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EPITA once again places research and innovation in the limelight!

From September 13 to 17, 2021, Research & Innovation Week was held at EPITA, allowing 2nd year students to stock up on knowledge!  And this year, like last, the program was extremely rich with several workshops and lectures focused on the latest developments in computing and digital technology!

Claire Calmejane, host of the 2021 edition

To inaugurate this special week for EPITA students, the school chose to entrust the inaugural conference of the 14th edition to an influential figure in the world of technology as well as an EPITA alumnus:

Claire Calmejane (class of 2005), Director of Innovation at the Société Générale group!

Invited to speak on how important it is for innovative technologies to have a lasting impact on the world, this illustrious alumnus was joined by other renowned personalities who participated in the opening of Research & Innovation Week, such as Philippe Bournhonesque, Chief Technical Officer of IBM FranceCédric O, Secretary of State for the Digital Economy and Bernard Ourghanlian, Technical and Security Director of Microsoft France, respectively present in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

An overview of research and its stakes

Whether it is organized in Paris or on one of the four regional EPITA campuses, each conference was broadcast live so that all students involved would not miss any of the speeches given by the panel of experts. These professionals addressed a variety of exciting topics, from quantum computing and the environmental footprint of digital technology, to the role that artificial intelligence as well as virtual and augmented reality  can play in computer-assisted medical surgery.

What role did EPITA play in this event?

In addition to giving the floor to renowned researchers and professionals, Research & Innovation Week also endeavored to show future engineers how involved EPITA is in these issues. Several of its  professors-researchers, Department heads and laboratory directors (LRDELSE3IE) took turns speaking about their projects, their daily work and presenting the way EPITA internally develops innovative projects… sometimes with the support of students!

Workshops with a focus on innovation!

During this week-long event, students also had to work on an innovative project, while receiving hands-on coaching by EPITA, particularly through the StartUpLab program and the 3IE laboratory. What was the goal? To enable students to acquire the basics needed to go from idea to prototyping in only a few days and therefore understand that it is possible to innovate at EPITA well before obtaining an engineering degree. A real workshop dedicated to entrepreneurship and the startup culture!

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