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The CEA Tech showroom has been completely overhauled as part of the Y.SPOT initiative. The new showroom will facilitate networking, showcase past innovation successes, and inspire potential future innovations.
A network of technology showrooms
The first CEA Tech showroom opened on the CEA campus in Grenoble. Since then, CEA Tech tech-transfer platforms have opened in regions across France, and seven of these platforms now have their own showrooms. This network of technology showrooms works closely with the original showroom in Grenoble to bring the organization's prototypes and demonstrator systems to potential partners across France. And the demonstrators are not the only resource shared by the showrooms. The network also runs travelling events and exhibits—all designed to spread the word and get local stakeholders working together to innovate.
Experience the past, present, and future all in one place
The new and improved showroom will do more than just showcase CEA Tech technologies. It will also focus on the innovation potential CEA Tech can bring its partners. Visitor experiences oriented toward long-term partnerships and a shared future are currently under development and will translate into three novel exhibit spaces.
New exhibit spaces to target a wider audience
In addition to these invitation-only exhibit spaces for current and potential R&D partners, academic partners, and CEA labs, the new and improved showroom will also offer additional outside spaces open to a wider audience. These spaces will present CEA Tech innovations and "living lab" experiments. For example, the area outside of the Maison MINATEC building on the CEA's Grenoble campus is home to a smart building and IoT experiment that includes a demonstration of real-time monitoring of a building. This experiment is just a taste of what is to come, with a much larger, 5,000 sq. m project in the works with our GIANT partners (Atelier Arts et Sciences, Ideas Lab, etc.) for 2021.
Booklet "Showroom 2017"
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.