Albert Diadhiou, while taking a business strategy course at Harvard University Extension School, discovered how the world of tomorrow is being shaped by the new technologies, in particular, three-dimensional (3D) printing, which is as per Wikipedia definition, the additive manufacturing technique of producing a real object from a 3D computer file, software and printer. His stay at Harvard has allowed him to meet leading scientists among the most advanced in the field of 3D, or even "4D" (technology capable in the future of restoring damaged organic tissues), as Jennifer Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Harvard University, spearheading this research, calls it. Albert was thus able to envision the wide range of possibilities offered by this technology for our present world.
The Internet of Things (IoT), that is to say the extension of the internet to the things or places of the physical world, is another technology of the future that Albert discovered in class. IoT is today considered the third evolution of the Internet, called Web 3.0 (Wikipedia source), and a truly disruptive technology. A fourth “industrial revolution” is clearly in the making.
An important Cisco group team member in the business development division was given the opportunity to present one of the most successful IoT applications in the business strategy course mentioned above: the smart city, which improves the quality of life of city dwellers and optimizes the cost of living, with an important regard to environmental issues. Home automation is one of the components of the smart city, for which Albert has shown a special interest.
The meeting between these two entrepreneurs led to a joint-venture between their two companies, Icone, the Graphic Design Studio founded by Gérard on one hand, and Cocoa Trade Ivoire, the trading company owned by Albert, on the other hand. From this union, NEWAYZ, a subsidiary was born, a top-notch design firm, managed by Gérard, which enriches its natural talent, by integrating the new technologies adapted to design, in particular 3D printing and home automation, brought in by Albert.