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Gilles Babinet is the Digital Champion of France. He works to push innovation through education.



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Gilles Babinet is a French multi-entrepreneur, born in 1967 in Paris. Since 1989, he created 9 companies in various areas, such as mobile music (Musiwave), co-creation (Eyeka), Big Data marketing (CaptainDash).

Gilles is a well know digital visionary in France. He has been collaborating with the think tank Institut Montaigne on several research works on digital competitiveness, digital inclusion, big data, IoT. In 2011, he was appointed chair of the National Digital Council by the President Nicolas Sarkozy. Since 2012, Gilles is the French Digital Champion, working together with the European Commission on digital skills related topics.

Gilles Babinet published his first book in January 2014, "l'Ère numérique, un nouvel âge de l'humanité", where he discusses the impact of new technologies on our societies, our lives and our institutions. Throughout his book, he identifies five areas deeply challenged in the context of the ongoing digital revolution:

  • education,
  • healthcare,
  • the state,
  • knowledge,
  • production.