Capgemini, the École Polytechnique, and the École Polytechnique Foundation are launching a Chair dedicated to the technological and economic implications of the blockchain in order to promote higher education and research in this emerging field. Jérôme Siméon, President of Capgemini France, and François Bouchet, Chief Executive Officer of École polytechnique, inaugurated this new Chair on April 4 on the X campus.
Fith its global expertise in new technologies, Capgemini is committed, alongside the École polytechnique and its Foundation, to promoting high-level teaching and research to train talent in the field of innovation, blockchain and business-to-business platforms. (1).
The "Blockchain & B2B Platforms" Chair aims to develop new skill pools and contribute to the emergence of talent capable of meeting the challenges of the blockchain and its integration into corporate strategies. Capgemini's teams will be working with X students as part of the "innovation cluster days". Bringing together the Group's partners and clients alongside the students, these sessions will be used to reflect on the use cases of the blockchain and B2B platforms in order to meet the business needs of the sector ecosystems selected for the occasion.
This Chair also aims to support academic research conducted within the Centre de recherche en économie et statistique (CREST, a CNRS UMR, École polytechnique, GENES) and the Laboratoire d'informatique de l'X (LIX, a CNRS UMR, École polytechnique) in the field of blockchain. It will be led by Julien Prat, a CNRS researcher and lecturer at the École polytechnique and Daniel Augot, Research Director at the INRIA centre in Saclay.
It will result in the publication of co-authored research papers, notably on the development of theories and best practices in the field of blockchain usage optimization (especially commercial), in order to improve both quantitatively and qualitatively the application services rendered by blockchains. The Chair will thus shed both theoretical and operational light on the scientific and industrial worlds, both in France and worldwide.
For François Bouchet, Chief Executive Officer of École polytechniqueThis Chair, created thanks to the support of Capgemini, will enable us to offer our students a high level education based on research, but also in direct contact with the needs of companies confronted with the problems and opportunities offered by the blockchain.
For Jérôme Siméon, Member of the Executive Committee of the Capgemini Group and Chairman Capgemini France : "The blockchain is first and foremost a technology that could well revolutionize the flow of transactions and the daily lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world in the years to come... And, like many disruptive technologies, it also raises questions.legal and regulatory, but also ethical and probably also societal. The subject of digital trust has indeed become a critical issue for the media industry, for example, but also for many other economic sectors. It therefore seemed crucial to us to set up a dedicated course in collaboration with the Ecole Polytechnique, to provide tomorrow's managers with a concrete and exhaustive vision of these issues".
(1) Business-to-business platforms represent a new type of digital platform that connects companies within a business ecosystem for the exchange of information and value between partners.