France UK Digital Colloque 2018

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Ministry for Digital Affairs

20 Avenue de Ségur

75007 Paris


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France UK Digital Colloque 2018

Join us at the France UK Digital Colloque in Paris on 5th July 2018 and be a part of comprehensive and open exchanges on artificial intelligence, open government, future regulation and other key issues transforming our economies and societies.


Keynotes include Mr. Mounir Mahjoubi, French Minister of State for Digital and Mr. Matt Hancock, British Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.


The UK and France are world leaders in the digitisation of public services and developing a data ecosystem which supports policy makers, corporates and startups using data from across the spectrum of closed, shared and open data.

This Colloque builds on the success of the inaugural UK France Data Summit 2017 in London and the UK-France Summit in Sandhurst in January 2018, where both countries agreed to foster bilateral discussions on digital issues.

Organisers & Supporters

Organisations taking part include: Department of Culture, Media & Sport, Ministère de l’Économie et des Finances, Open Data Institute, Station F, Alan Turing Institute.


Ministry of Digital Affairs

09.30 - Doors Open at Ministry for Digital Affairs

Register for the day, grab a coffee or tea with a chance to network.

10.00 - Keynote speeches & Announcements (Auditorium)

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock, British Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Mr. Mounir Mahjoubi, French Minister of State for Digital

10.30 - 10.45 - Break

10.45 - 11.45 - PANEL 1: Open Source (Meeting Room - Salle de Presse) - exploring the role of open source technologies, transparency and international cooperation.

France and the UK are two of the most digitally advanced governments in the world. Both are leaders on developing high quality, user-centric digital services and promoting innovation in government. This panel will provide an opportunity to discuss case studies and best practices in open government.

During this discussion, the audience will hear from Tchap messenger (based on Riot), developed by France. This service enables stronger public-private partnership and at the same time, it ensures government is not bound to existing private sector instant messaging services.

This panel will look at closer future collaboration between the UK and France through agreement of an MoU on digital government.

Moderator: Bastien Guerry, Etalab


  • Henri Verdier, French State Chief Technology Officer & Chief Data Officer

  • Amandine le Pape, Head of Product and Operations at New Vector, the French-British company developing Tchap messenger

  • Liam Maxwell, UK National Technology Advisor

  • Dr. Rufus Pollock, President & Co-founder, Open Knowledge (International)

10.45 - 11.45 - PANEL 2: Artificial Intelligence (Meeting Room - Salle Jean Monnet)

Co-moderators: Sana Khareghani, Deputy Director, Office for AI and Anne-Charlotte Cornut, Rapporteur mission Villani - Intelligence artificielle, Assemblée Nationale


10.45 - 11.45 - PANEL 3: Diversity and Digital Inclusion (Meeting Room - Salle 2.115)

Moderator: Kat Borlongan, Director, La French Tech


12.00 - 13.00 - PANEL 4: Digital regulation (Auditorium) - From freedom to fairness, the debate on platform regulation.

From fake news and screen addiction to working conditions and finding a level-playing field with other corporates and SMEs, the impact of platforms on the social and economic aspects of our societies has reached a critical point. French and UK experts are engaging the conversation in the search for a consensus to effectively define a set of operational principles that can serve as a frame of reference for productive debate on platform regulation.

Moderator: Peter Wells, Head of Public Policy, ODI


13:00 - Morning programme ends

Various locations in Paris

14:30 - 16:30 - Thematic Meetings

According to the field you are most interested in, we offer you the possibility to have specific meetings with relevant French contacts – according to the number of people signing up for each topic.

Meeting 1: BUSINESS - discussions and meetings hosted at Ministry for Digital Affairs, Salle 2.115

  • Introduction to Innovation in France: Sébastien Carbon, Deputy Managing Director for UK and Ireland, Business France UK

  • French technology update: Maia Thomine-Desmazures, Head of International Division, Business France

  • Paris thematic incubators and soft-landing platforms: Karine Bidart, Co-Director General, Paris & Co

Testimonials & round table discussion: "Doing business in France in the tech field"

Moderator: Albin Serviant, Co-founder & President, French Tech London and President of Tetu Ventures


Christophe Frey, Vice President Operations and Directeur General, ARM France

Fintech: Cyril Léger, Directeur Général France & Suisse Romande, Ebury

Augmented Reality: Philippe Bornstein, Head of France, Blippar

Food Tech: Helene Chick, Head of Editions France, Deliveroo (tbc)

14:30 - 16.30 - Meeting 2: ACADEMICS - hosted by INRIA.


2 Rue Simone IFF 75012 Paris - map.

Please note an estimated travel time of 35-40 minutes expected on the Paris Metro.

15:45 - 16.30 Meeting 3: ADMINISTRATION / GOV - hosted at Station F.


5 Parvis Alan Turing, 75013 Paris, France (Easiest access is through 55 Boulevard Vincent Auriol, 75013)

Please note an estimated travel time of 30-35 minutes expected on the Paris Metro.

Station F

17:30 - Informal Tour of Station F, drinks & networking

Celebrate the close of the day with a drink and a final chance to chat, network and swap business cards.

Station F is located at: 5 Parvis Alan Turing, 75013 Paris, France (Easiest access is through 55 Boulevard Vincent Auriol, 75013)

18:00 - Guest Speaker: Pascal Cagni, Ambassador for International Investment, Chairman of Business France

18:10 - Announcements

18:20 - Closing Remarks: Jeni Tennison, CEO, Open Data Institute

18:30 - Drinks & networking continues

20:00 - Close

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20 Avenue de Ségur

75007 Paris


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