Startup Weekend Dauphine 13-14-15 Novembre

Il est temps d’agir ! Cela ne vous aura pas échappé, un nouveau souffle entrepreneurial souffle sur la France depuis quelques années. D’après une étude de mars 2015 de l’agence France-Presse, 50% des Français de 18-24 ans souhaitent créer leur propre entreprise. Entreprendre est aujourd’hui une matrice de rêves, l’irrésistible appel à ceux qui vibrent par la création. Or puisque c’est en créant que l’on devient créateur, il n’est jamais trop tôt pour prendre des initiatives. Pourtant, il est peut-être plus important encore de s’entourer de la meilleure des manières pour porter un projet ambitieux – et tous les projets sont ambitieux. Voici ce que nous vous proposons.

Le vendredi 13, samedi 14 et dimanche 15 novembre, nous vous invitons à nous rejoindre lors du Startup Week-end de l’Université Paris Dauphine pour nous montrer votre vrai visage d’entrepreneur. Pendant 54 heures d’effervescence, vous prendrez le temps de vous consacrer entièrement à votre projet avec une équipe d’entrepreneurs comme vous. Tous les profils sont conviés, de toutes les formations, de tous les horizons. Il s’agit d’une occasion en or de rencontrer des compagnons qui vous seront complémentaires dans la mise en place de votre projet. Une quinzaine d’équipes seront ainsi formées le vendredi soir et auront tout le week-end pour avancer au maximum dans leur projet. Ils bénéficieront de l’encadrement de mentors qui ont déjà une forte expérience dans le monde entrepreneurial. Ne laissez pas passer cette occasion unique organisée grâce au soutien de Techstars et de Google for entrepreneurs

Enfin, lorsque la course touchera à sa fin, un jury réuni d’exception, réuni à cet effet, évaluera les projets. Les vainqueurs partiront avec de nombreuses récompense, telles qu’un accès d’un an à un espace de coworking, ou encore un accompagnement entrepreneurial par le programme KOUDETAT de the family.
Et l’aventure ne s’arrête pas là ! 30% des participants de Startup Weekend continuent de travailler sur leur projet après la fin du week-end.

Nous vous attendons nombreux !








Makers ! Get Ready ! Here are your tools – 3 on 3 : #3DPrinting Dagoma’s Discovery200

This blog post is part of a serie of three. They aim at showing you what are the kind of tools that will be available for the event and how to get ready to use them. This first one will talk about the Starter Kits. The second one will present the SIGFOX technology that you will have the luck to try out during the weekend. The third one present the 3D Printers from Dagoma that you will learn to use during this weekend. Also, we know you can’t wait for the event, and so do we. We had so much we wanted to talk about that we are going to blog about it all week long ! LET’S GO !

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This post aim at making you familiar with Dagoma’s 3D Printer, the Discovery200. Giving you the key to get started at printing like a pro.

If there is only one thing you have to remember about it : 3D Printing require no background, the Discovery200 is there to make it easy to everyone.

Concept

Dagoma is a Startup based in Tourcoing, near Lille. They aim at putting a 3D Printer in every hand. To achieve this they made this model. It’s mainly composed of 3D Printed parts which give it a plastic playschool aspect. The model in itself is rather tiny. You can place it on a small table or on the corner of your desk. But yet the 3D Printing volume is huge. It’s 20cmx20cmx20cm. This is  huge.

You can see most part in it and this is a key aspect of the product. To get familiar with 3D Printing, the first step is to get familiar with each part of it and what it can be used to.

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Why is the Discovery 200 awesome ?

Dagoma’s is not made to be a productive tool or an high-end 3D Printer. It’s made to be a pedagogical tool. If you ever think « 3D Printing is to complex, I don’t know how to get started », it’s easy, get started with a Discovery 200. Thus a main part of the product is in Dagoma’s relationship with you. They are not just selling you a 3D Printer, they are following you in using it.
Matthieu, who will be there with his 3D Printers, this weekend answered to the question « Why is Dagoma’s awesome ? »  without even having to think about it : « Because Dagoma is always there when you need ».

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Matthieu introducing the Discovery 200 to a SWLille’s Team in February

But on my geek side, I would have tons of other ideas. Because Dagoma’s tools are mainly forked from OpenSource model and is itself OpenSourced, it fits perfectly in the 3D Printing ecosystem and many resource from the 3D Printing Community are available to you.

Because the Discovery 200 is a Beta product. It mean that you will have updates for it. It’s like when your iPhone app get an update. You receive a mail from Matthieu telling you that a new version of the Discovery 200 is available. There is files of new parts to print and a guide to upgrade it.

Oh yeah, Dagoma can ship it as part. You receive it and you assemble it. If you want to learn 3D Printing this awesome. You have to assemble each part of the printer. You learn to name each part and to understand how they work before even printing.

Getting Started with the Discovery 200

Here are a few tips provided by Matthieu to get started.

