On 30 June, the winners of the EDF Pulse Awards 2016 were announced during a ceremony co-hosted by the Pepper robot, organised as part of VivaTechnology, an international innovation exhibition where 5,000 start-ups appeared.
Jean-Bernard Lévy, President of the EDF Group, began the awards ceremony by restating the importance of the EDF Pulse programme for the entire Group and its employees: “EDF Pulse demonstrates our long-term commitment to being a key player in progress for the good of society, for all. We are proud to support innovation as part of the digital and energy transitions.”
Applications were submitted for 300 European projects last December in three categories: e-health, connected homes, and low-carbon cities.
Fourteen projects were selected to pitch before the panel of experts.
Only six finalists were chosen and put to a public vote to select the three start-ups of the year.
In the e-health category, the winner of the EDF Pulse Awards is Biomodex is an innovation that allows surgeons to practice before operating. The training of surgeons raises questions of both ethics and patient safety. Instead of training on real-life patients with the risk of possible mistakes, Biomodex has developed simulation models that reproduce the biomechanical properties of the human body, particularly its main organs. The 3D-printed models imitate the anatomy of the human body extremely closely.
EDF Pulse is a great adventure. Thanks to EDF. Thanks to my team! "
Thomas Marchand, co-founder of Biomodex
In the Smart Living category, the winner of the EDF Pulse Awards is EcoIsme regulates energy use in the home. The innovation gives its users the ability to save energy in their homes – and thus across the entire energy distribution grid – by preventing devices that are on standby or are switched on but not being used from consuming energy. EcoIsme uses sockets to identify the kind of device and whether or not it is being used, and then informs users accordingly.
I'd like to thank EDF for giving us the chance to continue making the world a better place. "
Yvan Pasichnyk, CEO of EcoIsme
In the low-carbon cities category, the winner of the EDF Pulse Awards is KARA, a smart public lighting system that detects a person’s presence from 35 metres, determines their mass and route, and adapts the lighting based on this. Pedestrians, cyclists and cars don’t need the same lighting on public roads at night. City roads will no longer be lit up like daytime or plunged into darkness with this system, which is located directly in the street light.
Thank you for this opportunity and you’ll see our product soon in the streets of your cities! "
Yvan Le Hénaff, Chairman and CEO of Kawantech
The awards ceremony ended with Jean-Bernard Lévy thanking the 150,000 people that voted in the third awards, and the 12,000 people who followed the evening’s events on Periscope and Facebook live. So thank you too!
The three winners will now receive support from the EDF Pulse teams, in the form of financial support (€100,000 for each of the three start-ups), as well as technical and communications support.