Friday Inspiration is a selection of the latest innovative ideas we would like to share with our community every week.
On this week’s review: a French compositor rewarded at the Golden Globes, France well represented by its ambassadors at the CES Innovation Awards, CES female entrepreneurs denouncing sexism in the Tech Industry, the rise of Green Tech and Nigerian online technical support platforms.
Green Tech on The Rise in 2018!
2018 is announced to be the year of Green Tech. Ecosystems across the globe increasingly invest in more sustainable devices. One of the new trends is to dress rooftops with solar panels. In 2017, China installed a record number of wind & solar energy projects and invested $361 billion in Green Tech. Big brands also noticed the popularity of EVs (electric vehicles), as each has launched its own model, for instance, Renault Zoe or Nissan Leaf. Following the French initiative “Make our Planet Great Again”, France and the UK have announced the ban on fossil-fueled cars by 2040! The green fight is spreading out to all levels, from the tech ecosystem to the world of politics and consumers.
The Growing Tech Support Platform in Africa
Hovatek is an online technical support platform that provides convenient solutions to problems and questions. Inspired by the “do-it-yourself” trend, the Nigerian startup reaches individuals who don’t have time to bring their devices to a repairer or cannot afford to buy new ones. The platform offers detailed tutorials and videos spanning of the most common technical problems. If unclear or unsolved, Hovatek support teams assist individuals through instant messaging services or a forum. With an average number of 700 daily interactions, Hovatek plans to become the leading online technical support platform in Africa, with the launch of a multilingual assistance service.
Female Entrepreneurs Speak Out!
Following the sex robots performance the evening before the opening of CES 2018 and the recurrent booth babes of the tech event, a number of female entrepreneurs raised their voices against the tech world’s “misogynistic culture”. If no change in favour of female inclusion is made, several female entrepreneurs announced the boycott of next year’s CES event.
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French Ambassadors of CES 2018
For the third time, France is the first most represented country (outside the US) attending the CES! This year, French startups accounted for 1/3 of all of the international companies at the Eureka Park and showcased a wide range of industries, including self-driving vehicles, smart cities, health tech, green tech. Discover the French startups that received a 2018 Innovation Award from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
Another Prize for Desplat
Congratulations to Alexandre Desplat! The French film composer won the Best Original Score award for his work on Guillermo del Toro’s movie: “Shape of Water”. Active in the industry since 1986, the composer works on all types of movies, from independent movies to blockbusters, including “Le Souffleur”, “Godzilla”, and “Argo”, among others. Listen to the soundtrack of “The Shape of Water” below!
Have a musical weekend! 😊