Hackathon France: French and Japanese students compete at programming marathon

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

Horiba Scientific sponsored a “Hackathon” that brought together students from the University of Tokyo and the École Polytechnique (EP) to do computer programming and prototyping.

For two days, students worked at the Drahi X-Novation Center.
For two days, students worked at the Drahi X-Novation Center.
(Source: Horiba)

On the EP campus, about twenty students competed in teams of 5 in the computer programming marathon that took place from 24 - 27 February 2017.

For two days, students worked at the Drahi X-Novation Center, a centre dedicated solely to innovation and entrepreneurship, on the technological project proposed by Horiba.

The challenge was to create, "A device that you would like to have for future lab or fab-lab activities".

Hosted at the heart of the EP entrepreneurial ecosystem, the 4 teams were provided with prototyping and co-working space of the accelerator and incubator to develop and create their prototypes. On 27 February, the four teams presented their prototypes to a jury chaired by Franck Pacard, vice-president of Academic Affairs and Research at EP, Matthieu Somekh, head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at EP and the sponsor, represented by Ramdane Benferhat, strategic director and Olivier Acher, director of innovation at Horiba France.


"This bi-continental Japan/France hackathon echoes the multiculturalism of the international Horiba group and we were delighted to guide these high-level students on a theme that projects us into the future,” commented Acher.

The team projects were presented by students and included a connected chain to send and receive messages in a clean room, and a stress detector that offers games to relax before starting the analysis. Another idea that evolved during the event was a mobile dance floor to do sports at a workplace. The fourth team proposed a mini robot to carry out daily tasks or warn for impending danger.

This article appeared in www.laborpraxis-worldwide.com.