Public Policy Incubator

Digital solutions for the common good

Fact-checking politicians, helping citizens navigate the maze of social assistance programs, inventing public refrigerators to fight against food waste — these are the kinds of concrete solutions that Sciences Po’s new “public policy incubator” strives to imagine.

Launched by the School of Public Affairs on January 16, 2017, during a creativity week, this program brings together students, researchers and public and private partners (local authorities, government, administrations, institutions, companies, and other economic and social actors) around a shared conviction: that the digital revolution is also a revolution in policy.

A veritable laboratory of innovation and entrepreneurship, this multidisciplinary program combines design, digital technologies and the social sciences, and comprises a complete cycle of innovation, from creation (based on methodologies like design thinking or events like hackathons) to the concrete realization of a functional and well-conceived product (program, application, etc.), which could lead to a start-up.

An integral part of the students’ education at the School of Public Affairs, the public policy incubator is available for full-time use during the off-campus semester by second-year master’s students in lieu of a final internship.
Dedicated courses and workshops (initiation to entrepreneurship, design thinking,etc.) are also offered for first-year students (as optional courses).

In the incubation phase, students at the School of Public Affairs collaborate with students from Ecole 42 to develop concrete solutions that contribute to a rethinking of the common good and respond to the new challenges of a world being disrupted by digital technologies.

Examples of prospective projects

The inclusive economy & responsible consumption

Students are working in collaboration with Carrefour on the notion of the inclusive economy. They are developing a platform — in partnership with new actors in the French organic food industry, seeking to raise their profile and promote their economic development — which enables all consumers to verify the origin of products and their composition. School of Public Affairs students thus have an opportunity to bring their expertise to bear on the ecosystem of responsible consumption actors in France and their legal knowledge on the various food regulations, alongside the competence of students from Ecole 42 related to user services platform design, and that of Bluenove for the participation of the various actors mediating consumers and producers of organic produce in France. 

User services platform

Students are working on the medium-term development of a single online services platform for the city of Paris, as part of an ecosystem of actors: the work includes getting feedback about the concerns of Parisians using Facebook and Bluenove and coordinating with the different companies who provide services in partnership with the city of Paris (Sodexo, schools and cafeterias, senior services; Veolia: trash collection; etc.).

Find out more

Press release from the launch of the Public Policy Incubator (PDF in French, 108 Ko)