In April, in the context of its involvement in the Viva Technology event held in Paris Porte de Versailles exhibition centre from 15 to 17 June, Bouygues launched an open challenge for start-ups on the theme of new ways of improving community consultation and participation ahead of major urban projects. The Group’s aim in doing so is to discover new ways of taking into account what the future inhabitants of an eco-neighbourhood and local residents expect in terms of infrastructure, transport, housing and services in order to make urban life not only sustainable and desirable but also more human, more civic-minded and more vibrant.
The Bouygues challenge has already been a great success, attracting dozens of entries from start-ups with a wide variety of ideas, spearheading a new generation of entrepreneurs in civic tech, which is the use of new technologies to serve participatory democracy.
The plenary pitch session will take place at 3.30pm on Thursday, 15 June, when each of the ten finalists will have an opportunity to convince the jury and the audience that its solution or proposal will help the Group to better address the issues of community consultation and participation in green urban development. Prizes will be awarded to three of the ten finalists and the winner will be invited to team up with the Group in order to capitalise on its expertise, its creativity and its enthusiasm.