On Tuesday December 4th 2018, at the Awards Evening organized in Paris by the France China Committee, the 5th Annual Franco-Chinese Teams Innovation Awards, honored Optiva Darna, the Franco-Chinese company Gold Truffle Engineering and Systematic Paris Region for their ultra-innovative project for future territory in Hangzhou:
Among the 9 projects of excellence that reached the final, the Franco-Chinese jury, chaired by the CNRS, chose to honor the “innovative initiative” of French Dream Town® – French City Brain®, which brings together the know-how of some twenty French companies – many of them from the Systematic Paris Region – and state-of-the-art Chinese technology.
Les Deep tech at the heart of the territories of tomorrow
Headed by its founder, Fadwa Sube, named Honorary Mayor of Dream Town in Hangzhou, this project for the city of the future draws on the creativity of the French City Brain ® platform, a “Territorial Transition Tool” that collects, analyzes and optimizes data for the production and storage of new energies in real time, integrating a full range of energy and environmental sensors and secure high-speed wireless networks. Through an infrastructure of connected hardware, secure cloud and artificial intelligence, this platform will enable French Dream Town® to integrate environmental innovation techniques across all levels, city-wide.
Fadwa Sube says, “Innovation and Deep Tech are the very DNA of our initiative. The challenges related to the transition and the transformation of territories and ecosystems, are at the heart of our approach, but we also have a conviction: cultural or artistic exchange, new consumer behavior patterns and the “art of living” remain powerful catalysts in the realm of international cooperation. The diffusion of innovation of all kinds and the digitalization of the art of living and of the retail experience are crucial issues all over the world, with implications well beyond our project. As such, our initiative allows us to create new experiences for the “Art of Living, French Style”, not to mention the educational dimension, as a way of introducing the Chinese public to the “art of living” concept.
A unifying ambition
This ambitious bi-cultural project is part of a specific cooperative and entrepreneurial approach, bringing together:
8 companies from the Systematic-Paris Region Group, 3 companies from the French Dream Town Innovative Accelerator, companies from the Technopole de l’Aube, 4 innovative companies from the Yuhang District of Hangzhou, including HiThink RoyalFlush, an important AI player, as well as highly talented innovators such as 3 Michelin-starred chef, Guy Martin, or Anouk Legendre from the XTU architecture agency.
The strength and originality of this innovation has also convinced the Administration Committee of Zhejiang Hangzhou Future Science and Technology City (Zhejiang Overseas HighLevel Talents Innovation Park), a major partner for French Dream Town®. Companies, laboratories and innovative start-ups participating in the project include: Gold Truffle Engineering, DS INVEST, Dotvision, INERIS, TPFI, Evolution Energie, Nexeya, Atmotrack, Clem, Levysis, Evergaz, XtreeE, XTU, Okénite, Futuris et HIThink Royal Flush.
Significant institutional support
The Franco-Chinese Teams Innovation Awards have been organized by the France China Committee since 2014 with the goal of enhancing Franco-Chinese cooperation and prioritizing “innovative projects of excellence” as responses to new global challenges. This event is supported by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Higher Education of Research and Innovation and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in France.
The event is also supported by two Ambassadors who are particularly invested in the issues of the Franco-Chinese relationship, innovation and science: Mr. Jean-Pierre RAFFARIN, former Prime Minister, Member of Parliament, President of the Fondation Prospective et Innovation and Mr. Cédric VILLANI, mathematician and politician, winner of the 2010 Fields Medal, Member of Parliament for the 5th constituency of Essonne and President of OPECST (Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Planning).
From requirement to excellence
Chaired by the CNRS, the jury awards the best initiatives based on “the involvement of the Franco-Chinese team in the innovation process, the innovative nature of the project, its economic viability and the usefulness of the project in industrial, economic, environmental and societal terms”. Criteria that French Dream Town© and French City Brain© have undoubtedly met since the captivating launch of this major project.