Lenovo is set to shine at VivaTech 2017

Lenovo CEO & Chairman, Yuanqing Yang, keynote speaker at Paris international innovation event hosting thousands of entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors


Building on the success of its partnership with VivaTech 2016, Lenovo will return for a second year with a major presence in 2017. It will offer a host of activities including keynotes, conferences, live product demos, innovation showcases and launch an exciting start up challenge on Motorola technology.

On its booth, Lenovo will showcase a wide ranging line-up of its most innovative laptops, tablets, convertibles, detachables and smartphones, offering the general public interactive product demos and hands-on experiences. It will also hold thematic sessions on the hottest technology trends and host experiential activities to demonstrate customers’ real-world applications of some of Lenovo’s greatest innovations.

VivaTech 2017 will host participants from over 200 countries and is expected to surpass last year’s 50,000 visitors, including 5,000 startups, 7,000 CEOs and 1,000 investors.

Keynotes, conferences & thematic sessions exexexpexperiences

Kicking off Lenovo’s presence at the event on June 15th, Yuanqing Yang, Lenovo CEO & Chairman, and François Bornibus, President Lenovo EMEA, will deliver the Lenovo keynote and “fireside Interview”, hosted by Publicis Chairman, Maurice Lévy (10:50 CET). Lenovo will discuss its successful approach to innovation, the evolution of personal computers to personal computing, the future of globalization and the “intelligence revolution.”

Lenovo will also host thematic side conferences on its booth aimed at bringing innovators together. On June 15th Elisabeth Moreno, President Lenovo France, will address the topic “The future of hardware: from personal computers to personalized computing”. Committed to diversity in the workplace, later on the same day Lenovo’s Executive Director of EMEA Communications, Catherine Ladousse, will attend a panel with experts to debate on new ways to attract women to science and technology. She will also moderate a session on “Why and how to attract and keep women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)” on June 16th at Lenovo booth, sharing best practices from Lenovo and other companies like Orange and Engie, that are committed to close the gender gap (#womenrock, #peoplematter).
Throughout the course of VivaTech Lenovo will be offering sessions with experts every day on Cloud & the data center business, and the Moto Mod Developers Kit. In these sessions Lenovo experts will offer their vision on what Cloud represents for Digital Transformation (evolution or revolution?) and explain the steps creators can take in developing their own reference Moto Mods (Moto Mods snap easily onto any Moto Z phone and transforms your phone into an entirely new device: a super-zoom camera, a boombox, a projector and more).

Finally, French start-up Wosomtech, winner ofthe Phab 2 Pro Tango Start-up Challenge with Google at VivaTech last year, will run a “Meet-up session” to demo the Augmented Reality application it has developed to run on the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro as a result of the challenge. Easybuild app offers a quick and easy way for architects, engineers and real estate, retail and interior design professionals to measure, map and redesign any interior. Users can scan real interior environments, generate 3D maps and 2D floor plans, design an augmented reality for interior spaces and then upload everything onto the cloud.

The Motorola Challenge

Motorola’s “Transform the Smartphone” challenge encourages developers, startups, and other creators to harness their creativity to imagine smartphone features that have never been possible and come out with the best ideas for new of Moto Mods.

Moto Mods snap easily onto any Moto Z phone. They fit perfectly and securely to transform your smartphone and provide users with unlimited possibilities. The concept of the Moto Mods is simple: they can be just about anything you can dream up.  Whether it’s a film projector, a top-of-the-line speaker or even a blood pressure monitor – the possibilities are endless.

On June 16 the five top Moto Mod proposals of the “Transform the Smartphone” challenge will be chosen at VivaTech by a jury led by Motorola Chief Marketing Officer, Jan Huckfeldt. Each of the five top teams will receive the Moto Z and Moto Mods Development Kit to create their prototype and mount a crowdfunding campaign with IndieGogo. The final winner will be invited to present their Moto Mod to a group of executives and developer teams at Motorola Mobility’s Chicago headquarters, and they will be considered for the worldwide accelerator program.

You can find Lenovo on site in the Hall of Tech Partners (Hall 1, Booth J12)


Lenovo @VivaTech 2017 – Agenda

Yuanqing Yang, Lenovo CEO and Chairman & François Bornibus, President EMEA
When: June 15th, 10:50 – 11:20
Where: main stage
CONFERENCES“The Future of Hardware: What’s Next After Moore’s Law?” (fireside chat)
When: June 16th, 14:10 – 14:25
Where: Stage #4
Speakers: Elisabeth Moreno, President Lenovo France, and Alexis Houssou, co-Founder & President  Hardware Club France

“New Ways to attract women to science & technology” (round table)
When: June 15th, 15:50 – 16:20
Where: Stage #2
Moderator: Véronique Forge-Karibian, Business O Feminin.
Panelists: Catherine Ladousse, Executive Director Communications, Lenovo EMEA; Rahaf Harfoush, Digital Anthropologist and “Rising Talent” by the Women’s Forum 2014; Paola Scarpa, Director FMCG, HealthCare, Lead Gen and Tech, Google Italia.

When: June 16th, 15:30 – 17:00
Where: Agora Arena
Speaker: jury led by Jan Huckfeldt, Motorola Chief Marketing Officer
MEET-UP SESSIONS @LENOVO BOOTH (open to general public)Cloud
When: June 15th, 16:30 – 17:00
Speaker: Ludovic Leve, Director Data Center Group Lenovo France
Description: Is Cloud an Evolution or a Revolution in your Digital Transformation?

Augmented Reality
When: June 15th , 17:15 – 18:00
Speaker: Loic Beauvillain, CEO co-founder, Innovation Director Wosomtech
Description: AR usage application on Lenovo Phab 2 Pro

Moto Mods Developers Kit
When: June 16th, 10:00 – 11:00
Moderator: Raj Kukreja, Manager Strategy & Business Development, Lenovo Mobile Business Group
Description: The Next Step: how to transform the smartphone?

Women in STEM
When: June 16th, 11:00 – 12:00
Moderator: Catherine Ladousse, Executive Director Communications, Lenovo EMEA
Description: Gender balance practices applied to women in STEM and impact on performance and well-being introduced by insights from the Gender Scan study led by Claudine Schmuck, Associate Director Global Contact. Debate with executives member companies of Cercle InterElles: Elisabeth Belois, HR Vice President Innovation, Marketing and Technologies, Orange; Elisabeth Moreno, President Lenovo France and an Engie executive

When: June 15th – 17th ? 08:00 – 19:00 (open to general public)
Where: 20 product labs located in different areas of the convention center

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