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Media Lab

Media Lab

Our media lab covers all forms of media projects, ranging from mobile first website development (CMS WordPress, Joomla!, Strikingly) to augmented reality and virtual reality developments.

We also create wikis and contribute to local and specialised knowledge management platforms.

Our lab includes the making of videos, podcasts, infographics and photographs, from a practical and creative angle.

We also work with radio stations and web radios.

Last but not least, our activities include gaming clubs (Minecraft, Fortnight, Overwatch), and game development learning (Unity 3d).

Think Tank M&A Show

Media Initiatives

Media Champions

Yves Zieba

Business strategy consultant

Yves Zieba is a Multicultural Top Executive with strategy, business development, creativity, innovation and change management experience.

*Client business development strategist with track record in Education, Sustainable Energy, Media, Defense, Aerospace and the SMAC stack (social media, mobile first, analytics and cloud computing) with leading multinationals and innovators:
- Business model elaboration
- Value Proposition and pricing for nascent technologies.
- Sales and Customer Service Training programme development and execution
- Market assessment, market entry and market launch, especially for wearables and internet of things.

Patrick Jacquet

Photographer and President at Mise Au Point

Patrick Jacquet is a self-taught photographer enjoying his passion for photography for more than 30 years.
Over these decades, he learned and mastered complex photography techniques he’s using as based tools to release his creativity. For 20 years, he’s been sharing his experience and passion through “Mise Au Point”… a photographic association specialized in training and photo coaching.

“Mastering photo techniques doesn’t make a good photograph… but without that, your heart is silent”

From hyper macro photography to gigapixel panoramic views, from architecture to sport, from fashion to Fine Art, Patrick is able to play successfully across various domains, coming up with outstanding series being exhibited in International photo festivals.

Mise Au Point web site : http://www.miseaupoint.org

 

Mélie Genet

I am an HR and business administration specialist, with 15 years of experience working for business consultancies with international reach.

Passionate about the functioning of human beings and systems, I have a huge default: my curiosity is equalled only by my entrepreneurial drive. I have followed three training paths: psychology (specialized in new technologies applied to education and human computer interactions), entrepreneurship (Master HEC entrepreneurship from Grenoble school of business) and human resources (Swiss Advanced Certificate in HR management).

In 2011, I have co-founded a company in the field of HR services outsourcing (recruitment and payroll mostly). Today, I share my time between different projects operating as freelance.

I have a relatively rich associative life, which I strive to foster. I am committing in fields related to company creation support, education and humanitarian projects.

My beliefs regarding the corporate world are clear: I am promoting human-centred management and collective intelligence leveraging.  I am also a fan of the lean startup movement.

I am passionate about reading, writing, music and travels.

I offer my services to project holders and advise them in following fields:

  • Strategic consulting: business canvas, business plan, market survey.
  • HR and finance consulting: talent and key resources acquisition. HR and finance backoffice, process optimization, training, ERP implementation, audit, outsourcing.

I speak French, English and German.

Erika Crastz

Graphic and Web Designer

I am an American/Panamanian graphic designer with more than 7 years of experience in print and digital media. My body of work has been focused in creative visual communication solutions and brand identity design. I have worked for the design agency industry and for the corporate in-house departments.

I'm also a passionate web designer (HTML and CSS for advanced static websites) and CMS WordPress.

I has been member of Pangloss since 2015 and I currently volunteer with the print, social media, website and other digital communication efforts.

 

Doris Edwards

Permaculture Designer | Business Owner | Lean Startup Fan

I am a Permaculture Designer and Teacher.

I want to enable busy professionals like you, and families and communities, to cultivate urban and rural spaces in the permaculture way, so that you too may enjoy the delight of fresh, tasty, nutricious and healthy home-grown food.

Permaculture is a way of designing an ecosystem that works for the small urban backyard and for the larger rural garden. No need to break your back or become a professional gardener!

If we were to talk in terms of innovation, Permaculture is disrupting agriculture in the way Apple's MP3 player disrupted the music industry!

