Each year, VivaTech, the tech conference dedicated to innovation, runs a series of Challenges developed with its partners. Although the 3-day event itself is postponed until next year, the adventure continues for the 12 finalists taking part in Orange’s Challenges. Let’s shine a light on the start-ups.
What are VivaTech Challenges?
Challenges are hosted every year at VivaTech to promote open innovation and encourage collaboration between corporate groups and start-ups. Candidates apply at the end of the year and their projects are considered by a panel of experts. Selected start-ups are then invited to take part in the VivaTech conference. This is a great opportunity for them to network and forge new business relationships with potential partners.
In 2020, Orange asked start-ups to consider three major themes (opens in a new window): CSR, cybersecurity and 5G. These issues reflect our Group’s own Engage 2025 (opens in a new window) strategic plan, which aims to combine economic performance with a meaningful social and environmental impact.
Meet our 2020 finalists
- PayGreen (opens in a new window) offers a payment solution that aims to have a positive impact on society and the environment. The start-up offers tailored payment offers (cash, subscription or deferred) to meet the needs of retailers and customers. Customers can choose to round up the amount in their basket to support a partner association through L’ARRONDI (opens in a new window), which is a micro-donation solution. They can also offset the carbon impact of each purchase via Tree, an algorithm that calculates the CO2 footprint linked to the order.
- SGC – Smart Grid Control aims to revolutionise energy networks through its Green Tower, which is connected infrastructure that analyses and optimises energy provision.
- Hubtobee (opens in a new window) is a collaborative platform that tracks employees’ business trips to plan collective travel and encourage people to go together. The shared calendar helps reduce a company’s carbon footprint by sharing commutes if two employees are driving to the same place.
- ObjectBox (opens in a new window) is based on edge computing technology, which consists of processing data where it is generated, rather than transferring it to the cloud or a data centre. Among other things, this solution reduces bandwidth requirements and offers greater security.
- SEKOIA.IO (opens in a new window) is a form of external SOC that is designed to integrate and adapt to a company’s cybersecurity needs. To understand and anticipate threats, the start-up has developed a Threat Intelligence solution, which is a risk-based approach used to contextualise, identify and mitigate attacks.
- ISARS (opens in a new window) is a software publisher and cybersecurity specialist. The start-up developed the Isars Audit solution to monitor and increase the security level of Microsoft Windows environments, making it easier for companies to comply with best practices and identify risks.
- Enigmedia (opens in a new window) builds native ICS/OT cybersecurity products enabling manufacturing customers and critical infrastructures to protect their strategic assets. The simple and personalised solution is compatible with a company’s entire infrastructure, which offers a real cost advantage.
- Rungutan (opens in a new window) is an API load-testing SaaS platform that enables companies to analyse online behaviour and test their site’s performance to improve the user experience.
- Wyca Robotics (opens in a new window) designs indoor mobile service robots that can lower a facility’s operation cost when welcoming customers 24/7, such as in self-storage centres. Its latest model Elodie can be used for surveillance, logistics and telemedicine as well as high-definition imaging.
- QuarkXR (opens in a new window) offers an ultra-fast turnkey software solution to facilitate human-machine interaction using Extended Reality (XR). Software can be installed to connect a device to corporate cloud data, for example connected glasses to remotely control production and quality levels.
- My Digital Buildings (opens in a new window) produces digital models of existing buildings. A scanner equipped with sensors collects all the relevant spatial data on site in order to create a digital twin of the building. This technique can be used to organise virtual site visits or simulate production processes in a factory.
- SolidBot (opens in a new window) is an all-terrain video surveillance solution, which is particularly suited to sites that are difficult to access or without electricity or internet connectivity. Easy to set up, the robot is ready to secure any site in less than 15 minutes.