Sharing Energy in the City: 2030

By Aurelien

With the development of decentralized electricity and energy production, the sharing of energy between citizens, industries and public institutions will certainly reshape our relationship to energy in our everyday life. With this in mind, French electric utility company EDF decided to launch the prospective challenge “Sharing Energy in the City, 2030” in order to stimulate interdisciplinary innovations and to foster international opportunities dealing with this major and inspiring issue which affects us all.

Watch the video below to learn more about this initiative:

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If you are keen on the urbanization, energy and sustainability topics and working as a researcher or postgraduate student from a lab/school/university/incubator/cluster (or if you know someone in those fields), then this challenge is a fantastic opportunity to bring your project to life!  :D

6000€ in Prizes will be awarded to the most innovative and collaborative projects, but more importantly, a 6-month work placement, connection with key stakeholders and funding for your project from EDF are the real rewards of this Challenge.

All details regarding the expectations can be found on the dedicated website and Community “Sharing Energy in the City, 2030“. You can also tweet questions to @Challenge_2030. Don’t wait too long, the deadline for applications is March 31, 2014!

IFWE Challenge – Reloaded, and in 3D!

By Aurelien

IF WE ask the right questions, we can change the world… In 2012, you were more than 500 to submit crazy ideas to our crowd-sourced collection of world-changing dreams. 3 winners were awarded with prizes and software to help bring their dream to life.

This year, the #IFWE Challenge is back, reloaded with exciting new features:

  • New prizes, including a trip to our 3DS Paris Campus or Boston Campus, for a total prize value of $12,000
  • An incredibly awesome jury of sustainability experts, and the three IFWE Challenge Winners of the 2012 edition!
  • New social features to share easily your or someone else’s IFWE Dream with friends through Facebook, Twitter or by email

Yet with more than 500 contributions in our “IFWE Dreams cloud”, we found out it wasn’t really user-friendly to browse others’ contributions only three or four at time. So we thought a 3DEXPERIENCE would do a better job  :wink: We teamed with 3DVIA to create the “IFWE Sphere“, allowing you to navigate within almost 200 Dreams at a time. We also added a pinch of EXALEAD, to highlight the most frequent keywords, and to help finding Dreams with similar thoughts (so that you can find your IFWE Dream teammates even if they are on the other side of the planet :D ).

IFWE Challenge 2012 tag cloud

What we DIDN’T change is the way you can submit your IFWE Dream. We kept it as simple as last year: just come up with a statement or question beginning with the words #IFWE, and submit it through our website, blogs, on Facebook or Twitter. Everything is explained here, so don’t wait to submit your own world-changing ideas! The contest will be ending on October 28th.

And the winner of the “Seating Experience” CATIA Design Contest 2013 is…

By Arnaud

First things first, we would like to thank all participants for the wonderful projects provided for the CATIA Design Contest “Seating Experience – When Shape meets Function”! Great job :D

Then, we are pleased to announce and congratulate our winner Vinay Reddy for his “SPACE TIME” Seating Experience Project!

Vinay Reddy is coming from Bangalore, India. He is interested in many topics including Product Design, Industrial Design, Product Design, Social Innovation, Affordable Healthcare, Solar lighting and Energy! Vinay is particularly motivated by the creation of innovative products. Both contemporary and aesthetic, his “SPACE TIME” project provides many features all the while saving space. It truly fits with the spirit of the CATIA Design Contest 2013 “When Shape meets Function”!

Vinay shared with us the creative process he followed to develop the “SPACE TIME” concept:

It took about 3 Weeks for Vinay to complete his project : about 2 weeks for idea development and concepts generation; and another week to finish modeling, rendering and presentations. Vinay has been using CATIA for over a year, he got to learn how to use it during a previous work experience at Ashok Leyland — designing automotive components. He is familiar with surface and solid modeling. He used the CATIA V5 – Mechanical Design workshop to design “SPACE TIME”.

Last but not least, we have the great pleasure to give away to the TOP 3 Seating Experience projects a 3D print of their respective seats!  :-)

Space Time by Vinay Reddy

Space Time by Vinay Reddy








Curviligne by Jens Paulus

Curviligne by Jens Paulus








Sofa Tactical by Dominik Wöllm

Sofa Tactical by Dominik Wöllm




Arnaud is a member of the CATIA – Creative Design team

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