Twizy Contest is a competition on the theme of tomorrow’s mobility. The ESILV ParkPing team finished finalist and climbed onto the podium. The jury also awarded the team The Best Pitch Award.
Everyone knows the Twizy, this little Renault electric car for two passengers. Groupe Renault and Segula Technologies have joined their forces to launch Twizy Contest, a competition for future engineers and designers from around the world (France, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, India, Romania, South Korea, Romania). The French phase is finished with a podium for ESILV and The Best Pitch Award.
Thanks to the information gleaned from the open platform Twizy, engineering students presented their project around tomorrow’s mobility. The competition in open innovation had two constraints: creativity/originality and sustainability of the concept and its promotional campaign.
Twizy Contest, ideas for the future of mobility and transport
How to move in the future? How to use existing infrastructures while innovating for better mobility? What inventive and bold products to offer to the customers of the future? This is the challenge that 8 finalist teams answered including this of the ESILV.
“Tomorrow’s mobility is always in question. New actors are coming into the game every day and we have to face new concerns from the next generations (ecologic, economic, and social). Launching an international competition every year is a great way to better understand what will happen tomorrow, to bring us new ideas and to co-create with the future talents we will meet. – Paul De-Chatelperron, Creative Technologist & Alliance Creative Lab Network Coordinator, Groupe Renault.
To participate in Twizy Contest is an opportunity for engineering students to meet future recruiters and enhance their skills. Audacity, creativity and teamwork in priority!
The ideas that emerged and will emerge internationally have also been welcomed by Groupe Renault, which has taken up the reflections on the agility, simplicity, and ecology of tomorrow’s transport.
The ParkPing project, 3rd in the contest and winning The Best Pitch Award
The engineering student project is part of the project course at ESILV. In the first year of the engineering cycle, The Project of the General Engineer must be presented as part of a competition. With this podium, the team won a cashprize of € 1,000. What reward a project worked rigorously since the beginning.
ParkPing is an application that would allow each driver to save time parking, while the number of places decreases in cities and the French car fleet continues to increase. A deeply rooted project in the heart of the smart-city.
Competition is important on this type of project. However, the engineers have differentiated thanks to a better predictive and statistical data analysis so that the guidance is easier and the place is localized and reserved more easily.
The engineering students imagined a convincing business model with a target clientele, financing methods (investors and receipts) and the accounting depreciation of the project.
Tips for pitching like a pro
With the help of Lalita Saminadadessigar, Groupe Renault’s Reliability Test Engineer, The ParkPing team built a solid pitch with a stage opening of the presentation. One of the team members played the role of a car driver employee… a little late to his appointment. The other, his boss who was impatient, because he did not arrive at his client, for lack of parking space.
A staging that pleased the 70 people present: school finalist teams and their coach, jury, and staff of Groupe Renault and Segura Technologies. The ParkPing team came first, which was a bit of stress, but it did not deter student motivation.
“The public has put us in trust. We saw smiles on their faces after our show, so we were quite comfortable finally. We felt that the jury was receptive. It’s a great experience to be in front of such a large audience in the context of a competition. I wish all students to live it! – Clément Marcié, ParkPing project manager.
After this great performance and this Best Pitch Award, here are some tips from the team to pitch like a winner!
- The most important thing is to train and practice in real conditions. ParkPing’s engineering students had 15 minutes of allotted time and repeated their entire presentation twice to make sure they did not hang around too much, or on the contrary, were not too fast;
- It’s also important to work on transitions. Otherwise, the presentation may be too academic and not lively enough.
- In conclusion, the ParkPing team recommends including the audience, making the presentation interactive to generate interest and keep it throughout the pitch.
The 5 members of the ParkPing team: Pauline Lançon, Marwan Malti, Clément Marcié, Thomas Mathieu, Loïs Moulinier and their coach, Lalita Saminadadessigar.