Vivatech 2019 : 7 topics to follow

Vivatech 2019 : 7 topics to follow

Vivatech 2019 : 7 topics to follow 4032 3024 Use Design

Here are the themes that we have chosen from Vivatech and that we will try to follow:


Theme #1: Tech4Good 👼

The day before the inauguration of VivaTech 2019, the 2nd Tech4Good Summit was held at the Élysée. Its objective is to reflect with innovation stakeholders on technological development for a positive impact on society. This year, 5 workshops were on the agenda: access to education, diversity, work, social inclusion and environmental protection.

Undoubtedly, this has been a key topic at Vivatech. Indeed, the exhibition began on Thursday with a recap of this summit held by the participants. However, it is certain that these questions about the positive impact that Tech can have on society are now at the heart of the debates. This change of perspective in innovation was very present in VivaTech’s Hall 2, where the Tech4Green startups were featured. We could see the B:Bot recycler who, thanks to the AI, refuses bottles with non-recyclable plastic and, with the help of a screen, educates the user on the right actions to take 🌿.


Theme #2: AfricaTech 🌍

After the last few decades of market-driven innovation in Europe and in the United States, technology seems to be turning to emerging countries. It is not fair to say that not all infrastructure and technology actors take into account citizens from all parts of the world. On the contrary, figures and trends have already shown that emerging countries represent an investment opportunity for large groups like Total.

But the atmosphere at Vivatech this year gave us a glimpse of the future. Technological innovation will no longer be driven by access to advanced infrastructure, but rather by environmental and social needs and constraints. From experience, in a design approach, this type of obstacle poses the greatest opportunities for innovation.


Theme #3: AI and digital security 🔐

Artificial Intelligence was as expected omnipresent at Vivatech. As a major subject of digital transformation it serves a wide variety of fields: health, the army, tomorrows’ factories or cities, transport, environmental protection, etc.

In particular, we were able to attend the talk by David Sadek (Thales) “Can we trust AI? “. Which was a good introduction for us.

He reminded us of the pillars of artificial intelligence known as trust in systems where human life is at stake: the ability of the system to be explanatory about the results it provides, and in real time; validity, the system must prove that it does what is expected of it and only what is expected of it; and finally its responsibility, it complies with rules, and meets ethical requirements.✊

What about the man in all this? According to David Sadek, it is essential to focus on human-robot dialogue. Data is an asset, but knowledge of the field and its expertise is essential to design a reliable product.

AI is certainly a source of innovation but like any other digital means that has been developed in recent decades, it is crucial that we take precautions as soon as possible. Indeed, digital security was a priority for politicians at the show. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stressed how important it is for governments to be involved in innovation and in the 4th industrial revolution that we are witnessing: “hate and extremism are thriving online”. As we have seen from the American elections, Facebook Data Leak, the live broadcast of the Christchurch attack and the mass spread of fake news, online security is more uncertain than ever.


Theme #4: Smartcities 🏙️

In the same context as Tech4Good, the theme of Smart Cities has been raised several times. Smart Cities have been in the spotlight in the field of innovation and technology for several years. Indeed, more and more startups are developing in order to participate in the definition of the city of tomorrow.

Interested by this matter we would like to share with you one of our first conferences at Vivatech organized by Vinci Energies: “A Live Experience of E-Estonia, the Smart Country Inspiring all Smart Cities”. E-Estonia is a real source of inspiration for its European neighbors, particularly France, whose dematerialization is a long struggle. It offers its citizens an online platform that allows them not only to store all the information necessary for administrative purposes such as taxes or refunds, but also to vote. The promise of this e-society is Keep It Smart and Simple: for example, no longer justifying your domicile x times for x institutions. A digital platform containing the most sensitive data of 1,340,194 citizens? in France the answer would be: 😱😱😱

We couldn’t help but wonder: when will E-France happen? 😏

Another conference that caught our attention was “Smart cities: Human beyond digital”. We did not make any digital discoveries there, but the message conveyed by Xavier Huillard, CEO of VINCI, moved us: the expression “Smart Cities” is dead. Mr. Huillard reminded us that tomorrow our cities will be more and more dense. Faced with this new challenge, it is time to establish a dialogue between the world of innovation and citizens to build together the city of tomorrow. “We can do a lot together to build a sustainable and sufficient city”.


