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Lou Hamonic

Blogger and computer engineer

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background:

I have a double degree in management and computing. I graduated from Telecom SudParis school and Toulouse’s IAE (Institute of Business Administration).

I have worked for four years for the City of Paris as an IT project manager. I participated in the overhaul of the metropolis’ management tools and in the diffusion of the new digital tools for operators. I really wanted to take part in the awakening of this wonderful city. That’s why I created the blog 500 idées pour le Havre, which has worked wonderfully well thanks to the inhabitants’ implication. After commuting for two years between Le Havre and Paris, I moved here a year ago. At first, it wasn’t easy for me to find a sense of belonging. Since the FrenchTech labelling, things rapidly accelerated. The opening of “Le Contenair, the numerical canteen of Le Havre” and the organization of the cartographic Hackathon’s have opened very promising perspectives.

In October 2015 I took part in the Hackathon for Women Innovation, organized by Orange and the Secretariat for Women’s Rights and I won the first prize with the project 365raiponce. Thanks to that, I presented my project during the Women’s Forum of Deauville.

Today, I work on cartography and numeric economy at the CCI of Seine-Estuaire.

ACHIEVEMENT / What is the project, initiative, startup, company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum about ?

When I arrived in Le Havre, I worked on the application for the French Tech. I immediately realized that this city’s potential was huge. However, no one’s ideas were really centralized or ordered. I then imagined the platform www.500ideespourlehavre.fr, based on a model existing in Paris. I sent it to a few friends for feedback and the adventure began! It was impressing. I think this website is the answer to a real need and I’m happy I’ve met it. Very quickly, people began to play the game and they continue to do so.

Since the summer of 2015, the concept has a Belgian brother, 2035idees.be, on the future of University. This project had a media coverage in Belgium and it has been published in Le Monde’s supplement.

When I arrived here, people told me: “If something works in Le Havre, it can work everywhere!” Today I really believe so.

LOCATION / In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

While in Paris, I lived in the heart of my work. It is also the case here. I’m attached to lead my actions where I live. Even if I’m also working on a project in Belgium, it is important to consume and work locally :). If I move again tomorrow, I hope that I will be able to develop my projects where I will live.

IMPACT / What is the economic, social, political or environmental positive impact of the activity, project, initiative, startup, company?

The impact is complicated to measure because we don’t know to what extent the ideas are implemented. However, if I’m invited to the Positive Economy Forum it means that my local actions have an echo beyond the borders of the city. I receive very good feedbacks from the users and the inhabitants of Le Havre, which is already positive!

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you:

My maxim is Maxime, my boyfriend.