The first Innovation and Technology Festival will take place on Saturday, June 18, in the heart of Nevers.

New technologies today are an integral part of our daily lives. Used for everything related to the smart city, as well as for games. It is this aspect that will be developed on Saturday, June 18, for the Festival of Innovations and Technologies, held by the city and agglomeration of Nevers.


The meeting, which is a continuation of the Siivim (International Innovation Summit in Mid-Cities) and stems from the activities of the last Christmas holidays. “During the launch of the illumination, there was a walk around the city center with a drone to Resistance Square. Together with Mayor Denis Thuriot, we imagined how we would have a spring party and highlight this whole aspect of drones and highlight everything that is being done in our territory of Nevers and its agglomeration,” says Jean-Luc Deschaufours, municipal councilor in charge for major events. .

Meetings are open to everyone and free of charge

The idea is also to show that with the help of digital technology and drones, young and old alike can have fun and explore their universe in an amazing and therefore playful way with a range of tools available. In this first edition, technology and innovation is invested in downtown for meetings open to all and free of charge. “We also chose the city center on Saturday to ensure the flow to the stores. This is part of the city center revitalization policy,” notes Jean-Luc Deschaufours.

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Thus, six places in the hypercenter will be transformed into high places of innovation. Young and old alike will be able to immerse themselves in these playful and exciting variations at each of these sites.

Stop at the esplanade of the ducal palace.
We will be amazed by the drone race. Ten participants from all over France will compete at high speed, broadcast on a giant screen (three sequences: at 10:00, 13:00 and 15:00). “After Covid, there were no more drone races. Pilots checked in very quickly,” notes Sandrine Cochet, Project Manager at Data. The public will be able to test themselves during an Apex Drone-led initiation (registration on site). “In a protected cage, it will be possible to control the drone,” Jean-Luc Deschaufours clarifies.

Flight over Nevers, Republic Square

Landing on a breathtaking flight over Nevers from Place de la République.

Attention, immediate landing for a breathtaking flight over Nevers. Thrills are guaranteed. For boarding, you will need to get a boarding pass from the flight attendant or steward, who will distribute cards on the spot (from 10:30 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 16:30). Ten thirty-minute flights are scheduled. 240 people will soar above Nevers, comfortably seated in sun loungers. Never saw. Might shake…

Head to Place Carnot to mix loop machine

to play the dj, Carnot’s place. If we sent a good sound. If we put on a DJ outfit for a few minutes. Nothing is easier thanks to loop machine

: interactive music table. There is no need to register. All you have to do is wait patiently for your turn and sit on deck.

Beware of dizziness, Square de la Résistance

There will be exciting climbing on the hanging board. Having risen to a height of up to 160 m, in the void, right in the middle of buildings, it can sway a little. We assure you, you just need to stand on the board 10 centimeters from the ground (from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:30, without registration). But this is where technology works wonders and feats. “With an augmented reality helmet, we find ourselves at a height of 160 meters,” describes Sandrine Cochet.

Photo contest in the gardens of the Bank of France.
Open to all, in the morning, from 10:00 to 12:00 on the theme: Improving the heritage of buildings and green spaces. Two categories: adults and juniors, when registering in the Nevers agglomeration before Saturday, June 18, 10:00, by phone at the reception of the Nevers agglomeration or by e-mail: [email protected] The award ceremony (two winners in each category) will take place at 18:00 on the square of the Ducal Palace.

Round table for education
A conference dedicated to the use of drones in the professional sector will take place at 15:30 at rue des Ardilliers, 10 (former Damart store).

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The first edition, which should continue next year, with even more innovations and an expanded territory. “With this party, we show the exciting side of innovation and immersion. We show the attractive side. This year we are staying in Nevers, but it is possible that in the coming years this will also extend to the municipalities of the Nevers agglomeration,” says Alain Boursier, Vice President of the agglomeration responsible for the innovation area. In the meantime, we dive into integrated reality on Saturday, June 18th.

*This event is organized with various partners: Les Vitrines de Nevers, Re/Max, Intermarché des Bords de Loire).

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