The journey to DLD started early Summer 2016, when la French Tech launched a call for entries at Viva Tech Paris and online, to recruit 10 startups in the fields of IoT, Mobility, Fintech and AI.
After a careful pre-selection, 20 startups pitched their projects to a jury in Paris and Tel Aviv, and 5 French and 5 Israeli startups were selected to take part in a one-month online incubation, ending by a hackathon at the DLD Festival in Tel Aviv.
Startups and mentors flew from France and drove from all parts of Israel to join the event on September 25th 2016.
French and Israeli teams were all set up under the French Tech House: a tent a DLD, where they all worked and demoed their projects trhoughout the festival. Inside was also a stage where startups and various speakers pitched and gave presentations around vairous topics. Outside were also a chillout and a business meeting area, for startups, VCs and mentors to use.
The French Tech startups were the first guests at DLD and started uniting around the French Tech House on September 26th, one day before the official opening of DLD. On that day, we met Yossi Vardi, the famous Israeli entrepreneur and investor who has founded and helped build over 85 high-tech companies over the years.
Mentors of the hackathon were Clodéric Mars from Craft AI, Matthieu Vetter and Daniel Geiselhart from Silex ID, Mickaël Mamou from SmartAngels, Raphaël Meyara from AlgoValue and Sacha Honigbaum from Sowefund.
3 challenges were launched during the event. For a laugh: a selfie challenge ; to make connections and meet business partners: Bring the most DLD visitors to your stand and challenge #2: Get as many email addresses as you can
and invite them to the final demsos
The second day was something else: with DLD officially starting, the French Tech House was buzzing with hundreds of visitors coming to meet the startups, hear their stories, see and test their products.
La French Tech and BeMyApp brought the stage outside for great talks such as "Valuate your startup" by Raphaël Meyera from AlgoValue, "Life after fundraising" by Matthieu Vetter and Daniel Geiselhart from Silex ID, "How hackathons create startups" by John Karp from BeMyApp and "How to make crowdfunding", by Sacha Honigbaum from SoWeFund.
HackDLD is not just about work it's also about fun! Frozen yoghurts served in the afternoon at the House, so everyone can keep it cool :)
A first pitch to the crowd took place in the morning, the opportunity to present to the French Minister of State for Digital Affairs and to train for The Big Pitch on the following day.