From 24 to 29 October, Angers, a city in the Pays de la Loire, will be the world capital of the electronics industry during its hosting of the 22nd World Electronics Forum. This will provide a unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on this dynamic metropolis -France’s leading city in the Internet of Things.

Last May, Angers signed an extraordinary partnership with Google during an evening event entitled “Connectez-vous au futur” (Connect to the Future). Chosen as the starting point of a tour of France by the American company giant, the prefecture of the Maine-et-Loire has once again demonstrated its strong focus on innovation.

In the Pays de la Loire, Angers, which boasts a wide and varied digital ecosystem, is one of the French cities that has been awarded the French Tech label in recognition of its IoT (Internet of Things) thematic network. This expertise will be taking front stage during the “Connected week”, in particular through the World Electronics Forum (WEF), an international event that will take place in Angers from 24 to 29 October.

High tech programme and business meetings

This will be the 22nd edition of the WEF, and only the 2nd time that it has been held in Europe. The forum will gather business federations and tech leaders from across the world to discuss issues and opportunities in the electronics sector. The forum (25 October) will be held at the Abbey of Fontevraud, a listed World Heritage Treasure, and will focus on three thematic areas: the digital world; Entreprise 4.0 and product reinvention strategies; there will also be an opportunity to attend a focus meeting on the French digital ecosystem dealing with customisation and proximity.

The following day, conference participants will also be able to discover the region’s strengths through a range of learning expeditions and workshops. The WEF delegation will be introduced to the wealth of digital opportunities in the Angers region in terms of tomorrow’s use of smart technology through seven visits: Smart Agri, Smart Health, Smart Wear, Smart Security, Smart Mobility, Smart Energy and Smart Home. On the 27th, sector professionals will also have a chance to expand their networks during the Decision-Makers forum, which will be dedicated to business meetings.

Spotlight on heritage

Alongside the highlights of the WEF, there will be a range of convivial social occasions on offer: a cocktail dinner at the magnificent Jean-Lurçat Museum, a gala reception at the Saint-Jean Granaries, a VIP dinner at the Château de Brissac and a private tour of the Château d’Angers. This exceptional week will round off with a tour of the legendary Carré Cointreau distillery and a day trip to the Loire Valley, where the highlight will be a tour of the Château de Chenonceau and a meal showcasing the very best of Pays de la Loire regional cuisine, prepared by a Michelin-starred chef.

Further information:

World Electronics Forum 2017: Angers – at the core of the circuit