April-May 2017 Program of Events

 

April 27
THU @ Afternoon

Day 1: Virtual Reality
Hackathon
with French startup
Wonda VR
April 28
FRI @ All Day
Day 2: Virtual Reality
Hackathon
with French startup
Wonda VR

April 29
SAT @ Morning
Day 3: Virtual Reality
Hackathon
with French startup
Wonda VR

SAT @ Afternoon

Immersive Tech Summit
&
2017 French Innovation Week Launch Event
May 1
MON @ 9 AM
Science L.A.B²: Learning and Building Bridges for students & teachers.
May 2
TUE @ 7 PM
How the new genome-editing technologies in agriculture will change our everyday lives
May 3
WED @ 13:00 PM
Lycée Français Science Fair & Maker Faire
@ 5 PM
Smart Cities, French Technology Inventing the Cities Of Tomorrow @ 1871
May 4
THU @ 7 PM
Why are gravitational waves a revolutionary discovery?
May 5
FRI @ 6 PM
25th FACC Gala
La Nuit des Etoiles
Celebrating
The Loire Valley
& Innovation

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Thursday, April 27th-29th

FIW VR 300“Virtual Reality Hackathon with French creative startup Wonda VR”
Location: 2112 –  Fort Knox Studios4245 N. Knox Avenue – Chicago, Illinois 60641

This original hackathon concept invites creative content makers to write, shoot, edit, and distribute a Cinematic VR experience in less than 48 hours! Using a proven workshop methodology coupled with both the use of innovative software and tools and an award-winning team of experts, The hackathon aims at empowering a diverse community of creatives to explore the future of cinema in VR.


Teams will participate in a two-day event to create VR films with the French startup Wonda VR.
 The projects will be introduced by the teams during the Immersive Tech Summit on April 29 afternoon at 2112. They will also be available for anyone to view on Wonda VR Mobile App (iOS, Android, GearVR) the same day.

About
Wonda VR is a creative authoring and publishing solution to turn 360° video footage into interactive VR experiences and distribute it on any VR platform (iOS, Android, Daydream, Oculus Mobile).

2112. Located  within the 160,000 sq ft ecosystem of Fort Knox Studios,  2112 is Chicago’s first incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs in music, film/video, and creative technology.

More information & registration here.

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Saturday, April 29th

12 pm – 6:30 pm: Immersive Tech Summit
6:30 pm: 2017 French Innovation Week official Launch Event

Location: 2112 –  Fort Knox Studios4245 N. Knox Avenue – Chicago, Illinois 60641

2112 Immersive Tech Summit //  The day-long Immersive Tech Summit will include Industry leaders and experts in immersive tech presenting cutting-edge case studies, workshops, and demos.

Featuring over 30 speakers, three rooms, exploring virtual, augmented and mixed reality conceptualization, production and post production, branding and marketing, case studies, trends, best practices and standards, and market adoption.

French Innovation Week 2017 will present: 

  • 5:05 pm – 5:50 pm: Innovating Cultural Start-ups in the United States and in Europe: Opportunities and Challenges.
    Featuring:
    – Thomas Michelon, Deputy Cultural Counselor at the French Embassy of the United States;
    – Jean-Edouard Chantebel, Wonda VR;
    – Raphaël Beaugrand, Journalist, VR Director and post producer, Okio-Studio
    – Aaron Mojica, Co-Founder, Atmosphere
  • Virtual Reality Film Screenings from VR Hackathon
  • Thrive: How Women are Creatively Dominating the New Realities
  • 6:30 -8:30pm: French Innovation Week 2017 LAUNCH & NETWORKING RECEPTION – Invitation Only.
    Organized by 2112 and the French Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago. Remarks Vincent Floreani, Consul General of France in Chicago.


More information

About
Located within the 160,000 sq ft ecosystem of Fort Knox Studios, 2112 is Chicago’s first incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs in music, film/video, and creative technology.

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Monday, May 1st

fiw-2017-lab2-site9am to 3:30pm (one session in the morning and one in the afternoon)
6th Annual Science L.A.B²: Learning and Building Bridges
Hands-on Science Learning for 5th-10th grade students & teachers.
A whole day to discover sciences – Bring your students to this educational event!
Location: Student Center East Room at the University of Illinois at Chicago – 750 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60607 | FREE

A whole day for students and their teachers to learn and build bridges! May 1st is the day of the discovery of sciences, through hands-on activities proposed by our French and American scientific partners.

Complete details and to register your group click HERE

Organized by the Science & Technology Department of the Consulate General of France in Chicago

The event is part of the French-American Science Festival 2017

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Tuesday, May 2nd 

close-up-field-corn-3007:00pm – Conference
How the new genome-editing technologies in agriculture will change our everyday lives
A public lecture by Pr. Agnès Ricroch (Associate professor at AgroParisTech, France and Adjunct professor at Pennsylvania State University, USA).

The event is part of the French-American Science Festival 2017 | FREE
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago54 W Chicago, Chicago, IL

The first GM crops started being cultivated in 1996 following the discovery of transgenesis in 1983. In 1990, the European Union (EU) adopted its first regulatory framework on GMOs. As a result of strong regulatory constraints, commercial cultivation of GM crops is minimal in the EU. Despite of this, the EU remains a major importer of soybean, corn, and rapeseed GM products. Since its discovery in 2012, the CRISPR/Cas technology has emerged as a revolutionary genome-editing technology applicable to all living organisms. It allows the DNA to be cut at desired locations, making possible for existing genes to be removed and/or new ones added.

agnes-ricroch-300Using a comprehensive database, Pr. Agnès Ricroch will review all the recent applications of the CRISPR/Cas in crops and farm animals to meet with today’s agricultural challenges. The use of genome-editing technologies in plant breeding requires a novel EU regulatory approach for new cultivated plant varieties.

