The fifth edition (2021) of the VivaTech trade fair, dedicated to start-ups and innovation with two days dedicated to professionals and one day open to all, opened in Paris and will take place from June 16 to 19 at Porte de Versailles, after a year in which it was put on hold because of Dame Covid. The sequelae of the latter being always of circumstance, the return to the life of the events in the French capital for this exercise will be done in a mixture of face-to-face and distance.
The VivaTech show will be hybrid and will combine face-to-face (60%) and digital (40%). Physically it will take place in a hall of Paris Expo Porte de Versailles with an area of 25,000 m², against 56,000 m² in the previous edition, (2019) with strict sanitary conditions: the audience will be limited, the wearing of the mask mandatory, and participants will be required to provide a negative test. This time, the sanitary conditions will not allow to accommodate as many enthusiasts as in 2019, where the edition had gathered 124,000 visitors, 13,000 start-ups and 3,000 large companies from around the world.
On a smaller scale therefore, VivaTech 2021 will not prevent many subjects from being tackled, through video or face-to-face conferences, 40% of the content, it should be remembered, will be online, which is intended to witness the recovery. of the activity of the events sector. More than 500 exhibitors, including 200 start-ups, are registered and multiplexes will also be organized from North America, Asia and Africa. As with its previous editions, VivaTech brings together an audience of important world leaders within the sector. VivaTech 2021 being the opportunity to discover all the innovations created by a talented global youth, one can imagine, themes such as the future of work, the digital economy, robotics, cybersecurity or even health by these current times are on the agenda of these meetings.
Africa is present at this meeting, which has now become essential and two Nations, Morocco and Tunisia, represent it in force by playing the role of locomotive of the continent. Morocco, thanks to the know-how of Moroccan entrepreneurs in launching startups in various sectors, is represented at this major global meeting of startups and innovation leaders in particular by the Polytechnic University Mohammed VI (UM6P), a prestigious international higher education institution specializing in science, technology, social sciences and business whose main campus is located in Benguerir, Morocco, with branches in Rabat and Laâyoun, as well as the Office chérifien des phosphates (OCP ), which is no longer to present. The Kingdom is a regular at this event. It was present in 2019 with a pavilion serving as a showcase for some 16 startups that came to present Moroccan expertise and innovation, at the initiative of the Digital Development Agency (ADD). This year the Moroccan pavilion will be made up in addition to bigwigs such as the OCP leader in plant nutrition and the world’s leading producer of phosphate-based fertilizers and UMP6, startups dedicated to sectors, mining, agricultural robotics, technology information, consumer goods, industry, mobility and transport, health, software development …
Startups with a vocation for data collection and valuation in Morocco, operating in the mining, agricultural and geological sectors, sometimes going as far as the empowerment of African agriculture by transforming targeted data from sensors, drones, satellites and weather into personalized solutions for agro-actors for the purposes of management and cost optimization. In terms of Information Technologies for Agriculture, a national startup has developed a smart sensor solution to test the quality of olive oil, soil mapping and grading of fruits and thanks a device using an integrated artificial intelligence model, it also offers a smart beekeeping and irrigation solution. In the field of robots, safety and the driving assistance system are now a Moroccan know-how that no longer needs to be proven, just like the health of the rest. A very Moroccan start-up specializes in the development and manufacture of in vitro molecular diagnostic kits, based on molecular biology technologies for the identification, quantification and monitoring of several diseases.
Mobility and transport is an area that Moroccan entrepreneurship seems to have mastered with the development of technology around daily journeys from which the next generation of mass transport in Africa should benefit. Another, in particular in that of the “Tech for Good” freelance of its state we will say and presenting itself under the national flag, very young and supported by a startup incubator of Tel Aviv through a structure of accompaniment and of support with regard to accommodation, training, advice, and even funding, during its first stages of life is also present in Paris and immediately struck the eye. Like what our youth is to be encouraged.