Our company France Labs was established in 2011. Its founders come from SAP Research in Sophia-Antipolis, and they love open source and innovation. France Labs is the only startup that was accepted at the two incubators of Sophia Antipolis. We aim at creating the best enterprise search solution with Datafari, as well as being the recognised leader in France on Apache Lucene/Solr and Elasticsearch expertise.

  • Cédric Ulmer President – cofounder Cedric manages the company, leads the strategy, the marking and customer experience. He is a member of The Search Network, an international network of search experts. He has a deep knowledge on innovation and industrial research.

    Cedric spent ten years at SAP Research. He holds a "French engineer degree" from the Grande Ecole Telecom SudParis. Learn more about him on his Linkedin profile.
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  • Olivier Tavard Vice President - Cofounder Olivier is an expert in search, specialised in Apache Lucene/Solr, and Datafari.

    He holds an IT expert degree from SupInfo Paris, and a certificate in management and markerting in IT from the Dominican University in California. Learn more about him on his Linkedin profile.
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  • Julien Massiera Director Product Development Julien is responsible for the technological stack of Datafari. He is a search expert, specialised in Datafari and Elasticsearch.

    He has been working for Orange as technical lead. He holds a IT MsC (MIAGE) from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.
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  • Romaric Pighetti Research Director Romaric is responsible for the Research activities at France Labs. He is specialised in Machine Learning, and masters Datafari.

    Romaric holds a PhD in Computer Science, his thesis deals with Machine Learning applied to images classification. He has a French Engineer diploma - equivalent to an MsC - on Computer Science, from the Université Côte d'Azur.
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Our ecosystem

Telecom Valley

Giving life to the local digital ecosystem

Telecom Valley is an association focused on the riviera, in the IT domain. It gathers companies, labs and public services around topical groups, managed by volunteers. France Labs takes care of the Open Source groupe, that regularly organises lunches, IT workshops and use cases presentations, and since 2015 we take care of SophiaConf, the largest IT conference on the riviera.

French Tech Côte d'Azur

To scale up the local startups

French Tech Côte d’Azur is a concept, supported by enterpreneurs and by all the associations that promote the creation and growth of IT startupse. France Labs is part of this movement.