10 Feb 2015
24 Hours of Innovation at ÉTS: Tunisian teams step up to the challenge!
Did you know that more than 1,500 people hailing from 40 countries over four continents participate in the 24 Hours of innovation contest that is organized by École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)? Are you familiar with the organizations that work hard to make the event an international success?
This article shines the spotlight on the 24 Hours of innovation competition in Tunisia. In May 2015, some 200 Tunisian students will take part in the event, marking the third time the country has been represented in the 24-hour contest.
Crash course on the 24 Hours of innovation
ETS has been organizing the event since 2010, but the concept behind the 24 Hours of innovation originally came from the French institution École Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées (ESTIA), which first held the competition in 2007. This year, the ÉTS-organized event will span four continents, with a simultaneous start at 9 a.m. Montreal time on May 26. Twenty-four hours later—at 9 a.m. on May 27—the competition will end. Between 1,500 and 2,000 participants from around the world are expected to join in and vie for one of the three international prizes or one of the local awards presented by the various site organizers.
Teams are challenged to come up with solutions to technical problems submitted by businesses sponsoring the event. All solutions must be showcased in a two-minute video posted on YouTube. Audiences will be able to follow the event by checking out ÉTS’s dedicated 24h de l’innovation YouTube channel. To register or obtain more information, go to the event website.
On site in Tunisia
In Tunisia, the competition will take place at the Institut Supérieur des Sciences Appliquées et de Technologie de Sousse (ISSATS).
With 2,980 students registered this year, ISSATS offers university-level courses in a wide range of technological fields. The institution’s four departments are: Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Power Engineering.
24 Hours of innovation at ÉTS: May 2014 edition
After Borhen Louhichi, a researcher at ETS and an Assistant Professor at ISSATS, spread the word about the 24 Hours of innovation to Tunisian students, more than 150 of them signed up to take in the May 2014 contest! Local prizes were awarded to the best student projects.
24 Hours of innovation at ESTIA: December 2014 edition
The Tunisian group participated in the contest for a second time on December 12 and 13, 2014. This time, it was part of the competition organized by ESTIA.
In all, 12 teams with 7-10 participants each came together at 11 a.m. (local time) to kick off the event based out of ISSAT de Sousse. The local event was sponsored by Ooredoo telecommunications company represented by Mohamed Hédi Bekir. The Techno-Hands team took home top local honours at the event.
Likorne team from ESTIA and Techno-Hands from Sousse won the ESTIA Environment Award. For more information about their project, read the article “An autonomous bread machine for disaster victims”
24 Hours of innovation: May 2015 edition
Led by Borhen Louhichi, the organizing team at ISSATS is proud of their success and is already preparing for the next edition of the competition, scheduled for May 26 and 27, 2015. This one is being organized by École de technologie supérieure in Montreal.