This is it; the 2012 Women’s Forum has officially begun in Deauville! Despite the grey skies it’s not raining so we can’t really complain!
We arrived on site around 10am and witnessed the final adjustments to the setup being made before we went to get hold of our precious passes. A few booths aren’t finished yet but technicians are rushing about to make sure everything is ready when the guests of this 8th Women’s Forum arrive.
However, the Orange corner is almost finished. A few minor adjustments have to be made but Christophe Monico, Head of the Special Projects & Events division at Orange, whom we met in Roland Garros back in May, is keeping a close eye on things.
The sofas are in place, sweets are sitting quietly on the table and the computers are up and running and ready to use. The 7 Liveboxes are all plugged in, green lights shimmering, the Orange corner Wi-Fi is ready to tailor for up to 100 people simultaneously. NFC and flashcodes are also good to go, the badges provided by Orange all work; scanning these badges will enable the guests to access:
- the full programme of the Women’s Forum
- a round-up of all the keynotes
- information such as the shuttle times, taxi reservations or even the weather
- our very own Dailymotion video channel
- the live Orange blog.
Véronique Morali will officially launch this 2012 edition at 13.45; at 14.30, she’ll make way for the first keynote session : “what do we still need to do better for women?”. Good question! To try and answer this, some of the most active characters in the development of women will gather around the table and share their thoughts : Shirin Ebado, peace Nobel Prize winner and humans rights lawyer, Leumah Gbowee, peace Nobel Prize Winner and women’s rights activist in Liberia, and Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France’s women’s rights Minister and spokeswoman for the government.
We can’t wait to follow this passionate debate between these key figures of history.
More conferences and meetings will take place throughout the afternoon and one to follow in particular will be Delphine Remy-Boutang’s intervention at 17.15 at the Orange corner, regarding social media and business – “how to embed social media in your business“. She’ll be joined by Tiffany St James, a world expert in digital and director of the consultancy firm Stimulation Ltd.
And in the meantime, you can enjoy our first snapshots from the 2012 Women’s Forum :
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