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Hack Attack

The event? A programming and prototyping marathon. The participants? A group of students from France and Japan. The goal? To encourage creativity and entrepreneurship – as well as strengthen collaborative links between two institutions: École Polytechnique and the University of Tokyo. For this “Hackathon”, teams of five students designed prototypes for lab equipment of the future, including a connected necklace to send and receive messages in a clean room, and a mini-robot to carry out mundane lab tasks or warn of impending danger. Representatives from École Polytechnique and event sponsor HORIBA tell us more about the bi-continental event.

How did the Hackathon come about?

École Polytechnique: The Hackathon took place during a two-week exchange at the École Polytechnique for students from the University of Tokyo. One of the activities was a 48-hour intercultural experience, mixing 10 students from Tokyo and 10 students from École Polytechnique. Hosted in our new building, fully dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation, it was an opportunity for students from different cultures to collaborate.

HORIBA: Our headquarters in Japan has strong academic collaborations with top Japanese universities, and the HORIBA Europe Research Center has long-standing relationships with leading academic institutions, such as École Polytechnique. It seemed natural for us to become a partner in such an exciting educational event.

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