The Sopra Steria-Institut de France Foundation launches the 15th edition of the Student Award

Paris, 4 October 2017 

Applications for the 2018 Sopra Steria-Institut de France Student Award already off to a great start! For 15 years, this challenge has put innovation and solidarity on the same page by recognising two projects that use digital technology for the good of humankind and the environment. With this contest, the Sopra Steria-Institut de France Foundation provides resources to engineering, business and other university students in order to realise value-creating projects that serve vulnerable communities. They will have until 9 January 2018 to apply.

The Sopra Steria-Institut de France Foundation Student Award

Created in 2004, the Student Award provides support and financial backing to two projects developed by students who use digital technology for the good of humankind or the environment. On the front lines are marginalised communities, which these projects help to reintegrate socially and professionally. Similarly, those offering digital solutions for resource conservation are also eligible to apply.
With the Student Award, we want to make students aware of the role they can play in society, while at the same time letting them benefit from the experience of professionals who will help them to implement a project under real-world conditions and bring it to life”, says Laurent Giovachini, CEO of the Sopra Steria-Institut de France Foundation and Deputy CEO of Sopra Steria.

To participate:

Starting 2 October 2017, teams of 3-6 students must pre-register on the site and provide the name of the professor referring them and a description of their project. To participate in the Student Award 2018, they will have until 9 January 2018 to submit their application.
After a pre-qualification phase for applications received, select student teams will present their projects before the Grand Jury in March 2018. Following the presentations, two projects will be honoured and will receive a grant:

  • The “Grand Prix” is worth €10,000
  • The “Prix Coup de coeur” (“stole our heart” prize) is worth €5,000

A Sopra Steria employee will be assigned to both winning teams as a sponsor to help them manage their projects.

Winners of the 2017 Student Award:

The Poly S.E.N.S. Project from ENSEA, Grand Prix winner

The Poly S.E.N.S. Project team from ENSEA, 2017 Grand Prix winnerPoly S.E.N.S is an innovative concept that works with people with multiple or severe disabilities. Through this project, the students want to update a usable interface that will help these people act and react by exploring their own senses. The students are collaborating with the Cergy MAS (specialised care home) and the Zigzag association to offer the tools adapted for people with multiple disabilities. These tools give them agency to create sounds and images to foster their own creativity.
« C’est une joie de pouvoir développer une solution innovante et utile pour l'humain. Le Prix Étudiants est un moteur de créativité et nous avons eu un réel soutien de la Fondation Sopra Steria-Institut de France, notamment sur les aspects techniques, ce qui nous a permis de mener à bien notre projet », indique Raphaël, du projet Poly S.E.N.S. de l’ENSEA.

Le projet Listen and Warn de Telecom ParisTech, lauréat du Prix Coup de cœur.

The Listen and Warn project team from Telecom ParisTech, 2017 Prix Coup de Coeur winnerCette initiative propose un dispositif autour d’une montre connectée, pour permettre à des personnes sourdes ou malentendantes de disposer d’un moyen alternatif aux appareils auditifs actuels. L’objectif du prototype est de détecter des mots et des sons clés dans l’environnement proche pour alerter les utilisateurs, ce qui leur permet de mieux interagir. Le dispositif est complété par des micros et une carte électronique, qui sert d’intelligence au système. 
L’équipe du projet Listen and Warn de Telecom ParisTech, lauréat du Prix Coup de cœur 2017  © Fondation Sopra Steria-Institut de France
« Le Prix Étudiants a été un véritable tremplin pour le développement de notre projet. Grâce à la Fondation Sopra Steria-Institut de France et l’accompagnement de nos deux parrains, nous espérons arriver à la fin de l’année à un prototype viable », explique Kim, du projet Listen and Warn de Telecom ParisTech.

Pour en savoir plus sur le Prix Étudiants : www.fondationsoprasteria.org/prix-etudiants