Introduction to the Viva Technology Conference
The Viva Technology Conference has been described by many as the world’s rendezvous for startups and leaders to celebrate innovation. The event provides an exciting platform for startups to get connected with investors but also to gain insight into the minds of global top leadership. More than 68,000 visitors attended the 2017 conference along with 6000 startups, 1400 investors and 103 countries! This year will be just as awe inspiring with speakers and exhibitions to open innovation including incredible, immersive live experiences.
The event was first unveiled in 2016 and has grown exponentially ever since. Originally co-organised by Publicis Groupe and Groupe Les Echos, specifically former Publicis CEO Maurice Levy and Les Echos CEO Francis Morel, VivaTech is dedicated to the growth of startups, digital transformation and innovation. In that first pioneering year there were 6000 startup firms, 1400 investors and 1500 journalists. This year will be just as relevant but on a grander scale.
Platinum partners of the conference include BNP Paribas, Google, La Poste, LVMH and Orange. Gold partners are SAP, Accor Hotels, Cisco, Valeo, AFD, Hewlett Packard, Airbus, Sodexo, Total, Thales, Sanofi. With such an impressive list of sponsors this event can only be a roaring triumph.
Anyone who understands the important of advancement should visit the expo, which is open to the general public on the 26th of May. The 24th and 25th extends exclusively to participants who will have access to the top business leaders in the world, amongst others, Satya Nadella CEO of Microsoft, Ginnie Rometty chairmen, president and CEO of IBM, Bill McDermott CEO of SAP, Dara Khosrowshahi Uber’s CEO and Chuck Robbins, chairman and CEO of Cisco. The list of influential, accomplished speakers giving talks goes on and on!
Events such as these are vital to bring together great minds, drive important conversations and match thinkers to companies, startups to investors. Most individuals and startups will never have the good fortune to leverage off the experiences of far more seasoned businessmen who are at the helm of monolithic organisations, stimulating open innovation between startups and corporate partners. More than 1,000 startups are selected to exhibit, pitch and demo their products and ideas at VivaTech.
It is a well-known and undisputed fact that technology has the power to transform business and society and accelerate the level at which humankind can solve problems. We live in a time where rapid technology transformation is a given and social, political and economic disruption is expected. The ability to harness transformative digital technology will determine the future success of companies and countries alike.
In an African context, startups often struggle to find investment, opportunities to learn from masters of business and to make the right connections. Despite that, technology is revolutionising Africa and many African companies are at the forefront of tremendous development. This year at VivaTech there will be a focus on African startups. Vizibiliti Insight, chosen as a finalist by Verizon, will represent South Africa when they take to the pitch stage competing for first place in innovative alternative risk scoring solutions. Moreover, the VivaTech conference program will explore the innovations, business opportunities, and unique challenges facing Africa today.
The list of reasons to visit the conference is endless but possibly most importantly it is an extraordinary opportunity to discover and be discovered. Who better to learn from than some of the most brilliant minds available today?