Almost 300 clients and business leaders, media stakeholders, and tech and finance sector experts took part in the first edition of Explore Tech in Paris on September 30th. This event showcased deep tech and was an opportunity for participants to discuss the latest sector trends, as well as the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
Deep tech is the term used to describe new companies, start-ups and disruptive companies that rely on highly innovative technologies. The most popular areas for focus in 2021 have included artificial intelligence, the blockchain, virtual and augmented reality, and tokenization. Deep tech is poised to transform the economic playing field, with all companies now naturally keen to get on board: according to a new report on “Big Business digs into Deep Tech” by Natixis Corporate & Investment Banking and the Boston Consulting Group, 78% of companies maintained or even ramped up their digital investment during the Covid-19 pandemic. Financial industry companies therefore have a crucial role to play in supporting their clients and driving this digital transition.
Business executives and leaders from various sectors took part in panels to discuss the use of these groundbreaking technologies in their respective business sectors i.e. energy, mobility, real estate, consumer goods, healthcare and insurance.
Meanwhile prominent representatives from Silicon Valley also discussed their view of the future for French Tech, with input from Luc Julia, Group Chief Scientific Officer at Groupe Renault and co-creator of the Siri technology, Jean-Louis Gassée, formerly vice-president at Apple, and Cédric O, the French Minister of State for the Digital Sector.