Netexplo Forum, the unmissable digital event for executives

3 February 2015

The 8th Netexplo Forum is on 4-5 February 2015 at UNESCO House Paris in partnership with HEC Paris. Covering global digital innovation across its technological, commercial, managerial, social, societal and environmental dimensions, over 1,500 economic policymakers, politicians and journalists will come together to discuss issues of digital transformation.

Netexplo Forum 2015

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"By unveiling the emerging uses of tech around the world and the major trends that are impacting society, Netexplo is a source of inspiration and insight for every business facing the digital revolution and the radically new practices it entails." said Thiery Happe, co-founder and Chairman of Netexplo Observatory and Forum.

Each year, Netexplo identifies nearly a thousand new uses of the digital world through a network of international experts, as well as twenty large American, Asian, African and European universities, including HEC Paris.

The unique approach of Netexplo in studying digital society rests on two strong convictions: innovation lies more in the transformation of practices than in the new technology itself, and if creativity and technology do not stop at Silicon Valley, the future will also benefit emerging countries.

During the first day of Netexplo Forum, Julien Levy, associate professor at HEC Paris and director of the e-business center, will present the Netexplo trend report, a study exploring how these digital innovations will impact the way we live, communicate, learn, work and consume.

Of the 100 most promising global digital innovations (Netexplo 100), the top ten will be presented and the 2015 Grand Prix winner revealed. This year, three areas of society are emerging from the charts: sustainable development, health and prevention, and education and management.

The second day of the forum will address the topic of digital transformation of large businesses through live interactive lectures.

Netexplo Award winners in Sustainable Development

Kappo (Chile): Motivating cyclists for a bike-friendly city

Motivated by a gamified mobile app, connected cyclists produce and transmit useful data for urban planning whenever they use their bikes for work or leisure. The aim is to use this data to make the city more bike-friendly.

Rainforest Connection (USA): Fighting deforestation with recycled smartphones

This new, environmentally-friendly way of recycling used smartphones involves putting them on a tree. Through their microphones, the phones detect any illegal logging within a 1-kilometer radius in just 5 minutes, as opposed to a week using satellite images. This makes instant responses possible in the crucial fight against deforestation.

W.Afate 3D-printer (Togo): An environmentally-friendly 3D printer

What can be done with the huge piles of electronic waste dumped in Africa? The members of Woélab, a hacking community in Lomé, had the idea of recycling components to make a low-cost 3D-printer. The functioning prototype has won awards at the African Innovation Summit and the NASA Space App Challenge. On a larger scale, the initiative could drive the growth of fablabs across Africa.

Wearable Thermo-Element (South Korea): The body becomes a source of energy for mobile devices

Everyone knows the frustration of seeing their smartphone battery at 2% when they have an important call to make but no socket or cable within reach. Researchers at the Korean Advanced Institute for Science & Technology (KAIST) have created a Wearable Thermo-Element that can be incorporated into clothing to power our phones and other mobile devices.

Netexplo Award winners in Health & Prevention

Baidu Kuai Sou (China): Chopsticks that check the food you're about to eat!

If you know how to use chopsticks, then you can also spot any tainted oils in your food and measure its temperature or acidity. In a China traumatised by food scandals, combining cutting-edge technology with a centuries-old utensil is doubly reassuring.After China Survival Manual (Netexplo awards 2013) which tapped into social media, Kuai Sou uses the internet of things to protect Chinese citizens...

Scio (Israel): A pocket molecular sensor with endless applications

This device is no bigger than a cigarette lighter yet, thanks to a connection to a huge database, it can give you the chemical composition of a drink or meal, tell you whether your houseplant is healthy or check whether medicine is genuine.

Sense Ebola Followup (Nigeria): A mobile tool to help contain Ebola

Time is a key factor in managing an Ebola virus outbreak. To manage cases effectively and allocate the right resources, delays have to be reported without delay. eHealth Nigeria provided workers in the Nigerian health ministry with an app for real-time monitoring. Models created from geotagged data allowed the authorities to track the number of cases and take relevant measures to stop the pandemic spreading.

Netexplo Award winners in Education & Management

Branching Minds (USA) Cognitive science helping pupils in difficulty

This web service for teachers and parents detects pupils’ specific learning difficulties. The aim is to correct them before they become real obstacles, based on past successes and failures recorded and analysed online. This adaptive technology is enhanced and improved with experience. It draws on cognitive science for a smoother learning process through a personalised approach.

PhotoMath (Croatia) Math problems solved "by magic"

If you’re having difficulty solving an equation, this free app from MicroBlink, a Croatian company specialising in text recognition, turns your smartphone into a maths coach. Just take a picture of the equation and it guides you through the solution, step by step. You get not only the right results, but also the best way of obtaining it. A pocket teacher for maths students in all grades.

Slack (USA) Making internal communication seamless

By bringing together every collaboration tool - email, Skype, file-sharing and social networks – together into a single chat stream, Slack makes teamwork easier and simpler. Just 8 months after its release, the service is being used by 30,000 teams, sending almost 200 million messages a month. Twitter, Airbnb, Dropbox and the New York Times use Slack, which is already valued at $1 billion. Will Slack kill email?

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