Free public lecture, in English, followed by Q&A with the audience and a wine and cheese reception. Exclusive occasion to attend a lecture with such talented French scientists!

>>>REGISTER

Organized by the Science & Technology Department of the Consulate General of France in Chicago

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Wednesday, May 3rd

schoolmakerfaire-facebook-event-3001:00pm – 3:30pm – Presentation
Lycée Français de Chicago Science Fair & Maker Faire
Location: Lycée Français de Chicago1929 West Wilson Ave – Chicago, IL 60640  (Public transportation: Brown Line Damen “L” stop) | FREE – OPEN TO ALL

LFC hosts a “Science Fair & Maker Faire”, a family-friendly showcase of invention and creativity. Families will have “hands-on” opportunities to try new technologies. Lycée students will display projects including stop-motion movies, cardboard cities, and robot challenges.

Community organizations, such as Bit Space, will display their work in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Meet winners of the high school contest “Startup Lycée” and get inspired to start your own project!


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Wednesday, May 3rd

image-eventbrite-finale-1-3005:00 pm – 8:00 pm: France & Innovation
Smart Cities, The Role of French Technology in Inventing the Cities Of Tomorrow
Leading French companies and champions of innovation present their latest technology .
Location:
1871 – 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212, Chicago 60654 | FREE

When architect and urban planners Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett devised a grand plan to make Chicago the “Paris of the Prairies”, they looked to the French metropolis for inspiration.

Today, more than a century later, French innovation is facing an important question: can we still say French technology is the driving force behind the city of tomorrow? Business France’s Smart Cities: The Role of French Technology in Inventing the Cities of Tomorrow event explores how three leaders in smart solutions are powering the way of the future.

Stop by 1871 on May 3, 2017 to hear from and meet these three leaders, networking and a free cocktail hour.

Moderated by Ted Souder, Head of Industry-Retail at Google

With the following speakers:

    • Mark Costa – Chief Digital Officer, North America at JCDecaux
      JCDecaux is the number one outdoor advertising and creative street furniture in the world and is at the cutting edge of smart city Innovation.
    • Yann Kulp – VP SmartSpace North America at Schneider Electric
      Schneider Electric is a world leading company in smart building technologies. It operates in overall electrical distribution and manufacture industrial engineering equipment.
    • Allen Proithis – President, North America at SIGFOX
      SigFox is one of the most well-funded startups in French history and the world’s leading provider of low-power wireless networks for the Internet of Things.

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Schedule:
5:00 – 5:30 p.m.: Registration & welcoming Cocktail
5:30 – 5:40 p.m.: Opening remarks & welcome by Vincent Floreani, Consul General of France & Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871
5:40 – 6:45 p.m.: Panel Discussion + Q&A
6:45 – 6:50 p.m.: Presentation of the YEi Start in France program, an accelerator designed to help entrepreneurs grow their business in France and Europe
6:50 – 8:30 p.m.: Networking + hors d’oeuvres and French Pastries (with the participation of the French Pastry School of Chicago)

FREE admission but registration required.
>>> REGISTER

Sponsored by:  Business France  Twitter logo sml Facebook logo small –   The Consulate General of France in Chicago    Twitter logo sml Facebook logo small  and the French Foreign Trade Advisors (CCEF) Twitter logo sml

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Thursday, May 4th

ondes-3007:00pm – Conference
Black holes, supernovae, Big Bang: why are gravitational waves a revolutionary discovery?
A public lecture by Pr. Benoît Mours (Director of Research at the CNRS)
Location: Alliance Française de Chicago – 54 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610
FREE

A century after Albert Einstein’s prediction on general relativity, the observation of gravitational waves, emitted by the merging of two black holes, has been confirmed in 2015 by a team of international scientists gathered in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Gravitational-wave astronomy is an emerging discipline aimed at using gravitational waves to collect observational data about objects such as neutron stars and black holes, events such as supernovae, and processes including those of the early universe shortly after the Big Bang.

benoit-mours-300Everyone is invited to attend this conference presented by Pr. Benoît Mours and learn more about the main breakthroughs that made this discovery possible, the worldwide network of instruments and the future of this new field. Pr. Mours is part of the Advanced LIGO team conducting this research.

Free public lecture, in English, followed by Q&A with the audience and a wine and cheese reception. Exclusive occasion to attend a lecture with such talented French scientists!

>>>REGISTER

Organized by the Science & Technology Department of the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

The event is part of the French-American Science Festival 2017
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Friday, May 5th

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6:00 pm: Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm: Dinner followed by Live Auction & Dancing
Location: Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile – 20 E. Chestnut – Chicago, IL 60611

LA NUIT DES ETOILES is the French-American Chamber of Commerce Chicago’s annual fundraising Gala. In 2017, the Loire Valley will be a source of inspiration for this 25th anniversary edition, and an opportunity to learn about innovations, savoir-faire, and architecture from this part of France.

La Nuit des Etoiles is the closing night of French Innovation Week.

>>> REGISTER

Organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Chicago


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