Stellina honored with a Red Dot Design Award

The Stellina smart telescope receives the highest award from Red Dot Design, the most prestigious product design competition in the world.

Stellina Red Dot Design Award Best of the Best 2019

Vaonis is thrilled to announce that its revolutionary Stellina telescope won the Red Dot Design Award, “Best of the Best” in the Photography & Equipment category, on March 25, 2019. This is the 4th design prize awarded to Stellina, after the Observeur du Design (2018) and the Janus de l’Industrie (2017 and 2018). By winning this prestigious award, Stellina will gain further international recognition. The product, whose design is widely acclaimed by both professionals and the amateur public, also received the CES Innovation Award in the same category in January 2018, which recognizes the best technological innovations.

The Red Dot Design Award, a world-renowned distinction

The Red Dot Design Award is an international design competition for product and communication design, whose origins date back to 1955 in Germany. Receiving more than 6,000 applications every year through 48 categories of products, it is the most prestigious design competition in the world. The jury comprises some 40 international experts who test, discuss and evaluate the quality of each product on the basis of criteria such as the degree of innovation, aesthetics, functionality, ergonomics, durability or symbolic and emotional content. Award-winning products are presented at an annual ceremony and then exhibited at the Red Dot Design Museum located in Essen (Germany), and at the Red Dot Museums in Singapore and Taipei.

The Best of the Best honor is awarded for ground-breaking design and is the top prize in the Red Dot Award Product Design competition. This prize is reserved for the best products in a category. Last year, only 1,1% of all entries (69 products over 6000+) received this honor.

Behind the design: the story of Stellina’s inspiration

The design of this new generation telescope, whose idea emerged in 2013, is the result of a collaboration with Ova Design, an industrial design agency specialized in the study of usability and user experience. Based in Paris, the company has been rewarded for several of its achievements with prizes such as L’Observeur de Design, the Janus de l’Industrie or CES Innovation Awards. In 2014, Cyril Dupuy had already imagined Stellina in the monoblock form that we now know. The creator of the next-gen telescope asked Ova Design to help refine a few details of the design. The design team quickly identified the product vision desired by Cyril Dupuy, as well as its requirements and constraints. Through their research and hard work together, they have made Stellina one of the most innovative and aesthetic products in its category.

« We wanted to break with conventional telescopes. Stellina is a new generation of telescope, and as such we wanted a unique form factor. When closed, it has a refined and simple shape, which comes to life automatically as soon as the optics arm opens to position itself in the direction of the stars to be observed. We wanted to create a surprise when Stellina unfolds. The object wakes up and comes to life, the connected object becomes a companion to help its users live a new viewing experience.

Voluntarily there are few buttons on the product (only one in fact) a way to show the ultra-simple and guided use. The identity of the object makes it accessible to everyone, it does not have an over technological appearance (like conventional telescopes), it is a robotic object but it is not scary.

We also wanted to add the notion of autonomy and simplicity of use. Both can be found in the very sleek form and in the overall user experience. And above all, we wanted a little mystery in this new technological object, its monolithic shape attracts attention when closed, as does the blue ring that acts as the button.

To sum up, it was in robotics that we found inspiration combined with high precision technology and the elegance of a unique silhouette. »

Benjamin Sabourin & Nicolas Marquis
Co-founders of Ova Design

SpaceBus France

Partnership with the SpaceBus project

SpaceBus FranceVaonis is proud to announce its participation in the SpaceBus France project, a travelling bus created by researchers working at the Paris Observatory in order to promote stargazing and astronomy for the general public and children. Thanks to the generosity of one Vaonis customer, SpaceBus France’s crowdfunding campaign reached its goal of raising €10,000, making it possible to finance the purchase of the bus and its transformation into a travelling space shuttle.

SpaceBus France is a free event open to all that offers the opportunity to discover astronomy and life in space. The SpaceBus will meet locals and tourists this summer to offer fun and accessible animations (escape game, treasure hunts, enigmas, manual workshops) and observations of the sky, animated by professional astronomers and local amateur astronomers.

After a first edition organized in Morocco, the team will travel this year across South of France from July 29 to August 24, 2018. The bus will visit 20 cities in 26 days, from Agde to Nice, to enjoy starry nights with the public.

Vaonis has joined the project and is happy to support the project by lending Stellina telescope for the duration of the event. Indeed, Vaonis and the SpaceBus France project share the same mission and the same will to make discover astronomy to the general public, a science which seems inaccessible for many. By offering a simple and playful way to approach scientific fields, we wish to transmit our passion and make the general public rediscover the sky and the stars, in an environment more and more polluted by city light.

