Artificial intelligence is undoubtedly both the great challenge and the great opportunity of the coming years. As AI becomes the next major economic factor across all sectors, both the German and French governments invest and work on different AI strategies. While both countries benefit from sophisticated digital industries, research and capital, France is perceived as a leader in the European landscape. For most German companies, however, AI is still a dream of the future: according to a study by the Federal Ministry of Economics, only five percent of German companies currently use AI.
“berlin.digital goes Paris” aims at improving German-French cooperation in the area of artificial intelligence for the digital media, communication, and digital and creative sectors in the capital regions.
As part of the delegation trip from October 20 to 24, you will have the opportunity to gain deep insights into the Paris AI ecosystem. For two days we visit with you high-growth companies, startups and key players from the French economy.
You only pay for your travel and accommodation expenses – berlin.digital organizes the trip for you. The members of media: net and those interested in the Berlin media and digital economy are addressed.
The delegation is funded and supported by:
What awaits you?
(program points marked with * are tbc)
Sunday, October 20:
Travel and arrival day to Paris. In the evening we would like to invite you to welcome drinks in a small group, where you have the chance to get to know each other.
Monday, October 21:
In the morning we would like to give you an INTRODUCTION TO THE PARIS AI ECOSYSTEM. You will be greeted by and hear presentations from representatives and decision-makers, such as Bertrand Pailhès, France’s national coordinator of AI strategy, Bertrand Braunschweig, head of INRIA research center, DGE’s Christel Florina and representative of HUB France IA, who will give you an overview of the current level of AI development in France. If already opened, we will visit the brand new institute PRAIRIE *.
Rémi Bergues, VP Strategy & Innovation of Paris Région Entreprises, will present their activities as business and innovation catalysts and how they support international companies in their development in the Paris area.
In the afternoon, you will get to know various large LABS AND INCUBATORS. Planned are visits to the Microsoft AI Factory and Accelerator at Station F, where we visit some startups like Jetpack Data on the world’s largest startup campus, as well as FAIR (Facebook Research Lab) * and Google iCloud *.
At the end of the first day, we welcome you to an official welcome dinner together with the German delegation, the companies you visited and met during the day, as well as some invited French guests.
Tuesday, October 22:
Day two begins under the thematic focus AI STRATEGY OF ESTABLISHED COMPANIES. In particular, we look at their way of working for innovation at an international level. In addition to a discussion with the Director of Innovation and Future Media News & Digital of FRANCE TV, we also want to visit internationally known companies like Samsung * or Spotify *.
The afternoon is dedicated to AI-STARTUPS. During roundtables and visits, companies discuss AI application tools and trends, as well as growth topics with our delegation members. We are visiting ARTEFACT, a marketing company that uses data analytics and AI for campaigns, with two flagship AI tools: Nautilius and Octopus. Also included are SNIPS and DATAKALAB.
Other interesting startups planned for the program are DATAIKU *, QWANT * and MEERO *.
For the evening we plan a MEETUP in the context of the opening of the fair FRANCE IS AI.
Wednesday, October 23:
On this day we visit with you the world’s largest conference on artificial intelligence – we are going to the FRANCE IS AI CONFERENCE 2019! The annual event brings together researchers, entrepreneurs, VCs and executives from the French AI ecosystem to tackle challenges related to technology, economics and societal impact. In recent years, there have been exciting keynote speeches and panels by top AI researchers and lectures by AI lab managers at large companies, including Twitter, Huawei, Criteo, Rakuten, Netflix, Facebook, and Google.
Thursday, October 24:
On our last day we have another special extra for you: an exclusive berlin.digital PITCHING AND MATCHMAKING SESSION in cooperation with the bpiFrance investment bank and HUB France IA.
In early 2015, bpiFrance launched Le Hub, a connector designed to catalyze business relationships between start-ups and medium and large enterprises. This is exactly where our event will take place, where participants of the German delegation meet potential business or technology partners in the area of AI and get the opportunity to present their projects in a one-minute presentation.
Furthermore, HUB France IA offers the opportunity to match its member companies with our delegates. HUB France IA represents larger groups in the industry, as well as SMEs and startups in the field of AI. Areas of focus regarding topics and call for projects can be found in detail in the program for download.
In order to make the networking within the program even easier, we plan to provide matchmaking via the AI app “Swapcard” * or “b2match” *.
With a French-style lunch, our delegation trip on artificial intelligence to Paris will come to an end. You will have the option to travel home directly or spend a few days in Paris.
The preliminary program for download can be found on the right side.
If you are interested in participating, please register via Eventbrite or get in touch with your contact person at berlin.digital, Lea Katharina Sabol: firstname.lastname@example.org.