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#3 – JANUARY 2018

Key figures


as in the number of participants at Open Waste

the 1st hackathon organised in Paris from 24 to 26 November last year. The watchword was simple: “let’s hack waste!” For 3 days, at the Leroy-Merlin Tech-Shop in Paris-Ivry, designers, engineers and innovators came together with a common aim: to search for innovative solutions for waste recycling. With the help of mentors throughout the event, from design to prototyping, the 7 teams brought to light new recovery methods as much in the field of product design, as in urban furniture or survival solutions. At the end, there were 7 different projects of great quality and one big winner, the Black Pillow project.


A look back with images of the high points of this creative marathon, which made it possible to explore new waste recovery methods, with particular focus on end-of-life tyres.
Thanks to the ability to work with the material, the availability of top quality technical equipment, and the well-meaning advice of experts from the Ademe, Zerowaste by Design & Human, the CFCP and the SNCP, ECO-TLC, Renault Creative Lab, Open Street Map, Elastolab and 15 markets, Open Waste stylishly concluded International Waste Week, the aim of which was to raise general awareness of the need to reduce the amount of waste generated, and to provide answers regarding how to act on a day-to-day basis.

Over to the experts

Jean-Philippe Faure,

Aliapur's R&D manager

Open Waste, an event that is part of a much broader open innovation strategy.

On the occasion of Open Waste, an interview with Jean-Philippe Faure, Aliapur’s R&D manager. Open Waste is an event that is part of a much broader open innovation strategy, and its aim is to identify new recovery and recycling projects for waste, and particularly end-of-life tyres. This open innovation strategy has already produced great success stories, such as Aglostic, a gutter filter made from end-of-life tyre granulate that makes it possible to combat the diseases transmitted by mosquitoes (such as Dengue fever or chikungunya, for example), as well as other experiments which are currently in progress in the field of public works and energy or acoustic performances. This is an approach to innovation is just the start of something much bigger…

Craking the code

winners of openwaste

The Black Pillow project was the winner of this 1st edition of Open Waste. The project shows
how recycled tyres can be used to protect urban equipment and increase security…

The Black Pillow project team was formed during the launch of Open Waste, and developed a project for a prosthetic for urban furniture. The stakes: protecting urban equipment and reinforcing the security of car drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists… anyone who might come violently into contact with these posts, elements of urban furniture, safety barriers, etc.
A full-size prototype was presented to the jury, who judged this project to be the most mature and the most likely to obtain fast industrial development. During this hackathon, the project team used vulcanised tyre granulate without addition of glue so as to have as little impact as possible in environmental terms. Black Pillow is aimed at all the key players in cities and designers of urban equipment with significant volumes. The aim of Aliapur’s support is to validate both the technical feasibility and the material choices that need to be made, as well as the potential markets for the product.