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Building peace in the minds of men and women

Netexplo, an independent observatory that studies the impact of digital tech on society and business, is a UNESCO partner since 2011.

It was created in 2007 by Martine Bidegain and Thierry Happe with the support of the French Senate and Ministry of Innovation and the Digital Economy.

The Netexplo Observatory takes a unique, innovative approach to the study of digital society. Through its international spotting network, made up of globally renowned universities in the technology sphere, Netexplo explores the world for new uses of digital tech.


Netexplo 2021

The UNESCO Netexplo Forum will be held on 14-15 April 2021on line sur cette page and http://netexplo.com and will consists of two parts: the Netexplo Innovation Forum 2021 and the Netexplo Linking Cities Forum.


Innovation Forum 2021 

14 April 2021

The Innovation Forum 2021 will showcase 10 breakthrough digital innovations with the potential of profound and lasting impact on the digital society. The innovations are spotted worldwide through a year-long work by the Netexplo University Network, made up of globally renowned universities in the technology domain. Some among the most promising global innovators in digital technologies will present their views and discuss about the trends that are shaping our futures. More information




UNESCO Netexplo Linking Cities Forum 2021

15 April 2021

The UNESCO Netexplo Linking Cities Forum 2021 will build on the former Netexplo Smart Cities Accelerator programme, which launched in 2020 the concept of Linking Cities. The event will share some among the best innovation practices of Cities all around the world, demonstrating how decision-makers are attempting to meeting their citizens’ most urgent needs. These vary from safety, to funding models, to infrastructure and attractiveness. There are as many solutions as there are cultures and territories. And all of them are sources of inspiration. The event will present the 2021 Netexplo Linking Cities awards. More information





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The Netexplo Observatory addresses these goals by highlighting promising digital initiatives from around the world and fostering the emergence of knowledge societies.

To study digital society and explore the world for new uses of tech, the Netexplo Observatory builds its original approach on an international university network.

This voluntary network is made up of lecturers in tech-related subjects at globally renowned universities. In return for their participation they benefit from Netexplo's work and content. Their students are tasked with spotting the most innovative and promising digital projects worldwide.

The universities in the Netexplo Network are:

  • Bezalel Art & Design Academy, Jerusalem (Israel)
  • Columbia University, New York (USA)
  • ESPM, Sao Paolo (Brazil)
  • HEC Paris (France)
  • HEC Montreal (Canada)
  • IHECS Brussels, (Belgium)
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bangalore (India)
  • Kaist (South Korea)
  • Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design, Tokyo (Japan)
  • MIT Media Lab, Boston (USA)
  • National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  • University of Chile, Santiago (Chile)
  • Cape Town University, Cape Town, (South Africa)
  • University of Technology, Sydney (Australia)
  • Stanford University, California (USA)
  • UTSEUS Shanghai University, Shanghai (China)
  • Oxford University, (United Kingdom)
  • IE Business School, Madrid, (Spain)
  • Jawarwal Nehru University, Delhi, (India)