« Keep in mind that the main objective is to get familiar with each part of the printer in order to understand how it works. » This is the secret of every 3D Printing master. This allow them to understand each model, and get the most of it, get the best 3D Printed results. To achieve this now, a good way is to read the assembly notice : http://www.dagoma.fr/tutoriels/notice-de-montage-discovery200/

« Just use Cura by Dagoma »
Cura is the software provided by Dagoma to drive the 3D Printer. « Use Cura and don’t think about anything else ». Yes, Cura is easy to use and easy to get started. Get it there : http://www.dagoma.fr/tutoriels/mise-a-jour-de-cura-by-dagoma/

« Stay next to the printer when it begins ». Be cautious with it. Make sure that everything is going well. « If required, optimize the first shape, then watch it grow ». This is where the magical thing happen. The part you are printing is going to grow from bottom to top.

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You can learn more about Dagoma and order a Discovery 200 for 300€ on : http://dagoma.fr/

See you soon !

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Makers ! Get Ready ! Here are your tools – 2/3 : SIGFOX

This blog post is part of a serie of three. They aim at showing you what are the kind of tools that will be available for the event and how to get ready to use them. This first one will talk about the Starter Kits. The second one will present the SIGFOX technology that you will have the luck to try out during the weekend. The third one present the 3D Printers from Dagoma that you will learn to use during this weekend. Also, we know you can’t wait for the event, and so do we. We had so much we wanted to talk about that we are going to blog about it all week long ! LET’S GO !

This post will try to give you all the informations you need about SIGFOX & the Akeru boards. I’ll be happy to discuss any SIGFOX related questions with you on friday night & during the weekend.

See you there ! 🙂

Nicolas, Dev & Maker Evangelist @SIGFOX

TL;DR

SIGFOX allows you to send 12 bytes message, up to 6 times per hour.
Processed messages are forwarded to your application using an HTTP callback or a REST API.

Ready-to-use Akeru boards (Arduino + SIGFOX module) will be available for you during the event.

They come with a tiny Arduino lib exposing a Akeru.send(‘whatever’) function

You’ll also have access to a wide range of ready-to-use sensors to build your project: temperature, distance, humidity, light, .. plus breadboard & wires.

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SIGFOX is an operated network, using the ISM band (868 MHz in Europe).
SIGFOX uses an Ultra Narrow Band modulation, optimizing the efficiency of emission & reducing the possibilities of collisions. This technology offers both a wide range of reception (tens of kms in line-ofsight), and a very low energy consumption (~15-25 mAh in TX).
The protocol is designed to be able to handle a lot of devices, be robust against interferences, and to make man-in-the-middle attacks more than hard run.
There is no notion of pairing or declaration on the network. The devices simply power on, emit, optionally wait for a response, and go back to deep sleep.

Network

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SIGFOX operates its own network, meaning that you don’t have to handle all the communications issue.
Basically: you send a message, it’s received by 1+ antennas, processed & forwarded to your application.
Current coverage is nationwide in France, Spain, Netherlands.
The 10 biggest british cities area already covered too.
Rollout is in progress in Portugal & California.
Deployment in other countries will be announced in the near future.

Dedicated to the IoT

The protocol has been designed to address the specifics of the Internet of Things boom :

  • Focus on the energy efficiency
  • Ability to use a limited number of base stations to cover a great number of devices

The energy efficiency is key, as most devices wil need to be live on their batteries for months & years.
To address this,  SIGFOX allows you to send short messages, up to 12 bytes.

How to get started

You need two things to get started :

  • A SIGFOX modem
  • A subscription to our network

The easier is to use plug-and-play boards or development kits, as they come with a 1 year subscription.

Hardware

SIGFOX isn’t a hardware vendor, but has a wide variety of partners offering solutions to connect to our network.
You can use Arduino boards, like the Akeru that will be available during the Startup Weekend.
You can also use Arduino Shields (like the Atmel Atak55002 or the Akene, or RF modules Telecom Design or Telit for example).

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During the startup weekend, you’ll have access to Akeru boards (with a valid SIGFOX subscription), plus the content of the Akeru starter kit.

  • Câble USB
  • Breadboard 400 points
  • Encodeur rotatif 24 positions (breakout board)
  • Capteur de distance à ultrason Type SR04
  • Clavier souple 20 touches
  • Capteur d’humidité du sol + câble
  • Contact magnétique de porte connecteur central
  • Kit 10 cordons 6″ M/M (x2)
  • Kit 10 cordons 6″ M/F
  • Potentiomètre rotatif linéaire 10K
  • Photorésistance 4mm
  • Capteur de basculement
  • Capteur de température et d’humidité DHT11
  • Résistances de travail

Check the previous post for full details about the available starter kits.

Getting Started with Akeru

A basic Arduino Sketch is available on github : https://github.com/nicolsc/akeru-first-message.

Basically, all you need is to call Akeru.begin(); during setup() then call Akeru.send(&data, sizeof(data)) during loop. Check the Akeru.isReady() to make sure that Akeru is ready to send data.

