Review of the Research and Innovation Projects 2020-2021


For students in their 3rd year of engineering at Télécom Saint-Etienne, the aim of these projects is to work as a team on an innovation or research problem for a company or a research laboratory. This year, there were 19 project leaders, including 6 research-oriented projects presented by the Laboratoire Hubert Curien and 13 company projects (LHC, CPRO Networks, SUEZ, Haulotte, Angel Corp, La Fabuleuse Cantine,, TEAMBUILDR, Chapaka, INRAE and MODZ).

How the Research and Innovation Projects (RIP) work

The RIP are based on a proposed general approach: a state of the art stage followed by an ideation phase, then production. Two sprints allow teams to work full-time for three days on ideation and production. Each project is supervised by a teacher-researcher, with work time between student teams and academic tutors integrated into the sprint phases. The sprints thus mix scientific and technical work, project management, communication and public speaking.

  • Stage 1: State of the art
    The students analyse the project and its environment, allowing them to better understand the given problem.
  • Stage 2: 1st Sprint: Ideation:
    With a rich programme combining collective work on the project and pitches, our students applied these new methodologies in “startup” mode and managed to synthesise their idea research and propose a production plan.
  • Step 3: 2nd Sprint: production
    The objective is to prototype and/or produce a solution previously chosen from the ideas that the teams have proposed to the clients.

The final stage of these Research and Innovation Projects 2021 is the day of the presentations. On 27 January, the students presented their work to their academic tutor and also to the project leader.

In 2021, hybrid teaching is still favoured. The students therefore alternated between face-to-face and distance learning to carry out their project in good conditions!

Pitch: well-being at work

To close the 2020-2021 Research and Innovation Projects, the students had to make a pitch on the factors of well-being at work by representing their typical working day with an ideal environment. This fun workshop allowed the students to relax by making creative and humorous videos on a topical issue

Cloud of key words representing well-being at work according to the students

Below you will find some of the students’ presentations

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