Monday, April 28, 2008

Ateji supports the Roadef challenge

Every two years, the French Operational Research and Decision Support Society (ROADEF) organizes an OR challenge dedicated to industrial applications, in collaboration with an industrial partner. This year, the challenge is proposed by Amadeus and deals with disruption management for commercial aviation. It is open to everyone and provides a fantastic opportunity to match theory and practice: do not miss this chance to demonstrate your talent.

Ateji provides OptimJ licences for the duration of the challenge to all participants (contact us if you need one), and will offer a commercial full-featured OptimJ licence to the winner.

This year's topic is challenging in both data modeling and optimization modeling. Since OptimJ seamlessly integrates both aspects, it can save you a large amount of boring coding time that you'll be able to spend instead on creative thinking. Good luck!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Top 10 reasons to invest in a french technology venture

  1. Whenever you feel like spending a romantic week-end in Paris, pretend to have an urgent board meeting.
  2. Paris is home to a large number of brilliant universities and grandes ecoles, with no shortage of talented people coming from all over Europe.
  3. French VCs are a following trend, they'll courteously let you pick the nicest jewels first.
  4. The french still learn engineering at school.
  5. Public policy is strongly favoring entrepreneurship and foreign investment (see
  6. You will find here truly original projects with a sound industrial vision, not just the 10,001th copycat startup.
  7. It wouldn't hurt to have a few assets in euros in your portfolio.
  8. We're too far away ? Have you ever used Skype ?
  9. Despite rumours to the contrary, the term "entrepreneur" is a loanword from French (
  10. There is life outside the Valley. Have a look.