Viva Technology, Paris is getting better with every edition! Now in its 3rd year, the tech conference brought together all of the world’s digital transformation players, including thousands of start-ups and dozens of international groups.
As an official partner of Viva Technology, we run several side-events including pitching competitions, startup recruitment sessions, panels of discussion and a press conference. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Viva Technology:
The debates highlighted the major trends that are shaping the world of tomorrow with key themes such as «Tech for Good» or how technology can be a positive force for society, the future of artificial intelligence, the latest marketing trends and the great leap forward of the African continent.
Speaking of Africa, for the first time it featured a dedicated area showcasing African innovation, the Afric@Tech Zone. Delegates from AfricaArena such as Loudhailer, our local partner in Cape Town and representatives of tech accelerators including Zachariah George, Co-Founder of Startupbootcamp Cape Town gave talks on the issues and opportunities within Africa’s digital revolution.
[#VivaTech #AfricaTech] “We need to be able to tell better stories about African entrepreneurs doing amazing things. We don’t just want smart sexy stories from the US and the West. We want stories that do good.” @zach_cpt, Co-Founder and CIO of @sbootcamp Africa pic.twitter.com/IhZa333jtp
— #VivaTech (@VivaTech) May 25, 2018
Three Major Announcements We Shared at VivaTech
On Friday, we run a fireside chat with our industry experts in the InsurTech, IoT and African markets:
- Sabine VanderLinden announced a new innovation model designed to create commercial engagements between corporates and later-stage businesses;
- Zachariah George shared how we’ve been fostering innovation in emerging markets such as Africa. Our program in Cape Town received over 1000 applications for this year’s cycle!
- Raph Crouan MD Startupbootcamp IoT announced a partnership with Rolls-Royce.
Just finished our press conference at #VivaTechnology and we’re thrilled to announce that Startupbootcamp Africa just reached over 1000 applications for this year’s program; Startupbootcamp IoT reveals a partnership with @RollsRoyce pic.twitter.com/QfWRPHqCs5
— Startupbootcamp (@Sbootcamp) May 25, 2018
Following our press conference at VivaTech, Peter Kruger, MD Startupbootcamp FoodTech, revealed that the program’s Demo Day would be moving to Station F next November, welcomed by their local partner, Danone, who will present the keynote for the event. Learn more
We loved @joinstationf! And today, at our Press Lunch here, we are happy to announce that we will hold our Demo Day here in Paris! Hold tight, because this year’s Demo Day is going to be epic thanks to our strong partners! https://t.co/Ij5tHuxL3x pic.twitter.com/hOtplZhSny
— Sbootcamp FoodTech (@sbcFoodTech) May 28, 2018
We met some fantastic startup founders
Startupbootcamp received a dedicated space in the investors’ area where our programs run 1-1 meetings with international startup founders and heads of innovation. The teams received product and investor feedback, and guidance on how we can support in the future.
If you couldn’t make it this year, take a look at our programs who are currently accepting applications.
Diana Bareno, Investor Relations of Startubpootcamp Digital Health Berlin says: Vivatech has always brought us high-quality outcomes; this time we hosted Office Hours on the 24th -25th May, where we met with 26 Digital Health startups. I was glad to see the high-tech solutions that they bring to the healthcare system. The commitment from the corporate world also shows that their mindset is changing. A clear example of this is Sanofi, one of our partners, who brought more than 30 startups to present their solutions and connect them with the key players in this sector.
— Sanofi (@sanofi) May 24, 2018
The Hall of Tech was like a tech playground!
If you wanted to take a break from the panels, the Hall of Tech was featuring the latest innovations that will transform the way we do business and impact our lives, driven by tech giants and hundreds of innovative startups.
Some of the other must-sees: Airbus’ self-contained land and air vehicle Pop.Up, Cybedroïd’s Alice robots, immersive virtual reality experiences in the Alibaba VR Park, Valeo’s innovations for drivers and passengers and Jaguar’s electric cars.
— #VivaTech (@VivaTech) May 26, 2018
Sabine VanderLinden adds: “VivaTech Paris is an impressive conference able to gather in one place the digital futures affecting many industries from retail, fashion, banking to insurance combining corporates and startups in one place and making possibilities realities.It was a real pleasure and honor to present at this very event, having been part of it last year. I have seen how the event has tripled in just one year. I also experience the quality of the exposition and inspirational pitches of some of the greatest leaders we all admire around the world. I am convinced that next year will be an even more impressive event.”
On Saturday, VivaTech was open to the public in order to give people the possibility to discover the innovations going on, to understand the current trends and to touch, feel and experience the new products.
We are thrilled to see what the next Vivatech 2019 will bring to the startup arena!
Read VivaTech’s Official Press Release