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VINCI 2017 Innovation Awards: Collective innovation

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21 December 2016 - Events - France

VINCI, which has for many years given priority to collaborative innovation, organises the VINCI Innovation Awards every two years. The competition is designed to showcase and speed up application of initiatives implemented by its employees on the ground. For the 2015 edition, a first student innovation challenge was organised in parallel with the in-house participative innovation programme. This year, for the first time, the VINCI Innovation Awards competition is open to students (and recent graduates) from all over the world, who are invited to set up teams and innovate for the city of tomorrow.

The Innovation Awards competition gives the employees of VINCI companies an opportunity to develop their innovative potential by encouraging their initiatives, whether individual, in a team or in collaboration with outside partners. In 2015, over two thousand projects were submitted by more than 5,500 employees and prizes awarded to almost 150 innovations across the world.

The competition recognises not only technological aspects but all the innovations that feed the Group's determination to progress, notably in the fields of safety, sustainable development and working conditions.

More connected, more sustainable, more human? This year, students are invited to imagine the city of their dreams in the digital era. Their approach must be realistic and explore one of the four key stages of an urban transformation project: design, finance, construction and use of buildings, transport infrastructure, energy networks, etc.

The winners will be awarded a trip but also the opportunity to have their project nurtured in the VINCI incubator, which is already collaborating with innovative young companies to propose new services to the users of its infrastructure, optimise the performance of its business lines and integrate new technology bricks in its solutions.

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