Valeo launches its first hackathon linked to generative AI in collaboration with Google Cloud & Artefact

The Valeo group | November 30, 2023
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Valeo, the world leader in mobility technologies, held its first hackathon focused on Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI).

This strategic event aimed to solve a concrete and current challenge in the business world and was organized in collaboration with Artefact, a French company specialized in the implementation of AI technologies and advanced data solutions, and with Google Cloud which offers an infrastructure and offer technology dedicated to generative AI.

Over 3 days, 16 teams, or more than 120 employees, were supported by Artefact’s teams of data scientists as well as experts from Google Cloud in order to jointly build solutions to transform generative AI into concrete solutions for Valeo, moving from the ideation phase to the creation of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). The projects were then evaluated by a jury made up of members of Valeo’s executive committee.

The winners of this first edition are:

  • 1st prize: “Manufacturing maintenance: problem solving with AI technology”
  • 2nd prize: “Chat with Data Sheets”
  • 3rd prize: “Requirements Analysis Tool with AI technology”

A fourth project, selected as the most innovative, concerns Data Augmentation.

This first hackathon reflects the spirit of innovation that reigns at Valeo. Our teams collaborate and face technological challenges every day and around the world to make tomorrow’s mobility safer, greener and more connected. The numerous projects proposed at the Hackathon demonstrate your creativity. I am convinced of the benefit of relying on generative artificial intelligence to optimize the efficiency of our operational methods, our developing technologies and our industrial capabilities. I therefore congratulate each of the participants for their commitment to this challenge. It is with this type of initiative that Valeo will remain at the forefront of innovation, competitiveness and excellence. And we continue to be the preferred technology partner for mobility players around the world. » explains Christophe Périllat, CEO of Valeo.

“This hackathon demonstrates the capacity for innovation and development of new activities that our generative AI offerings and infrastructure enable. It demonstrates not only the excitement around AI, but also the excitement about combining ideas, skills, diversity and technologies.” explains Isabelle Fraine, General Director of Google Cloud in France.

Artefact is proud to have supported Valeo in holding its first hackathon dedicated to generative AI. On the Artefact side, almost 30 people were mobilized to orchestrate this hackathon: including our design thinking experts, who guided Valeo teams throughout the ideation process, and our Data Science experts, who collaborated closely with these teams to design robust prototypes. The synergy of these skills, combining deep knowledge in innovation and our technical know-how, reflects our leadership in creating innovative solutions dedicated to our customers, explains Vincent Luciani, CEO and co-founder of Artefact.

Through this 1st generation AI hackathon, Valeo aimed to:

  • bring new ideas : The 16 participating teams have the mission of bringing, from the 600 proposed ideas, concrete solutions, aimed at greater efficiency, based on a better understanding of the opportunities offered by generative AI and the creativity of the teams.
  • Leverage team ideas and give them the opportunity to identify new disruptive opportunities thanks to AI
  • Create a One Valeo Spirit : This first Gen AI Hackathon was a laboratory of ideas. It allowed strengthening collaboration between Valeo teams from different specialties and from all over the world, taking advantage of the experience of the two partners Artefact and Google Cloud.

Participation was open to all employees from the 29 countries where Valeo is present. The ideation period lasted a month with 460 participants and more than 600 ideas. This collaboration was possible thanks to the expertise of Artefact Open Innovation facilitators, experts in design thinking, who came to support the Valeo mentors.

About Valeo

Valeo, a technology company, partner of all car manufacturers and new mobility players, works towards cleaner, safer and smarter mobility, thanks to its innovations. Valeo is a technological and industrial leader in electrification, driving aids, reinventing life on board and vehicle interior and exterior lighting. These four areas, essential for the transformation of mobility, are the Group’s growth vectors. Valeo is the French company that has filed the most patents in the world, according to the latest ranking by the National Intellectual Property Institute (INPI), published in June 2022.

Valeo in numbers: 20 billion euros in turnover in 2022; 109.9 thousand employees on December 31, 2022; 29 countries, 183 production sites, 21 research centers, 44 development centers, 18 distribution platforms.

Valeo is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.

About the artifact:

Artefact is a French company specialized in implementing artificial intelligence technologies and advanced data solutions thanks to unique know-how. A pioneer in its field, Artefact is a one-stop shop, capable of intervening in the entire value chain (from conception to integration) of its client companies with the mission of increasing their impact, through transparent and responsible use of data . Artefact is the largest pure-play player that combines the best in technological expertise and operational excellence, enabling its customers to become AI champions.

More than 300 international companies have trusted Artefact since its creation. With ten years of experience, its 1,300 specialists work in all key sectors of the economy: industry, retail, luxury, mass consumption, health, finance, etc. Artefact works with leading international brands such as Orange, Samsung, L’Oréal and Sanofi.

About Google Cloud

Google Cloud accelerates every organization’s ability to digitally transform their business and industry. We offer enterprise solutions that leverage Google’s cutting-edge technologies, as well as tools that help developers build more sustainably. Customers in more than 200 countries and territories turn to Google Cloud as a trusted partner to help them grow and solve their most critical business problems.



astrid.calippe@artefact.comAstrid Calippe, Marketing Manager France

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