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VIVATECH 2024 – follow our experts

Paris Expo Porte de Versailles is getting ready

The biggest european tech & innovation event VIVATECH, is back in France for its 8th edition that is looking to be as inspiring and impressive than the previous ones. During these 3 days at VIVATECH, no less than 150,000 visitors will walk down the 55,000 sqm of Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, to discover the latest worldwide tech innovations. Around 11,000 startups and 350 companies will satisfy the curiosity of visitors and investors, looking for the next gem. Although Japan is the honor country this year, 120 countries will be represented during this iconic event.

Our program at VIVATECH 2024

BNP Paribas Personal Finance will be there, just like every previous year, and we take you with us so you do not miss anything from this edition. On the menu: a conference on “Beyond e-vehicles, building up an ecosystem to faster energy transition” ; a new offer resulting from the alliance between BNP Paribas Personal Finance, Arval and BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions. As usual, we will also go and meet startups, during 2 floor tours, just picking the best from the following themes:

  • Mobility
  • Retail
  • This year’s 5 top trends

Follow us and take part in this amazing VIVATECH journey as if you were there.

While waiting for our first debrief, discover our teaser for this edition…

Debrief 1 – Mobility

We are live at VIVATECH with our first debrief, following our expert for the day: Flavien Neuvy, senior economist at BNP Paribas Personal Finance. Today we are talking about mobility from every angle.

A decarbonated mobility

Of course, several manufacturers are here to present their latest model of electric vehicles with new features powered by AI. But that’s not really what kept our attention, here at VIVATECH.

Mobility to fight against medical desert – U1st vision

Software République an open innovation system for a smarter, safer and responsible mobility, has presented, for the very first time, their project U1st vision. The result of 22 companies and startups (including Renault, Thales and Orange), working together to define a new ways of medical services. A small truck, fully equipped with all the necessary medical equipments, able to deliver a diagnosis, a follow-up of certain disease or taking the vitals. For example, it will be possible, thanks to EssilorLuxottica, to realize an optical diagnosis thanks to a software that is using virtual distance, instead of real distance as if you were going to your usual ophtalmologist.

U1st vision will be deployed by the beginning of 2025 and will certainly be one of the great solution to fight against medical desert in the near future.

Mobility in the air

Lots of startups are presenting their innovations, projects, and ideas with drones. We have seen drones in the past editions but this year we can definitely see that this sector is accelerating and great projects are already live. Again, the medical sector is one of the sector that has many issues to solve, and drones car adress a lot of them.

We noted the Wingcopter that is presenting its The Wingcopter 198, the delivery drone for healthcare logistics. It is impressive to see how drones are now very used to answer medical issues, here the wingcopter is already operating in Malawi, Vanuatu, Germany or Japan, delivering medicines, to those who need it. An impressive engine that can fly up to 90km/h and carry 25kg.


Impossible to miss this huge guy when you are walking around VIVATECH. 6 meters long and 2 meters wide, easy to say that the Cybertruck is taking up the space. Cybertruck is the attraction of the mobility area, there are always so many people around this new TESLA model, taking selfies with the vehicles and trying to see what’s inside, even if being able to sit in is reserved for media and journalists. Anyways, this overdimensioned Cybertruck will definitely find its place in the North American market but it is hard to imagine it rolling on our europeans roads in a near future…

Debrief in video

Debrief 2 – Retail

Here we go, still live from Vivatech, Grégory Desfosses takes us along the busy alleys of Vivatech for a second debrief, focused on Retail.

At Vivatech, there is not so many big retailer present, other than FNAC Darty. However, two mastodonts are taking up the space of the Hall 1: L’Oréal & LVMH ones. On these two stands, one key word: personalization. Indeed, both of companies, from the same Group, are opting for the same hyper personnalization strategy. From hair diagnosis to outfit relooking, through skin evaluation, generative artificial intelligence is the vendor’s best friend to create unique buying recommendation for the customer.

The second axis very present this edition is obviously digital. We see it in every corner of every stand, generative AI is everywhere and should make marketers and communicants gain a lot of time during content creation tasks. In 2 or 3 clics only and with as simple prompt, you can create from A to Z a 360 media campaign, ready-to-use in all formats, for all canals. It is at least’s promise that is doing amazing demos on it stand.

In short, if you mix personalization and generative AI, you will master the future of retail.

Global debrief

In short terms

That’s a wrap ! VIVATECH 2024 is (already) over and those who were lucky enough to walk around the aisles of Paris Expo during these 3 days are leaving this event with great memories, new connections, and deep knowledge about what is going on in the tech sphere. Elisabeth Menant, innovation & tech expert at BNP Paribas Personal Finance has prepared a 5 key trends debrief, only keeping the best of the best. Let’s start and discover the 5 top trends!


Referencing to the Microsoft AI software, copilot is already a common word, used by all in the tech sphere. True revolution, Copilot from Microsoft promise to be the colleague we all dreamed of about for so long. But, will all our colleagues be virtual? Not yet, but it is very possible that a new member join your team: a conversational agent that will assist your team in your day-to-day job. Huge time saver and efficiency maker, being copiloted or assisted by a conversational agent will become our routine, if it is not the case yet.

Xeno, a britain startup, already works with AFP journalists and help them in their daily tasks. With their impressive demo, it goes without saying that the benefits are proven and we easily understand how their chatbot will effectively support the team.


Present everywhere in the vast majority of every digital communication, video is the preferred format to communicate. And yet, it consumes time and money. This is where generative AI has all its cards to play. During our retail debrief, we saw the achievements of the startup

In another register, Videobot, a Luxembourg startup made its effect during the show. Their goal? Re-humanize the chatbot. By replacing impersonal chatbots with videobots, the startup wants to create human links, via artificial intelligence. Always more fun to talk to a human than a robot, even if, ultimately, it is a robot that will choose the response of the human who plays the role of messenger only, and not creator.


Let’s continue with a favorite of our expert on the startup Cohort. Already present at the NRF, the startup continues to impress the curious who flock to its stand, presented by Orange. Cohort, specialized in Web3 marketing, re-enacts customer spaces by offering new experiences to consumers. Cohort recently raised 3.2 million euros to continue the deployment of its marketing solution, based on NFTs.

Generative AI

Of course, you will understand that generative AI is everywhere at once, in different forms, meeting different objectives. It is therefore logical that it constitutes our 4th trend of this global debrief.

Information system & energy footprint

Finally, all this enthusiasm and this declination of use of generative artificial intelligence in particular, is very energy intensive. To overcome this, many startups are tackling these new problems related to safety and ecology in order to frame these new practices. It remains to be seen whether artificial intelligence will be governed by humans, or by artificial intelligence itself? See you next year for answers.

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