Retrieve your data

First step: you’ll need access to the SIGFOX backend. The available Akeru boards are already linked to activated accounts.

Contact Nicolas to get the credentials matching your Akeru.

To retrieve your data, use any of these 2 methods

HTTP Callback

  • The most efficient, as incoming data is pushed to your own app
  • A quick node+mongo bootstrap/demo app is available on Github

REST API

  • Documentation available once logged in.
  • A Postman collection will be available too.

That’s it !

Tomorrow is coming so fast ! Next post coming soon !








Makers ! Get Ready ! Here are your tools – 1/3 : The Starter Kits

This blog post is part of a serie of three. They aim at showing you what are the kind of tools that will be available for the event and how to get ready to use them. This first one will talk about the Starter Kits. The second one will present the Sigfox technology that you will have the luck to try out during the weekend. The third one present the 3D Printers by Dagoma that you will learn to use during this weekend. Also, we know you can’t wait for the event, and so do we. We had so much we wanted to talk about that we are going to blog about it all week long ! LET’S GO !

We are glad to work with Snootlab for this event. They are an awesome team of Maker’s supporting the Open Hardware and making it easy to everyone to be provided with great hardware. Their Starter Kits are made to satisfy as well a beginner thirsty of discovering what Digital Manufacturing and the maker’s movement but also to provide anything an advanced Maker needs. There will be 10 Kits on the event. All of them are going to be based on those so, let’s begin with them !

The Starter Kits

They come up with all you need for small electronic. From resistor to capacitor, all the wires and even some small captors, also a breadboard and an LCD Screen. They are packed with an awesome box suited for this. The kit is made for the awesome Mooc de la Fabrication Numerique by Telecom Bretagne : http://snoot.it/mooc1

You can also learn some first steps using Snootlab forum : http://forum.snootlab.com/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=1100

Find more on Snootlab’s : http://snootlab.com/shields-snootlab/653-starter-kit-mooc-sans-arduino-fr.html

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Raspberry Pi 2 Type B

This is the new Rockstar on the IoT scene. The Raspberry Pi fondation agreed to make an awesome piece of hardware based on a multi-core ARMv7. Packing a lot of USB port and an HDMI output, this is still the thing you want to hack your home.
There is many reason to use it. You want to have enough computing power to host an AI in your house and control everything. Or you have a SysAdmin background and would rather compile a debian kernel and then make a `sudo apt-get install tons of shit` rather than write some C code and ship it to an Arduino. Also, this thing can run Windows 10 IoT Core. There is a preview available there : https://ms-iot.github.io/content/GetStarted.htm

Raspberry Pi’s does not comes with a Starter Kit. That’s only for duino’s 😛
Find more on Snootlab’s : http://snootlab.com/raspberry-pi/876-kit-raspberry-pi-2-modele-b-arm-v7-1g-ram-accessoires-fr.html

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SparkFun’s Redboard – Arduino

This is the coolest custom arduino. This board is about being the simplest and stablest one. It does also have a Red PCB that give it a lot of swag, but it’s not enough. It does have a mini-USB B port that make it easier to use than the big ugly USB C of the Arduino Uno. So what ? It’s very similar to a Uno, it does support every Rev 3 Shield and maybe future shields that could be imagined. Even in the IDE, you select Arduino Uno in the Board menu

When to use it ? You don’t need an heavy duty truck. This board is only going to read on some captors and then send it somewhere in the cloud ? This is the shit you need. It’s easy to power and ship your code on it. Arduino is basically the PaaS of connected objects. Write some code and push it to the hardware. Unplug the wire and don’t worry about it never again.

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Learn more about it on Sparfun’s blog : https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/redboard-vs-uno
There is even a youtube video about it : https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=205&v=su0sYPqyV_w

Arduino Due

While the provisioning on Arduino maybe broken because of some sad stories about there founding team, we have you backed with 3 Arduino Due.
Arduino Due is a great alternative to the Arduino Uno. It’s run an ARM microchip and has a lot of computing power while still supporting the Arduino Rev 3 Shields. It’s definitely a great choice if you think you are going to do data processing on the fly and want to ship your code easily using the Arduino plateform. This is the big arduino !

There is many particularities about this one, learn more on : http://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/ArduinoDue

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How do you feel about it ? Are you ready ? Next post coming soon !

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The Global Fashion Battle has Officially kicked off!

New York’s Startup Weekend Fashion & Tech team (Andrew Young and Pavan Bahl) got the Fashion Tech community fired up with a discussion between Decoded Fashion’s Liz Baclear and Uri Minkoff of Rebecca Minkoff.

In an article here on racked, the take away from the evening is broken down into four great pieces of wisdom for anyone trying to make their way in the fashion & tech space.

Check out the pictures, and get psyched for the Global Fashion Battle to begin!

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New York will lead the way for the Global Fashion Battle, with their Startup Weekend on September 5-7 during New York Fashion Week. Next up: London!

The Fashion Battle hits the ground here in Paris on September 26!

Get your tickets!