Station F, Paris, France | 22-23 May 2018

Sooner Than You Think

Backed by the unmatched data and analytical power of Bloomberg’s global resources, Sooner Than You Think Paris delivers bankable insight into the near-future of business and the market forces and tech innovations already transforming our global economy.


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Change is coming. Sooner than you think.

To succeed in today’s dynamic and chaotic business environment, companies must navigate the constantly evolving digital landscape. But even the most prepared CEOs can be overwhelmed by the challenge.

What are the best strategies for embracing the Internet of Things and rationalizing the vast amounts of data generated in a connected world? How can true digital security be created when cyber criminals always seem one step ahead? And if our future ultimately belongs to robots, how will AI and Machine Learning really change the business dynamic in the near future?

Join us at Station F, the world’s largest tech start-up campus located in the heart of Paris, for Sooner Than You Think as Bloomberg brings together the smartest minds on the planet to answer these and other vital questions.


Eileen Burbidge

Partner Passion Capital

William R. Evanina

Director U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center

Benoist Grossmann

Managing Partner Idinvest Partners

Caroline Hyde

European Business Correspondent Bloomberg Television

Elizabeth Krutoholow

Senior Healthcare Analyst - Specialist Pharma and Biotech Bloomberg Intelligence

Bernard Liautaud

Managing Partner Balderton

John Micklethwait

Editor-in-Chief Bloomberg

Flavia Tata Nardini

Co-Founder & CEO Fleet

Xavier Niel

Founder Iliad Group

Ilkka Paananen

CEO & Co-Founder Supercell

Diego Piacentini

Government Commissioner for the Italian Digital Agenda Italian Republic

Jürgen Schmidhuber


Jackie Simmons

Senior Executive Editor, Americas Bloomberg

Brad Stone

Senior Executive Editor, Global Tech Bloomberg

Ashlee Vance

Writer Bloomberg Businessweek

Roxanne Varza

Director Station F

Carlos Ghosn

Chairman & CEO Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi

John Collison

President & Co-Founder Stripe

Mustafa Suleyman

Co-Founder and Head of Applied AI DeepMind

Niklas Zennström

CEO & Founding Partner Atomico

Nate Lanxon

European Technology Editor Bloomberg

Frédéric Mazzella

Founder and President BlaBlaCar

Meerah Rajavel

Chief Information Officer Forcepoint

Yves Bernaert

Senior Managing Director - Technology Europe Lead Accenture

Pierre Nanterme

Chairman & CEO Accenture

Floris van den Dool

Managing Director, Accenture Security--Europe & Latin America Accenture

Will Shu

Co-Founder and CEO Deliveroo

John Chambers

Founder & CEO JC2 Ventures

Maurice Lévy

Chairman of the Supervisory Board Publicis Groupe

Marie Mawad

Reporter Global Tech Bloomberg

Alexander Schlaubitz

Vice President Marketing Lufthansa

Caroline Connan

International Correspondent Bloomberg Television

Anne Hidalgo

Mayor of Paris

Geraldine Amiel

Paris Bureau Chief Bloomberg News

Aleksander Gorkowienko

SecurityLabs Managing Consultant Spirent Communications

Christopher Wylie

Whistleblower, Former Director of Research for Cambridge Analytica

Eddie Schwartz

Executive Vice President of Cyber Services DarkMatter

Jeremy Kahn

Senior Reporter Bloomberg News

Yann LeCun

VP & Chief AI Scientist Facebook

Anurag Rana

Sector Head & Senior Equity Analyst, Software & IT Services Bloomberg Intelligence

May 22 - Tuesday

3:30 pm

Registration and Networking

4:30 pm

Opening Remarks


4:35 pm

Smarter, Greener, Cleaner: Positioning Paris as the Capital of Innovation

The Mayor of Paris is on a mission to make the city a model of sustainability, efficiency and innovation, but change doesn't happen overnight. Mayor Anne Hidalgo outlines her vision for the city's future as an international tech and startup hub.



4:55 pm

Starting Up a Startup Ecosystem in the City of Light

At the world's largest startup campus, Station F, Xavier Niel and Roxanne Varza are building an entire entrepreneurial ecosystem under one roof. Hear what they have learned in the year since the campus launched and why they believe Paris could soon be the global hub for tech and innovation.