As a busy entrepreneur, running my own digital transformation services company since 1987, I was struggling with an unruly and needy vegetable garden for many years, almost to the point of giving up.

But then I discovered Permaculture Design, and it was amazing!

After one year already, my garden had transformed into a haven of abundance, providing high yields of nutritious fruit and vegetables, at a fraction of the labour needed before.

During 2015, I have obtained the internationally recognised PDC - Permaculture Design Certificate. Certification which has validated my practical experience.

In a parallel life, I am the founder of the Geneva Lean Startup Group. And back in 2009, I founded SoYouWantAChange.com, a Web Content Boutique.

I am proud to be an early supporter of Pangloss Labs, a radiant Greater Geneva-based online Platform with a mission, and a thriving local community.

Fernando González Cortés

I am an independent software developer. My main interests are open source, geographical information systems, statistics and artificial intelligence.

As a software developer I care about:

  • What the client tries to achieve and how best software can help.
  • Finding simple solutions that avoid adding complexity to the codebase.
  • Automating tests and other development best practices, so that the software is stable and the development pace does not fall.
  • Studying how project goals and requirements relate to tasks a software team needs to execute on.

Works

You can take a look at my daily activities in my blog.

A list of my personal projects (to be completed!):

  • Border rampage: Work in progress. A map that shows the speeds of the public transport in the border between Geneva and Saint Genis-Pouilly and Ferney Voltaire and allows to browse the last 24 hours of this data.

I have been part of these development teams:

I have done (small) contributions to

I am a founder member of geomati.co

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Tech at the Geneva Motor Show

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from March 10th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

From the Mobile World Congress we had the LG Flex2 self-healing phone…

But this week is mostly about the Geneva Motor Show, which runs from the 5th to the 15th of March

The ED Design Torq – Electric Driverless Racing Car – which apparently could have a racing driver inside, but who’d want to without windows?

Bentley EXP10 Speed 6 with 3D printed parts

The Quant F and Quant Quantino Nanoflowcell cars have a range of up to 1000km between refills with ionic electrolyte fluid.

The EDAG Light Cocoon (for the blinky light fans)

The Aston Martin all electric DBX concept

The Swiss Rinseed Budii that will hand the steering wheel to you if you feel like driving

There is also the completely bonkers Koenigsegg Regera “hybrid” which does 0-400km/h <20 seconds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWm8xEapjuQ There are 76 cars at the motor show which emit less than 95g of CO2 per kilometer, and most of them are in production

Oh, and this week Apple launched the most personal computer ever designed. This goes on sale in France on April 10th, and in Switzerland “sometime in 2015”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-waTi8BPdk

See you next week!

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Mobile World Congress (hah!) and Virtual Private Networking

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from March 3rd, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

For the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge:

The Virtual Private Network (VPN) comparison site I mentioned is https://www.bestvpn.com

Just to be safe, I suggest you use either Paypal or an e-card (one time use card number) from your bank to make the payments to these companies. It’s not that they aren’t safe, but I’ve noticed that they come and go over time.

Open source routers will allow you to VPN to your own home, but I won’t give you a link. If you don’t know how to find these, you shouldn’t be attempting it. Surf safely!

And remember – a VPN is just a pretend (really long) network cable.

For details of the next Pangloss events click here.

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Internet of Things

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from February 24th, 2015:



Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

The Internet of Things market is expected to be huge, with pretty much all market forecasts in the high billions of dollars. By 2020, there are expected to be more than 100 billion devices connected.

The home monitoring (air quality, temperature etc) system I have is from Netatmo My little drone is the Parrot Minidrone Rolling Spider, available from 1000ordi in Geneva for 135-7 CHF. They also have a range of Connected Objects and speak English (not a lot, but enough!).

The lighting system from Philips that’s getting towards what I’d like

And of course, the build it yourself option with the Arduino Micro from Sparkfun and the Femtoduino

We held the first Pangloss Labs Internet of Things meetup on the 23rd of February in Eaux-vives.   For details of our next events click here.

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Flying free like a bird

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from February 17th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

If you’ve ever wanted to fly like a bird you need to catch up with the BIRDLY bird simulator.

