailor-made offers to allow active holidays to those who are too often deprived of it.

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