Friday, October 11, 2013

PolarSys meets the Canadian Aerospace ecosystem in Montréal

Two weeks ago, I attended the SAE Aerotech conference with PolarSys members. It was a great event and our first public appearance at a conference outside of the Eclipse community.

The week started with a Montréal Aeronautic Networking event organized by AeroPro on Monday evening. This event allowed us to make initial contact with the Canadian aeronautic community and to gain interesting contacts within the Canadian aeronautic ecosystem. 
Montréal Aeronautic Networking event
It was good to see how curious they were about PolarSys Open Source tools, the End-User driven governance and the need for Long Term Support.
PolarSys booth

Tuesday morning was a strange experience. When we setup our booth at SAE Aerotech conference, we were surrounded by other tools providers, but not exactly the type of tools we provide: drills, precision measurement tools, folding tools. Thankfully, we were quickly reassured to see many attendees interested in tooling for the development of embedded systems.

That afternoon, Dominique Toupin gave the PolarSys presentation. Attendance was good, and best of all, there were very interesting questions at the end of the session.
Ralph Mueller tests the AR-Drone

Another exciting moment was our executive dinner at the Toqué restaurant on Tuesday evening. Not only was it a great culinary experience, but the exchanges and discussions surrounding PolarSys made it even better.

On Wednesday, while the conference attendees were attending sessions and during the SAE reception, we created our own fun with the AR-Drone contest. 
Disclosure: nobody was harmed during the AR-Drone tests.

To summarize, this week in Montréal was great! We had many fruitful exchanges with the Canadian Aerospace ecosystem. We will come back soon to follow-up with all these new contacts.

Long Term Supported architecture
Thanks to all the PolarSys members who were part of the team that week, Patrick Farail from Airbus, Sébastien Gérard from CEA, Etienne Juliot from Obeo and Francis Bordeleau from Ericsson. Special thanks to Dominique Toupin from Ericsson who contributed a lot of time and effort to help organize our week in Montréal. 

PS: I had the opportunity to visit the city on Sunday and really enjoyed the "Vieux Montréal". 

Here is a photo of the oldest building in Montréal. I would say that it reflects a good implementation of rock solid Long Term Support ;)

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