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The ninth session of the Orange Institute to focus on the “Feedback Economy and Realtime Society”



The next semi annual session of the Orange Institute, a three-year old global research effort involving social networks, will be held in Boston and New York on October 22-25. The three-day session, focused on the “Feedback Economy and Realtime Society”, will explore how algorithmic advances in data sciences – many of them driven by the widespread adoption of social media – are causing dramatic changes to the traditional industries of New York.

Scientists, startups, enterprises and creatives from all corners of the digital economy will gather in New York and Boston to probe how technology is impacting our lives in a real-time society. The meeting marks the latest in a series of ongoing multidisciplinary collaborations that have been sponsored by the Orange Institute since its founding in 2009. The first colloquium was held in Silicon Valley, and since then sessions in Tokyo, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Beijing, Paris and San Francisco have attracted more than 100 thought-leaders from a wide range of disciplines. The meetings have helped the Orange Institute fulfill its mandate of helping companies write a new chapter in the ways they learn about changing technologies.

The upcoming session will bring together Orange Institute member companies from a variety of industries with leading thinkers from such prominent institutions as the MIT Media Lab, the Harvard Innovation Lab, The New York Times Research and Development Department, Foursquare, the United Nations Global Pulse initiative, along with a representative sampling of startups, venture capitalist firms, and economic development officials from New York City.

The sessions are designed to allow participants to take a multidisciplinary approach in an intimate setting to exploring themes as diverse as the “consumerization” of IT, changes in media consumption patterns, the ”self-quantification and augmentation” movements, the growing importance of robots and AI-driven personal assistants, data visualization as well as many other topics.

Faculty members of the Orange Institute come from the premier ranks of fields, be it predictive analytics or architecture or medicine, as well as companies as diverse as Google and Real Madrid.

“Our members come from many companies all around the world, and all of them are interested in discovering the future together,” notes Orange Institute President Georges Nahon. “The fact that they keep returning to our sessions and seminars demontrates that our dynamic, non-linear conference model is significantly more useful that the static ‘think tank’ approach used by many other organizations. An Orange Institute session is about learning dynamically in a non-linear world. It involves pragmatic altruism and the propensity to share. In fact, they work in exactly the same way networks function"

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about the Orange Institute

The Orange Institute is a global think tank whose objective is to learn about and prepare for the rapid transformations that digital innovations are spawning in our networked society.

The Orange Institute organizes “immersion workshops” in key digital innovation clusters in the world, such as the Silicon Valley. Participants in the sessions meet and connect with new people, ideas and products in places that are shaping and defining today’s and tomorrow’s digital landscape.
It brokers conversations among select thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, academic researchers and game changers from companies and organizations in Europe, the US, China, Japan and other regions of the world. This empowers institute members with novel mindsets with which they can transform their organizations to effectively embrace these digital transformations.

about Orange

France Telecom-Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 45.3 billion euros for 2011 and has 170,000 employees worldwide at 30 June 2012, including 105,000 employees in France. Present in 33 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 224 million customers at 30 June 2012, including 166 million mobile customers and 15 million broadband internet (ADSL, fibre) customers worldwide. Orange is one of the main European operators for mobile and broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

With its industrial project, “conquests 2015”, Orange is simultaneously addressing its employees, customers and shareholders, as well as the society in which the company operates, through a concrete set of action plans. These commitments are expressed through a new vision of human resources for employees; through the deployment of a network infrastructure upon which the Group will build its future growth; through the Group’s ambition to offer a superior customer experience thanks in particular to improved quality of service; and through the acceleration of international development.

France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.
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