Metz Congress Robert Schuman - 2 majors events and 4 dates

Metz Congress Robert Schuman - 2 majors events and 4 dates

Wednesday 11 July 2018
At the heart of the Grand Region, situated on the Parvis de l'Amphithéâtre in Metz, an exceptional spot at the centre of Metz' Amphitheatre quarter, opposite the Centre Pompidou-Metz and next to the high-speed train station Metz-Gare, Metz Congress – Robert Schuman is an exceptional site, allowing Metz Métropole to join the leading business tourism destinations and reinforce its appeal.

During the press conference on 20th June 2018, Julien BROCHET, Director of ESWC and Frédéric SCHNUR, President of GEN, presented the first two events that will take place at the congress centre “Metz Congress – Robert Schuman”, those present included: Dominique GROS, Mayor of Metz and President of the Inspire Metz agency and Jean-Luc BOHL, President of Metz Métropole and 1st Vice-President of the Grand Est region.

2 major events and 4 dates

It is now official: Metz Congress - Robert Schuman's inaugural sequence will be held between 7th and 16th September 2018.

 Inaugural sequence, the programme :

  • Friday 7th September: official inauguration at 6pm
  • Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September: ESWC (e-Sport World Convention)
  • Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September: #GEN (Grand Est Numérique - digital business event)
  • Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September: public open days, for the European national heritage days


This inaugural sequence ends at the same time as the summer artistic and cultural season “Constellations à Metz”, symbol of the Art & Tech positioning of Metz Métropole.

Download the press file (in French) 

ESWC, an international eSport event
Saturday 8th and sunday 9th September 2018

ESWC is a pioneering electronic sport event. Bringing together the best players in the word, the biggest Youtubers and their fans, for spectacular competitions designed to entertain.  The 3 to 5 editions held each year attract independent organisations from all 5 continents to these qualifying tournaments.

ESWC has been contributing to the development of electronic sports for over 15 years, enriching its contents with each edition.  Universality, sporting fairness and innovative entertainment are at the heart of ESWC's activity.

Thanks to its international reputation, ESWC can showcase in cities that are actively developing innovative technological activities and contributing to the growth of the French videogame industry.

For that reason, the next three consecutive editions of ESWC will take place in Metz. Metz Métropole is also ideally situated, a multi-bordered crossroads between France, Luxembourg, Germany and Belgium, to accompany ESWC's development in Europe.

The French community of the League of Legends is meeting in Metz for ESWC Metz' LoL Open Tour France, one of the most important tournaments on the eSport scene! On the programme: the best French teams will face each other for 2 days of competition, the aim of the game: to win the 20 000€ cash prize, but also points for the competition's national official rankings. 

ESWC will host a mass gathering of players of the phenomenal game Fortnite!  The big LAN Party will take place on the 1st floor of the new Congress Centre – Robert Schuman, with space to host 200 participants, 50 teams of 4 players.  Over the weekend, the players can participate in a big challenge in squad mode with a 5 000€ reward for the best teams.

The best francophone duellers on the game Hearthstone will be going head to head playing the new edition of the Arma Cup at ESWC Metz.  With more than 70 million players in the world, this game is particularly significant in Metz Métropole because local celebrity, Mamytwink, is a longstanding leader amongst the French players of the game.  This September, 64 players will be taking up the challenge in the zone dedicated to the card game Blizzard, competing for the title and its 3 000€ prize.

ESWC, composed of 3 “bricks”:

- the spectacle in the auditorium “like the centre court at Roland Garros”, explained Julien Brochet,
- LAN Party in Hall 2 with 200 people going head to head and 3 mini stages,
- a gaming and e-Sport salon letting people discover and test new products in Hall 1.

Free entry with invitation, available to download.

Find the ESWC programme here

#GEN, a new dimension for the business and digital rendezvous of the Grand Est region
Thursday 13th and Friday 14th September 2018

Grand Est Digital technologies (Grand Est Numérique)

Grand Est Numérique is an association created in 2013 by 12 Lorraine entrepreneurs.  It unites more than 200 business leaders, individual members, start-ups and local authorities.  Throughout the year, the association organises different meetings between members: start-up weekends, after work parties and partnerships, to create a dynamic ecosystem centred around digital technology in the Grand Est region, in France and abroad.


