Bouygues Energies & Services West Africa recently partnered with Epitech Benin, with the goal of jointly creating innovative solutions. “At Bouygues Energies & Services, we want to make creativity and innovation a major pillar of our activity in Africa,” explained Philippe Choyer, Director of Bouygues Energies & Services West Africa.
A digital “innovation showcase”
As part of this new partnership, BYES and Epitech have set up a “digital innovation showcase”, i.e. a shared virtual space dedicated to research and innovation. In that digital space, BYES employees and students will work together to create innovative solutions. Those solutions will then be used to solve the problems identified by BYES.
Anticipating accidents in order to prevent them
“The aim is to work together on a different topic each quarter.The first topic we identified was safety and accident prevention at our work sites.How can we anticipate accidents in order to keep them from happening?How can we look into the future and warn about dangers before they arise?That was the first challenge we put to them!”said Romaric GBoko, head of the technical studies and innovation department in Côte d’Ivoire.
We are hoping that this first challenge will fuel the imagination of these young students to look at BYES and peer into its future, like in the movie Minority Report.
Project week 2022: digital solutions for Benin’s energy challenges
Discussions between BYES and Epitech Benin started earlier this year over the course of “Project Week 2022”. Held in Benin, that event brought together around 100 students in the fields of computer science, design, and energy. Divided into twenty teams, their challenge was to work together during the five-day event and try to find digital solutions to the challenges faced by local electricity providers.
“The students from the Epitech school are working on machine learning, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and things of that nature. So we are confident that this partnership will help us develop innovations that will be very useful in our lines of work”concluded Philippe Choyer.