Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016

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Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016

Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016
Event starts at 7:00 pm

Ecole 42
96, boulevard Bessières
Paris, France 75017

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About Startup Weekend: 
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

About Startup Weekend Artificial Intelligence: 
From November 4th to 6th 2016, Paris hosts the first Startup Weekend dedicated to artificial intelligence.  Data scientist, robotics specialists, developers, machine learning experts or amateurs, come test your ideas and participate in creating the future of the French artificial intelligence!

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Thursday November 3rd

7:00 pm
Allow participants to meet and exchange with the actors of tomorrow's technologies

Friday November 4th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:30 pm
Introduction of the coaches, partenaires and organizers team

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Let's create magic! You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.

Saturday November 5th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Saturday Kick-off

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm
Mentors arrival

12:30 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

3:00 pm
Midterm validation ideas
Just to know if you are lost and if we can help

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

11:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 6th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Pitch practice

11:00 am
Final Mentoring session
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:30 pm
Working lunch

1:30 pm
Pitch practice 2nd session

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Show time!

8:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Winners Announced!

9:00 pm
Go Home!
Last group pics and hugs <3

Event Judges

Diana Filippova
Startup Connector @Microsoft | Activist @OuiShare | PhD Candidate @Telecom ParisTech | Writer

Diana connects Microsoft with the startup ecosystem in France, with the mission to help talents build startups, help startups create value and turn into awesome companies.

Her personal engagement: bring progress and fairness to our organisations, institutions, politics. She actively supports OuiShare in its mission to help businesses, communities and individuals engage in the not-always-smooth transition to collaborative and innovative models. 

She writes, both fiction and non fiction, about economic and social perspectives, work, governance, and politics (please see the bibliography below). I coordinated and co-wrote a book, "Collaborative Society, The End of Hierarchy", published on May 21, 2015.

She is also an amazing speaker (TEDxParis, etc.) and will make an awesome SWAI jury!

Florent Chauveau
Co-Founder and CTO at CALLR

Co-Founder and CTO at CALLR
At CALLR we aim to combine voice applications with other innovative technologies in the simplest way possible and put these into the hands of every business, no matter what size. We strive for three key goals: simplicity, sophistication, and cost-effectiveness. With these metrics, we will deliver a cutting edge, enterprise-class platform that brings voice technology to every business communication, relationship, and tool.

Franck Nouyrigat
Founder of

Franck is Co-Founder and Partner at ReCorp, an awesome expert network of successful entrepreneurs acting as your "scale-up commando" to help corporate leaders to manage existing startup spinoffs / acquisitions or to launch new ones. With Clint Nelsen and Marc Nager, he also acquired Startup Weekend in 2009 and switched it to a non profit 501c3 with the goal of developing the largest and most vibrant entrepreneurial community in the world. 


Imaginove Director 

Matthieu Repellin
Investment Partner at Airbus Ventures

Matthieu is an Investment Partner with Airbus Ventures the venture capital arm of Airbus Group which supports early stage startups in aerospace and adjacent domains through equity investment. 

Prior to joining Airbus Ventures, Matthieu was with Airbus Group Corporate Strategy which he joined in 2013 advising on future trends and emerging technologies. He was instrumental in the creation of Airbus innovation outpost in the silicon valley and just relocated from California where he was building relationships with the American startup ecosystem.

Before that, Matthieu spent more than 10 years in the high tech industry. He started as an engineer, designing microprocessors, and later transitioned to market research, strategic planning, finance and strategy. 

Understanding technology, markets and business models has been the connecting thread of Matthieu’s career. 
He holds a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering and an executive MBA.

Maxime Connat
Responsable technique et pédagogique, Ecole 42

Eric Horlait
Directeur Général Délégué au transfert et aux partenariats industriels @INRIA

Coaches and Mentors

Yann Lechelle
COO at Snips - Using AI to make technology disappear

Over the past two decades, from Paris to Los Angeles, via Cambridge UK and New York, Yann has been leveraging technology to help unlock business opportunities in various fields: financial markets with real-time trading platforms, cartoon animation with centralised asset management tools, project and yield management with social networks, digital art on new media, mobile app discovery with recommendation engine, mobile app monetization with innovative ad formats.

As an entrepreneur, he has founded or co-founded a number of companies, developing products that have reached hundreds of millions of end-users globally, often resorting to slick user interface design and offering innovative user experiences. 

As advisor, board member or angel investor, he is now tracking the progress of many more forward looking new business ventures.

