A study trip for the finalists
To take part, the employees had to present their project their manager who, after approval, referred them to his or her superiors. 24 finalist teams, 4 per category, comprised of a maximum of 4 employees each, were chosen by the selection committees made up of company managers. 3 final juries made up of members of EDF’s executive board will choose the winner in each category.
For this 4th event, the EDF Pulse internal awards will be focusing on renewal, seeking to be closer and more collaborative, with the emphasis on compatibility with the Cap 2030 Group strategy. Efforts also being made to make it easier for staff to vote. As a result, the staff themselves will play the role of jury members until 6 October and will be able to vote for their favourite project on the company’s social network site. The two contestants receiving the most votes will receive a Staff Choice Award. In the opinion of Olivier Menu, who was awarded the prize in 2016 for “Eco-glasshouse: valuable waste”, a solution which supplies horticultural glasshouses thanks to energy generated by waste, recognition by co-workers is “particularly meaningful. I was very proud to have received this award”.
At the end of the year, all prize winners will be invited to take part in a study trip to innovative cities. In 2016, the learning expedition took them to New York. The participants had an opportunity to discover the city’s vibrant creative scene, with a number of visits and interviews. The 3-day programme included meetings with representatives from LinkedIn, with Gaurav Manchada, founder and CEO of One Degree Solar, dinner with French entrepreneurs living in the United States, a visit to the offices of Twitter, of Enertiv, a start-up proposing smart building management solutions, or of New York University’s Urban Future Lab. All of these visits and meetings proved a great source of inspiration and creativity. “I was very lucky to have been able to take part in this trip. Who couldn’t feel fortunate to be able to visit Twitter and LinkedIn, and to talk to their managers?” explains Didier Colin, who scooped the award thanks to “Venteea is preparing the grid of tomorrow”, a solution to improve grid efficiency and better integrate the production of wind power.
We’ll know the identity of the prize winners for 2017 on 12 October. Feel free to follow @EDFPulse for live coverage!