The public who came to Paris on 13 and 14 of June enjoyed the Digital World Festival FUTUR EN SEINE, in an awesome location, Le Centquatre.
There this large public could catch a glimpse of the future with amazing prototypes, exploring more than 100 international innovative projects around 10 themes: City, Music, Make, Digital Art, Education, Data, Robots, Healthcare, Work and Dwell.
At Futur en Seine, the enterprises and the products of the future are on display at the main hall, so called the Archipelago.
Accompanied by Fleur Pellerin, French Minister for innovation and entrepreneurship on ICT and new technologies, Jean-Marc Ayrault, the French Premier, spent a long time to tour the Archipelago. He got full details and explanations about innovations and prototypes, by project leaders and entrepreneurs.
Among those, François Bancilhon, head of the EIT ICT Labs supported start-up Data Publica presented extensively the activity of the company to the French Premier. Data Publica promotes the usage of open data, one of this year’s Futur en seine themes, by selling tuned solutions to enterprises and local governments.
Nathalie Kosciusko Morizet, possible future mayor of Paris and former French minister for the development of the digital economy, was also very interested in the full explanations of Thomas Silverston from Inria, and of Salem Tirane from EIT ICT Labs partner Alfstore, respectively leaders of the EIT ICT Labs Crowd Source and Flashpoll projects, both parts of Digital Cities Action Line.
For the second year, EIT ICT Labs, as a key stakeholder of the Digital Festival promoted the action line Digital Cities of the Future, with the participation of major core and affiliate partners, organizing the round table "Digital Cities for Citizen Oriented Model" moderated by Khaldoun Al Agha, Action Line Leader EIT ICT Labs & Professor, Paris Sud University.
The Panelists were Valérie Issarny, Research Director at Inria Paris-Rocquencourt, François Richard, Orange, Philippe Koch, IBM, Isabelle Mari, Prospective and strategic Research Director, JC Decaux.
The visitors also took advantage of the countless networking opportunities at the 2013 Business Convention, making their business European.
The Digital festival will continue with a wide range of business and cultural events all over the Paris Region until June 23.