On the occasion of the inauguration, which took place yesterday in the presence of the French President Emmanuel Macron and Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, Paris&Co unveiled its first Urban Innovation Area. This project will allow the testing of many innovative solutions for transforming the city.
After having supported proofs of concept for innovative solutions across France during the last seven years, Urban Lab, with the implementation of Urban Innovation Areas, aims to concentrate, in a single area, pilot projects around today's big urban issues.
"The Urban Innovation Areas will allow project leaders to confront their solutions with users, on the ground, and be supported in the assessment and valorization of their proof of concept. The goal is to accelerate changes in scale and to ensure industrialization and commercialization with limited risks. Using this facility, we want to make the innovation that will emerge from Station F and the whole of the Parisian innovation ecosystem accessible to users, and encourage citizens and public and private individuals to become engines for the transformation of their area." explains Albane Godard, Director of Paris&Co's Urban Lab.
This first Urban Innovation Area, including the BNF, the Cité de la Mode (center for fashion), the development zone managed by SEMAPA and the buildings adjoining the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (Deposits and Consignments Fund), already welcomes the Matrioshka innovative solution: connected urban street furniture developed in open source by Association Quatorze. Positioned opposite the entrance to Station F, this furniture, self-sufficient in terms of energy, an ideal urban rest area, provides computer and mobile phone charging. Designed to reduce the digital and energy gap, this equipment will provide access to electricity and Wifi using solar panels.
From now to August, the area will also include production units from the Agricool start-up, who transform containers for intensively planting fruit and vegetables, without using pesticides for short cycle consumption.
The visitors to Station F can find further information on the pilot projects and apply for them here using the touch screens located near the Freyssinet hall reception. They will also be able to discover Paris&Co's other activities, apply at one of the thematic innovation platforms, or participate in the many events organized by the agency (such as, Hacking the Town Hall, the Grands Prix de l'Innovation, etc.)