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31 March 2021

4min

Using data to tailor our experience with buildings

A look back at our first “Resilient Buildings and Climate” hackathon

Today, the Climate Emergency Plan is a driving force behind political events and urban planning decisions. Our experiences with buildings, whether these are for residential, commercial, or corporate use, are bound to change dramatically in the coming years.

At onepoint, we believe that we can harness these changes using data and AI

Climate encompasses sheer quantities of fuzzy data that are often mixed up and correlated in astonishing ways. Data science can help us make this information speak for itself and enrich our business knowledge to provide users with the best tools. As a result, we can adapt buildings to make them more resilient and manage, adapt, and contextualise a building in its ecosystem.

Onepoint – Blazing new trails

As a trailblazer in the field, it was onepoint’s responsibility to launch this initiative together with some of the most advanced schools on these topics.

Students from ESILV, Ynov, and ECE spent two days working on these issues with us, accompanied by our partners Meteomatics, a specialist in weather and climate data, and Spinalcom, a technology solution supplier for smart buildings.

« Onepoint has made its priority to develop strategic and structuring partnerships with schools and universities on both a national and international level. These multi-dimensional partnerships, which can take the shape of joint laboratories, Chairs, and student sponsorship, aim to achieve excellence in research, training, and innovation applied to business  »

Muriel Touaty, Partner Education & Innovation

The students proposed ingenious and innovative solutions to adapt buildings to climate change.

The winning team from ESILV School (our warmest congratulations to them!) devised a tool to optimise a building’s average energy consumption through predictive and scoring capabilities, which allows the building manager to monitor and control energy performance. The students won a three-week coaching programme with onepoint experts to develop their solution.

A fully digital hackathon

The hackathon’s first day, 4 February 2021, was focused on business aspects: the value and potential uses of their solution, and how it can help with a given problem. Firstly, the students chose their case study according to perceived value and data processing complexity.

Once they had chosen and validated their topic with their onepoint supervisors, they defined the indicators they wanted to implement in order to tackle the problem. The objective of these KPIs is to provide the appropriate level of information to the user. They are based on a “Russian doll” logic that comprises both simple, factual indicators and higher-level aggregated indicators.

During the first day, the students also had the opportunity to listen to onepoint experts who presented our vision of data and smart building issues.

These contributions helped the students to understand the value created by their solution better. They were then able to move on from “simple” reporting or auditing notions to integrate predictive algorithms, learning capabilities, and analysis of the users’ emotions and perception.

« Onepoint's guidance on these methodological aspects is on point and has enabled the students to tackle their first entrepreneurial endeavour. All the proposed solutions comprise highly original elements and allow us to play entrepreneurial judo with traditional problems and approaches in order to turn risk into reward  »

Nicolas Lefort, Spinalcom

On the second day, 11 March, the theme was data science. The students followed two complementary paths: one in which they were presented with new data sets to enrich their business vision and, in turn, develop the indicators defined during the previous day; the other one aimed to make the data “speak.”

The exploration of the new data sets helped students discover new correlations to increase their business knowledge and refine their use cases. Besides, the project feedback sessions scattered throughout the day provided the students with essential learning takeaways.

An enriching experience for all

Our jury had a hard time choosing the winners, but they all readily agreed on one thing: what a great experience of sharing and discovery! The winning team was selected on the basis of the value created by their solution, its potential for development, and the originality and completeness of the use case, with bonuses for the most original pitches!

« We thought that the winning team had met the requirements better and proposed a feasible idea that had a clear structure and implementation plan. »

Matthias Piot, Meteomatics

« From a human point of view, it was an enriching experience through the discussions with the students. From a technical point of view, I could discover new functionalities and potential for Connected Building solutions at the service of enhanced wellbeing.  »

Jean Pierre Poinsignon, Partner Smart Building

See you soon for the second edition!

Many thanks to:

  • The team of facilitators: Charlaine Crutz, Ellen Poirot, Alex de Sa, Jean-Charles Saget, Matthieu Bachelot, and Julie Bastien
  • The school representatives: Florence Bonhomme, Carole Thalien, Zouina Allanic, Bérengère Branchet, Walter Peretti, and Jacques Rossard
  • Our partners, who supported the students throughout this adventure: Matthias Piot, Jeremie Bellec, Nicolas Lefort, and Florian Lallier
  • The speakers: Gontran Peubez, Jean-Loup Santurette, Jean-Luc Boudjedid, and Julie Bastien
  • The jury: Muriel Touaty, Nora Diep, Sophie Lérault, Florent Gitiaux, Jean-Luc Boudjedid, Jean-Pierre Poinsignon, and Julie Bastien

 

Julie Bastien

Consultante RSE & IA