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Spotlight on research, creativity, and innovation!

Les 24h de l’innovation is a competition that is held in autumn at École Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées (ESTIA) in France. ESTIA created the concept.

A spring competition is organized by École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal and is international in
scope, attracting more than 1,000 players from 5 continents.

This web site focuses solely on the international competition held in spring by ÉTS.

The goal of the international Les 24h de l’innovation competition is to encourage teams from all over the world to find creative solutions to challenges put forward by participating businesses and companies, public institutions, citizens, and others. Solutions are judged by local juries and by an international jury based in Montreal.

Who can take part in Les 24h de l'innovation?

Three categories of participants contribute to the success of Les 24h de l'innovation: companies, players, and organizers/experts/pollinators.

Companies are encouraged to submit challenges, for example, a problem in their field that they cannot solve due to lack of time or resources. If they wish, companies may also submit or support challenges that are beyond the scope of their industry, for example, social or societal issues.

Players who wish to take part in the competition are encouraged to form teams or join existing teams in efforts to develop and present solutions to the challenges submitted by participating businesses.

The third category of participants includes organizers, pollinators, and experts; they take part in organizing the competition by inviting players and facilitating the logistics of the event.

What happens during Les 24h de l'innovation?

At 9:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time) on the day of the competition, teams discover the various challenges submitted by businesses on the event's web site. From that point onward, they have less than 24 hours to develop a concept, fine-tune it, and present it in a video of no more than 2 minutes in length posted on YouTube.

Local juries select a winner per site before 9:00 AM (EST) on the following day; therefore, local juries deliberate within the 24-hour period. Following this 24-hour period, the international jury in Montreal selects the grand prizewinners from among winning local entries.

What you can win

By taking part in Les 24h de l'innovation, companies enhance the probability of finding a much sought-after solution to a specific problem.

Winning teams can share in the prize money.

In addition, the event allows companies to spot new talent and enables players to enjoy an exciting and enriching experience as well as attract attention from job recruiters.

Why is Les 24h de l'innovation so important?

The event fosters research and effective solutions for issues and problems that the community needs to resolve.

The competition also fosters crowdsourcing, the practice of seeking useful contributions – including services, ideas, and content – from online communities. Crowdsourcing is an effective way of stimulating ideas and creativity.

I want to compete

Application to participate

Let us know that you intend to take part in Les 24h de l’innovation and find out about next steps!


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Submit a challenge

Information request

You would like to submit a challenge to teams competing in Les 24h de l’innovation? Please complete the form below, and we will contact you shortly.



Calling organizers

Take part as an organizer

Let us know that you intend to organize a local version of Les 24h de l’innovation at your institution, and ÉTS will let you know how to proceed.



Calling experts

Take part as an expert

Let us know that you would like to take part in Les 24h de l’innovation as an expert, and ÉTS will let you know how to proceed.



Invite players

You are a professor or professional and would like to invite players to compete in the 2014 edition of Les 24h de l'innovation. To that end, please complete the form below. An invitation email will automatically be sent to your students or members of your network.