Published on 12 March 2019
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This year, the Paris Regional Council is joining forces with the Université Paris-Saclay Design & Science Prize, an educational program run by the design centre of the university, the Design Spot. The partnership reflects both parties’ determination to promote this innovative initiative and attract more interest on a regional scale.

“The Region’s participation is a real opportunity to increase the visibility of the Design & Science Prize beyond the Paris-Saclay ecosystem. This partnership furthers our commitment to opening up the Prize to all design schools in the Paris region,” says Vincent Créance, Director of the Design Spot.

The Region will award its own prize, the “Prix spécial Île-de-France”, during the closing ceremony of the 2019 Design & Science Prize on March 14 at the Palais de la découverte museum and cultural centre in Paris. The winning Paris Region team will take away a €3,000 grant. All the projects will be presented on March 28 during the Journées franciliennes du numérique at the Paul Valéry school complex, which aims to become a pilot high school in the field of artificial intelligence.

Design and AI - key issues for the Region

In 2017, the Paris Region established a design policy to promote design as a factor of innovation and initiate collaborative projects to meet the major challenges of the future.

The theme of this year’s Design & Science Prize is Artificial Intelligence, a key issue for the Paris Region – particularly in economic terms. The Region has adopted an “AI Plan” to harness this technology for the Paris Region economy and make France the European capital of AI, giving SMEs and middle-market companies the resources to take better advantage of it.

As well as promoting the field of design and convincing companies to adopt an approach in Design, the Region’s participation in the Prize also aims to encourage sustainable and user-centered innovation in the field of artificial intelligence.

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