France Showcases Digital Future

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"Futur en Seine" is structured around 10 areas that affect both our digital and real lives: cities, social innovation, health care and well being, new design, robotics, art and culture, DIY, children, knowledge and data. A total of 15 prototypes were featured (click here to see a full description of prototypes).

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Evolving Cities: Helping Transform Cities by Promoting Development of Resilient Neighborhoods

In order to demonstrate an economy of the future, you have to invest now in technology, not industry — Patrick Cocquet, CEO of Cap Digital. "We want people to be confident in the future and not be afraid of the digital world we are creating," added Cocquet. "We want to influence the future and when you have global economy you can influence the future."  Cap Digital receives money from the French government, but they are managed as a private company. Their goal is to have a healthy mix between public and private companies in order to move ideas to prototypes to commercialization or help small to medium sized companies grow, collaborate and play on the global stage.  This year, "Futur en Seine" had 15 prototypes that were a part of Innovation Village and they all received 45% of their funding for their projects via Cap Digital. But, in order to encourage commitment to the project, they had to come up with the rest of the funds to complete their prototype.

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Robot Sami: Mobile and Modular to Assist Seniors, Children and Industry 

Projects like Arbreole, intelligent lights that react to your movements powered by an Android phone, OpenVibe, a brain to computer interface allowing you to control a video game, Evolving Cities, an open digital platform designed to help create resilient neighborhoods, and SAMI, an innovative multi-function, mobile semi-humanoid robot created by the CRIIF, all received funding from Cap Digital but were also chosen for their potential to be commercialized.  There we were other small companies and research projects like NoRack, a new round green data server that doesn't require air conditioning cooling system and is specifically designed for big data storage; Mail for Good, a platform for NGOs and their online funding initiatives cooing system; Where Does your Tweet Go from MRGLabs, making sense of big data through a visualization of a Tweets; and, BabblePlanet, a social game for kids to learn spoken English and interact with kids from other countries, fostering a more global community, digitally.  "The digital economy has no borders and it's critical to support that type of ecosystem in France," said Cocquet. "We have some of the best talent, schools and universities in Europe, and through events like Futur-en-Seine, we can bring them together with investors and global entities to build an ecosystem for the future."

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