La Mutuelle Générale: two hackathons to support innovation

Two hackathons or nothing; such seems to have decided La Mutuelle Générale. For this, it also brings together its teams, one following a partnership concluded with the Efrei – computer engineering school –, the other within the framework of its Solidarity Observatory on employee-caregivers that it has put in place. Alongside private actors and universities with the aim of creating a fertile ground for innovation. Professional academic actors and civil society join forces. And in this context, the students of the Efrei use AI to meet the needs of the mutual.

As a reminder, La Mutuelle Générale and Microsoft took part, on Tuesday May 31 and Wednesday June 1, at Efrei for a hackathon in which 109 students from this digital engineering school took part. In teams of 4, the students of Masters 1 Data & AI and Data Engineering imagined and developed an application relating to one of the five needs previously presented by the business teams of the mutual.

To do this, they relied on a Microsoft platform called “Low code / No code”. Representatives of the IT Department of La Mutuelle Générale supported the teams in the implementation of their solution. At the end of the second day of the hackathon, the students presented their idea from both a business and technical point of view. The winning team designed a fully automated internal file management program with artificial intelligence components. This solution could thus quickly find a concrete and useful application to the mutual.

According says Yann Le Nevé, Head of the Data Management division, “The winning team was able to respond to the double challenge of this hackathon: clearly understand the need and offer a technically flawless and easy-to-use application. We also invited the students to come and present their project to the DSI of La Mutuelle Générale. This kind of event strengthens the ties that unite us to this beautiful school. »

Inventing solutions for the quality of life of employee caregivers

Of the 12 million caregivers in France, half are employees. These assets must reconcile their professional life with the support of a dependent, elderly or disabled relative in daily activities. The Solidarity Observatory of La Mutuelle Générale, in partnership with Silver Valley – the leading European innovation center dedicated to longevity – organized a major student challenge from June 8 to 18 to invent solutions that will make the future quality of life of employees-caregivers.

Surrounded by experts from the private sector, associations, researchers and employees of La Mutuelle Générale, the 5 teams of students (from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Sciences Po Paris, the University Gustave Eiffel and the Nantes-Atlantique School of Design) designed and presented their innovations to a jury of professionals. The winning team, which will be unveiled during the L’Observatoire solidaire colloquium organized on September 28 with The echoeswill benefit from support in the implementation of his idea by the Silver Valley and La Mutuelle Générale teams.

For explains Pierre Denis, Head of the societal commitment division of La Mutuelle Générale, “From fields of study as varied as corporate social protection, insurance, HR or even innovation, the students showed solidarity by formulating concrete proposals for employee caregivers. We will propose to one of our partner companies to incubate the winning idea with its creators. »

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