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Athens is 2018 European Capital for Innovation

In competition with Toulouse, Francfort, Umea, ... Athens is the new capital for innovation

EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas and Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis.

Athens has been named European Capital of Innovation for 2018 during the Web Summit taking place in Lisbon, Portugal, today.

The winner was announced on Tuesday 6th November, by EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas.“Athens is the EU Capital of Innovation 2018! A city that uses innovation to leave no one behind, a story of urban and social like no other. Let’s be inspired by this great innovation capital!” said Moedas via his twitter account.

The Greek capital was among 12 finalist cities vying for this year’s European Capital of Innovation Award (iCapital) an annual cash prize awarded to the European city that achieves to harness innovation to improve the lives of its citizens.Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany), Lueven (Belgium), Omeo (Sweden), and Aarhus (Denmark) had reached the final selection process.

From Lisbon, Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis said via his twitter account: “Athens won! We just accepted the European Commission’s award, naming Athens the European Capital of Innovation for 2018. Everything we’ve achieved, we’ve achieved together!

The award goes to cities that contribute to dynamic innovation ecosystems, involve citizens in governance and decision-making, and  tap into innovation to improve resiliency and sustainability in urban settings.Winners of the European Innovation Capital award receive 1 million euros, with the five runner-up cities awarded 100,000 euros.


Greek Delegation in a French reportage on Innovation

Report 13 Hours France 2

The third place, La REcyclerie, in Paris, hosted the visit of the Greek delegation, accompanied by Christophe Chantepy, French Ambassador to Greece, and Olivier Dovergne, who runs the Franco-Greek network of innovation, Mazinnov, about fifty representatives of the Greek ecosystem of innovation were able to discover thanks to Stéphane Vatinel and Marion Bocahut of SINNY & OOKO, this innovative space installed in a former disused station of Paris, which offers to its users a range of activities focused on the circular economy and recycling, through the repair of objects and the sharing of tools, or by the cultivation of its own urban vegetable garden, an example developed by the REcyclerie whose products are used by the Chef Gilles Charrier for the preparation of dishes offered in the restaurant area.

Inspired by this visit, the president of the @Academy of Entrepreneurship Ανδρέας Στεφανίδης | Andreas Stefanidis said that the @ReCyclerie should be inspired by the transposition and development in Greece.

Greek Delegation at France's biggest innovation event of the year

Greece took part to BPI Inno Generation

On October 10 and 11, 2018 a Greek delegation of 45 entrepreneurs and innovation actors took part to the most decisive innovation event, organised BPI France, the Public Bank for Investment which is in charge of financing innovation.
On October 10 the delegation along with the French Ambassador in Greece, Christophe Chantepy, gathered at the Greek Embassy in Paris to meet and network with French structures.
On October 11 the delegation met the whole Parisian innovation ecosystem and B2B meeting with french structures took place.
The visit of 7 incubators and french innovation platform were organized.
Some of the members of the delegation were interviewed:



Conference "Reliving the pastof Europe thanks to the technologies of the future »

On Friday, October 26, 2018, Yves Ubelmann, President of Iconem, will present the Time Machine project with Frédéric Kaplan and Jeroen De Meester during the International Cultural Heritage Fair. The conference, entitled "Reliving the past of Europe through the technologies of the future", will take place from 18:00 to 19:00 at the Studio Theater of the Comédie Française of the Carrousel du Louvre.

The Time Machine project, FET Flagship candidate of the European Commission, reconstructs the evolution of European cities through archives and museum collections transformed into computer systems. Time Machine's virtual maps allow users to bridge past and present and simulate the influences and development of European cities with multi-dimensional models. More information here.

We offer free tickets for this conference and the show! Use the code SIPC18ICONEM to win your place.
ICONEM at the Carrousel du Louvre

Iconem participates for the second time in the International Exhibition of Cultural Heritage, from October 25 to 28 at the Carrousel du Louvre. Our team is waiting for you on booth C46 to exchange and make you discover our latest videos and 3D models.

During this European Year of Cultural Heritage, Iconem enhances our flagship projects in France and across Europe for this 24th edition of the show. Watch on our stand a 3D video of the Church of the Holy Trinity produced for the City of Paris as part of a restoration project. Then, immerse yourself in this same model thanks to an unprecedented HoloLens mixed reality experience on the stand C55 of the Paris City Hall, realized in partnership with Vizua and Iconem. More information here.


French and Greek Recycling Innovators at the French Institute

French Institute Event on Recycling

On last 27th September, the French Institute organized an event showcasing pionneers of the recycling new industry in France and in Greece. These innovators presented their own approach of recycling and the challenge yet to overcome.

- Hélène de la Moureyre from Bilum,
- Marina Griponisioti from Convert Art
- Gaëlle Constantini and Ophélie Levasseur from Atelier Gaëlle Constantini,
- John Pitsakis from 3quarters,
- Diti Kotecha from Théla,
- Vee Bougani from Foodity,
- Wassim Chelfi from Upcycly.

More information on French Institute website:

French Swiss Skipper attempting to achieve the record for crossing Mediterrannean sea

 Already several tens of miles traveled ...

Yvan & Mathis crossed the starting line officially at 14 h 34 and 52 seconds on Monday and have already completed more than 45 miles on the course [ approx 90 km].  Contrary to the weather forecasts announcing a wind of West sector, Yvan & Mathis receive a flow of Southwest sector which forces them an edge upwind, limiting their ability to advance quickly. The crew too weak weather system on the South-East of Marseille. Now the Nacra F20 spins at an average speed of 13 knots, more in line with the goal to claim to break the record. The next hours will be the most decisive for Yvan & Mathis, they must continue to accelerate and push a little more the limits of the boat, but also theirs ...
Follow in minute by minute their progress on the site and on the networks # MYBourgnon2018
You can track the boat here