iExec and Ubisoft Collaboration: Start-Up Program at Station F
The Ubisoft Start-Up Program Explores Opportunities of Blockchain Technologies and Augmented Reality for the Entertainment Industry
PARIS, FRANCE — April 19, 2018 — Today, Ubisoft announced four participants in the second season of its start-up program at Station F, the world’s largest start-up campus. Inaugurated last year and led by Ubisoft’s Strategic Innovation Lab, this program aims to support entrepreneurs working on technology that could help shape the future of the entertainment and gaming industry. The second season dedicated to augmented reality and Blockchain is sponsored by Alain Corre, Executive Director of EMEA Territories at Ubisoft (see profile attached).
Two of the start-ups Ubisoft is supporting are working on promising projects in augmented reality. The first is Mimesys, which explores the future of long-distance communications with holographic AR and VR meeting platforms. Ubisoft will also collaborate with Panda Guide, which developed an augmented reality headset aimed to increase the autonomy of people suffering from visual impairments.
This second season also welcomes two start-ups exploring the relationship between Blockchain technologies and the entertainment industry. Ubisoft will be supporting iExec in its efforts to build a virtual cloud infrastructure that offers on-demand, high-performance computing services, which could prove particularly useful in the fields of AI and big data. Azarus, the second Blockchain related start up, hopes to develop protocols and solutions specifically dedicated to the gaming industry.
All selected start-ups will benefit from a five-month personalized program enabling each entrepreneur to interact with Ubisoft experts as well as partners across the company`s international network.
“Although we have been in business for more than 30 years and now have more than 13,000 employees, Ubisoft is proud of its roots and has not forgotten that its very own adventure began as a start-up,” said Alain Corre, Executive Director, EMEA, Ubisoft. “We are still driven by the same enthusiasm to develop creative and innovative gaming experiences. By supporting start-ups, Ubisoft hopes to encourage the emergence of new ideas, projects and entrepreneurs that will help shape the future of entertainment, all together.”
In June 2017, Ubisoft began its partnership with Station F, the world’s largest start-up campus located in Paris. This partnership is part of Ubisoft’s global program designed to leverage and share its expertise with start-ups and entrepreneurs who are exploring new opportunities for the entertainment industry. While Station F is located in France, Ubisoft has similar programs in place in Canada and Germany. Ubisoft’s program at Station F is open to all entrepreneurs across the world. Ubisoft aims to expand its start-up programs to other countries in the coming years.
For more information about Ubisoft’s programs and opportunities, please visit ubisoft.com/startups.
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Watch_Dogs, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman and Far Cry. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2016–17 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,460 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.
iExec aims to decentralize the cloud computing market by building the future of the Internet infrastructure. We are developing the first blockchain cloud computing platform. iExec aims at providing to companies a scalable, secure and easy access to the services, data-sets and computing resources they need. Our technology relies on the Ethereum smart contracts and allows building a virtual Cloud infrastructure that provides high-performance computing services on demand.
Located in the area of Lyon, the project is based on the research work of Gilles Fedak, Haiwu He and Oleg Lodygensky. These three are all accredited researchers at INRIA, CNRS and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. They have been active since 2000 in researching grid-computing, the technology which enables to decentralize computing.
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