The IoT chair
goes to China
Studytrip - April 2018 - Travel Notebook
LEARNING BY TRAVELLING
28 lucky students
Professor at ESCP Europe
Scientific Director of the IoT Chair
Learning by travelling
"ESCP Europe as a Business School has a teaching vocation beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Learning expeditions are an amazing powerful learning booster... fostering awareness and broadening horizons.
Regarding the Internet of Things issues, it sounds to me absolutely key to guide our young generations understanding today’s and tomorrow’s IoT challenges."
Sandrine Macé, Scientific Director of the IoT Chair
Learning from China about IoT
China is a global leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) technology. China's reputation for nurturing hi-tech enterprises has skyrocketed over the past decade, helping transform the country into a cradle of innovation and a hotbed of development for cutting-edge technology.
Where did they go?
Shangai / Wuxi / Suzhou
From 21 to 28 April, a 3-step trip was designed by Sandrine Macé to explore the Chinese IoT world... Shanghai is of course on the roadmap!
Wuxi, recognized as one of China's smartest cities, is fastly becoming the top choice for international tech giants and the IoT industry.
Suzhou hosts the 10th International Internet of Things Exhibition 2018 which is the largest and most comprehensive IoT expo in Asia.
What did they do?
Programme at a glance
A dense programme encouraging multiple
21th April - Shanghai:
- Conference with Lea Hindelang, Marketing Director & Christophe Cermolacce, CEO, Noerden + Urban Planning Museum
23rd April - Wuxi:
- Visit Showroom of Wuxi New District
- Company visits: Wuxi Pingguan IoT Technology Co., Ltd / China Research & Development Center for IoT / Infineon Wuxi Factory
24th April - Wuxi:
- Company visit: Wuxi Hongshan IoT Town showroom
25th April - Suzhou:
- China International IoT Exhibition
26th April - Shanghai:
- Company visits: Art Office / Fresh Hema Supermarket
26th April - Shanghai:
- Company visit: Honeywell
- Conferences with Mr. Nils Luepkes, Industrial IoT Platform Manager, IoT ONE and Dr. Kevin WU, General Manager, Shanghai IoT Industry Innovation Center
A devoted Alumni network in action!
With Qian Chen & Guillaume Sergent:
an efficient demonstration of the power of the Alumni network
Warm thank to Qian Chen
Master in Management
You were Alumni representative in Beijing and are now located in Shanghai. You travelled to Suzhu to attend the China International IoT Exhibition with the ESCP Europe students. What are your take aways?
I'm one of the communicators of ESCP Europe Alumni in China. It was great to have the occasion to meet our school's professors and students in Suzhou during my business travel!
For me it was like going back to my student days and have one more ESCP Europe-style course ! By following the communication between exhibitors and students, I learned a lot about the industry of IoT: its importance, its technologcial evolution, its application, etc
How was the meeting with students?
Despite language difficulties, ESCP Europe students were very efficient to get the key points of exhibitors' products and services and showed their good business sense during the communications.
I hope I will be able to connect with a few famous Chinese companies specialised in IoT so that they may welcome ESCP Europe students next year.
Warm thank to Guillaume Sergent
Specialised Master® in Business Consulting
You set up a meeting between students and Noerden. As Alumnus and Alumni representative in Shanghai, why was it important to you to open up your network?
When I studied at ESCP Europe I built a network with my Class, professors and speakers. I also learned a lot through all these people. Now I just want to give back to ESCP Europe what ESCP Europe has given me. I am also convinced of the positive impact of all the conferences, talks, and people you meet during you studies. So "opening my network" to students who need to share with entrepreneurs or Alumnis in Shanghai is and was a real pleasure. I hope it will help them to better know what they want to do after their graduation.
Noerden is the perfect French start up in China. They saw a need and the high potential of their solutions in a prospective marketplace. Despite the high competition and a competitive product, you have to face high competition with famous brands - e-commerce is a big challenge, Chinese culture and marketing differ from everywhere else.
Your advice to make the most of this study trip?
Stay connected with all the people you met here (linkedin, wechat etc. )
Come back for an internship here, learn Chinese and discover the amazing atmosphere of China.
"We gratefully thank Schneider Electric, Société Générale Insurance and Valeo, partners of the IoT Chair, without whom this experience wouldn't have been possible. What a valuable learning journey that enriches the 120-hour-course we've been benefiting from since January!"
The ESCP Europe MiM students:
Maximilian Adt, Roman Albrecht, Ernesto Barabino, Maurizio Bello, Idris Ben Hassine, Ai Ling Chong, Riccardo Daidone, Isaure De Fougerolle, Marta De Stradis, Thanh Huyen Diep, Isabel Maria Do Paço Quesado, Matteo Gatti, Shuang Hu, Zhongpei Ke, Aleksandra Kiesiak, Elsa Sarfati, Emeline Kieboom, Alberto Moschi, Chiara Obert, Andrea Ogliengo, Cheng Peng, Solène Pratmarty,Julia Schulze, Alina Razzouk, Gina Rennings, Philipp Schwengel, Carolin Stege et Annabell Wünsche