Buying a pass for the Web2Day event in Nantes last week was more than a great deal. Enthousiasm and Technology were in the air, emanating from both young startupers and senior professionals.

If you love France, I suggest you pass by Nantes, elected as European Green Capital for 2013. Moreover, later this year, you'll have the opportunity to buy a ticket for a football game since Nantes accessed the national tournament last Friday.

If you love France AND are a tek addict, we shall meet in Nantes for Web2Day2014

Hereafter a short coverage of Web2Day2013 :

  • Web is industry : great "Geek/CEO" pre-event from Atlantic 2.0, with stuning talks from @fano, and Bruno Hug de Larauze. A few quotes : "Ne soyez pas un poney, mettez un zest de Californie dans votre ADN français", "Une vision sans exécution est une hallucination", "Sur internet, vous avez toujours une 2ème chance de faire une bonne 1ère impression", "Les cotations bancaires devront évoluer pour prendre en compte la stratégie numérique des entreprises"
  • Kskills : a refreshing startup which proposes technical challenges to help HR meet talented technologists. A mixt of enthousiasm, engagement and expertise from Benjamin Casseron @bcasseron and Damien Tourrette @dtourrette. Hopefully, a WebAPI in the coming months ?!
  • Kaliterre : the company could be renammed "Pragmatic GreenIT", with several initiatives from Thierry Leboucq which help Dev and IT pros build a better Web ...starting today ! I suggest you start your green journey by trying the brand new portal WEA (Web Energy Archive). WEA computes energy consumption notations from Web Sites and from there, tracks the environmental impact of the Web. To engage : take part in the Green Code Lab or read the Green It Patterns.
  • Connected Objects : if you ever bought a Nabaztag (I did ;-)), you've experienced connected objects - the good and the bads. Whatever ! Diving into the connected objects world is a piece of cake nowadays : either buy a device from 23 de enero by Olivier Mével, participate to a lab party and assemble an Arduino with Julien Bellanger from the Ping association or program a RaspberryPi with Xavier Seignard . What if you wonder how to automate your home and make energy savings ? Get an eedomus box on which you'll plug Z-wave compatible devices.
  • Lovely conversations with a lot of folks, including the Amazon technical duo" Mathieu Cadet @athrun and Julien Laiguillon", Nicolas Rempulski from Nanoko / UBIDreams, @LudovicPierrat, @JBezivin, Pascal André from UnivNantes and Quentin Adam@waxzce from CleverCloud. Unfornately a few tek fellows "migrated" to San Fransisco last week due to Google #io13 (@DidierGirard, @toutantic, @ludoch, JFGarreau), and a few others were evangelizing somewhere (@tgrall, @fmerand).