Back on the Expedition Week on Smart Cities in Toulouse !

from November 27, 2022 to December 2, 2022

Toulouse Capitole University was delighted to host for the first time an Expedition Week on Smart Cities gathering students from the seven European universities of the ENGAGE.EU alliance. Congratulations to the winning team and to all the participants!

Toulouse Capitole University hosted the very first ENGAGE.EU event in France! For one week, nearly 25 students from all over Europe worked together to respond to the societal challenges proposed by the Metropolis and Capgemini. Accompanied by mentors from ENGAGE partner universities and a Capgemini expert, the students were divided into 4 teams.

The 3 topics proposed addressed the theme of Smart Cities, a new urban development concept that aims to improve the quality of life of city dwellers by making the city more adaptive and efficient, using new technologies that rely on an ecosystem of objects and services:
  • How can we ensure that the activities of companies on a digital campus directly benefit the neighborhood? How can we make this neighborhood an open-air laboratory?
  • How can we make the Matabiau station district a connected model for the city and its residents?
  • How can we implement a low-carbon, inclusive policy in the city center?
The week of work was accompanied by an intense socio-cultural program: visit of the city, culinary discoveries, sports... etc
At the end of this fast-paced week, the students managed to come up with innovative and feasible solutions. They presented the results of their research in the form of very short pitches on Friday, December 2, before a jury of experts.

And it's the team that worked on the connected model of the Matabiau district, otherwise known as "Data Collaboration" that won the trophy! they indeed proposed a solution around 3 themes:
  •     Waste management with connected garbage cans and containers
  •     Mobility: carpooling in intermodality with the public transport network
  •     Pollution monitoring with air sensors positioned at strategic locations  

These types of programs are great opportunities for students to test their ability to interact with other students of different nationalities and cultures. These are very beautiful and rich human experiences, especially since the Pink City has many assets for them
- Brigitte Poitevineau, ENGAGE.EU responsible for partnerships and the Innovation Lab

Updated on December 9, 2022