Paris, France – VivaTech 2022, the renowned global tech conference, shattered all expectations as it captivated an astonishing crowd of 91,000 attendees at the Palais des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles. This cutting-edge event not only attracted a massive physical audience but also drew the attention of 300,000 digital visitors, resulting in over 4.3 million views on the VivaTech News channel. With a staggering reach of 400 million people and an astonishing 3 billion social media views, VivaTech further solidified its international stature, with representatives from 30 countries and participants hailing from an impressive 146 nationalities.
A Mecca for Technological Advancements
VivaTech 2022 presented a captivating lineup of over 350 esteemed speakers, including industry titans like Evan Spiegel of Snap, Vitalik Buterin of Ethereum, and CZ (Changpeng Zhao) of Binance. The conference served as a magnet for top executives from prominent companies and organizations, cementing its position as a global tech hub. The distinguished presence of President Emmanuel Macron added to the event’s allure, as he engaged with numerous young entrepreneurs from diverse sectors.
Honoring India and Africa
In a momentous celebration, VivaTech 2022 bestowed the prestigious title of “Country of the Year” upon India, paying homage to its vibrant digital ecosystem, coinciding with the nation’s 75th independence anniversary. The event showcased the active participation of India’s Minister of Technologies, Ashwini Vaishnaw, and Indian Ambassador to France, Jawed Ashraf, underscoring the country’s dynamic role in the tech landscape. Additionally, VivaTech collaborated with Maktar Diop, the CEO of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), to host the inaugural AfricaTech Awards, further emphasizing the event’s commitment to fostering technological advancements across the African continent.
Unforgettable Moments and Inspirational Dialogues
VivaTech 2022 witnessed a truly extraordinary and emotionally charged moment during President Volodymyr Zelensky’s impassioned address, as he called upon tech actors and startups to extend their support to Ukraine. This moving speech was broadcast as a mesmerizing hologram in seven European countries, capturing the attention of notable figures such as Gayle King, Amanda Holden, Peter Gabriel, and Bernard-Henri Lévy.
Unparalleled Business Prospects
Once again, VivaTech served as an unparalleled platform, providing technology players with exclusive access to international clients, major investors, and emerging markets. Over the course of three dedicated professional days, more than 2,000 exhibitors, including 1,800 startups (45% of which hailed from international origins), and 700 investment funds converged, fostering meaningful connections and collaborations. The event facilitated an astounding 161,000 business connections, with an impressive 71% of these interactions occurring on the international scale through the digital platform. Participating startups reported that more than a quarter of their annual prospecting efforts were concentrated within these transformative days.
Exploring Frontiers of Innovation and Tech Trends
VivaTech 2022 acted as a sprawling canvas for the showcase of over 300 revolutionary innovations, including 50 exclusive unveilings. Groundbreaking advancements in GreenTech, digital mobility, the future of work, Web3, and the Metaverse took center stage, captivating the imagination of attendees and paving the way for a more technologically driven future.
Championing Responsible and Inclusive Tech
With a firm commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion, VivaTech 2022 placed a spotlight on numerous initiatives, with a special focus on women and young individuals. Programs like #WoGiTech aimed to bridge the gender gap in tech-related professions, while engaging conferences such as “Girls Hackademy” and guided tours offered valuable insights to middle and high school students. The fourth edition of the Female Founder Challenge (FFC) recognized Vanessa Counaert, Co-founder of Resortecs, for her visionary project involving heat-soluble sewing threads that facilitate textile recycling.
A Day for the Public
The concluding day of VivaTech 2022, aptly named Public Day, opened its doors to thousands of students and job seekers, enabling them to interact with companies and gain firsthand knowledge about the future prospects in the realms of tech, innovation, and startups.
VivaTech 2022 culminated as an overwhelming triumph, surpassing all expectations set for the event. The congregation of tech enthusiasts and digital pioneers over these four days exuded an unparalleled enthusiasm, invigorating energy, and a shared dedication to responsible and inclusive innovation. The conference emerged as a pivotal platform for insightful debates on the practical applications of cutting-edge technologies, with Web3 and decarbonization emerging as prominent themes. Co-presidents Maurice Lévy and Pierre Louette, alongside Julie Ranty, CEO of Viva Technology, enthusiastically emphasized the dynamic spirit that animates the thriving startup ecosystem.