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Viva Technology: Over 100,000 People At the Rendezvous for Innovation and Startups!

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Paris, 27th May 2018 - 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.

Among the many personalities who visited VivaTech in 2018, we note several members of the government: Elisabeth BORNE, Minister of Transport; Benjamin GRIVEAUX, Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, Spokesman of the Government; Bruno LE MAIRE, Minister of Economy and Finance; Jean-Baptiste LEMOYNE, Secretary of State to the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs; Florence PARLY, Minister of the Armed Forces; Muriel PENICAUD, Minister of Labor; Marlène SCHIAPPA, Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, in charge of Equality between women and men; Frédérique VIDAL, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. Mounir MAHJOUBI, Secretary of State in charge of Digital, had settled at VivaTech during the 3 days with his Cabinet.

VivaTech also notes the visit of representatives of the regions: François BONNEAU, President of the Region, Centre Val de Loire; Anne HIDALGO, Mayor of Paris; Renaud MUSELIER, President of the Provence-Alpes-Côted’Azur Region; Patrick OLLIER, President of Greater Paris Metropolis; Valérie PÉCRESSE, President of the Ile-DeFrance Region.

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; Bernard ARNAULT, Chairman and CEO, LVMH; Patrice CAINE, CEO of Thales Group; Florent MENEGAUX, 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. At the time of the GPRD, Isabelle FALQUE-PERROTIN, President of the CNIL was able to discuss all facets.

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.

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