Immediately after arriving on their campus, the 1000 first year students in Lille, Paris and Sophia Antipolis, took part in an economic intelligence Hackathon, which challenge was to come up with an innovative range of services.
The economic intelligence was put into practice around three themes: EdTech in Lille, cybersecurity in Paris and smart city in Sophia.
The road map drawn up by Mélanie Ciussi, professor at SKEMA and coordinator of this hackathon, threw the students into the reality of startups.
Real marathon of innovation, SKEMA students, together with ESIEA (Paris) engineering students and L3 MIAGE (Sophia) students split into 150 teams, coached by 11 professors and some entrepreneurs spent 4 days attending conferences with various experts, visiting firms, formalizing their ideas, writing an article and posting a video illustrating their service offer.
On the last day, the teams presented their project together with a speech and a video. The evaluation was carried out by peers and professors. Then, the jury, chaired by the former economic intelligence senior official, Alain Juillet, selected three finalists, one per campus. Each of them presented in turn their project, during a video conference. “Winning project was the one which at the same time had, the good pitch, the good video and the good service proposal », explained Mélanie Ciussi.
Hackathon coaches and jury:
Pierre-Jean Barre, Director of the Mediterranean Institute of Risk, Environment and Sustainable development, Université Nice Côte d’Azur (UCA)
Pierre-Antoine Dusoulier, graduate of SKEMA, CEO, IbanFirst
Alice Guilhon, Managing Director, SKEMA Business School
Louis Jouanny, Managing Director, ESIEA Group
Alain Juillet, former Intelligence Director, DGSE
Jonathan Karp, graduate of SKEMA, Co-fondator and associate, Be My App
Eric Léandri, CEO, Qwant
Renaud Prouveur, graduate of SKEMA, Jurist, Fondator of the Spallian Group
Richard Rey, « Defense » Referent, CNS/CVO Lab deputy ESIEA
Pascale Xelot, Director for Europe, startups Alliances and Ecosystems, IBM