Last Wednesday was held the 4th edition of CaFFEET, the Californian French Forum on Energy Efficiency technologies, at Fort mason, San Francisco. This year’s event focused on smart factories and energy efficiency. The conference succeeded once again in helping connect French and American entrepreneurs and decision makers.

It was a huge success as more than 150 attendees from corporations, academia and startups came over the two days. Organized by EDF, the French Consulate, PRIME and the French Tech Hub, the event was also supported by media partners from Hotwire to Green Biz group. 

B26ZzNHCEAAyUUiPauline Carmona, the Consul General of France in San Francisco opened the event with a warm welcome speech. This official opening was followed by different keynotes and panels of discussions about Smart Manufacturing where we had the chance to receive precious insights from outstanding speakers such as Jim Davis from UCLA, Winnie Yu from Flextronics, Gregorio from CEA or Michael McKenzie from Schneider Electrics.

We also received fresh and innovative ideas with the pitchs of 15 American and French startups in various fields such as augmented reality with Daqri, 3D printing with Sculpteo and Local Motors, and Smart Sensors with Enlighted.

CaFFEET was also the opportunity to host several networking sessions that fostered business partnerships between R&D hubs, startups and corporations.

PRIME and the French Tech Hub would like to thank all the participants, speakers and startups, that helped us make this event insightful. We are more than excited to prepare the next edition of CaFFEET and to unveil its topic.