Antipodes 2017 to bring French and New Zealand tech entrepreneurs face to face [fr]
Capitalizing on the success of Antipodes 2016, the Embassy of France and its New Zealand partners for Antipodes 2017 are taking kiwi ingenuity and creativity to the French Tech and Digital ecosystem by sponsoring the participation of 11 New Zealand creative entrepreneurs and startups to 2 major international events in Paris in June 2017: Futur-en-Seine and Viva Technology.
The French Embassy is sponsoring seven organisations with innovative projects to attend Futur-en-Seine, an international digital festival in Paris where digital innovations are presented to professionals and the general public.
- Charged, which is developing an open source electric skateboard
- Conical Interactive, which has developed virtual reality story experience The Green Fairy
- Sonnar, which aims to revolutionise the audiobook industry
- Enspiral, a collective of entrepreneurs, changemakers and activists at the forefront of the global self-organising movement
- The Design+Democracy Project, a research unit at Massey University
- Cam-Panion, a ’travel storytelling’ system using a camera and an app
- speaker.motion, a moveable loudspeaker system for adding spatial effects to live musical performance
A further four companies will participate in Vivatech, a global meeting for innovative startups and global players in digital transformation. They are:
- ARX, a company using Augmented Reality Glasses to create a gamified environment for cardiovascular exercise
- Fuel50 Careerdrive, a software that enables employees to drive their careers
- Virtual Medical Coaching, the world’s first true Virtual Reality (VR) application for learning radiographic positions and principles.
- Greenstage Power, which develops software-based energy services using an enterprise software platform called SolarNetwork.
Vivatech selected the companies, and the French Embassy is sponsoring their participation.
Both events are part of a movement sweeping France and the world. France is increasingly positioning itself as a major player and centre of innovation and tech through several publicly-funded large-scale initiatives and programmes.
They include Station F, the world’s biggest startup campus, La French Tech, gathering the community of French startups in France and overseas, and the French Tech Ticket programme which attracts gifted and ambitious people from all around the world and helps them set up and develop start-ups in France.
Antipodes aims to provide a yearly platform for collaboration between French and New Zealand artists, scientists, creative technologists, academics, researchers, and businesses. Its objectives include increasing mutual knowledge, enhancing connections between creative academic and research organisations and generating long-term partnerships and collaborative projects between the two countries. You can follow the latest on #Antipodes17 on Twitter and Facebook