Last November, the city of Paris was awarded with the “European Capital of Innovation Award”, a prize that distinguishes Paris as the most innovative and competitive metropolis in terms of economic attractiveness in Europe. It was at the 9th Web Summit in Lisbon that the city was chosen for its ability to project itself into the future and its inclusive innovation strategy. The prize came with an endowment of one million euros which allows to finance new projects for the benefit of Parisians and the economic attractiveness of the capital.
Paris confirms its status with the Fab City Summit
Every year, the members of the Fab City International Network (which includes Paris) come together to share, discuss, collaborate and create communities around different local and global challenges in digital manufacturing, innovation and technology.
This international gathering is hosted every year in a different city (Barcelona in 2014, Boston in 2015, Shenzhen in 2016 and Santiago in 2017). For the first time, the Fab City Summit will take place in France in July 2018.
It was during the FAB12 in Shenzhen (2016), that the following and new format has been validated:
Fab City Summit – July 2018: about the event
The Fab City Summit is an international gathering of experts and professionals in the fields of circular economy, urban planning, digital manufacturing, new economies, civic engagement, sustainable design and production. Private or public stakeholders have in common to contribute in the city building, with ambitious goals of impacts for 2054.
The event was held for the first time in Amsterdam in 2016 and then in Copenhagen in 2017 and it is therefore Paris that will host the next edition in July 2018, at Parc de La Villette.
One of the features of this adventure could be an experimental territory Fab City on a northeastern area of Paris, straddling Paris and the first inner suburb.
The challenge for Fab City is to build a productive development strategy adapted to local demands and ecological issues and move from a linear one called PITO (Product IN> Trash OUT) to a circular economy called DIDO (Data IN> DATA OUT).
Design by DATA at the core of the project
The Paris event is organized by the Fab City Grand Paris association in collaboration with the Paris City Hall, the Fab City network and the Fab Foundation. The official partners of the event are the Île-de-France region, the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech with its DESIGN by DATA Mastère Spécialisé® Advanced Master program. Moreover, Design by Data is a member of the Fab City Grand Paris association which carries the Fab City project.
A great opportunity to integrate the formation and study in a city of innovation such as Paris!