Presans Raout 2016: go deep or go home

Friday October 7, PARIS — The urban halls of Remix Coworking once again rang with the clamor of the Presans Raout. Expectations had been set high by the previous edition of the Parisian industrial innovation event. Presans CEO Albert Meige managed once again to take everyone by surprise. Sure, the Presans team went in with a rough map of what was about to transpire. The Raout is our annual company gathering, a time of reckoning, a time when visions are shared and strategies discussed.  In 2016, a snapshot picture of Presans would reveal the following facts: Presans is consolidating its position as a French industrial open innovation leader. The Fellows team is successfully renewing itself and expanding. The technology behind

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Interview with Philippe Perrier former Programs Director for the Rafale and Fellow at Presans

Philippe Perrier is one of our latest Fellow recruits at Presans: a true, high-impact heavyweight in the industrial meta-expertise department, just waiting for a challenging deployment opportunity. He took the time to answer a couple of our questions: Tell us about yourself and how you ended up being recruited by Presans I spent 42 years at Dassault, mainly at the Design Office, designing airplanes. In 1987, I assembled the team that successfully spearheaded French efforts to integrate stealth technology into the Rafale program. That was the culmination of the first fifteen years of my career. I spent the following fifteen years as Programs Director for the Rafale, where I was specifically charged with ensuring the performance of all embedded systems.

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Interview with Emmanuelle Duez, CEO @ The Boson Project

Tell us about yourself and how you decided to create The Boson Project. During my student years (at Sciences Po Paris, ESSEC and Bocconi University, my idea was that I’d become a police commissioner or an investigating judge. Then I came to the realization that you can’t have an impact on our world from within state institutions. So, while I studied at ESSEC, I created WoMen’Up, which focuses on topics related to male/female diversity. It struck me then that my student endeavours had been predicated on the wrong question: “what job, what industry?”, and that the real question was “how?” Entrepreneurship suits my personality and I love bringing a team together on the basis of a meaningful project. At the

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Marguerite Humeau @ Palais de Tokyo – Exploring Science & Art

Marguerite Humeau is a “disruptive” artist (Stanislas de Bentzmann, Devoteam Group CEO and patron of this exhibit) whose latest work is an exploration of the origin of our humanity (Palais de Tokyo exhibition). Based on the Jared Diamond inspired idea that consciousness comes with language, and that language was made possible by a chance gene mutation, she imagined what a similar mutation might have produced in the case of a different species. She decided to focus on Elephants, who are, as things stand, already considered to to have a high degree of intelligence and memory. Some of the sculptures represent a primordial act of mourning and agony, accompanied by a soundtrack synthesizing the proto-language and chanting of the conscious elephants. Various

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Sofia 3 : five million experts at your fingertips – interview with the wizard behind this prodigy

Presans is proud to announce the new version of Sofia (presans.com/x-search), the search engine and management tool for international experts. Sofia 3 is both more accurate and more relevant: Comprehensive coverage of global expertise, over 5 million experts identified, as well as their relationships. Search scientific and academic experts as well as startups. Innovative search features. Because searching for an expert isn’t the same as searching for a web page, the new version of Sofia allows to search by similarity, working relationships, communities of interest, etc. Fabien Coulon took the time to discuss this important milestone with us. Can you tell us about yourself? Fabien: After my Computer Science PhD, I worked at startup called Linterweb on a search engine.

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Interview with Two Wizards: Albert Meige & Rémi Larrousse

Albert Meige and Rémi Larrousse are both exemplars of a rare breed of magicians / entrepreneurs. They recently embarked on a completely new type of project: delivering innovation + magic corporate seminars for project-oriented companies who want to revamp their innovation strategy. In this interview for Open Your Innovation, they provide some background on this unique offering. * How did you guys meet? Albert: I went to see Rémi’s show. Then I googled him and I first thought there was another Rémi Larrousse who was an innovation consultant who’d gone to Sciences Po. After a while I eventually figured out both were the same person. Then I contacted Rémi through LinkedIn. It turned out we share a lot of connections… and

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HEC-Roundtable: Managers from GE, Safran, IBM, Total, Airbus Discuss Digitalization

On April 11, 2016, the HEC Advanced Technology Group organized a roundtable on the topic of the digitalization of capital-intensive industries. 120 people attended this sold-out event, which took place in the now well-known halls of Remix Coworking, rue des Petites Écuries. Albert Meige, CEO of industrial open innovation company Presans, handled host duties. The invited panelists were: Ghislaine Dukhan, Executive Vice-President Safran Analytics Jean-Philippe Desbiolles, Vice-President IBM Cognitive Solutions Denis Gardin, SVP New Technologies Ventures at Airbus Yves Le Stunff, Chief Digital Officer at Total Exploration & Production Robert Plana, Senior Engineer Emerging Technologies at General Electrics It’s no secret a big digital push is currently underway from all the major industrial players. How big? How disruptive? Are we sure

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In 2033, you’ll be transferring, not working

2033. Imagine that we are in 2033. Are you there? That’s not 2033! Here, let me give you a hand. In 2033, we still won’t have hoverboards, or flying cars. However, in 2033, more and more restaurants will use 3D printing to print food!?! In 2033, autonomous cars will be everywhere. In 2033, 80% of medical procedures will be automated. In 2033, 50% of the largest companies we know today will have disappeared. That’s it! Are you ready? Let’s add a couple of elements. The date is May 15, 2033. It is 10:27 AM. The woman you see here is Maya; she is a real person. She turns 26 in a few weeks and just woke up. She worked late

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Team Presans: Michel Féret

Michel Féret is the head of Product Management at Presans. He took the time to have a chat with us. How did you become a part of Presans? Back around 2010, I registered myself on the Presans expert platform. You could still do that, then. A couple of weeks later, Albert got in touch and we met in person. I liked the project and became a shareholder. My view on Presans was that it made sense to develop a dedicated search engine for experts. I had a very technological vision. At the same time, the revenue generated by Presans originated exclusively from its service activities. That’s where the actual traction was happening. We are now putting more emphasis on product management. What

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