From October 14th to 16th , the Congress Center in Le Touquet (Pas de Calais, France) hosted the 2nd edition of the "Weekend Innovation Tourism", a hackathon organized by the CCI (Chamber of Commerce and Industry) of the Opal Coast, in which two teams of students or former students of the EPF MSc "Creation, Innovation & Entrepreneurship" (ICE) took part.
The objective of this innovative challenge: to create entrepreneurship projects and some propositions of mobile apps in the "e-tourism" sector.
Two competitions on the theme of tourism were held during this weekend: WE Start'Up - Competition for the best business creation in 48 hours - and WE Hackathon - Competition for the best mobile application created in 48 hours. The EPF teams took part in the start-up competition among 20 teams (80 participants).
One team was composed of students from the MSc ICE with Mathias Arbet (ESC), Alexandre Briclot (EPF), Thomas Cazor (EPF), Francois Du Garreau (EPF) and Claire Schiettecatte (EPF). The second team was composed of 2 students from the YEC (Young Entrepreneur Center) in Troyes with Gonzague Hacher (EPF), Aloys Belpaire (EPF), both EPF graduates in 2016, and Mathieu Girot (designer).
The team of students of the Master of Science ICE won the CCI Opal Coast "Promise Award" and a check for € 2,500.
The MSc ICE is a joint programme between EPF, the ESC Troyes School of Management and the Science Park Technopole de l'Aube en Champagne. The key learning outcomes of this programme are to develop abilities to innovate and enhance entrepreneurial skills.
Their project "Travelder" is an intergenerational travel platform. Alexander Briclot, a MSc ICE student says: "The aim is to fight against the isolation of the elderly by offering students, who do not always have enough resources, to travel with them. We use a mediator who will first talk with the senior citizen and prepare the trip they want. He then publishes it on a platform so students can choose their favorite seniors. We connect the two of them, and they organize the trip together, the senior citizen pays for both of them and in return the student has to take care of the senior citizen during the trip. There is feedback from both sides after the trip with a rating system. And then it can start again!"
The YEC team finishes at a beautiful 3rd place of the WE Start-Up, with a mobile application project identifying spots of wilderness camping, and wins a € 500 check.