Viva Technology

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Viva Technology
Viva Technology logo.jpg
GenreAnnual Technology Conference
VenueParis expo Porte de Versailles
FoundersPublicis Groupe and Groupe Les Echos
Attendance124,000 (2019)
WebsiteOfficial website

Viva Technology, or VivaTech, is an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups, held in Paris, France. VivaTech was founded in 2016 by Publicis Groupe and Groupe Les Echos.[1] The first two days of VivaTech are for startups, investors, executives, students and academics, and it is open to the general public on the third day.[2]


The first year of VivaTech was held from 30 June to 2 July 2016 in Paris, and gathered 45,000 visitors including 5,000 startup companies.[3]


In 2017, VivaTech was held at Paris expo Porte de Versailles from 14 to 16 June in Paris. In attendance were 6,000 startup firms, 1,400 investors, and 1,500 journalists. French President Emmanuel Macron delivered the keynote address and announced the creation of a 10-billion Euro fund for innovation and the launch of a French technology visa for international entrepreneurs.[3]

One thousand startups were exhibited in 20 open innovation "labs" sponsored by corporate groups (AccorHotels, Air France, KLM, Airbus, BNPP, La Poste, Cisco, Engie, Carrefour, LVMH, RATP Group, SNCF, Sodexo, Sanofi, Orange, TF1, Talan, Pari mutuel urbain, Vinci Energies, Valeo).[4]

Speakers including Eric Schmidt, Daniel Zhang and John Collison were also in attendance.[5]


In 2018, VivaTech took place from 24 to 26 May in Paris. Over 100,000 visitors and over 300 speakers attended the third edition of the event including Mark Zuckerberg, Satya Nadella, Dara Khosrowshahi, Ginni Rometty, Chuck Robbins and Bill McDermott.[6]

French President Emmanuel Macron returned to VivaTech in 2018 and announced that the French government will launch a R900 million-programme aimed at investing in African startups.[7]

A partnership was established with TechCrunch and the Startup Battlefield, a competition for startups where the winners attended the Startup Battlefield finals in San Francisco in September 2018. [8]


In 2019, the fourth edition of the event was marked by a trend towards positive innovation ("tech for good") as well as the presence of 124,000 visitors at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, on 16 and 17 May for professionals, and on 18 May for the general public [9] .

Nearly 13,000 startups were present, as well as 450 prominent figures from all over the world, such as Jack Ma of Alibaba Group, Justin Trudeau, Olympic medallist Usain Bolt, Holly Ridings of NASA, Ken Hu of Huawei, Young Sohn of Samsung, John Kerry and Margrethe Vestager [10].


  1. ^ "VivaTech concentrates France's booming tech scene, and its mind" Archived 6 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine, TechCrunch, 1 July 2016
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  3. ^ a b "Emmanuel Macron's Call to Action: Viva Technology!" Archived 5 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine, Forbes, 18 June 2017
  4. ^ "Viva Technology" is coming back to Paris with its ginormous tech conference" Archived 6 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine, TechCrunch, 21 February 2017
  5. ^ "Viva Technology is coming back to Paris with its ginormous tech conference". Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
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  9. ^ O'Brien, Chris (19 May 2019). "Key Takeaways From Viva Technology 2019". The Innovator news. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  10. ^ Coleman, Lauren deLisa. "Inside The Massive Tech Event That Drew Power Players from Jack Ma To Heads Of State". Forbes. Retrieved 10 July 2019.

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