The first Innovation and Technology Festival takes place on Saturday June 18 in the heart of Nevers

New technologies are now an integral part of our daily lives. In uses for everything related to the smart city, but also for the playful side. It is more this aspect that will be developed, Saturday June 18, for the Festival of innovation and technologies, led by the City and Nevers Agglomeration


An appointment which is a continuation of the Siivim (International Summit for Innovation in Median Cities) and which follows on from the activities of the last Christmas celebrations. “During the launch of the illuminations, a stroll through the city center took place with a drone to the Place de la Résistance. With the mayor, Denis Thuriot, we imagined having a party in the spring and highlighting all this aspect of drones and highlighting everything that is done in our territory of Nevers and its agglomeration”, remarks Jean-Luc Dechauffour, municipal councilor responsible for major events.

Appointments open to all and free

The idea also to show that with digital and drones, young and old can have fun and explore their universe in a surprising and therefore playful way with a whole host of tools available. For this first edition, technologies and innovations invest the city center for appointments open to all and free. “We also chose the city center, on a Saturday, to bring a flow to the shops. This is part of the city center revitalization policy,” notes Jean-Luc Dechauffour.

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Six places in the hyper center will thus be transformed into high places of innovation. Young and old will be able to immerse themselves in these playful and immersive variations on each of these sites.

A stop on the esplanade of the ducal palace
We will be amazed with the drone race. Ten competitors, from all over France, will compete at high speed, broadcast on a giant screen (three sequences: at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.). “Since the Covid, there was no more drone racing. The pilots registered very quickly”, notes Sandrine Cochet, Data project manager. The public will be able to test themselves during an initiation guided by Apex Drone (registration on site). “In a secure cage, it will be possible to pilot a drone”, specifies Jean-Luc Dechauffour.

Flight over Nevers, Place de la République

Boarding for an immersive flight over Nevers from Place de la République.

Attention, immediate boarding for an immersive flight above Nevers. Thrills guaranteed. To board, you will need to collect a boarding pass from the air hostess or steward, who will distribute the cards directly on site (from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. at 4:30 p.m.). Ten thirty-minute flights are scheduled. 240 people will hover above Nevers comfortably seated in deckchairs. Never seen. It may shake…

Head to Place Carnot to mix Theloop machine

to play the DJ, place Carnot. If we sent good sound. If we put on a DJ outfit for a few moments. Nothing could be easier thanks to the loop machine

: an interactive musical table. No need to register. All you have to do is wait patiently for your turn and sit down on the decks.

Beware of vertigo, Square de la Résistance

There, it will be breathtaking to climb on the suspended board. Getting up to 160 m high, in the void, right in the middle of buildings, it may swing a little. We reassure you, you just have to stand on a board 10 centimeters from the ground (from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., without registration). But this is where technology works wonders and feats. “With an augmented reality helmet, we find ourselves 160 meters high”, describes Sandrine Cochet.

A photo competition in the gardens of the Banque de France
Open to all, in the morning, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the theme: Heritage enhancement of buildings and green spaces. Two categories: adults and juniors, on registration with Nevers Agglomeration until Saturday June 18, 10 a.m., by telephone at the Nevers Agglomeration reception at or email: [email protected] The award ceremony (two winners per category) will take place at 6 p.m., esplanade du palais ducal.

A round table to learn
A conference dedicated to the use of drones in the professional sector will be given at 3:30 p.m., 10, rue des Ardilliers (former Damart shop).

other editions

A first edition which should continue next year, with even more innovations and an expanded territory. “With this party, we show the spectacular side of innovation and immersion. We show the attractive side. This year, we are staying in Nevers, but it is possible that in the years to come, this will extend to the municipalities of Nevers Agglomeration”, reveals Alain Bourcier, vice-president for the agglomeration in charge of the innovative territory. In the meantime, we dive into integrated reality on Saturday, June 18.

* Various partners have been associated with this event: Les Vitrines de Nevers, Re/Max, Intermarché des Bords de Loire).

Gwenola Champalaune

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