At Snips, as COO, his role is to help the team and the tech grow to achieve escape velocity... towards a world where technology disappears and humans are empowered to reach their next stage of evolution.

Marc Rougier
Partner at Elaia Partners

Elaia Partners is an independent VC fund focused on the Digital Economy. We focus on high technology ventures with a preference for B2B models. We can invest at a very early stage in high potential teams and work alongside the entrepreneurs throughout the development of international champions.

Elaia Partners diversified portfolio includes companies such as Sigfox, Mirakl, Criteo, Teads, Marfeel, Adomik,, ZenChef, Easyrecrue, Shift Technology, Tinyclues, Orchestra Networks, Agnitio, etc.

Paul Strachman
Venture Partner @ ISAI

Entrepreneur and Investor, #FranceIsAI

Jean-Claude Rosichini
CEO at Aventia, International Executive & Entrepreneur 🌐 Digital HiTech Alumnus (Intel, Motorola, Nortel, Airbus)

Executive, Board Director, Advisor and Angel investor in the Global Technology market. 

Solid P&L management and entrepreneurial track record developed in large corporations (Fortune 500) as well as in SMEs & Start-Ups.

29+ years in actively pioneering the expansion of Digital technologies and Services in Software, Telecoms, Electronics, Mobiles, Computers & IT (Nortel, Motorola, Intel, VLSI).

Founder, Advisor & Board member of several IT companies & Operators.

His passion? gathering great people together to build projects, products and companies.
#Computer Vision #Machine Learning, #Big data #Analytics, #IoT #3D #Robotics

Ethan Pierse
Managing Partner @ Nest VC

Ethan is an entrepreneur and experienced marketer with a passion for mentoring startups and helping young entrepreneurs succeed. As Managing Partner of Nest Venture Capital in Paris, Ethan is bringing Nest's proven startup investment and acceleration model to Western Europe. As a startup advisor, Ethan brings over 20 years experience in digital marketing strategy.  

For the past several years, Ethan has been dedicated to helping FrenchTech startups develop Internationally with a specific focus on the US market. He is the founder and President of the French non-profit “Association for International Promotion of French Technology” (APTFI) as well as FrenchPitch events promoting FrenchTech startups Internationally in France and abroad at events like International CES. Ethan serves as an advisor to multiple startups in Paris for fundraising, business development and growth strategy.

Michel Cezon
Entrepreneur, Coach, Business Mentor

Michel is a certified Professionnel Coach and engineer in Artificial Intelligence, Robotic and Vision. With more than 35 years of experience in Industry, SMEs and Research, he created three startups in AI (Singapour, France and a spin-off in the USA). Founder and manager of Cogiteo since 2010, he helps startups and technology companies’ managers and entrepreneurs thanks to coaching, consulting and training. He teaches in Industry, in incubators, in Business schools, works as a certified mediator and belongs to a Business Angels network. It will be his 14th SW :-)

Blandine Mouren

My skills and capabilities are a true asset in establishing or managing an open innovation project, in an incubator/accelerator, in a medium/large corporation, in an investment company (seed/early stage) or in a key actor of the digital ecosystem.
After 4 years of working in open innovation, I am currently in charge of investors’partnership at VivaTechnology Paris.

I know that large companies and start-ups can mutually benefit from one another. Shaping the future of business is my moto.
I have always been interested in innovation as a driver of growth for companies.

Taig Khris
CEO & Founder onoff Telecom SAS

3 times world champion in roller skating; 
75 Victories (X-Games, Gravity Games, World Championship, etc.), Taig founded OnOff telecom to innovate and disrupt the telecom sector.

Jonas Ohlsson

Jonas is a speaker, entrepreneur and senior front end engineer. He works for Snips in Paris, where he leads the web and tooling team. He is passionate about the web, open source, and the future of tech. He is the creator of some popular web performance tools, including Penthouse ( and

Yacine Rezgui

I'm a full-stack JavaScript engineer working, based in London. I talk English, French and Arabic. I give talks to different meetups and organize the London Phonegap Meetup. Check my website : and my github account :

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Marcus Eikeland

Marcus is a senior partner working in the cross-section of innovation, strategy and management. He has a broad background in IT consultancy, and project management. In 2013 Marcus was the lead organizer of Startup Weekend Stavanger, Norway. He was also the co-facilitator of SW Sunshine Coast in 2014. 
Marcus surfs, kitesurfs and skates on longboard. Life is good! Yay!

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