PSL Hack 2017
As part of the PSL engineering Open House week exchanges between ESPCI Paris, Chimie ParisTech and MINES ParisTech, ESPCI Paris will be hosting an exciting week of learning based on the hackathon model: PSL-Hack. The French utility EDF is partnering with us for this debut hackathon.
The event, which from March 20-24, 2017 will bring together students, faculty researchers, experts, entrepreneurs and lecturers, has a twofold goal. First and foremost, it will serve to spark PSL students’ interest in entrepreneurship, while also providing them with the opportunity to bring their own collaborative and innovative projects to fruition in a space that reaches beyond their host institutions.
This year, PSL-Hack and EDF chose the theme of “transforming energy use in the digital age”.
Specifically, EDF will lead several brainstorming sessions on topics related to this overall theme:
- “Smart Street”
- Will voice become the interface of the future?
- Smart lighting for neighborhood businesses
- Electric vehicle services
Students will have the opportunity to attend various lectures and workshops on topics ranging from creativity to project launch and legal considerations, and will have access to resident experts and entrepreneurs as well as pitch preparation sessions.
Among the highlights of these five days dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship will be four events open to the public, hosted by the Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Institute (IPGG, a satellite of ESPCI Paris). Prior registration is required.
PSL-Hack opening festivities: reception and keynote address Monday, March 20, 9am-1pm.
Monday, March 20 at 9am: Opening ceremony in the presence of Marie-Christine Lemardeley, President of ESPCI Paris and Thierry Coulhon, President of Paris Sciences & Lettres, alongside François Gonczi, Digital Director at EDF Commerce.
Monday, March 20 at 10:30am: “From Research to Entrepreneurship” lecture by Jacques Lewiner, sponsor of French Tech, Dean of PSL Valorisation, and President of the ESPCI Paris fund.
Lecture by Eric Carreel, “Digital Technology: Opportunities for Deepening Scientific Inquiry” (Thursday, March 23, 9:30am).
Eric Carreel, a graduate of ESPCI Paris, is founding President of Withings, Sculpteo and Invoxia
Closing ceremony, awards and reception Friday, March 24, 4:30pm-7pm
Closing ceremony in the presence of Marie-Christine Lemardeley, President of ESPCI Paris and Thierry Coulhon, President of Paris Sciences & Lettres, alongside François Gonczi, Digital Director at EDF Commerce. Project presentations and awards ceremony.
For more information about PSL-Hack, download our press package, which details the vision for this innovative event and includes the full agenda, including lecture details and quotes from student engineers.