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Innovation & technology: Emmanuel Macron to attend the Consumer Electronic Show (CES)

Innovation & technology: Emmanuel Macron to attend the Consumer Electronic Show (CES)

Published on January 4, 2016

Emmanuel Macron, Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, will attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 6-7, 2016 before moving on to San Francisco and Silicon Valley on January 8-9, 2016.

France will once again be out in force at this year’s CES. One hundred and ninety French startups will be in attendance, including one hundred and twenty eight at Eureka Park compared to sixty six in 2015, equivalent to almost one-third of total attendees (behind the US but ahead of Israel), making France’s delegation Europe’s biggest at the show.

Minister Macron will lend his support to French Tech entrepreneurs and promote the pioneering spirit behind France’s digital ecosystem. He will also sing French Tech’s praises to US investors and highlight the reforms currently being implemented in France. Lastly, his visit will provide a platform to spotlight the positive role the French government is playing in the digital transformation by taking full advantage of the opportunities on offer as outlined in the New Economic
Opportunities Bill.

The Minister will be joined by a group of French entrepreneurs at the helm of startups and mid-size firms including Raphael Gorgé (Groupe Gorgé), Patrick Daher (Daher), Ludovic Le Moan (Sigfox), Frédéric Mazzella (Blablacar), Rand Hindi (Snips), Marie Ekeland (Founder of Daphni/vicepresident of France Digitale), as well as representatives from major companies such as La Poste, Engie, Euronext and Valéo and from government agencies including the French Tech Mission, Business France and BPIFrance.

Minister Macron will meet with Astro Teller (Google X CEO), Tim Cook (Apple CEO), Paul Saffo (technology forecaster and Stanford University Consulting Associate Professor), Paul Duan (Bayes Impact CEO) and John Chambers (Cisco Systems Executive Chairman).

Provisional schedule

Las Vegas - Wednesday, January 6
8-9:15pmSpeech at event to launch French Tech in Las Vegas on “France’s investor appeal and smart tech for business offering”

Moderator: Andrew Keen
Location: Linq Hotel
Open to the press – official press pass required

Las Vegas - Thursday, January 7
7:30-8:30amWorking breakfast with French CEOs of foreign companies
9-11amVisit to Business France’s French Tech pavilion then to stands of French businesses including Qarnot Computing, Sensorwake, Qowisio, Klaxoon, Novathings, Aryballe Technologies, E-sensory, Engie and Ween

Location: Eureka Park, The Venetian
Open to the press

11am-12:15pmVisit to French stands including La Poste, Myxyty, Ubiant, Digitsole, Visiomed and Netatmo

Location: Sands Expo Level 2, The Venetian
Open to the press

2-3:15pmMinister Macron will give a speech at the Global Innovation SuperSession on “The positive impact of public innovation policy”

Location: LVCC, North Hall Upper Floor, Room N257
Moderator: Alan Murray, Editor, Fortune Magazine
Participants: Neelie Kroes, former European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Dutch government Special Envoy, Startup Delta, Jeannine Sargent, President, Innovation and New Ventures at Flex, Mark Warner, Democratic Senator for Virginia and Kevin Mayer, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Walt Disney Company (tbc)
Open to the press

3:30-4:50pmMeeting with Gary Shapiro, CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and CES organiser, and the French delegation of stands of major foreign businesses including Intel, Ford, Corning, Gopro and Snapchat

Location: LVCC North Hall and Central Hall
Open to the press

6:30pmGuest of honour at the Leader in Technology Dinner alongside Gary Shapiro, CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and CES organiser

Location: Sands Expo, The Venetian
Silicon Valley/San Francisco - Friday, January 8
8:30-9:30amMeeting with Astro Teller, CEO, Google X

Location: 100 Mayfield Avenue, Mountain View, California, 94043
10-11amMeeting with Tim Cook, CEO, Apple

Location: Apple Executive Briefing Center, 4 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, California, 95014
11:30am-1pmLunch with international investors at the Rosewood Hotel, Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California, 94025
4-4:45pmMeeting with Paul Duan, CEO, Bayes Impact

Location: Bayes Impact at Zynga, 699 8th St, San Francisco
Open to the press – official press pass required

5:45-6:30pmFrench Tech reception at the Résidence de France in the presence of French Tech entrepreneurs and investors

Location: Résidence de France, 100 Edgewood Ave, San Francisco
Open to the press – official press pass required

7:30pmDinner organised by John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco Systems in the presence of US entrepreneurs
Silicon Valley/San Francisco - Saturday, January 9
9-10amMeeting with Paul Saffo, technology forecaster and Stanford University Consulting Associate Professor
10:30-11amMeeting with Karl Mehta, CEO, Educast, and Sramana Mitra, Founder at One Million by One Million
11am-12:30pmBrunch with French and American entrepreneurs and investors attended by Stéphane Kasriel (CEO, Upwork) Jean-Baptiste Rudelle (CEO, Critéo), Jeff Clavier (founder of Softech VC) and Jérôme Lecat (CEO, Scality)

Media Contacts

Emmanuel Macron’s private office
Tel. 01 53 18 45 13

United States
Embassy of France in WASHINGTON, D.C.
Tel. +1 202 330 2336

Consulate General of France in SAN FRANCISCO
Tel. +1 415 516-0604

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