Moroccan inventors and start-ups won 4 medals, including 1 gold, at the 2019 International Exhibition of Ideas, Inventions and Novelties (iENA) held in Nuremberg (Germany) from 31 October to 3 November. About 800 inventions worldwide, says the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The Moroccan delegation, composed of 4 most innovative start-ups from Morocco, was invited to participate in the event co-organized by the CE3M Cluster (Electronic Cluster, Mechatronics and Mechanics) and the German Cooperation Agency in Morocco.
“We are very happy and proud to return to Morocco with 4 medals,” said Marzban Cooper, technical adviser to GIZ Morocco, quoted by a statement from the Agency. “Morocco has always been a country of entrepreneurs and great ideas. It is now time to make Morocco a global hub of technological innovation and to gain the international recognition it deserves,” he added. The four start-ups selected to participate in the event operate in the materials sciences, agritech, energy and smart-cities sectors. The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University of Benguerir (UM6P) has thus participated in its Sens-Things project which is a diagnostic and predictive maintenance solution based on a connected object equipped with a new hybrid sensor technology and a big data platform and artificial intelligence. Among the intended uses, the predictive analysis of the health of car engines through a deep analysis of the lubricant, which will for example to alert drivers to the need to perform a drain. In addition, this solution is able to detect early major failures in the engine such as leaks, cracking or unusual friction.
The Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science, Innovation and Research (MASCIR) Foundation in Rabat, has exhibited its product Agriscan, which is an olive oil quality analyzer. This portable analyzer allows to inform in a few seconds all the qualitative and organic characteristics of olive oil. This innovative project, which combines a multiplicity of technological bricks, aims to launch a go-to-market through a spin-off of the foundation.
In addition, the start-up Metatechnology, known in the field of intelligent vision, has invented a new concept of intelligent 3D camera capable of recognizing ambient situations in public places without violating the identity of the people captured in its field of vision. This camera aims to occupy the position of the first camera developed under the concept “Privacy by Design” recommended by the RGPD (General Regulation of the protection of personal data).
For its part, the startup PilliotY, which recently launched a range of products and solutions for industry 4.0, has been awarded with METRONIC-CBH, a product that allows to analyze, during production, the quality of cable crimping of aeronautical and space complexes and harnesses.
The German cooperation in Morocco is committed to support very small, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the program “Taahil Al Mokawalat” (TAM III) with its partners the Ministry of Industry, Trade, green and digital economy and Morocco SMEs. One of the areas of intervention is to support the most innovative start-ups in Morocco by collaborating with the main industrial clusters of the country. Marzban Cooper mentions that the CE3M Cluster is an example of a successful and dynamic cluster that helps its members to professionalize, grow and succeed internationally. GIZ Morocco works in close collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Morocco SMEs to help strengthen Moroccan clusters such as the CE3M Cluster to improve their service offer to start-ups and innovative/digital SMEs.