Viva Technology reiterates its success in 2017
Orange is taking part in Viva Technology 2017. Here’s a summary of the key issues being discussed at this second edition of an event that has become the place to be for digital innovation in France, gathering multinationals, start-ups, communities and major political figures.
Digital transformation in all its forms
For the second year running, Viva Technology Paris, or VivaTech, has already made an impression: the very wide variety of sectors it represents demonstrates a strong awareness about digital transformation. Among the groups present are Cisco, BNP Paribas, La Poste, PMU, Manpowergroup, Carrefour, SNCF, AccorHotels, Air France, Valeo, Engie, TF1, Airbus, Vinci…and many others.
As a sign of their commitment to open innovation, many have been joined by start-ups – bringing with them many young entrepreneurs gathered in the Labs. The Orange stand is hosting 40 of them looking for financial or technological partners, future employers or commercial outlets. You can read all about them on Orange Start-up.
Flagship technologies highlight social issues
Among the many technologies represented at VivaTech, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and connected objects are taking center stage. None is acting in isolation: its impossible to talk about connected objects without talking about connectivity, a key theme on the Orange stand. Similarly, AI can’t be discussed without mentioning drones and robots, or its disruptive potential, a key theme of Stéphane Richard‘s keynote at the start of the tradeshow.
VivaTech seems to be driven by a desire to higlight the most decisive technologies of our time, but also on how they will fit into our daily lives and society. The Positive Impact Challenge – a competition that lasts throughout the event – aims to promote start-ups whose solutions have a positive effect on social, environmental and financial development. Tomorrow, Saturday 17 June, 12 finalists will pitch their solutions on the themes of work, education social and the environment, competing for a first prize of 200,000 Euros.
An economy of hyper-innovation
The French president Emmanuel Macron also made his second appearance at the show on the afternoon of 15 June. In particular, he confirmed the creation of a 10 million Euro fund for innovation, declaring, “We have entered an economy of hyper-innovation.”
This echoes a concern expressed by many speakers and participants at the show. In order for innovation to succeed and benefit everyone, it is essential to pool energy and resources – including those of the general public, who will be arriving for the open house on Saturday 17 June.