Once a year, Grand Est Numérique organises a thematic event #GEN, the 6th edition will be held in September 2018.  A rendezvous spread over 2 days which has become an unmissable event for professionals interested in digital technology, as well as managers, deciders, directors, local authorities and local politicians, professionals, experts and those who work daily with digital technologies including students, creators, and tomorrow's professionals.

#GEN is a key part of an energetic digital community: the Sillon Lorrain (Thionville, Metz, Nancy, Epinal), one of the 12 FrenchTech metropolises in the guise of LornTech.
Over 2 days, actors in digital technologies can exchange ideas, meet up, learn and find solutions through conferences, workshops, networking spaces and co-working.  #GEN, is the rendezvous dedicated to business and digital technologies in the Grand Est region.

#GEN 2018:
- 1st business and digital event in France after the summer break,
- 6th edition – 2 days of meetings – 3,000 visitors expected,
- 75 exhibitors, 94 partners, more than 50 renowned speakers, 25 conferences, 23 workshops, 7 round tables
- 1 ambition:  to become one of the top 5 “business & technology” rendezvous in France.

Headline speakers at #GEN 2018

Bertrand Piccard, Laurent Alexandre, Mariya Gabrielle, Christophe Galfard, Oussama Amar, Korben, Jacquers Séguéla, Gaël Langevin.

Frédéric SCHNUR, President of GEN, used the occasion to announce 2 exclusive news items: the participation of Loïc Le Meur  and the “Google digital workshops”.

Focus on... Loïc Le Meur, serial entrepreneur 
Company director, investor, co-founder of “LeWeb” one of the most important tech conferences in Europe, now living in San Francisco, Loïc Le Meur is coming back into the media arena with a new project called “”, for which he has already raised 3.2 million dollars.
Loïc Le Meur will be present at #GEN 2018 to speak about his project, but also to talk tech', blog, entrepreneurship etc.  Alongside him, more than 50 renowned speakers will be present for conferences and workshops.

Google digital workshops at #GEN
Over 2 days, the Google team trainers will be present at #GEN to run workshops aimed at developing visitors' digital skills.
Google, convinced of the power of digital as a vehicle for economic growth, is offering to teach participants to master key digital marketing tools essential for professional success, from storytelling to building a project.  In a market where each profile has to distinguish itself to increase its competitivity, to stand out to secure investors, for the continuity and development of their activity etc. the web is a major advantage in a successful strategy.
Launch your activity, improve your skills, increase your knowledge: all good reasons to participate in Google's digital workshops, open to all, from the student to the professional, debutant or intermediate level.

For information:
- Thyssenkrup will present an exoskeleton,
- Mirabelle TV will run a TV set,
- the key moment will be the conference by Laurent Alexandre on the Thursday.

See the GEN programme

Metz Congress Robert Schuman public open days
Saturday 15th et Sunday 16th September 2018

Open days – European national heritage days

The traditional European national heritage days take place in France on 15th and 16th September 2018.  For this event, GL Events is opening the doors to Metz Congress – Robert Schuman for those who wish to visit Metz Métropole's new congress centre.

Discover an exceptional view over the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the auditorium and some of the meeting rooms along a signposted circuit.  Staff from Metz Congress – Robert Schuman will be on site to answer your questions.
Free entry from 10am – 5pm.
Discover the Amphitheatre quarter :

In parallel, the agency Inspire Metz – Office de Tourisme will be offering free guided visits of the Imperial and Amphitheatre quarters.
On the programme for this special weekend:

- Saturday 15th September – 10.30 am – 12 noon: bilingual visit (French and German) “Urban development in Metz from the 20th century to today”
- Sunday 16th September - 10.30 am – 12 noon: “European influences in the architecture of the Imperial and Amphitheatre quarters” (visit in French).

Information and reservation:
Agence Inspire Metz - Tourist Office
Tel: +33 (0)3 87 39 00 00 - Mail:


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