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- Published on Wednesday, 20 July 2011 07:59
- Written by Super User
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.