SOWISO was present at the famous internet conference LeWeb Paris this week. Together with our friends of ICT Labs we shared a stand in one of the exhibition halls. Being part of this experience was interesting, although I think I will not find myself participating again next year. The atmosphere was great, and we had a good opportunity to share our e-learning with the public. However, this very same public was not the most suited one.
A ticket price of € 2.300,- did ensure a particular type of visitor. If I would guess: middle and higher management in multinational internet and communications focused companies. Also, because the Paris-based internet community is rather small, it appeared most of them already knew each other.
The upside of this rather prestigious event was a more than perfect catering for all attendees. Breakfast seamlessly changed into lunch and lunch was swiftly followed by drinks. Well, to be honest, one day I saw wine already being served at 11 (!) am.
I have to say our hall was the most buzzing one, in which the start-up competition took place and many young companies were represented in their stands. But even here, attention was bought by free teddy bears and beer (?). The winner of the start-up competition was Qunb, and they won without bribing anyone ;). They developed a user-friendly tool to import data from sources such as statistical bureaus, the IMF or the Worldbank which can be visualized for presentation-purposes.
Our visit to Paris was very worthwhile in the end. Not only because we met interesting people and young innovative companies at LeWeb, but also because of the meetings with some universities and publishers that were planned in that very same week. One meeting at Paris 8 University even turned out to be a very global event as both a researcher from Mexico and Japan joined in our meeting.