Over 47% increase in attendance in one year, more than 125 nationalities represented, more than 300
speakers, more than 9,000 startups present, the 2018 Viva Technology edition is a huge success.
With even more innovations presented, prestigious international partners and inspirational guests, Viva
Technology has, for its third edition, surpassed all of its objectives and has established itself as the unmissable international rendezvous for innovation.
More than 100,000 attendees
Viva Technology, the global rendezvous for startups and leaders, took up the challenge to raise the bar even higher this year. More than 100,000 attendees participated in the 3 days of VivaTech (2 days reserved for professionals and 1 day open to the general public) and were able to meet and initiate
collaborations with the 1,800 startups either exhibiting or pitching, 1,900 investors and thousands of business leaders, as well as 1,900 journalists from around the world.
Viva Technology had the honor of receiving the President of the Republic Emmanuel MACRON for the
inaugural address. The day before, President MACRON met global technology leaders for the «Tech For Good» summit. President MACRON was accompanied by the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul KAGAME.
Exceptional coverage on Social Media
Conversations around VivaTech have far exceeded the walls of Porte de Versailles. In total, 113 million people were affected by VivaTech content from the 24th to 26th of May (+ 101% since last year), in more than 155 countries. All content broadcasted by VivaTech achieved over 1.4 billion views in just 3 days! A record for an event of this nature.
An unprecedented participation of top speakers and game changers from all over the world
The biggest global players in innovation were present. Through more than 150 conferences, over 300
entrepreneurial speakers, top business leaders, investors and researchers discussed the impact of digital on the economy and society: Mark ZUCKERBERG, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Facebook; Ginni ROMETTY, Chairman, President and CEO, IBM; Satya NADELLA, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft; Dara KHOSROWSHAHI, CEO, Uber; Eric SCHMIDT, Technical Advisor & Member of the Board, Alphabet Inc.; Chuck ROBBINS, Chairman and CEO, Cisco; and Bill McDERMOTT, CEO, SAP; Stewart BUTTERFIELD, Co-Founder and CEO, Slack; Frédéric MAZZELLA, Founder and President, BlaBlaCar; and also Stéphane RICHARD, Chairman and CEO, Orange; Isabelle KOCHER, CEO, Engie; and Bernard ARNAULT, Chairman and CEO, LVMH; Patrice CAINE, CEO of Thales Group; Florent MENGAUX, CEO of Michelin; Jean-Paul AGON, CEO of L’Oréal; Jacques ASCHENBROICH, CEO of Valeo …
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 great leap forward of the African continent, the future of artificial intelligence or the latest marketing trends.
A success co-built with VivaTech’s major partners
Viva Technology shares the success of this 3rd edition with its major partners and wishes to thank them for their strong commitment :
– The platinum partners: BNP Paribas, Google, La Poste, LVMH, and Orange;
– The major partners: AccorHotels, Airbus, Cisco, Engie, ManpowerGroup, PMU, RATP Group, Sanofi,
SNCF, Sodexo, TF1 Group, Valeo, Vinci Energies, Facebook, IBM, L’Oréal and the Ile de France region
are loyal to Viva Technology since its first edition. They were joined this year by Microsoft, Softbank
Robotics, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, SAP, Auvergne Rhône Alpes Region, Centre Val de Loire Region,
SAP, Thales and Total.
All of them hosted more than 1,800 startups to launch successful collaborations that are the strength of
VivaTech: incubations, prototypes financing, mentoring or investments.
Exceptional innovations presented for some for the first time
In the Hall of Tech, attendees were able to discover the latest innovations that will transform their business and impact their lives, driven by tech giants and hundreds of innovative startups.
Among the must-sees: Airbus’ self-contained land and air vehicle Pop.Up, Cybedroïd’s Alice robots, and
Unsupervised’s Aida, the reproduction of the US space station with HPE, the model quantum computer of IBM, immersive virtual reality experiences in the Alibaba VR Park, Valeo’s innovations for drivers and passengers and Jaguar’s electric cars.
Afric@tech gathered the best digital talents from the African continent
VivaTech was honored this year with the presence of pavilions from all over the African continent: Rwanda, Nigeria, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal (via Jokkolabs). Conferences highlighted the new faces of the African continent such as Viola Llewellyn, Co-Founder and President, OVAMBA SOLUTIONS; INC, Aphrodice MUTANGANA, General Manager, KLAB; or Rebecca Enonchong, CEO, APPSTECH.
The French Development Agency has also unveiled its new support system for African start-ups to support the emergence of the unicorns of tomorrow from the continent.
New successful conference cycles
With the CEO Forum, the largest global companies, also partners of VivaTech, were able to discuss their digital transformation strategy in front of a large and attentive audience.
The CMO Forum was an outstanding success thanks to the presence of Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer of P&G; Tony Rogers, CMO of Walmart; Clive Sirkin, Chief Growth Officer of Kellogg Company; or David Shing, Digital Prophet AOL; and many others…
Digital revolution, revolution of talents
Viva Technology is particularly committed this year to themes on talent, recruitment and human resources in general. VivaTech’s partners and startups published on Talent Connect – the jobboard developed by ManpowerGroup – more than 700 job offers to recruit the many talents present at VivaTech; 3,500 applications, most of which have been submitted.
Recruitment, coaching and support schemes for business creation particularly appealed to young people who were more than 18,000 to go to VivaTech.
Date set for 2019!
VivaTech will bring together innovators from all over the world for 3 days in 2019 from the 16th to 18th of May for a fourth edition even more ambitious.
« The success of VivaTech is concrete proof that France is capable of creating an international event, to build on the long-term, and to attract the greatest names of Tech and those who create the world of tomorrow. Thanks to partners from 95 different countries who have supported us this year, we can say that, with VivaTech, it is the whole world that comes to Paris. » Said Pierre Louette, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Les Echos – Le Parisien.