• 9:30-11:00 am / WORKSHOP - Innovate with Pôle Emploi : digital inclusion and adapting to the jobs of tomorrow

    Pôle Emploi makes the most of your ideas and proposals in this workshop that addresses the following challenges:


    Access to the jobs of tomorrow

    Jobs are changing and the employment context is improving in France, especially for more highly qualified candidates. What solutions can we invent to give less qualified jobseekers access to sustainable employment, and enable them to join the corporate workforce?


    Actively promote digital inclusion

    Digitalization has become part of daily life and the professional world, excluding many people from access to employment and digital services. How can we remedy this situation and give every citizen the possibility of employment and full integration into society?


    When registering for this workshop, we invite you to submit your solutions/innovations by clicking on this link. Your projects will be reviewed prior to the workshop by Pole Emploi teams and might be used to facilitate the 2 working groups.


  • 9:30-10:30 am / ROUND TABLE - When the past comes to the rescue of a sustainable future: retro tech

    Now more than ever, the challenges of energy transition and climate change are imposing disruptive paradigm shifts that make research and innovation vital tools. Innovating to enhance our future also means looking back at our past and the ingenuity of engineers, inventors and architects of previous centuries. Come discover the new horizons opened by retro innovations, such as the large-scale wind tower principles (ventilation and cooling systems derived from the traditional architecture of the Persian Gulf) used to renovate the Montparnasse Tower. It’s a good example of how the 18th century came to the rescue of the 21st century.

    Speakers :

    • Cédric Carles, Directeur, Atelier 21.org
    • Lucille Leyer, Architecte Associé, Ylé, Agence d’Architecture
    • Romain Brochard, Architecte Associé, Ylé, Agence d’Architecture
    • Guillaume Meunier, Directeur délégué, responsable pôle Environnements, Elioth
  • 11:00-12:00 am / TABLE RONDE - 2030: Challenges and opportunities for startups and SMEs in the Métropole du Grand Paris

    The Métropole du Grand Paris and the Paris Urbanism Agency (APUR) invite to a discussion and debate on the challenges of metropolitan urban planning for 2030. APUR will share their analysis of what’s at stake in terms of energy and facilities throughout the Paris metro area, and the subsequent need for new services. The Métropole du Grand Paris will present its initiatives to support innovation and the economic development of metropolitan projects. Following these presentations, an entrepreneur spokesperson will express the needs and expectations of startups in meeting greater metro area challenges, before opening the floor to further discussion and debate with the audience.

    Speakers :

    • Dominique Alba, Directrice générale, Apur
    • David Monteau, Directeur de l’Attractivité, du Développement de l’Économie et du Numérique, Métropole Grand Paris
    • Julie de Pimodan, Co-fondatrice et présidente, Fluicity


  • 11:30-12:30 am / FISHBOWL - Is low tech the future of our cities?

    Promising efficiency, intelligence and simplicity, technology is now a core part of sustainable urban development: air quality captors, autonomous shuttles, connected housing, data that predicts our energy consumption, etc. Yet as resources are depleted, technology is being put in the dock. Often energy-intensive, non-recyclable, using rare and finite resources, sometimes poorly adapted to usages: technology goes against the founding principles of the inescapable ecological transition. In contrast, there’s a growing trend towards the frugality and sobriety of so-called “low tech”. What do YOU think? We invite you to attend a participative workshop to explore this fundamental question of our sustainable models.

  • 12:30-1:30 pm / ROUND TABLE - New cultural playgrounds: at the crossroads between reality and virtual

    Pokemon Go, an undeniable societal phenomenon, demonstrated strong public appetite for solutions combining the real and the virtual.

    New cultural experiences that use augmented reality technologies, geolocation and game mechanics to entertain “physically” are constantly emerging. These new practices respond to a widespread desire for remaining connected to “real life” while playing, walking, getting and sharing information… How can the telephone enrich cultural experiences without cutting people off from the real world?

    At the same time, the new law opening access to public cultural data offers a formidable lever to enhance the visibility of masterpieces. In January 2020, Paris Musées made free data available for more than 150,000 digital reproductions of works exhibited in 14 museums and historical sites of the City of Paris. Inspiring opportunities to get out of museums and see works of art in new ways!

    Speakers :

    • Philippe Rivière, Chef des services Communication et Numérique, Directeur adjoint au développement des publics, des partenariats et de la communication, Paris Musées
    • Julien Wouters, co-fondateur et CEO, Rewind
    • Charlotte Landry, co-fondatrice et directrice de création, Hootside studio
  • 2:00-3:00 pm / ROUND TABLE - The keys to international development: Quebec

    More and more French startups are developing internationally. They seek markets that are already mature and well-structured, with access to major pools of potential consumers. After gaining notoriety in tech fairs across the globe, rising French tech stars have now become “must haves” for foreign ecosystems. International growth requires careful planning and has become a virtually mandatory rite of passage for startups – well before later stages of development. What are the advantages of going international? What kinds of support can startups benefit from? How can they get financing for international development?

    The French entrepreneur’s dream is to succeed in North America. Yet many French startups hesitate to set up shop there. Quebec is often perceived as the ideal compromise: an anchorage point from which to conquer the entire continent, and an attractive and affordable opportunity.


    • Martin Lessard, DG, MTLab
    • Frédéric Rossi, Directeur général délégué, Business France
    • Nathalie Narboni-Isal, Responsable Programme des Entrepreneurs & Partenariats – Délégation générale du Québec à Paris
    • Abdoulaye Samba, CEO, Gigz
  • 3:30-4:30 pm / ROUND TABLE - High stakes for Africa: sustainable and inclusive cities of tomorrow

    For the first time, the June 2020 Africa-France Summit will bring together key economic, financial and institutional players from France and Africa, to take action together to meet the challenges of strong urbanization expected in Africa in the coming decades. Cities will be a major factor in how African countries and France meet local and global challenges. By 2050, the urban population of Africa is expected to double, reaching 1.2 billion inhabitants. But at present, half of the urban areas planned for 2030 haven’t yet been built. How can we cooperate to create future African cities that are socially inclusive and economically productive?

    Speakers :

    • Alexandre Coster, Co Président, French African Foundation & fondateur et PDG du groupe Baobab +
    • Alexandre N’Guessan, CEO, Xtechcloud
    • Solenn Marquette, COO, Susu Cares
    • Stephan Dubost, Secrétaire général adjoint du sommet Afrique France 2020