Global event organiser RX has announced the acquisition of Corp Events, owner and organiser of Big Data & AI Paris and Big Data & AI Toronto and organiser on behalf of the EuropIA Institute and SEMEC of the World AI Cannes Festival (WAICF).
Launched in 2012, Big Data & AI Paris is one of the leading data and AI events in France, bringing together more than 200 brands and 15,000 professionals and experts across the data and AI sectors. The next edition of Big Data & AI Paris will take place on 25 and 26 September 2023 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris.
Big Data & AI Toronto will take place 18-19 October, 2023.
The World Artificial Intelligence Cannes Festival (WAICF) was launched in 2022 in partnership with the EuropIA Institute, the city of Cannes and the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes – SEMEC. The next edition of WAICF will be held 8-10 February, 2024.
Commenting on the acquisition, Hugh Jones, global CEO of RX said: “This acquisition is part of our desire to build our business within the growing technology sector. In 2022 we acquired 3rd Street Group Ltd, owner of Big Data LDN (London). The Big Data LDN 2022 event reached over 10,000 attendees, up 10% on the previous year, and the record-breaking number of new exhibitors was a testament to the incredible dynamism of the data market. Earlier this year we announced the launch of Data Universe in New York, which will take place in April 2024. We’re excited to be growing our portfolio with Corp Events and I look forward to working with the team.”
Michel Filzi, president of RX France, added: “I am very pleased with this acquisition, which strengthens our presence in the new technologies sector and expands our portfolio of leading trade shows in 15 different sectors in France. Through its expertise in the field, Corp Events has been able to create strong events and brands that we want to continue to develop. I am very excited for our teams to collaborate, and we look forward to welcoming the Corp Events teams to RX France.”
Olivier Cadi, president of Corp Events, said: “The global big data and AI market continues to grow and revolutionise the business world in France and internationally. Joining RX France will allow us to grow these events by leveraging their technology platforms, global network and operational expertise. RX has always been a source of inspiration and professionalism for me. I started my career there and acquired solid expertise. With the contribution of a group like RX, we can now develop our events further. I look forward to our teams sharing their know-how and commitment to evolve our brands and products.”