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INOV'dia 2011

Since 2009 INOV'dia has been the primary innovation regional meeting for the West of France. It is organised by Laval Mayenne Technopole.

This third meeting was held on 8 and 9 December 2011 and featured an international program which brought together organisations with a shared interest in smart mobility.

 A summary of the main 2011 conference highlights

 It was a day for making new business contacts and following new  business leads:

  • 1 participant in 3 was from an SME.
  • 45% of attendees/participants were from outside the Mayenne region, including 19 visitors from other countries.
  • More than 100 business cards were exchanged during the Innov'dating session.
  • All the delegates questioned said that the day had given them the chance to link up with potential clients or partners.

The programme focussed on innovation and featured:

  • An inspirational presentation by Olivier Soudieux, mountaineer and businessman.
  • 20 hands-on workshops.
  • 35 innovation specialists, who brought their expertise to the Innovation Forum.
  • 8 designers who gave problem solving advice to companies at the Design Forum.
  • 2 award winning Mayenne innovations which took pride of place at the Innovation Exhibition. These were MPO Energy PV Cells and OKWIND's vertical turbine engine.
  • 3 games designed to promote a better understanding of innovation which were featured in the Innovation Cafe.

The first MAYAM Virtual Reality and Business Innovation Challenge.

  • 30 design and technology students from Laval took part in a challenge to introduce companies to the benefits of Virtual Reality and 3D technology.
  • The winning team was from ERMO, designers of high precision injection-moulding systems.

Inaugural international competition to promote Intelligent Mobility

  • 17 innovations were showcased as part of this competition encourage the development of IT solutions in the transport industry.
  • The winner was from Laval and they were INDUCT with Cybergo; a driverless electric shuttle bus for urban use.
  • The Jury also made a special award to TravelHub, from Scottish company Sustainable Opportunity Solutions.  This is a platform which optimises transport logistics to provide savings in cost, travel times and CO2 emissions.

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