Tech for Good 2020 unites tech elite

The Elysée hosts July 2020 gathering for Positive Impact Tech

Following the 2016 creation of Viva Tech event by Maurice Levy (Publicis Group) and Pierre Louette (Les Echos), Maurice Levy launched in 2018 the initiative "Tech for Good", an alliance of accelerators, investors and entrepreneurs committed to social and environmental positive impact. Tech for Good, now an annual event hosted by the Elysée and supported by the French government of Emmanuel Macron, is attended by giants included Jack Ma (Alibaba) and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook).

"On the cutting edge of technological transformation, these players should be pioneering guides inclusive of all society and not just making profit at its detriment."
Emmanuel Macron

Among the various other "Tech for Good" taskforces, Tech for Environment highlighted the need to reduce the environmental footprint of corporations in accordance with the Paris climate agreement.

According to the November 2019 ADEME report, the digital sector was responsible for 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions and the rise in uses suggests that this carbon footprint will double by 2025, The agenda highlighted: 1. an awareness campaign of online users to encourage data sobriety ; 2. technological solutions for the decarbonisation of data centers as core focus points in addressing this new threat.

Other Tech for Good taskforces include: Tech for Education, Future of Work, Tech for Diversity and Tech for Economic Inclusiveness.

Tech for Good brings together groups such as: Fest, a collective of 500 members including 400 start-ups, 58 associations and other hybrid structures such as foundations ; HelloAsso, that oversees 75 000 associations. There are also fund-raising initiatives, including, (Eva Sadoun) that raised 2.2 million euros in 2019, the fund Tech avec Allianz launched by Citizen Capital, or For Good fund by Ring capital.

Up-and-coming start-ups are awarded the Tech for Good Awards, a platform broadcasted by BFM to reveal the new talents of the French Tech scene. The 2020 edition jury include Thierry Arnaud, BFM BUSINESS chief editor, Kat Borlongan (Director of La French Tech), Olivier Mathiot (France Digitale, co-Founder of PriceMinister), Laurence Méhaignerie (Citizen Capital), amongst others.

Source: Elysé, BFMTV, ADEME