Capture decran 2016 12 22 a 14.24.30You have implemented an innovative project that can already be assessed ?

You can apply to the International Awards for Innovation Le Monde – Smart Cities. They are open to innovative projects at least partially implemented by public or private entities as well as associations or businesses.

INTA, partner of "Le Monde" Smart Cities Innovation Awards, was selected for the second year to be part of the international jury composed of qualified personalities who will examine the candidatures and choose the winners.
The Jury, including Michel Sudarskis (Secretary General of INTA) is presented at the end of the article.

The idea is not to reward the institutions, but the concrete solutions being implemented by one or several of the players mentioned above.

You can apply to one of the six following categories:

  • The Prix for urban innovation will reward technological and/or social innovation applied to the city.
  • The Civic Engagement Award will reward a democratic, horizontal process whereby citizens play a role in developing and managing physical and virtual urban spaces and services. This award will be presented in partnership with the INTA - the International Urban Development Association.
  • The Habitat Award will reward an innovative project in terms of urban living space (residential, offices, new materials, etc.).
  • The Mobility Award will reward a project that facilitates movement around the city at a more human level and in a more economical way.
  • The Energy Award will reward a project that seeks to reduce the carbon footprint of cities.
  • The Cultural Action Award will reward a social and digital innovation with cultural and urban impact.

The jury reserves the right not to present awards in the event where none of the projects presented is deemed sufficiently innovative.

Applications from non Europeans countries must be sent by 12am on April 2, 2017 to the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Applications from Europeans countries must be sent by 12am on February 26, 2017 to the email adress This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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They must include :

  • A link to a video (three minutes maximum) that presents the solution;
  • and an introductory text (3,000 characters maximum) containing a description of the innovation, its aim(s), the type of innovation, the projected schedule, players, cost and funding.

An international jury of qualified personalities will select the best application in each category. It will receive €1,000.

Among all the applications, the jury will select the winner of the Grand Prize Le Monde – L’Atelier BNP. It will receive € 2,000.


  • Benjamin Blandin, Innovation Advisor at Altran (Innovation and Engineering Consulting), after having held the same position at Accenture then Deloitte. In the summer of 2016, he completed his third "Tech Tour", a world tour of innovation he organizes during his holidays.
  • Karine Dognin-Sauze, Vice-President of Lyon Métropole, responsible for innovation and digital development. She is also a councilor of the 9th arrondissement and assistant to the Mayor of Lyon, responsible for international relations, European affairs, decentralized cooperation and international solidarity.
  • Vincent Giret, Editor-in-Chief at Le Monde, in charge of Editorial Development
  • Martine Jacot, Deputy Head of Le Monde, in charge of editorial development and supplements : Universities and "grandes écoles".
  • Francis Jutand, Deputy Director General of the Institut Mines Télécom (with 12 French engineering schools), behind the Futuring Cities Initiative. Member of the National Digital Council, he coordinated the book The digital metamorphosis: towards a society of knowledge and cooperation (Alternatives, 2013).
  • Claire Legros, Journalist specialized in technological and social innovation, responsible for digital channels in the World
  • Bruno Marzloff, Sociologist, Director of the research and forecasting firm Chronos, whose work focuses on mobility, cities and the digital world. His latest book is "Sans Bureau Fixe". Labor transitions, mobility transitions (FYP editions, 2013).
  • Marion Moreau, Director of the Sigfox foundation, which aims to put the Internet of objects at the service of Humanitarian. Previously, she was Editor-in-Chief of FrenchWeb magazine (2011-2015) and held several journalistic positions (TV 5 France, Capital.Fr,
  • Francis Pisani, Journalist and Consultant specializing in information technologies and their influence on urban development in the world. Author of the chronicles Citynnovation on His book: Voyage dans les villes intelligentes: between datapolis and participolis (Netexplo Observatory, 2015) can be downloaded free of charge in French and English.
  • John Rossant, President and Founder of New Cities Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the future of cities and their people through its Urban (Co) lab and its congresses. Partner of the consulting firm Rossant & Partners, he previously held a career as a Journalist, notably as a correspondent in Paris and then in Rome of BusinessWeek.
  • Saskia Sassen, Sociologist of globalization and "world cities", Professor at Columbia University in New York and visiting professor at the London School of Economics. She is the author of ten books, her last book is : Expulsions: brutality and complexity in the global economy. It has just been published in French (Gallimard).
  • Michel Sudarkis, Secretary general of the International Urban Development Association (INTA), based in Paris, where he leads the program of exchange and transfer of know-how in the fields of urban development.
  • Louis Treussard, Managing Director of L'Atelier BNP Paribas since 2003. Implemented in Paris, San Francisco and Shanghai, L'Atelier BNP Paribas is a prospective and innovation company that advises and supports the Group and its customers in their digital transformation.

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