Jul 19, 2021

AI events: The World AI Cannes Festival

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AI events: The World AI Cannes Festival
From February 10th to 12th , 2022, the World AI Cannes Festival will be taking place. Read on to find out more

The World AI Cannes Festival was born of a unique ambition: to bring together a wide audience for businesses around Artificial Intelligence, in order to raise awareness of the main economic, human, and societal stakes associated with the technology. Through a rich and diverse programme, participants are invited to discover and understand how artificial intelligence will transform our lives and our societies.

For sectors of the industry, this new gathering is a fantastic opportunity to review the latest news in their market, to present their knowledge, to meet the business decision-makers and leaders, and demonstrate their commitment to an ethical and sustainable AI. The event will take place over the course of three days.

The first two days will include key and leading industry players and will primarily focus on addressing various business needs. The third day will target consumer education and explore the numerous benefits of AI and its significant impact across sectors, industries, and our everyday lives.


The programme

Situated at the edge of the Croisette, in the Espace Riviera of the Palais, the area has an exhibition surface of 9000m2 and is the ideal setting to present your latest innovations and new products.

Conferences and Workshops
WAICF will bring the most brilliant minds, successful entrepreneurs, and rising stars of the industry. Come and be inspired by their stories, strategies, and vision at conference sessions and workshops held within the Palais des Festivals.

Spaces for Experiences and Applications
The experience and application zones promote contact and exchange between exhibiting businesses and visitors. Each experience is an opportunity for participants to immerse themselves in the world of artificial intelligence to better understand the basics and tangible applications. 

Open Days

The Palais de Festival takes up residence in the centre of Cannes for the day, transforming it into a hub of discovery, learning, and thinking around AI. Members of the public are able to brainstorm ideas, spark their curiosity, explore new perspectives and increase memorable encounters with businesses. 

The Honorary Committee

The Honorary Committee is comprised of prominent personalities coming from
all continents and line of business,  considered as worldwide leading experts or influencers in AI and new technologies, or holding high offices in areas that are infused by AI. Among them :

  • Yann le Cunn, Vice-President and Chief AI Scientist of Facebook AI Research
  • Wonki Min, President of Suny Korea
  • Francesca Rossi, IBM fellow, and AI Ethics Global Leader
  • Roberto Cingolani, Italy’s Minister of Ecological Transition
  • David Gurlé, President of Symphony
  • Jean Mane, President of V. Mane Fils 
  • Joseph Stiglitz, OECD, Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute
  • Dr. Fatmah Baothman, Artificial intelligence researcher - King Abdulaziz University

The organisers


For more information visit https://worldaicannes.com/

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Aug 3, 2021

Nvidia’s platform for AI startups passes 8,500 members

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Nvidia has announced it is tracking more than 8,500 AI startups through its Inception AI startup programme

NVIDIA Inception, an acceleration platform for AI startups, has now surpassed 8,500 members. That’s about two-thirds of the total number of AI startups worldwide, as estimated by Pitchbook.

NVIDIA Inception is a programme built to accommodate every startup that is accelerating computing, at every stage in their journey. All programme benefits are free of charge and startups never have to give up equity to join.

Since Inception’s launch in 2016, it has grown more than tenfold. With total cumulative funding of over $60 billion and members in 90 countries, NVIDIA Inception is one of the largest AI startup ecosystems in the world. Growth has accelerated year over year, with membership increasing to 26% in 2020, and reaching 17% in the first half of 2021.


Data from across the world


Inception figures show the United States leads the world in terms of both the number of AI startups, representing nearly 27%, and the amount of secured funding, accounting for over $27 billion in cumulative funding. 42% of US-based startups were in California, with 29% in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Behind the US is China, in terms of both funding and company stage, with 12% of NVIDIA Inception members based there. India comes in third at 7%, with the UK right behind at 6%.

AI startups based in the US, China, India, and the UK account for just over half of all startups in NVIDIA Inception. Following in order after these are Germany, Russia, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Korea and Japan.


Industry acceleration


In terms of industries, healthcare, IT services, intelligent video analytics (IVA), media and entertainment (M&E) and robotics are the top five in NVIDIA Inception. AI startups in healthcare account for 16% of Inception members, followed by those in IT services at 15%. 

More than 3,000 AI startups have joined Nvidia Inception since 2020. “Some countries are accelerating their ecosystem of AI startups by investing money and encouraging the local players to create more companies,” said Serge Lemonde, global head of Nvidia Inception, in an interview with VentureBeat.

“In our programme, what we are looking at is to help them all,” Lemonde said. “The lesson here is really having this window on the landscape and helping the startups all around the world — [this] is helping us understand the new trends. We can help more startups by developing our software  and platforms for the upcoming trends.”

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