The SpaceBus project has several goals:

Introducing the general public to astronomy
– Discover science in a fun way
– Initiation to the scientific approach
– Creation of vocations

Raising awareness of environmental issues
– Study of our planet and our environment from space and the ground
– Awareness of light pollution and space debris

Enhancing the place of women in science
– Intervention of many astronomy professionals
– Intervention of the Women & Science Society

Visit SpaceBus this summer to enjoy all the activities offered by SpaceBus and its amazing team. You will also be able to preview Stellina telescope a few months before its official store release.

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Crowdfunding campaign
SpaceBus France

Vaonis x MoMA Design Store

Exclusive pre-launch at the MoMA Design Store

Stellina Milky Way

From Las Vegas to New York, journey of a French cutting edge product shooting for the stars.

For its pre-launch, Stellina smart telescope will be available exclusively at MoMA Design Store during NYCxDesign in May.

Vaonis is pleased to announce that MoMA Design Store is going to showcase Stellina new telescope for NYCxDesign in May 2018.

Stellina, the award-winning next generation telescope, has a new occasion to shine after being noticed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last January. MoMA Design Store has selected the telescope as part of their product suite launching during NYCxDesign in May. It will be the first telescope that the MoMA Design Store will offer in their store.

On the occasion of the New York City’s annual celebration of design, MoMA Design Store will shine a spotlight on the dynamic French Tech startup scene. The store collaborated with La French Tech, an innovative public policy initiative that has fostered the booming French startup community, to select over twenty of the country’s most innovative new technology products with standout design.

The full assortment will go on view and be available for sale starting May 10 at MoMA Design Store locations in Soho and Midtown, New York and online at The Stellina telescope will be available for avant-première since the official launch of the product is expected in September 2018. The price will be $2,999.

About MoMA Design Store
MoMA Design Store offers curator-approved products that bring quality, creativity, and design innovation to everyday living. Every purchase supports groundbreaking exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, a wide range of education programs, and the preservation of the Museum’s collection. In 1932, MoMA was the first art museum to establish a curatorial department dedicated to Architecture & Design, and by mid-century, it was playing a leading role in defining and promoting the values of “Good Design”, which MoMA Design Store continues to champion.


Startup of the year 2018

Tech.Co Startup of the Year competition

To help startups build relationships and get noticed, TechCo media company and CES, have teamed up for the CES Startup Night Downtown Las Vegas on January 8, 2018 for a showdown with some of the top startups selected from Eureka Park.

Vaonis was selected amongst 15 top startups from around the world to pitch to an exclusive group of industry leaders and investor judges, competing for a chance to win a spot in the Top 100 Startup of the Year Semifinalists at Innovate Celebrate 2018.

The event was open to tech enthusiasts and CES conference attendees, and offers an opportunity to see some of the hottest, early-stage, tech startups before CES begins. Attendees can enjoy signature cocktails and delicious appetizers while they mingle with investors, experts, media, and other techies in the industry that can help build businesses.

 Startup of the year Tech.Co

Startup of the year Downton Las Vegas was not the only event Vaonis participated during CES. The team also attended the French Village CES 2018 event. The organizers also offered a pitch contest for a selection of the best French startups exhibiting at CES. Cyril Dupuy, founder of Vaonis, won this competition and a 100,000€ value prize.

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Design Award 2018

Observeur du Design Award

Stellina telescope received the 2018 Observeur du Design award, a product design competition organized by the APCI, a French agency promoting industrial design.

This year, the jury of the Observeur du Design awarded 163 creations for their innovative design, respectful of environment, companies or to users. The laureates will be showcased in France and abroad and will be presented in the book Design of Today (Dunod editions) that gathers all the laureates with comments from designers and experts from the industry. Stellina is pleased to announce this award and the publication of this book presenting Stellina amongst ‘163 creations that announce the change of tomorrow’.

The Observeur du Design award is not the only award received by Vaonis. Stellina smart telescope was also awarded for its design in 2017 by a Janus de l’Industrie. In October 2017, the Consumer Electronics Show, the biggest tech event worldwide, announced the telescope won a CES Innovation Award in the Digital Imaging category. French major retailer Nature & Découvertes also designated Vaonis and its Stellina innovation as winner of their annual startup contest in 2016.

