1st Prize, awarded by the French Ministry for Education, Higher Education and Research
This competition, which has been running for 18 years, is the French gold standard for spotting potential innovative companies in all fields. Only projects whose technical, economic and legal feasibility has first been established, and that can lead in a short time frame to the creation of an innovative company, are eligible. For the presentation of prospective Qëhnelö™ technology, Didier Lille was awarded the 1st National Prize in 2007, along with a €350,000 subsidy, in the face of competition from more than 7000 other dossiers.
The Qëhnelö™ dossier described the project in these terms: “Envisioning the interoperability of models and algorithms by applying the same principle as for data interoperability, in order to gain a distributed perception of all the entities and then make them cooperate with each other, is an innovative approach. It should enable better solutions to be found in the future to sustainable development issues, benefiting local populations, and with a view to achieving improved management of natural resources”.