In the heart of the largest European Technology cluster!
Our Sophia-Antipolis campus, which is also DSTI headquarters, sits in the largest European technology cluster, often called the “French Silicon Valley”. Colloquially called “Sophia”, the park hosts R&D units from multi-national companies (Amadeus, Thales Underwater Systems, Cisco Systems or HPE to name a few), global institutions (W3C, ETSI) and a thriving ecosystem of teaching (Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Skema Business School) and research (INRIA, CNRS, INRA).
Sophia is slightly inland from Antibes, its nearest costal city and is essentially a beautiful pine forest. Antibes is our recommended place to stay, as it’s so international that you may sometimes come across someone who speaks French! This is even more true during the spring and summer seasons, with all the boat crews coming from all over the world for a pint in the (in)famous Blue Lady Pub.
DSTI campus, called “Les Templiers”, breathes of IT history: the premises were built by and for Digital Equipment Corporation and after its merger with Compaq and then Hewlett-Packard, was known to be occupied by both HP and Amadeus. It was also the very first building in the whole park to have a dedicated optic fibre connection in the early 90’s. Bill Gates is known to have visited there a few times, arriving by helicopter from Nice Airport (the campus does have an heliport) during this golden era! Today, “Les Templiers” is a multi-tenant building, with DSTI of course but also quite a few IT companies working in the travel industry thanks to the dynamics of the Amadeus ecosystem.