Theme #5: The startups 🚀

Startups at Vivatech delighted visitors with their pitchs and their presence on the stands of incubators or large companies invested in innovation. EDF took the opportunity to present the finalists startups of its EDF Pulse programme.

We also saw Bemyapp present their project “Hack to the future”, which organizes hackatons to help large companies innovate more effectively by collaborating agilely with technology start-ups.

This approach is rather well received by managers of large groups, who appreciate the refreshing experience, but also the long-term results obtained at the end of the hackathons.
The example clearly illustrates the sensation experienced during this Vivatech: startups are no longer challengeers of large companies, they become their ultimate references for innovation.

Whether it is the will to innovate, or the use of more agile methods for technology development, there is still much to learn with the small “Davids”.
Another nice surprise for us was to meet our friend Stéphane Ségneurin, CEO of MyCarSpot, for whom we were finalizing a redesign of his application and web interfaces. Offering a collective parking solution for companies, we had the pleasure of seeing the MyCarSpot stand featuring its new logo freshly designed by our team. 😄


Theme #6: Design fiction 📜

When we saw the presentations and stands exhibited at Vivatech, we remembered a design approach with a lot of potential: design fiction. 💛

In the book, “Playing with the Future: Use Fiction Design to Rotate Your Business”, authors Olivier Wathelet and Antony Masson introduce this method, which is “increasingly used by companies to better define their strategies, values and the ethical lines they will want to follow.

For example, the model of Magellan Partners’ autonomous train attracted many curious looks. With an implementation of their expertise in artificial intelligence, big data and connected objects, they designed a small model of urban train that helps us project ourselves into the future. This is a good example of a project that could help many companies committed to understanding and predicting the challenges of transportation, artificial intelligence, urban life and tomorrow’s experiences.

This is not to say that the Magellan Partners innovation team named their design fiction approach. But it shows us that many other companies could benefit from it. This is the time to project yourself into the future, and fiction design could be a great tool to do so, in a low-risk and very engaging way.

Fiction design is both an intuitive and highly structured approach. If you are interested, here is a good introduction to the subject:


Theme #7: Robots and animation 🤖

As for robots, we were served! Robots of all shapes and sizes, for all uses. As soon as we entered, Heasy welcomed us and guided us through the living room, allowing us to immortalize the moment with a souvenir photo in front of VIVAtech’s letters.

Antbot (designed by researchers from the CNRS and Aix-Marseille University), showed us that the robot can also steer itself without external help, without GPS or AI. Inspired by the desert ant, the robot is oriented by sunlight. He finds his way back, in complete autonomy, by a compass sensitive to the polarization of the sky.

Two human assistance robots have caught our attention; Barakuda, designed by Shark Robotics, a versatile mule in the service of the army, it is capable of carrying a ton on any terrain and has an autonomy of 10 to 12 hours. Le robot chirurgical, presented by da Vinci, has proven its worth in many operating theatres. His credo? To assist surgeons in complex and delicate procedures requiring less invasive surgery. The surgeon pilots miniaturized and articulated instruments and adjusts to a 3D visualization system..

We were also able to challenge Pollen Robotics’ robot Reachy with tic-tac-toe. His large articulated arm left us knocked out. Not only to play tic-tac-toe, Reachy is the product of a request from INCIA, wishing to study the piloting of a prosthesis.

The startup Mentalista surprised us with their invention to play football through thoughts. Far from the basic rules of football (we reassure you that’s not what interested us here) the idea is to control connected objects (here a ball) by the force of thoughts. Electrodes analyze the brain’s electrical signals and send commands to connected objects. Concentrate and the ball is placed in the opponent’s goals. With this innovation, we can imagine a multitude of applications. Does telekinesis mean anything to you?

These 2 days of exhibition, were rich in emotions for us. Between conferences, startups, and activities to try, we didn’t get bored!

In this article, we wanted to describe a big picture of the show and especially the most recurrent themes that we particularly appreciated. You will find some of the topics, in more detail, in other articles to come 😉

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