More sustainable cities thanks to the winners of the IoT for Greener Cities Challenge
The new solutions based on using data and the Internet of Things will enable smarter energy consumption. This is why ENGIE supports the international IoT for Greener Cities Challenge. The innovations developed by the winners will undoubtedly improve our daily lives. So here they are.
Back in March 2017, the IoT for Greener Cities Challenge attracted 130 entries presenting new solutions developed by young entrepreneurs from pretty much all over the world. The common objective of the teams entering the challenge is to work towards greener, more sustainable cities, homes and buildings. The final, which showcased the 14 most promising ideas, took place at ENGIE in Brussels on 15 and 16 May.
On track with the energy transition
Organised by the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, the competition was supported by ENGIE, as well as by the British National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Climate-KIC and EnergyVille.
The support offered by ENGIE is totally in line with its desire to take part in the energy revolution and become a leader in the energy transition. “For the second time, along with our partners we are fully committed to supporting this Young Global Leaders initiative”, confirmed ENGIE CEO Isabelle Kocher. “At ENGIE, we believe in energy that is more decentralised, digitised and decarbonised. In this respect, the new proposed solutions, based on data use and the Internet of Things, will enable smarter energy consumption with, at stake, a positive impact on the environment.”
14 finalists, 4 prizes
In early April, the jury selected 14 finalists from among the 130 projects entered for the challenge. Over a six-week period they were assisted by experts and coaches to refine their projects and solve any technical or commercial challenges that arose, before presenting and submitting their ideas to the jury in mid-May.
The international jury, made up of specialists from European companies and public partners, including the European Union and the World Economic Forum, nominated four winners. “The jury was very amenable to projects aimed at consumers, designed to induce behavioural changes, not just a technical solution”, was how the challenge’s coordinators from the Innovation & Business Development Department at ENGIE Benelux summed up the judging. “It was very striking: these projects concern mobility and the consumption of water and energy, products where we can all individually make a difference.”
So who are the winners?
- BrighTap in the Households category: This small device measures how much water people use and also its quality. It can easily be fitted to any tap.
- Optifuse in the Buildings category: Their IoT solution can be fitted to electrical panels to measure, control and improve energy consumption.
- WeNow in the Mobility category: This digital eco-driving coach enables motorists to improve their energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.
- Luko, Jury Prize: Luko is a real-time power consumption analyser. It detects household appliances to protect and connect homes and make them more energy efficient.
Thanks to the IoT Greener Cities Challenge, the four winning teams will benefit from international visibility and coaching for six months to develop their project and prototypes.
Supporting the culture of innovation
“By actively participating in this type of event, ENGIE supports the culture of innovation, which is good for consumers and the world of tomorrow”, said ENGIE Benelux’s Innovation & Business Development Department. “Being attentive to and encouraging the development of ideas within the company does not mean we shouldn’t stay in touch with the outside world by tracking any interesting projects, particularly those launched by dynamic start-ups. It was very inspiring to be a part of the IoT for Greener Cities Challenge with our various partners and to unearth solutions for our cities, in line with COP 21. At ENGIE, we want to learn from others, whilst offering them visibility” – in order to innovate and promote a more responsible world.