Paris 2024 talks up city's technological prowess
Paris 2024, the French capital's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, has claimed the support of thousands of the country's technology start-ups and entrepreneurs.
In a bid to highlight its own technological prowess - 2024 rival Los Angeles has emphasised its support from Silicon Valley - nearly 4,000 participants, including 1,132 start-ups and 200 French and international technology experts, attended the Hacking of City Hall event, hosted by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo.
This year’s edition, supported by Paris 2024, sought new ways to integrate the latest technology into the organisation of major sporting events.
Paris 2024 chief executive, Etienne Thobois, said: “Innovation and creativity are at the core of the successful delivery of any major project. We have to work together with cutting edge and different vectors of innovation because the Olympic and Paralympic Games requires innovative thinking and solutions at all levels of the planning, organisation and delivery.
“With the full support of Paris’ tech community behind the bid, Paris 2024 is in a fantastic position to take the games to the next level, enabling us to deliver a spectacular celebration of passion, purpose and innovation that captures the imagination of the next generation.”
Hidalgo added: “Paris’ sharing culture means we are open to the world; we are targeting a total of 30 per cent foreign start-ups by 2020, we already have the highest number of corporate head offices in Europe and the largest number of start-ups with over 1,500 a year. This dynamic, collaborative environment is an asset for the candidature of Paris 2024, because it will help us to develop solutions that benefit athletes and federations, visitors and sponsors.”
The 2024 games will be awarded on 13 September.