Special Events in June

With everything that is occurring in the world right now, you might be wondering: “What’s fun to do this month?”. It’s true that 2020 has not been an easy year: from fashion faux-pas to political blunders, we’ve had a lot on our minds, especially if you include less worrisome situations like lethal pandemics, world hunger and ongoing wars.

However, fret not, the Polytech Newsletter is there to help you get through this! Special events for the month of June have been scouted out and are brought to you by yours truly so you can take part in events on- and off-campus.

Jun 2, 2020: “A needs policy?” at Domaine universitaire de Saint-Martin d’Hères – CANCELED

Although it might be tempting to discuss environmental requirements with philosopher and Higher Schoolf of Art and Design professor Olivier Assouly, cramming in a small lecture room does not seem like a sensible idea right now. Notwithstanding, I know it’s not like you to miss out on an opportunity to learn, so how about you go back to your bed and binge that Korean drama for the third time?

Jun 9, 2020: Coffeequality: “Grenoble is also a matter of women!” – CANCELED

A fun occasion for a stroll in downtown Grenoble!
Credits: Université Grenoble Alpes

An event organized by Grenoble Alpes University and Grenoble Tourist Office, this free city tour was supposed to bring light to women who have inhabited Grenoble and have blazed the path for each of their distinctive fields. A pity for those who wanted to discover the hushed side of history. Patriarchy: 1, Women: 0, Coronavirus: 1000.

Jun 16, 2020: Online Seminar: “How to carry on simple tasks like breathing with a mask on”

This seminar helps students get a grasp of the aftermath of the shelter-in-place order. Knowing that they are literal walking petri dishes, the government has decided to lead them in their effort of not contaminating loved ones and have them die. Talking points: working and studying at home, going out for groceries in a hazmat suit, practicing physical distancing while drinking from a shared beer at a party.

Jun 29, 2020: “Where did all my money go?” Day

The fun part of the shelter-in-place order is that it was an opportunity to spend less. It all checks out: when you go out less, you spend less. Unfortunately for you, some guy some day invented the Internet, and ever since that day you have promised yourself you’ll make that INFO person pay. In the meantime, all your money has gone on careless expenditures like pricey toasters and that fancy stationary bike that cost €700 (which I’m told is the price of a single bottle of hydroalcoholic gel). You can find a silver lining in the fact that, in a matter of weeks, you single-handedly revitalized the French economy.

That’s our program for the month of June! If you long for more, do keep in mind that other refreshing social occasions are bound to take place in Grenoble and all over France this summer, including: sunbathing on your 1 square-meter balcony, exploring every nook and cranny of your local grocery store, and bawling your eyes out because your favorite festival has been canceled.

Have a fun summer!

Rezo’s Got Talent, une première édition sous le signe du confinement

Pour les étudiant.e.s qui suivaient un peu l’actualité extra-scolaire des années précédentes, ces trois mots ne vous sont pas inconnus : Polytech’s Got Talent. Il s’agit d’une compétition qui permettait à l’ensemble des élèves de l’école de présenter et partager leurs talents incroyables, ou tout du moins insolites ! Cet événement a déjà eu lieu en interne dans de nombreuses écoles du réseau, où il a, à chaque fois, rencontré un franc succès.

Cet engouement et cette volonté de partager les passions des élèves du réseau ont alors fait germé une petite idée dans les têtes de Camille LANGRAND et de Claire LASCOSTE, du pôle BDA de la FEDERP. Et pourquoi pas encourager la cohésion entre les écoles en organisant un événement similaire, mais à plus grande échelle ? Si le projet d’un événement en présentiel a vite été abandonné en début d’année scolaire, en raison notamment du frein que pouvait représenter le déplacement des potentiel.le.s participant.e.s, il a été finalement décidé d’organiser la première édition du Rezo’s Got Talent sur Facebook. Relayé par les différents BDE et BDA, il a pu toucher l’ensemble du réseau, faciliter la participation des étudiant.e.s et surtout, il a rendu les premières semaines de confinement plus supportables pour nombre d’entre nous !

Bannière de l'évent RGT2020

Du 30 mars au 5 avril, ce sont 5800 personnes qui ont rejoint le groupe dédié et se sont régalées des 311 différentes démonstrations des participant.e.s aux quatre coins de la France ! La multiplicité des arts représentés (chant, danse, dessin, écriture, photographie, etc) en a ravi plus d’un.e et nous a permis de découvrir nos camarades du réseau sous un autre jour.

