On January 4, 2018, the French Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe, revealed the list with the 24 winners chosen between 117 proponents of projects whom deposited their candidature answering to the call for demonstrations of interest AMI (Appel à Manifestation d’Intérêt), to the action “Territories of innovation of great ambition” TIGA. In order to fund the TIGA component of the action “Demonstrators and Territorials of Innovation of Great Ambition” 500 billion euros were authorized for contracts in 2017, according with the treasury law N.º 2016 – 1917 of December 2016, with the objective of identifying, classifying and accompanying a dozen of territories of national interest. These resources of the program “valuation of research”, of the Inter Ministerial mission Investments for the Future, “aim to accompany a limited number of territories of national interest with the objective of improving the quality of life of the inhabitants and increase the durability of the territory”. Pierre Veltz, economist and sociologist, presided the committee of independent experts responsible of the selection. Two projects of Île de France* were selected: “Plaine Commune” and “Heart of the Conurbation Essonne”. “Plaine Commune” is the most important inter communal structure of Île de France due to its number of inhabitants but also due to the evolution and strengthening of its territorial project committed with improving the quality of life of inhabitants, and the strengthening of a well-balanced relation “local-metropolitan”. Founded in 1985 as part of the project “Plaine Rennaissance”, the project was transformed into “Plaine Commune” in the year 2000, and subsequently it affirms its structuring role in the Grand Paris project. With the objective of providing “the right to centralization” for everybody, the conurbation works in five strategic areas: environment, habitat, transportation and mobility, economic development and employment, and culture and creation. The Territorial Public Establishment (Etablissement Public Territorial EPT) “Plaine Commune” was certified by State as “Territory of culture and creation” in 2014, committed in this way with the digital development, and the development of smart city in the nine commune members. To achieve this objective an agreement was signed with Paris VII University to initiate several workshops in digital prospective about issues of digital distribution, as well as the creation of co working spaces. “Plaine Commune” thus presents its prize winning project “For a digital urbanity of the right to the city”, with the objective to define and experiment innovation in an inclusive way.
* Île de France: Historic region from the center of France (N), between the rivers Sena (S), Oise (O), Aisne (A) and Marne (E). Its center is Paris.