Atos is partner of “AI 2018 Paris Region” – the first global artificial intelligence competition for start-ups by the Île-de-France region

Launched by the Île-de-France region as part of its strategy to appeal to an international market, the "AI 2018 Paris Region" competition, with prize money of 1 million euros, was today launched at a press conference with Valérie Pécresse, the Île-de-France region President, and a jury of experts.

The aim of the competition is to distinguish exceptional start-ups, in order to bring innovative artificial intelligence projects to fruition and to put the Île-de-France region on the map globally. The expert jury panel will select top 10 winners in July. The 3 overall winners will be announced in October.

Atos will support this initiative with a comprehensive mentoring program, supported by its Scientific Community. The company will bring its industrial and technological expertise, its innovation skills, and its knowledge of the startup environment.

Valérie Pécresse, Ile-de-France region President commented: “We are pleased to count Atos, an innovative and recognized leader in Artificial Intelligence, among the partners of this world-wide competition. This guarantees that we will have an effective mentoring programme with added value for the winners.”

For Atos, this initiative is in keeping with other significant projects carried out with the Ile de-France region, as shown by the creation of a world-wide innovation cluster at the heart of Yvelines, which will house a latest generation data center, and by the R&D investment plan for BullSequana, the most efficient supercomputer in the world.