Back for its third year, Viva Technology Paris (colloquially VivaTech) is a 3-day event dedicated to startups, investors, and thought leaders in the technology sector. With over 80,000 attendees, VivaTech is one of the largest and most influential conferences, bringing participants from all over the world with an impressive representation from 103 countries. Notable names who will be there include Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and French President Emmanuel Macron, who will be giving the opening speech on 24 May.
VivaTech is a celebration of today’s innovations and tomorrow’s possibilities for everyone who believes in the power of technology to transform business and society. This year’s three major themes concern the latest-generation robots, the future of mobility, and virtual reality. Focusing on Africa Tech in particular, VivaTech will provide a dedicated space for exploring the innovations, business opportunities, and challenges facing Africa today. Up to 50 African startups from 4 key sectors will be present, along with Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Many countries in Africa have been contributing to its reputation as the new digital frontier, and VivaTech is looking to celebrate that.
Cosmo Tech will be with RATP, the public transport system in Paris, to showcase their AIO solution for rail. AIO helps executives and decision makers to make optimal decisions regarding the health of their critical infrastructure by simulating and optimizing their networks. Incorporating augmented intelligence and complex systems modeling into their solutions, AIO is just the type of innovative technology that VivaTech is looking to showcase.
VivaTech will also be hosting other fun attractions celebrating technology including a Talent Connect job board for students and job seekers, a Startup Battlefield Europe event, and a Hackathon sponsored by the technology news website, TechCrunch. Participants can also step into the Hall of Tech and get their hands on innovative technology such as robots, drones, VR and AR demos, and “as-yet unclassifiable hardware”.
While VivaTech is all fun and games, it is also a great opportunity for startups and small business to meet with executives in their industry, connect with top venture capitalists to raise funds, and develop partnerships with other businesses.
The first two days are reserved for professional attendees, including students and academics, however the last day is open to the public. You can find Cosmo Tech at the RATP stand J30-008, where the Sales team will be discussing the future of Augmented Intelligence.