Seven Must Attend Best Conferences In The Year 2019 In Paris, France

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Alright, if you’re looking to get up to speed on the latest and future developments in your field, listen to inspiring keynote talks from world thinkers and doers, or just rub elbows with other professionals, conferences are surely the place to be. But with a lot of options in France, choosing which conferences to devote your time to can be way too challenging.

We’ve done the search so that you don’t have to and came up with a list of what we think are the coolest conferences to go to in 2019 in Paris. Whatever your industry, interest or budget, you're sure to find the perfect option.

Well! First, why do people attend conferences? The answer is pretty clear and easy. To learn, connect and have an eye for what’s to come. 

There are so many amazing ways to learn and sharpen one’s brain nowadays: reading blogs, listening to podcasts, watching youtube videos, and attending webinars, just to name a few. Why bother with the time and expense of an in-person conference?

Many folks who have this attitude often miss out on one of the best opportunities to take their game to the next level. 

Conferences provide unique learning, career building and knowledge upgrading opportunities that one just can’t find anywhere else. 

While it’s crucial to attend at least one conference every year in your professional field, it’s even better to attend those outside your field. This is where you’re brought to exercise your open-mindedness. In these types of gatherings, you’re always invited to embrace the crazy, disruptive, innovative, surprising and downright jaw-dropping ideas you can come across. 

In these conferences, our worldviews get repeatedly challenged and the impact of listening to speakers that share their unique ideas from a fresh perspective is an unparalleled experience. 

The challenge here – which happens to many of us – is that we get used to doing things the way that we always do things. We get stuck within the four walls of our offices, and the way things are done there, and forget that there’s a whole other world out there that may do (actually does) things differently than we do. Without stepping back to reflect on that, we often get stuck in a rut and burn out.

So, if you live in Paris, France or are planning to travel to France this year and want to expand your knowledge of the world, make sure you reserve a ticket to one of the following conferences. 

Just a note: Because we’re looking for so far into the future, we don’t have all the dates and prices yet, but will update this list as we get them. 

Let’s get started:

1. VivaTech

For more than five years, Vivatech has been leading the way to become main France’s event where the national booming Tech scene and its minds gather annually. VivaTech mainly brings together startups with the large corporate sector. VivaTech 2017 was like the 2016 edition but more refined. There were fewer stages and amazing speakers and multinational CEOs like Les Échos CEO Francis Morel, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault or Peter Fenton from Benchmark, Eric Schmidt from Alphabet, Daniel Zhang from Alibaba and Dan Schulman from PayPal; just to name the few. This conference showcases the best of the world’s innovators and brings together tech-lovers and pioneers of the future, connecting startups with investors. 

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2. Hello Tomorrow Summit

The Future belongs to those who understand it and, according to Mike Bloomberg, Hello Tomorrow Summit happens to be "a unique event where the brightest entrepreneurs and changemakers meet to build our future". 

Similar to VivaTech, Hello Tomorrow Summit provides many new ideas about the future and the available support for entrepreneurs. This summit aims to swiftly establish links between young talented individuals and economic actors (venture capitalists, investment funds, etc.) with the main goal of fostering innovation within companies of all sizes in strategic areas: energy and environment, health, transport/mobility, food and agriculture, waste management, water, data transparency, supply chain management, and space. On the sidelines of keynote talks, a lot of space is occupied by various industrial partners accompanied by representatives of the startups selected through an international competition. Workshops and very specialized mini-lectures, as well as technology demonstrations, are hosted. These guys also have an Investor Day with the aim of bringing together startups and international investors that are influential in each area of the competition.

More details here.

3. Paris talks

What does the future look like? What does it hold? Is this our final century? Can anyone ever predict what the next century will be like?

As we hurtle towards the future, will we choose algorithmic determinism or voyages to outer space?

All these Burning questions in Technology, Art, Design, Science and different other fields will be dealt with on the Paris Talks stage in March 2018.

This full-day conference is designed for decision-makers, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, educators, futurists, environmentalists, economists, visionaries and curious people that want to hear and learn about provocative, disruptive insights, promising BIG IDEAS and approaches on how to deal with some of the world’s toughest current and future challenges.

By attending, you’ll be challenged to look at the Future of Humanity with an unconventional eye. You’ll also learn different ways to improve your capacity of inventing a better future for yourself, your Business and the coming generations.

Warning: With speakers from the Unesco, INSEAD, Council of Europe, International Energy Agency, artists and entertainers and more, Paris Talks (just like last year) promises to be more than an average company, university conference or a startup fair. It's a space where the world's thinkers, futurists, and doers meet to share their BIG IDEAS about the Future of Humanity.

Tickets are still available here.

