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Webdesign International Festival 2010 is here: Web designers — are you up to it?

April 4, 2009 Comments off

Are you a Web designer, a flasher, a developer, or a motion designer? If either is a yes, here’s an opportunity of a lifetime to show your talent to the world! Do you have it in you to create the best web graphic interface in 24 hours only, and that too, by working non-stop?

You asked for it? Here’s your chance to participate in the Webdesign International Festival (WIF) 2010 worldwide webjam. Interested competitors can click here to register for the preselection stages. The WIF 2010 edition will take place at the end of April 2010 in Limousin, Limoges, France.

For the first time ever, the international pre-selections for WIF 2010 will not be held simultaneously all over the world. Each partner can choose the day of its physical pre-selection between September and December 2009.

The end of these four months of pre-selections will be followed by an online pre-selection, where everyone can try or re-try their luck. The best selected will then go on to participate in the live competition in Limoges, France.

Last April (2008), I had the pleasure of attending the WIF 2008 event, which was organized by the WIF in Limoges, Limousin Region, France. The venue, the majestic ESTER Technopole, which is the centre of technology of Limoges and of Limousin — the centers of competitiveness (Elopsys and Céramique). The image shown here is of the Technopole from the outside, in April 2008.

Within three editions, WIF has emerged for all aficionados — professionals or amateurs — as the essential event of Webdesign, design of interface and the digital content. More than hosting just a competition, WIF has the ambition to become a real international marketplace, and a place of meetings and competitive spirits around the interactive design.

Incidentally, ELOPSYS is the French competitiveness Cluster for “microwave, photonic, secure network technologies and digital design”. Photonics is a major area of interest, and I hope to deal with it later, as a separate blog/site.

Coming back to the WIF, Limoges is a three-hour train ride from Paris, about 345km. It can get quite chilly in the evenings if you are planning to join the competition. Moving around Paris is a breeze, thanks to a very efficient Paris Metro.

Finally, I shall remain ever grateful to Aude Bourliataux, my very good friend, for introducing me to WIF as well as ELOPSYS.

telisma launches teliSpeech in 10 Indian languages

November 2, 2007 Comments off

Paris, France based telisma has released teliSpeech, its leading speech-recognition software in India in 10 languages. These languages are: Indian English, Indian Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Marathi.

The teliSpeech, telisma’s core proprietary software product, has been in the Indian market since June 2004. It offers superior robustness, scalability and performance — especially in mobile environments — and comes with a comprehensive set of administration and management tools.

Laurent Balaine, chairman and CEO, telisma, said: “This is an important time for telisma. telisma will open up the voice market and allow the Indian population to access services and information by using their voice. India is a major part of telisma’s international development strategy, and as such, we will be continuing our solid investment.”

He added that telisma’s product portfolio had been conceived and developed with openness in mind, in order to allow its partners to create their speech-recognition solutions using Eclipse-based tools.

He added: “Until now, people could not use their own language. We intend covering 95 percent of the population. We do speech recognition and you don’t need to train the PC as it is internetworked.”

telsima works with a range of companies, including system integrators and with companies providing infrastructure for the call centers, such as Cisco, Genesys, Avaya and HP. Voice service providers can also become partners.

“Until now, the market for such products in India was small. Now, more people would want to access services,” he added. “Our technology is good for social networking as well, as we believe, information is knowledge. Indian companies can take this product and build applications around it to serve banks, enterprises, etc.”

Regarding Indian English as a language, Balaine said telisma made use of several native English speakers, similar to what it did for Hindi. This enabled the system to recognize with high accuracy.

Keen to attract Indian software developers
The teliSpeech software has been developed using tools from Eclipse, a major Open Source initiative, which also includes IBM. Balaine said,”Eclipse has now become a major standard.”

telisma is also keen on developing a community of software developers in India. He said: “Our idea is to offer software developers the tools and an open environment to develop and products they can sell anywhere. The availability of an open envvironment will help them a lot.”

telisma offers an evaluation software for free download on its site. It can be tested on a local PC for 30 days. If the software developers can build applications around teliSpeech during that period, they can buy the license from telisma.

Major India plans
telisma will be opening a liaison office in Bangalore before the end of this year. “We are also in touch with system integrators like Wipro,” Balaine added. telisma also intends working with the mobile phone service providers in India through partners.

“Genesys has also sold our products in India,” he added. “We will also leverage on our partnerships in India, for example, with Cisco, HP, etc. We will also go to local partners in value-added services and in the CRM space.”

As for voice interaction with wireless services, he said that it was more of accessing voice services, while on the move. Here, there is an opportunity for location-based services to be available in voice.

telisma has a fully indirect business model. It partners with leading computer telephony hardware and platforms, along with global and local brand name integrators. Some of its international partners include IVR platform vendors such as Genesys, HP, Avaya, Cisco and Envox. System integrators include Wipro, Cap Gemini, NextiraOne and Atos Origin. Voice service provider partners include Prosodie and Jet Multimedia, while solution partners include Voice Objects.

France rising in nanotech excellence

October 9, 2007 Comments off

This was sent to me by the French Technology Press Office in New Delhi. Reproduced here for readers.

More and more companies from the USA and Japan are investing and launching partnerships in France to take advantage of its cutting-edge nanotechnology expertise. France boasts several zones dedicated to advancing nanotechnology excellence, including the SCS cluster in Sophia Antipolis, the Systematic cluster in the Paris region and notably, the global micro-nanotechnology cluster Minalogic in Grenoble.

In 2007, Minalogic will strengthen its leader status by investing €80 million into 8 new collaborative projects focused on micro and nanotechnologies for next-generation semiconductors and new manufacturing processes, and it recently welcomed Hewlett-Packard as its 50th partner. Starting in September, HP will help cluster members save valuable amounts of time and money with access to highly advanced 2-TeraFlop data processors, called Virtual Nodes.

On the research side, France’s world-class nanotech laboratory CEA-Leti and the leading Japanese lithography company Nikon announced a joint effort to examine Double Patterning and Double Exposure technology for 32 nm semiconductor devices. “Leti offers an outstanding, state-of-the-art facility with all of the processes required for Double Patterning,” says Toshikazu Umatate, Executive Officer, Precision Equipment Co., Nikon Corp. Another Japanese leader, Yamatake, is already working with Leti to develop nanotechnologies.

International companies looking to expand in nanotechnology are also choosing France for their European headquarters. The California-based analog semiconductor company Monolithic Power Systems, ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in Silicon Valley by Deloitte, has now opened its headquarters in Bernin-Crolles, and Boc Edwards, part of the Linde Group, has also moved its European semiconductor business headquarters from London to Grenoble to be closer to its electronics customers and to recruit skilled talent in the region.

France’s expertise is expected to grow on the healthcare side of nanotechnologies following the recent announcement of the opening of Clinatec, an experimental nanotechnology-based neurosurgery clinic expected to be set up in the next three years. The clinic will benefit from the work being carried out at Minatec, Europe’s largest research center in micro-nanotechnologies.

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