La compétition s’est divisée en deux grandes catégories, sérieux et fun, et permettait aux élèves de poster seul.e.s ou en groupe une participation par catégorie. Tout le monde était invité à réagir aux différents posts afin de voter pour celles et ceux qui les impressionnaient et peut-être les faire monter sur le podium. En effet, à la fin de cette semaine placée sous le signe de l’art, huit grand.e.s gagnant.e.s ont été sélectionné.e.s (cinq pour la catégorie sérieuse et trois pour la catégorie plus relax),  grâce aux votes du public mais également à celui du jury composé des président.e.s des BDA de chaque école. Les heureux.ses élu.e.s de la catégorie sérieuse, ainsi que le grand gagnant de la catégorie fun, se sont vu.e.s offrir des cartes cadeaux Fnac de la part du jury bien aimé.

Même si Grenoble n’a pas réussi à se placer sur le podium, nous félicitons tou.te.s nos participant.e.s, notamment Antoine SAGET, qui a réussi à atteindre la sixième place dans la catégorie sérieuse ! Il a présenté un genre d’art peu commun, l’art génératif. A l’aide d’un algorithme génétique de son invention, il crée une image constituée d’une centaine de triangles plus ou moins opaques qui évolue pour se rapprocher de l’image donnée en entrée. Le résultat est tout simplement bluffant !

Participation d'Antoine S. à Rezo's Got Talent 2020
Exemples d’images produites par l’algorithme d’Antoine SAGET

Cette première édition du Rezo’s Got Talent a donc été une réussite. Et d’après nos informations, une réédition de cet événement est en négociation pour l’année prochaine. Le format pourra cependant être un peu différent : pourquoi nous contenter une semaine alors que nous avons toute une année pour montrer nos talents ? Nous en saurons plus dans quelques mois !

Participations à RGT2020
Résumé de l’événement par Camille LANGRAND

Course au BDE 2020 : des campagnes écourtées

Un an déjà que la Mammoutech, liste gagnante des campagnes 2019 du BDE, a été élue ! Il est maintenant l’heure pour eux de laisser place aux suivants !

L’édition 2020 de cette course folle pour accéder au très convoité Bureau Des Élèves de Polytech Grenoble devait se tenir du mercredi 11 au mardi 17 mars 2020. Les Listés font du Ski affrontaient Wintech is Coming à coup de petits déjeuners, repas, goûters, activités en tout genre et soirées !

Mais l’épidémie de Covid-19 a chamboulé le calendrier, faisant cesser les campagnes durant le week-end, en raison de la fermeture de l’école et de l’annonce du confinement.

Courtes mais intenses, ces campagnes écourtées ont tout de même vu se dérouler en ce début de semaine le vote électronique à distance des élèves de l’école, pour élire la liste qui prendra les commandes du BDE.

C’est hier soir, jeudi 9 avril à 19h30, que les résultats ont été dévoilés par le BDE sortant via leur groupe Facebook, soulignant au passage le fair-play et l’enthousiasme des deux équipes malgré le contexte particulier !

Total des votes 455
Nuls 0
Blancs 23
Les Listés font du Ski 205
Wintech is Coming 227

 

C’est donc la liste Wintech is Coming qui l’emporte et prend place au BDE pour l’année 2020-2021. Ils organiseront notamment le gala de remise des diplômes pour les étudiants de dernière année, ainsi que le week-end d’intégration des nouveaux arrivant à la rentrée 2020 !

Wintech is Coming – Liste BDE 2020, gagnante
Les Listés font du Ski – Liste BDE 2020, perdante

[Instant Photo] Avril 2020 1/2

Campus en Lumière, UGA, Janvier 2020

L’évènement Campus en Lumière organisé par l’UGA proposait le mercredi 22 janvier 2020 un parcours d’art visuel. Armé de mon appareil photo, je déambule parmi les créations. Soudain entouré de brume, je regarde autour de moi. À ma gauche, un enfant fou de joie circule à toute vitesse dans cet océan de lumière. Une femme, probablement sa maman, le rattrape et le retient par la capuche de son manteau, pour ne pas risquer de le perdre de vue. Innocence et bonheur d’un enfant, cette scène attendrissante m’a fait sourire !

Photo et texte par Victor CUAU

Sleepover at Polytech… (not really)

Since 2007, on the first Thursday of the month of December, La Nuit de l’Info takes place on several campuses in France.

