We look back in images on the first Vivatechnology event held in Paris between June 30 and July 2. An overview of three days dedicated to innovation, creativity and ingenuity; three days of hectic and passionate enthusiasm.
The 45,000 visitors to Vivatechnology were able to discover and experience some of the most promising technological innovations yet developed by French Tech. This new forum for French innovation proved an enormous success, and next year's event is already on the calendar for autumn 2017. The 5,000 startups featured came together with two central goals: to tell the world about French innovation and to discuss their visions of the future. Startups and major corporate groups worked side-by-side throughout the event at its conferences, debates and discussions, and showcased their solutions on 500 m² of exhibition stands dedicated to the digital future.
The energy industry is not immutable: that was the central message of the presentation given by ENGIE Chief Digital Officer Thierry Lepercq. One particularly instructive example of how the world is changing is that solar power is now a competitively priced source of energy. At prices of around $30 per megawatt (MW), solar power and wind power have crossed a key threshold to demonstrate that energy from renewable sources now has an indisputable advantage over conventional energy sources. And that fact is just one aspect of this ongoing energy revolution: with new energy storage technologies, decentralized generating plants, home energy management, green mobility and the digitalization of new services, there is no lack of innovative solutions. To incorporate them into its own business, ENGIE has embraced a collaborative working structure of close partnerships with startups and promoters of innovative projects, emphasized Thierry Lepercq. The Group also gave around fifty startups the opportunity to present their solutions for the future on its exhibition stand. See them for yourself on video!
"The purpose of Vivatech is to demonstrate how lively and energetic the European innovation ecosystem is, especially in France. It should give the world of business and the general public the opportunity to get hands-on with what we do", Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE.