The 2023 Vivatech edition in Paris has brought artificial intelligence to the forefront. This technology sector is gaining significant traction in Africa, a continent playing a central role in the ongoing digital revolution.
The event, taking place from June 14th to 17th, features more than 2,500 exhibitors who are showcasing their cutting-edge innovations.
African startups have made their presence known at Vivatech, underscoring the need for collaboration in a rapidly evolving digital landscape. Ivorian Minister of Communication and the Digital Economy, Amadou Coulibaly, stressed the importance of African countries coming together to leverage digital transformation for the benefit of their people.
He cited Côte d'Ivoire's initiative, the African show of startups and the digital economy (SACEN), as a growing platform, with the hope that it could evolve into Africa's own version of Vivatech.
One notable addition to this year's event is a pavilion dedicated to the future of sports, with a specific focus on Senegal, which is set to host the 4th Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2026.
On June 15th, Nigerian philanthropist and Africapitalist, Tony Elumelu, delivered an anticipated talk, emphasizing the significance of embracing technology for success and survival in entrepreneurship. He stressed that businesses should be built to last and adapt to the evolving technological landscape.
The 2023 Vivatech edition highlights the increasing prominence of artificial intelligence, especially in Africa, a continent playing a pivotal role in the global digital revolution.