Québec City welcomed over 1,000 attendees for its first Digital Week, from April 4-9. Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole was a partner for this event, in cooperation with Axelle Lemaire, French Minister of State for Digital Affairs.
Web content and video game creators, entrepreneurs, and researchers, both representing institutions and just general public, gathered in Québec in early April for a week of meetings focusing on digital topics. Over 250 French people, including five representatives from Montpellier-based digital companies, participated in the event, for which Montpellier Métropole was a partner.
Involvement in Digital Week made sense for French Tech-certified Montpellier, which ranks second in France for video games, right after Paris. Montpellier’s animation school is also listed among the top 10 of the world’s best schools. Digital Week was an important opportunity for entrepreneurs to sign cooperation agreements and promote Montpellier as a business destination, notably leveraging the excellence and dynamics embodied by Montpellier French Tech. The event was held in parallel with a Québec-USA mission organized by Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole from April 3-15, 2016. The agenda included several key cooperation confirmations, notably: signature of a tri-party agreement in Montreal (Bleu Blanc Tech – French Tech Hub operator in Montreal / Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole / French South Digital); renewal of the partnership agreement with Sherbrooke (the privileged point of entry to Canada and North America); signature of a partnership agreement with Orlando (a public-sector startup incubator affiliated with the University of Florida); and a business agreement with Austin (third top business location in the United States, following New York and San Francisco).
Montpellier participants in the Pixel Challenge
The program for Digital Week in Québec City included the highly anticipated 6th annual Pixel Challenge. In this competition, based on creating video games, animation short-features, and audio designs, participants have 48 hours to amaze judges. A team of 5 students from the Montpellier Métropole area participated in the competition. Other events also took place during Digital Week, including the Pixel Media multi-screen content exchange platform, Digital Business Opportunities meetings, and the Digital Intelligence scientific conference. All in all, Digital Week offered an opportunity for exchanging ideas, establishing business ties, supporting participants’ professional development, as well as helping to promote French digital efforts abroad.
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