 

What is La Nuit de l’Info about?

La Nuit de l’Info is a national competition where students, teachers, and companies come together and work on different challenges to develop a web application in one night.
This year, La Nuit de l’Info started on December 5th at 4:39pm, as the sun was
setting and it finished at 8:03am, the following morning.
To participate, teams of ten students each are created. This challenge is not only for computer science students, as students from other courses are welcomed to participate and bring new ideas to each project.
Each company proposes a different challenge and the eventual prizes that can go from gift cards to actual money.

I had the pleasure to meet up with Emma, a TIS3 student who participated at this event and was eager to tell me all about it!

– Could you please introduce yourself? Why did you want to take part in this project?

My name is Emma Theffo and I come from Reunion Island. I am studying Information Technology for Health at Polytech Grenoble.
When I heard about this project, I wanted to participate because I love adventure. I was very keen to try something that I have never done before and further my knowledge about Computer Science.

– Could you please introduce your team?

The name of my team was Polyglottesand it consisted of Gilles Mertens, Valentin D’Emmanuele, Bertrand Baudeur, Ethan Malecot, Paul Cirstea, Titouan Minier Mancini, Daphné Lambert, Mathis Mutel, Alexandre Soulard and myself. Everyone is a student at Polytech, besides Valentin who studies at Ensimag.
We had a coach that was there to guide us during our project. His name is Mathis and he works for
Sogeti, a company that provides technology and engineering services all around the world. However, no teachers were there to supervise us. All the work was done by students!

Selfie time for the Polyglotte team!

– What were the challenges proposed to your team?

This year’s main subject was “to increase the empowerment of students facing precarity”.
This subject was imposed on every team that participated in La Nuit de l’Info.
We could also choose five other challenges, and together we decided to choose:
“Escape from chaos monkey”, “A naming convention not like the others”, “Optimize your solution”, “Cartography”and “Sous la robe des LegalTech”.
Our main strategy to choose the challenges we wanted to work on, was quite
interesting …
(laughs)We actually made a choice based on how many teams were already working on it!
Unfortunately, we only had the time to do three out of the five challenges that we chose… We tried our best to cover all of the issues but sadly, our biggest problem was time! We did not feel like we had enough time to tackle everything… We really wanted to do the naming-convention challenge but we ran out of time before we could give it our best.
Mathis and I were kind of disappointed as we were trying to come up with a funny naming convention.
But on the brighter side, we
won twoout of those three! We came in first placein “Escape from chaos monkey” andthird placein “Sous la robe des LegalTech”.

– Would you recommend participating in this project?

If you like coding and are adventurous, you’re going to love this project!
The challenges were mostly done by the ones who were really good in computer science. Actually, everyone in my team had had classes of computer science before. Nonetheless, I would still recommend to try it out, even if you’re not very comfortable with coding.
You have to keep in mind that, even if you’re not coding, you still have other tasks to do such as choosing the website design, researching about the subjects so the websites can be created and full of information, and so on.
Oh… And don’t forget to cheer your friends up because when someone’s tired, they will need motivational words :).

– How did you manage to stay awake all night?

To stay awake, you need energy and energy comes from food!
We were given pizza, apple pie, apricot pie, and many sweets. Also, keep in mind that we had loads of Redbull cans which turned out to be very useful, along with other snacks that we brought ourselves.
To tell you the truth, it was really difficult to pull an all-nighter because I had classes afterward and I was feeling extremely tired.

– How did you like this experience?

This experience was outstanding! It was so much fun to do this with friends and to spend the night at Polytech.
Our coach, Mathis, was so funny and friendly. He was a big support system that really helped us to get through the night.
A few times during the night, I felt kind of useless but I would always find the
motivation to keep going and find new things to do and be helpful… I would say that it was a great experience overall and I am very proud of my team!

– Are you thinking about doing this next year?

Yes, why not! (laughs)
Hopefully next year, I will have the knowledge to help a bit more when it comes to coding.
I also found it very interesting that the main topic of La Nuit de l’Info, was an
actual topic that affects a lot of students in France and raises a lot of questions.

– Anything else you would like to add?

I would like to thank my teammates and our coach for everything that they’ve done. I hope you enjoyed it as much as me.
I encourage everyone that would be interested in La Nuit de l’Info to sign up next year and let’s get coding!


Did you know…?
During La Nuit de l’Info, several students rode the bicycles with mile trackers that were at Polytech to help the Telethon fundraising!