4. TEDx Paris

TEDx Paris Conference, an independently organized event, is operated under license from TED and will take place sometime in Nov 2018.  Most of the talks are usually done in French and attendees need a fluent level of French. From the moment when tickets are released, it’ll take you up to 15 mins to miss out as tickets usually sell out pretty fast. Unlike Paris Talks that will focus more on foresight and Big Ideas around future issues of seven major sectors, connection building among attendees and entertainment, or VivaTech and its competitor Hello Tomorrow Summit that make everything Tech, startup, new gadget exhibitions, Venture Capital and investments a priority, TEDx Paris often happens in a single evening and is made of talks, short coffee breaks and entertainment. The best way to get a ticket to your next TEDx Paris is to follow them on Twitter or subscribe to their newsletter to be able to receive a notification when tickets are released.

5. CreativeMornings Paris

While these tend to be much smaller than the above-mentioned Idea and innovation parties, CreativeMornings - a community of enthusiastic, generous creatives and creation lovers - doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone when it comes to content. From disruptive to innovative and inspiring, these frequent mini-monthly breakfast lecture series gather at least fifty creative people. CreativeMornings started in 2008 when Tina Roth Eisenberg (the founder) felt the desire for an ongoing, accessible event for the New York’s creative community.

In the beginning, the concept was pretty simple: breakfast and a really short talk on a Friday morning every month. Every event would be free of charge and open to everyone.

Today, the movement has gone international with attendees gathering in different cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee in an amazing company of a friendly bunch of creatives. The CreativeMornings’ Paris Chapter is organized by a group of volunteers that help to promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals. 

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6. The OECD Forum

This year’s OECD Forum will reflect on the fact that the world is experiencing a great deal of social, economic and political change, upheaval and disruption, largely amplified by the dual forces of digitalization and globalization. People are still hurting from the worst economic, financial and social crisis of our lifetimes, and see no end to job uncertainty, high debt, weak pay packets, and widening inequalities. Anxiety about their situation is spilling over into politics, driving people apart rather than bringing us closer together. The Forum will explore ways to transform these increasing expressions of uncertainty and anger into a collective commitment for positive action.

In 2019, the Forum will also celebrate its 20th anniversary, an opportunity to draw inspiration, from both past and present, for the future by reflecting on how a multi-stakeholder platform for dialogue can help bring about collective solutions to the economic, social, political and environmental challenges we all face today.

Read more about this year's Forum themes.

7. Paris Peace Forum

Every year, since 2018, The Paris Peace Forum brings together States, international organizations, local governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and foundations, companies, experts, journalists, trade unions, religious groups and citizens who seek to develop multilateral solutions for today’s challenges. Initiated by the French President Emmanuel Macron, the Forum is organized by the Paris Peace Forum Association, a non profit funded by public grants as well as donations and benefits a lot from technical and financial support from organizations such as the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Körber Foundation, Mexico Evalua, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, RIS, Sciences Po and many others.

With its specific mission of focussing on identifying governance solutions under six major themes: Peace and Security; Development; Environment; New Technologies; Inclusive Economy; and Culture and Education, the Paris Peace forum features debate sessions on the flagship themes related to the Governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI),  the Protection of Biodiversity, the Role of Cultural Industries in Development, the art of rethinking Drug Policy Worldwide, cybersecurity, the private sector and the SDGs; and humanitarian law enforcement.

 

With almost 70 Heads of State and Government attending every year, hundreds of project teams showcasing their concrete solutions to international challenges, hundreds of high-level speakers participating in interactive debates, hackathons that bring together high-tech enthusiasts, the media and more than 6,000 attendees, the Paris Peace Forum seems to be the only global event that gathers such a huge number of participants from 115 different countries and led by a wide panel of actors of global governance, such as states, international organizations, NGOs, companies, foundations, philanthropic organizations, development agencies, religious groups, trade unions, think tanks and universities. 

 

Despite the fact that this forum is said, by some critics, to be promoting the Franco-European view of global “Peace” and “conflict management”, its 2019 edition promises to be like another world-class gathering worth attending. 

 

Check out this year's Paris Peace Forum’s program.

Conclusion

In a world where we’re bombarded with email and other notifications, it’s becoming - as it’s always been - highly effective to connect with people face to face. Conferences, if you’re lucky enough to choose them wisely, are (and we strongly believe) the best ways to accelerate this process, since you can meet way-too-many people in just a few days. 

The above-listed events are, according to us, just some of the amazing gatherings that will gather a huge number of decision-makers, futurists, and doers to tackle some of the world’s toughest issues.

We’re totally aware that this list isn’t definitive and needs to be extended and should you have an event you think is worth attending, please let us know or just put it down in the comment section.