The Côte d’Azur is often seen as a global leader in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Yet, its status has recently been jeopardized. In 2013-2015, côte d’azur witnessed the departure of a series of global leading tech companies, such as Texas Instrument and Samsung. The region became suddenly confronted to a shortage of digital talents as the firms’ exit also meant losing their high-profile employees. Although Texas Instrument and Samsung were soon replaced by other large companies e.g. Intel and Huawei, their departure has reinforced the need to develop forward-looking policies, responsive to a fast-paced digital territory.
TThe digital strategy of côte d’azur aims to set the city as the ultimate destination for companies seeking to invest in the fields of excellence of the territory. Over the past few decades, the city has become a European leader in ICT, biotechnologies, e-tourism, e-energy and the silver economy. The priority given to the digital transformation of businesses is reflected by the multiple partnerships between the actors of the digital ecosystem which have spawned new initiatives, experiments and innovations. These successes were made possible thanks to the leadership of the local government who gathered all stakeholders to create a shared vision on the digital strategy of the territory.