The inaugural competition was a success
The Michelin Challenge Bibendum twelfth world summit took place in Chengdu, China, from November 11 to 14, 2014. For this innovation and sustainable mobility-focused event, Michelin invited students from all over the world to take part in the first Student Contest. The challenge they were given was to tackle this year's special theme - Innovation in mobility, at the heart of growth and urban well-being - and come up with solutions.
The Student Contest, which was launched in March 2014 with the help of the Studyka online platform, drew 310 teams from 38 countries. The participants shared their 187 projects through the platform. The four finalist teams were invited to come and present their project in Chengdu during the Michelin Challenge Bibendum
Four promising projects in the finals
The jury, which was made up of professionals from Michelin, GDF Suez, Colas and PSA Peugeot Citroën as well as members of the academic community, awarded the Grand Prize to the Aquarius team. The mobile application designed by the Brazilian students - Borajunto Taxi - is designed to connect people who take taxis for similar routes so that they can share the ride. A smart solution to boost collective transportation, reduce pollution and curb congestion on the roads.
To pick the winner of the public prize for the Student Contest 2014, a vote was organized through the Chinese social network, Weibo. The French Modulocar team received the most votes, so they won the public prize.
Their project consists of a smart, modular vehicle that adjusts to suit the user's requirements. By using various bodies, passenger compartments and engines available on a hire basis, users can build the car they need, when they need it. For example, the car can change from a four-seater electric vehicle ideal for city driving into a hybrid vehicle with a trailer that can be used to move house from one region to another.
The Ecofriendly Transportation (ET) project from France also won an award in the competition. This is an automated, autonomous public transport service operated by driverless vehicles and aimed at reducing road accidents and CO2 emissions.
The last team of finalists, Green Mobile from India, found a way to convert waste from the candy manufacturing process into hydrogen, using bacteria. A clever process for obtaining an alternative fuel from food waste.
To find out more about the Student Contest and this twelfth world summit, visit the Michelin Challenge Bibendum website