Europeana – a bit of culture

Seems that we’ve liked Paris. It’s shouldn’t be a suprise since in many different ways it’s a very cool city: one of the biggest startup community in Europe (as seen in a short relation from Futur en Seine); global center of world high culture with multitude of museums and art galleries; finally – a wonderful city in itself.

A few weeks ago we’ve had yet another opportunity to visit Paris – this time we’ve participated in the workshops organized by Europeana Foundation which runs Europeana.

Europeana is an internet portal that acts as an interface to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe. More than 2,000 institutions across Europe have contributed to Europeana. These range from major international names like the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the British Library and the Louvre to regional archives and local museums from every member of the European Union. Together, their assembled collections let users explore Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage from prehistory to the modern day.

While having a great time in exploring how the Europeana works and meeting people there, we’ve also wondered how can we, as a company, contribute to the whole open culture idea.

We’ve found some code in our repositories that could be really interesting for the cultural institutions.
Stay tuned for our open-source contribution to the open culture!


French startups – Futur en Seine

At Synappse we’re not only about creating stunning apps… we’re also very interested in new technologies and start-up ecosystem, so we need to keep an eye on this field.
Besides everyday lecture of The Verge, from time to time it’s good to attend industry events, touch by yourself amazing technologies and meet people face-to-face.

In the middle of June I had an opportunity to visit Paris and see what’s happening in local startups on the Futur en Seine event, where for 4 days over 100 exhibitors at Innovation Village presented their products to more than 50 000 visitors.

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HACKWAW – quantified self hackathon

Just a short note about my last weekend. I spent a great time at HACKWAW hackathon focused on Quantified Self movement. That was an amazing opportunity to met people not only from the tech industry, but also to chat up with mentors from the science world.

That was a truly amazing event – so much creative people, ideas and… gadgets of course! The venue was fantastic, organizers did a great job. Ola, Kuba kudos for you! I hope that we’ll see you again at Maker Land.Continue Reading..


Making off the “UPC Biznes. Think Big.” promo video

See what’s behind the scenes of our upcoming promo video for the UPC Biznes. Think big. contest!

Big thanks to Władek and Maciek – our amazing operators.  This striking place were we’ve made the shoots is the Neon Muzeum.Continue Reading..