Startups, innovative companies, research organizations and universities in public / private partnerships have until July 20, 2020 to apply and propose concrete innovative solutions that can be quickly deployed in the islands, around five main axes: Health Tech & e-Health , Sustainable and resilient Blue Tech, Clean Tech & Circular Economy, Eco-responsible Smart Tourism, EdTech & Digital Inclusion.
LA FRENCH TECH POLYNÉSIE thus invites the international community of innovation and research to mobilize for the “islands after” and to apply for the three Tech4Islands 2020 Grand Prizes: the WORLD Grand Prix (addressed to all candidates), the OCEANIA Grand Prix (addressed to Oceanian candidates) and the OVERSEAS Grand Prix (addressed to French overseas candidates). The winners will be invited to present their solution at the next TECH4ISLANDS SUMMIT in Tahiti.
With containment measures accentuated by the closure of borders and the suspension of air traffic, the international health, economic and social crisis triggered by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has acted as an indicator of the vulnerability of island economies.
This "Grand Confinement" was also the revealer of the essential role of technological tools both in the management of the health crisis, in the continuity of education and the maintenance of social ties and solidarity.
Technological tools have thus made it possible to maintain contact between people thanks to free videoconferencing or chat applications, to make possible the continuity of education despite the closure of schools, to continue to bring culture to life and share. Telemedicine, telediagnosis and remote teleconsultation solutions have enabled the medical monitoring of patients, by adapting to physical distancing.
Businesses and economic players have been able to continue their activity thanks to teleworking and the adoption of instant professional messaging, collaborative work tools and videoconferencing applications. Retailers and supermarkets have managed to save part of their activity through e-commerce solutions and services from Drive.
The urgency of the REBOUND of island economies has emerged as the priority objective of the two main international events of the Tech4Islands dynamic, driven on a global scale in recent years by THE FRENCH TECH POLYNESIA: the international TECH4ISLANDS AWARDS competition to bring out innovative solutions BY and FOR the islands, and the TECH4ISLANDS SUMMIT (formerly Digital Festival Tahiti), 4th International Meeting of Smart Islands and Land of Innovation, to share them.
“French Tech Polynesia is proud to launch this competition, the only one that allows the emergence of innovative, concrete and rapidly deployable solutions in island territories. We will favor solutions designed by and for the islands, which offer them at the same time a sustainable, resilient and inclusive development, which protect island populations and develop employment in remote islands ” explains Olivier KRESSMANN, President of La French Tech Polynesia.
In order to integrate the constraints, specificities and undeniable assets of island territories, the TECH4ISLANDS AWARDS 2020 launch their call for applications around five main priority axes:
The success of its 2019 edition - 66 high-quality entries from 10 countries and territories around the world - which rewarded BiOceanOr (connected underwater weather station solution) and LeadBees (connected beehive management solution), reinforced French Polynesia in its Tech4Islands dynamic to bring out Tech For Good solutions for the sustainable and resilient development of island territories.
This year, among the many endowments, the winners will be invited to participate in the next TECH4ISLANDS SUMMIT in Tahiti, later CES of Las Vegas, the world's largest exhibition dedicated to technological innovations, they will benefit from exclusive support to obtain le “Efficient Solutions” label by the Solar Impulse Foundation, which promotes sustainable solutions beneficial to our planet, they will also be offered several coaching and mentoring sessions by renowned personalities such as Pellerin flower, former minister and co-founder of the investment fund Korelya Capital or Ines Leonarduzzi, CEO of Digital For The Planet, to support them in the structuring of their solution.
This Tech4Islands vision in favor of more sustainable, ecological and resilient technologies, good for the islands and therefore "good for the Planet", now benefits from a powerful international support and from partners who are also working throughout the world for a fairer REBOUND. and sustainable, among which:
The Tech4Islands dynamic of innovation BY and FOR the “islands after” is supported by the Ministry of Overseas Territories, Business France, Bpifrance, the Pacific Fund, and benefits from the support and strong commitment of the French Mission Tech and its international networks which propel French innovation to the four corners of the planet. French Tech is supporting the rise of overseas territories with the very recent labeling of the Communities of New Caledonia, Guadeloupe and Guyana which join La French Tech La Réunion and the La French Tech Polynesia community in the dynamics of overseas innovation. . Convergence of forces, continuation… and this is only the beginning.
How has BiOceanOr evolved since your title as winner of the 4 Tech2019Islands Grand Prix?
Samuel DUPONT : « Since obtaining the Tech4Islands award in 2019, BiOceanOr has accelerated its economic development but also the adoption and development of sustainable development objectives. BiOceanOr teams wish to highlight innovations with positive impacts on the ecology and more particularly the ecology of marine ecosystems by participating in major issues such as ocean acidification and the preservation of marine resources. Our AquaREAL solution is now one of the 1000 global innovations having a positive impact, a label set up by the Fondation Solar Impulse.
What was the impact of the Tech4Islands Awards competition on your development?
Samuel DUPONT : « The Tech4Islands prize put us in the spotlight with significant media coverage (BFM TV, France 3, France Ô, 01net, L'Usine Digitale, Le Journal du Geek, La Tribune ...), which allowed us to move on to another dimension from the point of view of our communication and the development of a community adhering to the BiOceanOr project. These communications around Tech4Islands were also an opportunity for BiOceanOr to obtain contacts with prospects, in Polynesia but also and especially internationally. This shows that the visibility and the stakes of Tech4Islands go well beyond the islands and that at the same time, the islands have all the cards in hand to highlight these stakes and raise awareness in all territories.. "
What have been your biggest advances in recent months (collaborations, partnerships, expansion)?
Samuel DUPONT : « Since winning the award, we have partnered with CLS with whom we work on the integration of satellite technology, the deployment of our solutions internationally thanks to their subsidiaries present in many countries. On Polynesian territory, we have strengthened our links with CRIOBE (Center for Insular Research and Environmental Observatory), which should benefit from the first model of our buoy in French Polynesia from July. BiOceanOr is already present internationally with projects being set up in Norway, Chile, Vietnam and Indonesia. To meet these challenges, the BiOceanOr teams are growing, with more than 10 employees from next June. We wish through these partnerships and our team ("The blue team") put our ambitions into action and act positively on marine ecology for the coming years.
The Preselection Jury is in charge of selecting the twelve finalists. It is made up of representatives from the world of economy, entrepreneurship, research and innovation in the Pacific:
The Final Jury is in charge of the final selection of the three winners. It is composed of :