The call for projects for the City’ZEN Challenge, an international and inter-school competition, ended on 5 January 2021. 31 projects were received on subjects related to the local economy, the environment, agriculture, health, tourism, education and e-commerce.

The jury, composed of members of the Berger-Levrault executive team, selected, with no small amount of effort, the 10 finalist teams that will take part in the second step of the competition.

Each selected team will be supported by a Berger-Levrault coach whose main role is to contribute to the development of each innovative project-idea.

The close cooperation between the students and the coaches will last 6 months and culminate in the presentation to the final Grand Jury at the end of June 2021.

Discover the finalist projects of the partner schools:

Institute Specialised in Offshoring Professions (ISMO) in Tetouan, Morocco

  • Donate Life

Context: Health / blood donation

The concept:

The strict and restrictive measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic caused a severe lack in the country’s blood banks. This situation has become dramatic for blood cancer and haemophilia patients.

Our idea is to create a mobile application that will facilitate the blood donation process by linking blood donation centres to donors, which will help to maintain a stable and sufficient blood stock and therefore save lives.


  • DPO Health Care (Doctor Pharmacy Online)

Context: eHealth care

The concept:

Our solution will allow doctors to write prescriptions and send them to all pharmacies using the mobile application. After confirmation, the patient will receive a list of the pharmacies that have the medication he or she needs. Using a specific identification number, the patient will either go to the pharmacy or place an order online.

In addition, databases of patients will be added to this application as all their medical information will be stored. This will considerably reduce medical errors and also save patients time and money as they will not have to repeat, for example, medical tests they have already done.

EPITECH Barcelona, Spain

  • Medic’App

Context: eHealth / Healthcare for elderly persons / Care or retirement homes

The concept:

Medic’App is an application designed to help elderly persons organise their medication intake, and to provide them the location of the nearest pharmacies and emergency services. The application will include an “alarm” system in which the user configures the name of the medication and the frequency of intake that will appear through a phone notification.

Other features considered include an appointment calendar, an SOS button to call an emergency contact and reminders to purchase a new medicine when it is out of stock.

EPITECH Toulouse, France

  • WherEat

Context: Catering / food and health / e-commerce

The concept:

We all had the experience of planning an evening with a group of friends, to eventually discover that the choice of restaurant was not unanimous. Allergies, diet, budget, neighbourhood/place, personal preferences… all these factors can make choosing a restaurant a very complicated process. WherEat aims to solve this problem.

Thanks to a detailed profile management system that takes into account all factors and details of each participant as well as other factors such as date, time, location, distance, travel time, etc., the algorithm-based mobile application will suggest the most relevant restaurants.

The application will also allow participants to share the bill according to what they have ordered individually.

With WherEat, choosing a restaurant will be a piece of cake!

SIMPLON Occcitanie – Toulouse, France

  • Benevid

Context: Solidarity / health care / social services

The concept:

The idea is to create a mobile application to help people suffering from isolation (for example, due to COVID) by facilitating their daily life. It will connect them with volunteers in their neighbourhood who will provide them various services such as: purchase/delivery of groceries, food and other essential supplies, handiwork services and/or household chores, administrative tasks, etc.

ECE Paris – France

  • Claydd

Context: COVID / Health / Disease prevention

The concept:

How can we make people aware of the need for better and more effective handwashing?

Our solution is to create a user experience for establishments receiving the public. It will be an interactive educational display consisting of a screen, a dispenser and a compartment. The screen will display a video showing the most optimal way to wash hands. The dispenser, highlighted on the display, will offer users a disinfectant solution. This solution is a combination of hydro-alcoholic solution and fluorescent solution/powder. Users can use it to wash their hands, following the video or not, as they wish. They can then test the overall distribution of the product on their hands. To do this, they will simply place their hands in a black compartment.

The fluorescent solution, which is charged with energy by exposure to light, will illuminate in the dark. Thanks to a camera, the user will be able to see the result. In addition, artificial intelligence can be used to calculate the percentage of surfaces covered during hand washing and compare this result with those of other users. The terminal will indicate that the experiment data is collected for this purpose.


ESILV Paris – La Défense, France


Context: Services to citizens / Local authorities / Electronic documents

The concept:

The objective is to simplify access to identity papers thanks to a mobile application, while guaranteeing the security and confidentiality of personal data. The dematerialization of documents, allows to avoid oversight and long administrative procedures in case of theft or loss.

The application is highly secured thanks to double encryption technology.

  • Vegegreen

Context: Local trade and agriculture / environment / health / solidarity

The concept:

VegeGreen is an application of exchange of products between individuals of the same neighbourhood which allows each one to produce locally what he or she wishes and in the interest of a whole community.

The goal is simple: to use this application to allow a connection between the actors producing on a local scale (small producers, farms, people owning a vegetable garden…) and the potential buyers of these products (private individuals).  The interest is to encourage local supply chains, meetings and mutual help.

Owners of gardens can leave free access to them so that others can come and maintain them and cultivate their products.


  • Aceso

Context: Motor vehicle safety / road safety / emergency response

The concept:

Every second lost in a road accident reduces the chances of survival. This is why we want to develop Aceso.

A black box connected to the vehicle, records all the parameters before an accident, such as speed, point of impact or geolocation. In the case of a major impact, Aceso automatically contacts the emergency services, indicating the position of the vehicle in order to save time.


  • GO2R

Context: Environment / trade and retail / food and textile production

The concept:

To create a free mobile application to learn about the carbon footprint of food and textile consumer products. The carbon footprint will be calculated on the basis of several recognized environmental factors.

In addition, the application will offer alternative products (in terms of price and quality) that have a lower carbon footprint.


5th edition: Beyond Covid, rebooting Society!

The City’ZEN Challenge of Berger-Levrault, created in 2015, is an international inter-school competition that aims to support and reward young talents in the implementation of innovative solutions. These solutions are intended to improve the relationship between citizens and administrations, to imagine the city of tomorrow and thus to respond to the major societal challenges of the 21st century.

learn more about the City'ZEN challenge