5:15 pm

STYT Spotlight: The Rise of the Platform Economy and What it Means for Global Commerce

While American and Chinese tech giants grab the headlines, a long tail of European software platforms are emerging, leveraging the internet's power to connect buyers and sellers across the continent. Stripe co-founder and President John Collison discusses the technological transformations and structural changes powering this paradigm shift, and what it means for the next decade of global economic development.



5:35 pm

The French Tech Revolution: Why Global Tech Leaders Should Have Their Eyes on Paris

VivaTech Co-Founder and Publicis Groupe Supervisory Board Chairman Maurice Levy and Paris Tech Ambassador, and JC2 Ventures founder John Chambers have both led successful, multinational companies. Now they're on the leading edge of France's Tech Revolution. We'll discuss why these two industry leaders are convinced Paris is the world's next major tech startup mecca.



5:55 pm

STYT Spotlight: Election Interference, Corporate Espionage and Cybersecurity--Countering Online Threats in the Public and Private Sector

Digitization boosted productivity in both business and government operations to unforeseen heights, but it has also made sensitive data vulnerable. America's top counterintelligence official explains how his department is working to mitigate the country's most perilous digital threats.


  • Brad Stone

    Senior Executive Editor, Global Tech, Bloomberg


6:15 pm

STYT Spotlight: Adapting to Digital Disruption

Technology has disrupted work in all industries, challenging companies to adapt to a rapidly increasing pace of change. Accenture Chairman and CEO Pierre Nanterme speaks about his own company's transformation, explaining how both the private and public sector can capitalize on the wave of innovation that is changing the future of work.



6:35 pm

Closing Remarks


6:40 pm

Opening Night Reception

7:30 pm

Hello World Canada: The Rise of AI

Bloomberg Businessweek presents an exclusive premiere of the latest episode of Hello World, the Emmy-nominated tech-travel show hosted by journalist and best-selling author Ashlee Vance and watched by millions of people around the globe.


May 23 - Wednesday

8:00 am

Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00 am

Opening Remarks


  • Brad Stone

    Senior Executive Editor, Global Tech, Bloomberg

9:05 am

Tech Vision 2018 : Intelligent Enterprise Unleashed

Accenture’s 2018 report looks into how technology is embedded in everything we do, improving the ways we live, work, and experience the world. It digs into the technologies that are rapidly reshaping not just daily life, but society as a whole, and allowing businesses in every industry to reimagine what’s possible.


  • Yves Bernaert

    Senior Managing Director - Technology Europe Lead, Accenture

9:20 am

STYT Spotlight: European Tech Grabs the Limelight

For years, as U.S. and Chinese firms made headlines, Europe's tech scene churned mostly in the shadows. But in the wake of Spotify's IPO, European tech has moved center stage. One of the sector's home-grown stars explains what's underpinning the region's success.



9:50 am

STYT Spotlight: Mobility Reimagined

Autonomous driving, AI and electrification are rapidly changing the way we get around, and the accelerated pace of innovation in personal transport has transformed automakers into mobility pioneers. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn explains how his company's collaborations with startups and its investments in breakthrough technologies are revolutionizing mobility.



10:10 am

STYT Spotlight: Building and Sustaining a Multibillion-Dollar Mobile Gaming Business

Supercell, the Swedish game developer behind Clash of Clans, rose to meteoric success--with 100 million daily players on its games collectively, and a valuation of $10 billion--just six years after its founding in 2010. CEO and Co-Founder Ilkka Paananen explains how the company managed its rapid growth and discusses his strategy for sustaining it.



10:35 am

Venture Capital and the Search for a Post-Brexit Tech Hub

With Brexit fast approaching, what does the future hold for London as a global tech and innovation hub? Our panel discusses whether Britain's divorce could damage Silicon Roundabout's status as a hotbed of venture capitalists and tech startups, and if it's setting the stage for the rise of a new European center of innovation.


  • Brad Stone

    Senior Executive Editor, Global Tech, Bloomberg


11:00 am

Networking Break

11:30 am

Europe's Unicorns: Lessons Learned from the Continent's Startup Success Stories

Europe's thriving technology hubs like Paris, London, Stockholm and Berlin have yielded a plethora of success stories, but its talent is often overshadowed by tech juggernauts in Silicon Valley and Beijing. Caroline Hyde sits down with the leaders of two of Europe's most successful startups to discuss the benefits and challenges posed by the region's unique entrepreneurial culture.