And the amazing EPFL telescopic contact lense is here.

The Pangloss Labs Internet of Things meetup will be held on the 23rd of February in Eaux-vives.  You don’t need to be an expert – just bring an object and tell us how you’d like it to be connected (or not!)  For details on this and all our events click here.

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LIFT to Space

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from February 10th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

The totally brain-resetting LIFT Conference web site so you can see what you missed.  The presentation from my workshop on Designing Alternative Currency Systems can be found on the Pangloss Labs site.

The BikeCityGuide can be found in the app stores for iOS and Android, or take a look at their web site.  The Geneva map basically goes from the Jura to the Saleve.

You’ll need to use google translate or the Chrome browser (which has google translate built in) to read the Norwegian findmysheep.com website, but it’s worth it to find out how to get those 21st century cowbells.

Being more serious, the European Space Agency Technology Transfer program is designed to bring space applications into our daily lives, so if you are a startup company, you’ll want to take a look.

You know about the awesome Solar Impulse project, but have you heard of Solar Stratos – using solar power to get to the edge of space?  Another local project, as is Swiss Space Systems – who are hiring.

The Pangloss Labs Internet of Things meetup will be held on the 23rd of February in Eaux-vives.  You don’t need to be an expert – just bring an object and tell us how you’d like it to be connected (or not!)  For details on this and all our events click here.

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Robots!

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from January 27th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

Our list of Pangloss Labs events so you won’t miss our next robot workshop

The Open Source (hardware and software) Thymio robot from EPFL and it’s programming environment

The NAO robot

and the much more serious and large ATLAS robot from Boston Dynamics:

And one of my favourite French open source robot projects, InMoov:

Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Have a good week, and remember that according to the original Terminator movie humanity should have been destroyed by now, so we are definitely not in that future.

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French – English translation on the go & a giant robot suit

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from January 20th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of  links from the show:

The Google Translate app for iPhone and iPad

The Google Translate app for Android

The Kuratas Giant mech suit from Suidobashi Industries in Kyoto on Amazon for $1million

Why would you want one of these?  Just watch…

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CES Roundup 2015

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from January 13th, 2015:

Here’s some links from the show:

More information than you ever wanted about CES.

A round up of wearable technology from Engadget.

How to get and avoid tech neck (hint – lift your phone up).

The Belty smart-belt is easier to see than read about.

and the Sharp freeform display technology, so I can get my hexagonal screens 🙂

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New Years Resolutions and Fitness Tracking

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from January 6th, 2015:

A few links from this show:

If your new years resolution is to get fit there’s no better way than eat less and move more. Technology can’t (yet) stop you eating but it can help with the moving, so here are some of the fitness trackers you can get from Fitbit, Withings and Jawbone.

Prices start from around 65 CHF. Or you can just use an app for your smartphone like Moves but then you must carry your smartphone all the time. If you put it down it won’t track your steps.

If you want to hack your life then If This Then That is the site you need. Make the internet work for you doing things that usually only coders can 🙂

If you want a heads-up on CES there is a useful CES preview at TechRadar. Plenty of wearables.

My VOIP provider that lets me have a UK incoming phone number is LocalPhone but there are others, including Skype. As expats living on an international border having multiple incoming phone numbers in different countries can be useful.

Here’s the Octopus:

and here’s the four-finned robot cuttlefish:

Next week we’ll look at the output from CES.

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Christmas Gadgets, the Santa Tracker

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from December 23rd, 2014:

A few links from this show:

3D Printed cookie cutters can be downloaded from thingiverse or you can design your own.  The best place to try 3D printing is your local hackerspace.

Post Tenebras Lab in Geneva has an open evening each Tuesday.

Fixme in Lausanne has an open evening each Wednesday.

FabLab La Cote in Nyon has it’s open evenings on Mondays.

The Christmas Shopper Simulator from Game in case your shopping was too easy this year

The Norad Santa Tracker

The cool magnetic levitation hoverboard

and the noisy one that you can make yourself

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