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CES Innovation Award

Smart telescope Stellina was awarded CES 2018 Innovation Honoree in the Digital Imaging category. The prize was announced during CES Unveiled Paris, a pre-CES event reserved for entrepreneurs, influencers and medias of the tech industry in order to give a preview of the innovations that the visitors will be able to discover during the CES held in January.

The CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is the largest global gathering of innovation that showcases the connected future of technology. Last year, 180,000 visitors discovered the latest product innovations from all over the world. In January, more than 4,000 exhibitors and 7,000 medias and journalists will attend this major event that gathers the biggest industries, most disruptive startups and major players in the tech industry to build the world of tomorrow. The annual CES Innovation Awards program celebrates outstanding product design and engineering in brand-new consumer technology products.

Vaonis is pleased to announce this prize that rewards the best product innovation every year and its participation to the event in Las Vegas in January 2018 where the team will present its innovation to the international public.

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2017 NETVA program

Vaonis is laureate of the 2017 NETVA program, a French national competition organized by the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the United States. A hundred of companies applied to the competition that offers a personalized mentoring program tailored for young, innovative French companies hoping to discover or better understand the inner-workings of the North American high-tech market. The support program includes strategic trainings, as well as access to a vast academic, scientific, and industrial network and a travel to one of the four NETVA cities: Boston, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, DC (where Vaonis will travel).

Since 2010, NETVA (New Technology Venture Accelerator) has supported 88 startups. It is organized by the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the United States, in partnership with a total of thirty partners such as the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation, Bpifrance, Business France, Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur de la France, Inria.

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Vaonis dans le Top 500 des deep tech startups mondiales

Vaonis était présent aux Rencontres du Ciel et de l’Espace qui se sont déroulées à la Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie de Paris du 11 au 13 novembre 2016. Au programme, la présentation de Stellina au public avec son stand dédié et deux conférences animées par son fondateur, Cyril Dupuy. Cette confrontation au public a suscité beaucoup de curiosités et d’encouragements. Les démonstrations de Stellina sur son stand ont attiré des centaines de personnes, permettant de générer 28 réservations de l’instrument.

Vaonis x Aerospace Valley

Vaonis joins the Aerospace Valley

Since March 2017, Vaonis has become an official member of Aerospace Valley and its consortium for the “Booster Nova“ program dedicated to the emergence of start-up business. The well-known competitive cluster is the world leader in civil aeronautical, the European leader in space and among the best concerning the on-board system.

Currently, the cluster regroups more than 1500 research institutes and industries such as CNES, Airbus, ENAC or Continental. It also counts almost 8500 researchers.

This membership is for Vaonis the opportunity to benefit of an additional backing and an important professional network. This is not the only network Vaonis has joined since its creation. The company is also a member of the Hardware Club international community, an exclusive club of high-technology start-ups entrepreneurs across the world.

About Aerospace Valley
Created in 2005, Aerospace Valley is the most significant innovation “pôle de compétitivité” in France in the fields of aeronautics, space and embedded systems, counting with over 840 members from both the industry and the academia. With offices in Toulouse (HQ) and Bordeaux, the innovation cluster covers the two geographically adjacent regions of South-Western France, Occitania and Nouvelle Aquitaine. With 124,000 industrial employees, Aerospace Valley represents around 1/3 of the French aerospace workforce. Similarly, 8,500 researchers and scientists are active within the Aerospace Valley territory, thus representing 45% of the French national R&D potential in the aerospace sector. As of June 2016, Aerospace Valley has obtained funding for 475 R&D projects representing an accumulated value of 1.2 billion Euro covering most scientific and technical fields related to the various sectors of aerospace. Within the framework of the general French “pôle de compétitivité” program, which aims to stimulate employment by fostering local and regional competencies in technical and economic areas, Aerospace Valley strives to create an ambitious 35-40,000 new jobs by the horizon year 2025.


Vaonis x Hardware Club

Vaonis joins the Hardware Club

Hardware Club LogoIn March 2017 Vaonis joined the Hardware Club, the first community-based venture firm that supports the development of hardware start-ups. With a network of over 200 members in more than 50 countries worldwide, the Hardware Club is the largest global community of hardware entrepreneurs. It links its members with production and distribution partners such as Fnac, Harrods, Boulanger, Target and Media-Saturn.

Vaonis is very pleased to join this exclusive club of high-technology start-ups entrepreneurs which receives thousands of applicants each year. Through Hardware network community, Vaonis is opening new doors for the deployment of its game-changing telescope Stellina.