An open call for proposals around connected objects design

GENES'INK - ROUSSET - Art to IoTAccording to french newspaper Les Echos, 50 billion objects will be connected within 2020, in every activity sector. The Internet of Thing’s (IoT) market will reach $7100 billion. In this exciting context, and in order to anticipate this change of paradigm in everyday's life object production, we choose to offer a structured partnership, through the organization of an open call: “Art to IoT”.

The challenge

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Students in Arts, Architecture and Design are asked to create objects of everyday life that are esthetic, functional and connected. 2 to 3 connected objects part of tomorrow’s daily life integrating an aesthetic/design dimension will be choosen and produced. These objects will have to take environments, health and security dimension into account, and bring new usages.
Based on requirement specifications corresponding to the identified challenges in the sector of design, urban space, textile and art & technology, the creators will modelize new concepts by concrete realization, with the perspective of making popular connected objects. In particular in long distance radio link, using conductive inks and to anticipate their industrial production.
Many schools will be associated to this challenge, in the context of their educational projects – especially:

  • ENSAD (School of decorative arts) - Paris
  • ESAAix (Higher school of art) - Aix-en-Provence
  • ESDAC (School of design and architecture) - Marseille.

A hackathon will be organized in parallel, that will allow to give this call for proposals another dimension, in echo with the “open source” spirit.


At least, our first industrial partners are part of our ecosystem:

  • INURU, Oled (Germany)
  • Heliatek, Photovoltaic organic (Germany)
  • Eurecat, Fabrics (Spain)
  • Feeligreen, Cosmetic (France)
  • Micel, Insulating (France).

The rewards

Some of the contemplated rewards are:

  • Incubation by the Belle de Mai Incubator, if there is possibility of product’s creation
  • A year hosting at the Camp Innovation Accelerator
  • Industrialization contract (negotiations are under way).

The Art to IoT call for proposals has been certified by French Ministry of Economics and Industry. It has been officiay launched last January by Minister Emmanuel Macron during the CES in Las Vegas.