Fujitsu Innovation Gathering 2016 – Celebrating Innovation in Paris

On 9th June this year, 1343 visitors attended the Fujitsu World Tour and Fujitsu Innovation Gathering event in Paris, held at the beautiful Parc Floral in brilliant sunshine.

Our theme was “human centric innovation in action”, with highlights for the dedicated Fujitsu Innovation Gathering agenda including VIP guest presentations, thought-provoking breakout sessions with expert panels, and demonstrations across the Laboratories’ latest innovations.

The combined event was the largest ever staged by Fujitsu in France, and we were honoured to have Axelle Lemaire, the Minister in charge of Digital Affairs, as a guest speaker, together with Mr Hiroshi Kawamura, the Chargé d’Affaires from the Japanese Embassy.

Our keynote for the Fujitsu Innovation Gathering involved an « innovation dialogue » on ”Driving Human Centric Innovation: Leveraging Leading-Edge Technologies” between François Fleutiaux, Senior Vice President, Head of  Fujitsu Europe, Middle-East, India and Africa, and myself.  We were joined by Professor Rahim Tafazolli, the Director of the 5G Innovation Centre & Institute of Communication Systems at the University of Surrey, who gave an insightful contribution on the latest 5G developments.

The large exhibition area featured Fujitsu’s vision of the “City of the Future”, showcasing solutions across key vertical sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, finance, transport, energy, retail and security.  It incorporated 16 exciting innovations from the Laboratories, some of which were on show for the first time.

During the event, Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe unveiled two brand new solutions with formal press releases:

The Fujitsu Innovation Gathering concluded with the presentation of five awards for the Fujitsu Linked Open Data Competition, which was staged in conjunction with the prestigious École Polytechnique and with a judging panel drawn from business and academia.  The winners of each category were presented with Euros 3,000 prize money and a special Award by Dr Adel Rouz, Executive Vice President of Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe.

  • Energy Management category: Martin Bompaire from the Polytechnique for his concept “Pimp my roof”, which is a tool that automatically estimates the potential of solar energy of the roofs of France.
  • Internet of Things category: MSc Data Science Designer Rachel Joy Florentino from the Data Science Tech Institute for her Smart Rail concept – a predictive analysis solution that predicts the capacity of train carriages based on train information, environment information, and events information. This can be implemented through a mobile application or physical detectors/notifications.
  • Retail category: Adrien Pavie
 and Jean-Louis Zimmermann for their concept “OpenLevelUp” that displays and edits the global OpenStreetMap data level by level for PC & mobile devices, and helps people with reduced mobility to move around in retail environments.
  • Smart Factories – Industry 4.0 category: David Phan for his Smart factories concept designed to provide “A better harmonized environment that uses less resources”.  David was also the winner of the Human Centric Innovation” Award from Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe for the best overall application.

We invite you to watch our “2016 Highlights” video here.

The 2016 Fujitsu Innovation Gathering was a great success, and we look forward to our 5th event in 2017 – somewhere in EMEIA!


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