Le Poool, Destination Rennes, Inria (co-producers) and their partners had promised an “augmented” 5th edition for this major Breton tech event and that promise was kept: on Friday December 6th, about a thousand participants attended the Couvent des Jacobins in Rennes to talk about artificial intelligence, data, deep learning, commerce, and also ethics and design, among other things. A major new feature this year: the exhibition and demo space for innovative enterprises which was a huge success.
Their contributions were much-awaited and they did not disappoint: Jean-François Goudou took the Rennes public behind-the-scenes of one of today’s most visible startups in France in the field of artificial intelligence (Meero). Julien Benneteau offered a fascinating account of his experience as an international class tennis player and outlined some of the challenges of his future work in e-sport with Sigma Esports, which he has joined as sporting director. And Jaana Sinipuro (Sitra) launched the discussion on the opportunity for a new and fairer model for the data economy.
Slightly further on, about 40 Breton enterprises worked hard to share their innovations with the public. Steeple, the major Rennes startup, continued to demonstrate the benefits of well-designed in-house “phygital” communication. NextoYou, a startup supported by 1Kubator Rennes, offered visitors the chance of a preview test of its instant networking mobile app: the occasion for this test could not have come at a better time! E-Mage-In 3D, who travelled to the event especially from Camaret (Finistère, Brittany) gave a live demonstration of its smart combination developed to help prevent musculoskeletal disorders. And how can we talk about startups without mentioning Ortusia which, in particular, has developed a full digital solution (with app and sensors) to introduce school children to the correct methods to use in organic vegetable gardens.
Some of the highlights that left a mark in the participants’ minds include the master-classes and workshops organised throughout the day. The Rennes startup Klaxoon successfully involved the audience in one of its favourite subjects: imagining working spaces of the future. The workshop by Antoine Brachet (Bluenove) helped to recharge its participants’ batteries by offering an insight into a future that is very technological and very optimistic.
In the “unexpected” section, La Digital Tech Conference had programmed a few very special activities, including:
. a small stage where “mini talks” were presented throughout the day (discussions and accounts by players from the Breton technological ecosystem) facilitated by SATT Ouest Valorisation, Le Village by CA 35 and the team of Le Poool
. an escape game designed and facilitated by Inria, on the theme of artificial intelligence… in 2042. The success of this activity was such that it was necessary to programme additional sessions at the very last minute
. two events that reflected a very topical sense of activism on the subject of climate change (with the artist Joanie Lemercier) and during a battle on facial recognition (with the activist Xavier Coadic)
. a Virtual Room that was embarking its visitors for…the Moon
Thank you to Gwenaëlle Quenaon-Herve,
the mistress of ceremonies of this 2019 edition!