“48 Hours to Bring Ideas to Life®”: The Innovation Factory is back in action

On The December 4, 2020

The Université de Lyon’s Innovation Factory organized a new edition of the national “48 Hours to Bring Ideas to Life®” challenge from November 26 to 28, 2020. An opportunity for companies to leverage student creativity to develop new ideas.

AN IDEATHON FOR BRINGING IDEAS TO LIFE

Students from four Saint-Etienne and Lyon institutions (the École nationale d'ingénieurs de Saint-Étienne, Mines Saint-Étienne, the Université Lumière Lyon 2 and Lycée Jean Monnet de Saint-Étienne) worked together in multidisciplinary teams for two intense days, combining creativity, speed and ideation to address the problems faced by companies in their quest for innovation.

In this year’s 100% online event, the teams worked on a topic put forward by the Saint-Étienne Medical Technology Center. The topic focused on detecting and/or preventing frailties and chronic diseases in young people.

A NEW WAY OF LEARNING FOR STUDENTS

To help students see their ideas through to the end, the Innovation Factory provided support in the form of flash lectures on ideation, modeling and design thinking.

At the end of the challenge, the teams presented their projects to a jury made up of academic professionals, with representatives from the Saint-Étienne Métropole and the Medical Technology Center.

One team was selected for its implementation project, focusing on depression among young people.

The students will be able to use this collaborative challenge and their open-source findings as a way to add value to their experience with future employers.

AN INSPIRING EVENT FOR COMPANIES

“48 Hours to Bring Ideas to Life®” gives companies the opportunity to push beyond their usual boundaries to develop ideas, as well as to consider them in relation to the expectations of the younger generation.

The partner of the event, the Innovation Factory, provides support to companies, from defining the subject right through to the exploitation rights. At the end of the challenge, it offers them the possibility to take it one step further by implementing a long-term project, including modeling, prototyping, etc.

Find out more on the Innovation Factory