12:00 pm

STYT IoT Spotlight: Earth, Space and Connecting Everything in Between

How will Australian startup Fleet Space Technologies use nanosatellites to create a digital nervous system in space? Flavia Tata Nardini tells us about her plans to connect everything, everywhere.



12:20 pm

Advancing AI

Facebook VP and Chief AI Scientist Yann LeCun speaks on the third anniversary of Facebook's AI lab in Paris about the future of the technology and how it may be the answer to many of Big Tech's woes.



12:40 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 pm

STYT Spotlight: The Ethical Application of AI

Humanity faces innumerable challenges, from climate change and sustainable farming to affordable healthcare and economic inequality. For many of these problems, AI could be the solution; DeepMind Co-Founder Mustafa Suleyman explains why he thinks a conversation focused on ethics, societal impact and safety must be at the forefront of AI's application.



2:25 pm

Will Artificial Intelligence Revolutionize Pharma?

Artificial intelligence may be able to improve the drug discovery and approval processes, saving the pharmaceutical industry both time and money. Yet, despite the obvious fit, adoption has been slow. Is pharma ready for an AI revolution?


2:35 pm

STYT Spotlight: AI in EMEA's Past, Present and Future

Europe has a long history of being a leader in the development AI and machine learning. NNAISENSE President Jürgen Schmidhuber, often called the father of modern AI, explains how the region's pioneering efforts will shape the technologies of the future.



3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm

Cyber-attacks: The Biggest Risk to the Global Economy

Cyber-attacks are potentially the greatest risk to global growth, due to their capacity to inflict major economic damage across all industries. Artificial intelligence, utilizing self-learning autonomous software products and greater use of public cloud, is the best way to offset rising cyber risks.


  • Anurag Rana

    Sector Head & Senior Equity Analyst, Software & IT Services, Bloomberg Intelligence

3:40 pm

Working beyond Borders to Build Trust in a Robust Digital Defense for the Global Economy Online

As more cyber-attacks are reported daily, confidence regarding data security in both public and private sector organizations continues to erode. This panel explores the best approaches for encouraging international cooperation to combat cybersecurity threats, ensuring safer commerce in the online global marketplace.



4:10 pm

STYT Spotlight: The Italian Digital Renaissance

Why did one of America's Big Tech success stories trade a top job at Amazon for a post in the Italian government, leading the country's digitization efforts? Diego Piacentini discusses Italy's digital transformation.


  • Brad Stone

    Senior Executive Editor, Global Tech, Bloomberg


  • Diego Piacentini

    Government Commissioner for the Italian Digital Agenda, Italian Republic

4:30 pm

Prioritizing Privacy: "Black Ops," Cambridge Analytica and the Future of Data Protection

The revelations that Cambridge Analytica misused personal data gleaned from Facebook to target millions of voters in the U.S. and U.K. in the run-up to the Brexit referendum and the 2016 U.S. Presidential election created a political firestorm on both side of the Atlantic. There is still much to know about what actually happened. What will be the long-term fallout? Should governments step in to regulate data privacy? And is it really possible to keep our data safe?



4:55 pm

Closing Remarks


  • Brad Stone

    Senior Executive Editor, Global Tech, Bloomberg

5:00 pm

Closing Reception

Sooner Than You Think Paris Highlights

Check out some of the best moments from the 2018 event in Paris including interviews with Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Christopher Wylie, Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo & more.



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Forcepoint is transforming cybersecurity by focusing on what matters most: understanding people’s intent as they interact with critical data and intellectual property wherever it resides. Our uncompromising systems enable companies to empower employees with unobstructed access to confidential data while protecting intellectual property and simplifying compliance. Based in Austin, Texas, Forcepoint protects the human point for thousands of enterprise and government customers in more than 150 countries. For more about Forcepoint, visit and follow us on Twitter at @ForcepointSec.


Sooner Than You Think Paris

Station F

Sooner Than You Think will take place in Station F, the largest startup campus in the world. Home to 1,000 startups, Station F is a one-of-a-kind place for innovation. Located in central Paris and backed by entrepreneur-investor Xavier Niel, the 34,000 sq meter building hosts an entire startup ecosystem under one roof.

Opened in Summer 2017 by French President Emmanuel Macron, Station F is home to companies like Facebook, Zendesk, Vente-Privée, HEC, Microsoft, and many more.

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