World AI Cannes Festival Cannes becomes the World’s Artificial Intelligence Capital

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World AI Cannes Festival

On February 10, 11 and 12, 2022, Cannes will be the center of attention for artificial intelligence (AI) at the World AI Cannes Festival, a new event organized jointly by Corp Agency (the organizer of the Big Data Paris & AI Paris, Quantum Business Europe and Voice Tech Paris shows), the Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, the Institut EuropIA, the City of Cannes and the Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Council.

This high-profile industry event will offer a lineup of topflight international speakers, unique initiatives, immersive experiences and disruptive innovations over three days at the iconic venue of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès convention center in Cannes, in person and virtually.

The first-of-a-kind event is aimed at experts, businesses and the general public alike, with a custom program. Thursday 10 and Friday 11 February will be given over to strategic conferences, thought-leading workshops, exhibition stands and networking sessions with AI experts, start-ups and mature companies that have already built AI into their design, production or sales processes. Saturday 12 February will put on a fun and spectacular events and experiences for the public.

Three inspiring and innovative days where the AI community will come together to further an ethical and sustainable industry.

The World AI Cannes Festival 2022 is:

  • 120 speakers and 140 exhibitors (*)
  • 200 conferences, workshops and masterclasses (*)
  • 20,000 visitors expected onsite, 50,000 online (*)
  • Two B2B days and a B2C day
  • Cannes Neurons Awards distinguishing innovative projects
  • Cultural events combining art and technology

Alpes-Maritimes region—the crucible of the world AI ecosystem

The World AI Cannes Festival (WAICF) is a unique initiative by local authorities and private partners to raise public awareness of the main economic, human and social issues around artificial intelligence (AI). For the first time ever, key players in AI will come together right next to Europe’s largest tech cluster, Sophia Antipolis. The region is home to more than 300 international researchers, the first facility of its kind—the Maison de l’Intelligence Artificielle—dedicated to promoting AI, the first observatory (OTESIA) of AI’s impacts on humans, one of the four Interdisciplinary Institutes of Artificial Intelligence (3IA) and the SophIA Summit, one of the top scientific events in the field.

Artificial intelligence for good

AI is today a familiar feature in the world of business and our everyday lives. With digital technologies now being adopted on a massive scale, accelerated in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic, AI is driving a deep transformation across our economies and societies. According to International Data Corporation, spending on AI is expected to reach $78 billion in 2022, a threefold increase since 2018.

AI powers solutions in areas as diverse as optimizing industrial productivity and improving wellbeing, and can help us respond to global challenges like climate change, preservation of biodiversity, dwindling resources and health crises. However, its applications pose a number of issues and obstacles, notably in relation to personal and data privacy. It is therefore our collective responsibility to build trust in AI and foster ‘AI for good’.

A packed and exciting program for the first edition of WAICF

Through its varied program, WAICF is the first event in the world aimed at business and civil society. The festival’s goal is to become an observatory of market trends, to give trade visitors a chance to meet decision-makers and to foster the development of ethical and socially responsible instruments. The visiting public will be able to see for themselves the diversity of AI and its ethical and social commitments and get a handle on how this technology is driving advances in artistic creation.

The ‘IN’ festival: a 360° perspective for AI professionals and experts

  • EXHIBITION: in the Espaces Riviera just off the Croisette, 9,000 m. Showcasing the latest innovations.
  • CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS: two days of talks from the industry’s most inspiring minds,

successful entrepreneurs and rising stars.

Conferences not to be missed:

AI in Planet – Opening keynote: “AI and combating climate change”

World AI – Panel session: “Women in AI – Superstar panel of women in AI discuss bridging the gender gap in AI and STEM”, “Entering a new era with lessons from COVID-19: spotlight on AI use cases and innovators around the world”

AI in Humanity – Talk: “AI and Social impact – Poverty, Unemployment, Gender equality”

AI Today – Panel session: “AI and the connected economy: IoT, connected devices, autonomous vehicles, smart cities & intelligent buildings”

AI Tomorrow – Keynote: “Beyond the pandemic: machine-human interaction”

Conference and workshop program

  • EXPERIMENT AND APPLICATION ZONES will give visitors an immersive experience to understand what the world of artificial intelligence is all about and discover its real-life applications.
  • CANNES NEURONS AWARDS: the festival will be celebrating the best in innovation, with prizes for the most innovative and ethical solutions. For this first edition, WAICF has put together a judging panel of eminent experts in AI and new technologies from all horizons:

Mitra Azizirad, Corporate Vice President Microsoft AI and Innovation, Dr Fatmah Baothman, Artificial intelligence researcher – King Abdulaziz University, Marnie Benney, Independent Contemporary Art Curator, Roberto Cingolani, Italy’s Minister of Ecological Transition, Yann le Cunn, Vice-President and Chief AI Scientist of Facebook AI Research, Teki Akuetteh Falconer, Senior Partner at Nsiah Akuetteh & Co. and Founder & Executive Director at the Africa Digital Rights’ Hub, Pascale Fung, Director of CAiRe, David Gurlé, President of Symphony, Jean Mane, President of V. Mane Fils, Wonki Min, President of SUNY Korea, Francesca Rossi, IBM fellow and AI Ethics Global Leader, Michael Schönstein, Head of Strategic Foresight and Analysis – German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Joseph Stiglitz, OECD, Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute, Dr Feiyu Xu, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Artificial Intelligence, SAP.

The provisional lists of conferences and speakers are consultable on the event’s website.

The ‘OFF’ festival: bringing AI to the wider public

  • OPEN DAY: the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes will be the venue for discovering, learning and thinking about
  • THEMED ITINERARIES will offer the opportunity to fully immerse in AI and visit the region’s ecosystem.
  • ARTISTIC PERFORMANCES: As a ‘world village’ in a class of its own, Cannes will be the ideal place to spotlight unique artistic performances throughout the festival.

Media accreditations are available via the press office to gain access to the festival and its three days of conferences and workshops.

A hybrid format to reach a wider audience

The World AI Cannes Festival will be held in a hybrid format, combining in-person events with the advantages afforded by digital communications, so that everyone can attend the event however they choose.

About the World AI Cannes Festival

The World AI Cannes Festival brings together experts, trade professionals and the public with international exhibitions, workshops, happenings, conferences, networking events and rendezvous. The packed and varied program will be showcasing the latest applications of AI in business and our daily lives. A unique opportunity for national and international institutions, non-profits, companies and start-ups from all over the world to reach out, highlight their know-how and display their commitment to ethical and sustainable AI.

About CORP

Organizer of high-level exhibitions and conferences mainly in the field of new technologies, CORP designs, produces and manages every year more than ten major events in France, Canada and abroad, including BIG DATA PARIS, BIG DATA TORONTO, AI PARIS, AI TORONTO, BLOCKCHAIN PARIS, DATA MARKETING, GAZELEC, SMART ENERGIES. CORP proposes niche subjects, innovative and having an impact on their ecosystem