Innovative student projects for Wallonia rewarded
On 15 December 2016, the Smart City Institute organised its end-of-year ceremony at HEC Liège: an opportunity to reward 15 students from HEC Liège for their projects "Smart Cup Service", "Cleanstream Project" and "Sharezinnes".
The final jury, composed of the Smart City Institute partners, finally rewarded 3 projects:
- The Walloon Region awarded its prize to the Sharezinnes project, a service application for the Salzinnes district in Namur based on 5 pillars (mobility, entertainment, mutual aid, knowledge and public service). This application would both improve the sense of community and at the same time collect useful data for the city.
- The Proximus company, for its part, decided to reward the Cleanstream Project, which also tackled the problems of cleanliness, but in the Charleroi Sud area. The team proposed a system of rewards (in the form of vouchers to be used in the area) to people who would recycle their used plastic bottles and cans via a strategically located machine.
- The third prize, awarded by the Schréder company, went to the Smart Cup Service project, a complete solution around a reusable glass service set up on the Spa Francorchamps circuit. The aim of this project is to respond to the problems of cleanliness that certain events can cause.
These projects are the outcome of a university seminar lasting several weeks entitled "Strategy and Sustainability", organised by the Smart City Institute and intended for students of the 2nd year Master's degree at HEC Liège. Students are invited to work on a case study on "smart public spaces". New this year, the seminar offers students the opportunity to work not only on the City of Liège, but also on other Walloon territories: Spa Francorchamps, Charleroi, Namur, Mons, Tournai and Bastogne. Objective: to propose an innovative project (in the form of a start-up or a response to a government call for tenders) contributing to the "Smart City, Smart Region" dynamic with a view to improving the quality of life in the selected territory.