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VivaTech 2024 Survival Guide

Posted at: 05.06.2024in category:Practical Guides
A guide to thriving at Europe’s biggest startup and tech event this 22-25 May in Paris.

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VivaTech is four days of nonstop discovery, inspiration, and business. There is so much to see and do, we don’t want you to miss a moment of it. Our annual survival guide gathers everything you need to know to survive these four amazing days in the heart of tech.

man using VivaTech app Attendee using the VivaTech App. Photo credit: VivaTech

#1 Download the VivaTech App

The VivaTech App is an attendee’s lifeline at the event. Keep your badge, contacts, and program in one place. Download it from the Apple or Google Play stores.

Make Your Own Agenda

Discover the speakers who will take the spotlight on the VivaTech stages. Add sessions to your favorites to get notified when they begin. Check out the sessions happening right now.

Find your way

All the exhibitors, stages, and innovations in one click. Find your way around the VivaTech Halls with the VivaTech Map. Get from point A to point B with this year’s new functionality that guides you through the VivaTech Halls.

Grow Your Network

Get in touch with other attendees and jumpstart new business opportunities. Complete your profile and send contact requests to attendees with similar interests. Chat directly with them on the app to eventually meet up, do business, or even attend side events together!

Follow a Tech Trail

Looking for a curated list on one topic? Check out our Tech Trails – your entry point to discovering the wealth of VivaTech 2024. Follow a tech trail to discover the hottest startups, leading companies, and top sessions surrounding one topic. Make your way through the worlds of AI, Climate Tech, Smart City & Mobility, or dive into curated content for CMOs, CFOs, CTOs, and others.

AI Navigator

Not sure where to start exploring VivaTech? Ask the new AI Navigator to create a tailor-made VivaTech experience to discover sessions, exhibitors and innovations closest to your interests.

vt stage one Stage One at VivaTech. Photo credit: VivaTech

#2 Plan Your Experience

VivaTech can be overwhelming if you’re not aware of everything that’s happening. Don’t miss out on your favorite speaker or startup!

Check out the full Official Program to meet our top speakers. See when they’ll be talking and at what stage.

Visit the Exhibitor’s List to see which companies and startups will be on the VivaTech floor. Filter by interests, sector of activity, or funding round to find the startups corresponding to your search.

Tram in front of Porte de Versailles Tramway in front of Porte de Versailles. Photo credit: VivaTech

#3 How to Arrive

Don’t be late because you got off at the wrong metro stop…

VivaTech Hours:

Wednesday, 22 May to Saturday, 25 May. 9 AM – 6 PM every day.


The Paris Porte de Versailles Expo Center in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.

1 Place de la Porte de Versailles, 75015 Paris, France

The main entrance is at Door A1 or A2, where you’ll be asked for your VivaTech badge and ID. Lines can be long at opening hours, so plan accordingly.

How to get there:

Public transport: Paris is one of the most connected cities in Europe. Take advantage of its expanse transportation system. Get off at the stop “Porte de Versailles”.

  • Metro: Line 12
  • Tramway: Lines T2 or T3A
  • Bus: Lines 39 or 80

Bike: The very first bike parking at VivaTech, sponsored by La Poste, allows visitors to drop off their bikes for free at Porte de Versailles, opposite gates A1 and A2.

Car: If you are driving in and need parking, there are three parking lots nearby:

  • Onepark - Parking Vanves: 36-38 Rue du Moulin, 92170 Vanves
  • Parking VIP - Paris Expo Porte de Versailles: Ave. de la Porte de la Plaine, 75015 Paris
  • Parking 1 Paris Expo Porte de Versailles: 2 Rue d’Oradour-sur-Glane, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux

Microphone and water bottle Gobi water bottle. Photo credit: VivaTech

#4 What to Bring?

Your printed VivaTech badge! If you haven't downloaded your badge, find it in your personal account on the VivaTech website. There are printing stations at the event entrance, however wait times are lengthy at opening times so we suggest printing it out before arriving. Also, don’t forget your ID, as it will be asked for at the entrance to verify your identity.

VivaTech is happening in 2 Halls of the expo center, meaning there is a lot of ground to cover. One of the biggest tips we hear from attendees is to wear comfortable shoes! Leave those heels at home.

Essentials you should have in your bag? A water bottle. There are refilling stations around the VivaTech Halls. An extra charger or battery pack. Long days of using the VivaTech app or networking can drain your phone battery. Business cards, to connect with your new contacts after VivaTech is over.

2 women looking at the VivaTech map Two attendees looking at the VivaTech Map. Photo credit: VivaTech

#5 On-Site Experience


VivaTech is fully accessible for people with reduced mobility. An information desk is located at the entrance of Hall 1 to help provide information and wheelchairs. Volunteers are also there to guide you to the various PRM elevators, etc.

Leave your luggage

Luggage can’t come into VivaTech with you, but smaller bags like backpacks and briefcases are welcome and will be checked at the entrance. There is a luggage check outside gate A2 for the jet setters who have just arrived.

Get Oriented

Once inside, use the VivaTech app to get orientated with your surroundings. If you need help, head to the Grand Central at the heart of VivaTech where hosts can give you information on locations, conference schedule, app help, and more.

Get Connected

Connect to our attendee Wi-Fi network for free. Use the network “VT-VISITORS” once inside the expo center, no password needed.

What’s for lunch?

There is an array of restaurants and catering around the VivaTech Halls to make sure our attendees are fueled up and ready for the day. Outside the VivaTech doors is a Food Court made up of restaurants and an alley of food trucks to purchase your lunch and drinks. From French sandwiches to Lebanese, Thai, or Italian cuisine, there is a little something for everyone.

Side Events

VivaTech is more than two Halls at Porte de Versailles. It’s also a constellation of side events happening throughout Paris. From dinners to cocktail hours, there is sure to be an event that fits your busy VivaTech schedule. Check out all the Side Events for more info.

street full of people Rue Montorgueil dressed up in VivaTech colors for the opening Viva Night. Photo credit: VivaTech

More questions?

If any of your questions weren’t answered, head to our FAQ page.

Now you’re ready to thrive at VivaTech 2024. We can’t wait to see you!

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