Your Editorializer Interview : Maurice Levy, Chairman & CEO of Publicis Groupe and event organizer, reveals in an exclusive interview the Viva Tech 2017 objectives. Following the success of the event in 2016, which brought together 5,000 start ups and 45,000 visitors, the event hosts now hope to develop the forum into a key event for the tech industry, known for reuniting start ups and big corporations. Rendez-vous on June 15th !
“To be the leading global event driving business transformation”
Publicis Groupe Chairman and CEO Maurice Levy applauds next to France’s President Francois Hollande and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault on stage during the global tech conference Viva Technology in Paris at the Elysée Palace in Paris, on February 21, 2017.
Why continue and grow Viva Tech in 2017 ?
The success of Viva Tech 2016, the first-ever event of its kind, has inspired us to reach even high for 2017. By bringing together startups and large companies under one roof, surrounded by the latest tech innovations and a top-notch content program featuring business leaders from around the world, Viva Tech was able to create true business value and drive growth for all of the partners and startups involved. We want to continue on this track in 2017, with an even more international focus.
What are the short and medium-term ambitions for Viva Tech ?
Viva Tech’s long term ambition is to be the leading global event driving business transformation, by bringing startups and large companies together to solve challenges facing today’s most relevant industries. By providing them with a platform to connect and a space collaborate, we are facilitating the growth of tomorrow’s most promising startups and aiding in the transformation of global companies.
Our short-term goal for 2017 is to beat all our records from last year, by bringing over 50,000 visitors to Viva Tech across the three days, 5,000 startups, 20 unicorns, and a strong international delegation, particularly from the US, UK, Germany, the Nordics, Africa and Asia.
What are the priorities and new additions for 2017 ?
- We will offer a far greater experience and much more innovations, many « first ».Can you reveal a few names of some of the speakers ?
Some of the speakers who will be joining us in 2017 include :
Peter Fenton, General Partner, Benchmark
Tony Hseih, CEO, Zappos
Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman & CEO, GE
Peggy Johnson, Executive VP, Business Development, Microsoft
Ambarish Mitra, Co-Founder & CEO, Blippar
David Kenny, General Manager, IBM Watson
Bob Pittman, Chairman & CEO, iHeart Media
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Alphabet Inc
Dan Schulman, CEO, Paypal
Karim Sy, Founder & Chief Catalyst, Jokkolabs
Shelley Zalis, CEO, Girl’s Lounge
Daniel Zhang, CEO, AlibabaContent and data were a few of the main attractions of 2016. What will they be in 2017 ?
Surprise, surprise !