Huge success for the 2020 edition of the Tech4Islands Awards, the only international competition whose objective is to bring out innovative, concrete and rapidly deployable solutions BY and FOR the “islands after”. Thanks to an unprecedented global mobilization of innovation and research players, 186 candidates, spread over 5 continents, proposed very high-level solutions that it will be difficult for the Jury to decide.
The Tech4Islands dynamic for the rebound towards the “next islands” and for a more ecological and sustainable Tech takes all its international scope this year, at a time when scientific and technological innovation is considered at global, European and national level , as a priority for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development, respectful of the environment and concerned with the well-being of populations.
The socio-economic crisis linked to the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the vulnerability of island territories to major global economic - as well as climatic - shocks, and demonstrated the need to develop new adapted and resilient development models based on innovation and knowledge economy.
The challenge of this second edition of the Tech4Islands Awards vision REBOND was therefore to make the “voice” and the “voice” of the island territories heard in this global concert and to bring out the islands and the rest of the world innovative, concrete solutions. and quickly deployable BY and FOR the “after islands”.
The response is up to the challenge, with an unprecedented global mobilization of innovation and research players. No less than 186 candidates, including 56 from Oceania and overseas territories, came to offer their solutions, all of which are part of a dynamic of sustainability, resilience, adaptability to the specificities of island territories, well-being populations and the creation of new jobs.
The Tech4Islands Tribe now brings together these 186 candidates for the Tech4Islands Awards vision REBOND: startups, innovative companies and research organizations from 37 Countries and Territories around the world.
All passionate about solutions with a positive impact for island territories and their populations in order to meet their major environmental and societal challenges, using innovation as a lever for building the islands of tomorrow.
The Tech4Islands Tribe works to protect the environment, oceans and biodiversity, by providing them with innovative tools. It provides solutions for better waste management and recovery, it encourages the adoption of eco-responsible behavior and favors modes of travel towards green mobility.
She is committed to eradicating medical deserts, facilitating and strengthening access and the quality of care through intuitive and easy-to-use tools. It also integrates prevention tools through mobile applications and connected objects.
The Tech4Islands Tribe also designs platforms to fight against electronicism and thus reduce the societal and territorial divide by developing digital uses, an essential lever to reduce inequalities and allow everyone to access public services, training, higher education , economic activity and employment. It also offers innovative and personalized learning tools for young audiences such as seniors, or people with disabilities.
For each of the five axes of the Rebound, the solutions are part of a dynamic of sustainability, inclusion and adaptability to the specificities of island territories. Some examples among the 186 applications of the Tech4Islands Tribe to find in their entirety on our site :
18 applications submitted.
35 applications submitted
60 applications submitted.
30 applications submitted.
43 applications submitted.
These 186 solutions will be "passed through the mill" by the experts from the world of economics, entrepreneurship, research and innovation in the Pacific who make up the Preselection Jury.
It will meet on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 with the delicate mission of selecting the 12 Finalists for the Three Tech4Islands Awards WORLD, OCEANIA and OVERSEAS Grands Prix on criteria of economic relevance of the candidate solution, its adaptability to island territories, its “Tech For Good” dimension, eco-responsible, sustainable and resilient, its prospects for job creation in the medium and long term, its innovative and differentiating approach , its maturity as well as the quality of its presentation.
The names of the 12 Finalists will be announced on Wednesday September 9, 2020.
Le Final Jury, made up of experts in innovation and research, will meet on September 29th, 2020 to designate the 3 Tech4Islands Awards 2020 winners at French Tech Central at Station F, the largest startup campus in the world in Paris, and by videoconference for La French Tech Polynesia and the Grand Oral of the Finalists.
The Laureates will be invited to present their solution at the next Tech4Islands Summit (ex-Digital Festival Tahiti), which will take place in Tahiti from April 22 to 24, 2021.
They will also pick up all keys to demonstrate to their clients and investors the credibility of their solution, its replicability on an island scale, and its environmental and social impact “GOOD FOR THE PLANET”. They will thus be invited to participate in the next CES in Las Vegas, the world's largest exhibition of new technologies, they will benefit from exclusive support to obtain the Solar Impulse Label and thus join the 1000 best solutions for the Planet, they will participate in numerous mentoring and coaching workshops, offered by renowned personalities such as Fleur PELLERIN, former minister and founding president of KORELYA CAPITAL, Inès LEONARDUZZI, CEO of DIGITAL FOR THE PLANET, Élisabeth LEONTIEFF-HIRSHON, founder of SMART OCEANIA. They will follow a masterclass offered by the CENTER NATIONAL D'ÉTUDES SPATIALES and the team of innovation experts of its “CONNECT by CNES” program at Station F. The Laureates will also be put in touch with major international networks such as the PRINCE ALBERT II DE MONACO FOUNDATION, THE OCEAN AND CLIMATE PLATFORM, the SMILO program, the WAVES OF CHANGE coalition, the RESPECTOCEAN association and even EDTECH FRANCE.
The winners of the Oceania and Overseas Grands Prix will also benefit from support offered by PRISM, the CCISM incubator in French Polynesia or by the ZEBOX Caribbean incubator in Guadeloupe, as well as by the OVERSEAS accelerator. NETWORK at Station F, in Paris.
The best solutions will be presented at the next TECH4ISLANDS SUMMIT (ex-Digital Festival Tahiti), 4th International Meeting of Smart Islands and Land of Innovation, to be held at the Presidency of French Polynesia in Tahiti from April 22 to 24, 2021.
Supported by La French Tech, French Polynesia, the Pacific Fund, the Ministry of Overseas Territories, Business France and Bpifrance, as well as by prestigious innovation partners, La French Tech Polynesia is boosting its Tech4Islands dynamic worldwide. , in favor of more ecological, sustainable and resilient technologies, good for the islands and therefore good for the Planet.
With the Tech4Islands Tribe, a new vision is emerging, inclusive and deeply attached to the protection of our environment and our oceans, ready to contribute, thanks to its very concrete innovative solutions, to the dynamic instilled by the islands at the heart of… the next world.
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 :