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Learn more about the Web Summit, from 4-7 November in Lisbon, an excellent opportunity to know the latest internet and technological trends.

What is the Web Summit?

Web Summit is one of the world’s largest technology and internet events, bringing together in Lisbon (Portugal), from all over the world, the main executives of large companies (CEOs), start-ups, investors, journalists and many interested in innovation and technological entrepreneurship.

Like Web Summit in Europe, similar major events are held in other parts of the world, including Collision in Canada, Rise in Hong Kong and Surge in India.

The Web Summit has been held since 2009, initially in Dublin (Ireland) and since 2016 in Lisbon – which will continue until 2028. This event is driven by its co-founder and CEO, Irish Paddy Cosgrave, considered one of the world’s most influential people in the technology field.

The Web Summit takes place simultaneously on different stages, where various experts and audiences participate in lectures, workshops and conferences, networking and investor meetings and more.

In addition to the technology and the internet, the event will cover many different topics, such as fashion, sustainability, health, design, communication and sports.

What to see and do in Web Summit ?

Web Summit attendees’ goals include:

  • Speakers who bring their experience from the Internet, technology, artificial intelligence and others, share trends and inspire participants;
  • Start-ups that advertise their products, services and projects, seeking to broaden their market and attract investors or partnerships;
  • Investors seeking business opportunities;
  • Journalists covering the event and publicizing companies and their innovations through the various media (internet, television, newspapers and others);
  • Other professionals and stakeholders (companies and individuals) seeking to enrich their know-how and seek trends to enhance their business and ideas.
Center Stage, Web Summit, Portugal

What happens in 2019 at the Web Summit? (Program)

At the 2019 Web Summit 2019, around 70,000 attendees are expected, including more than 11,000 CEOs, 1,200 speakers, 2,000 media professionals from 160 countries.

Among the various speakers of the event in the areas of internet, technology, business, innovation, entrepreneurship and others, we highlight:

  • Edward Snowden, President of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which will open the live broadcast event from Russia;
  • Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition;
  • Kate Brandt, Chief Sustainability Officer at Google;
  • Brad Smith, President at Microsoft;
  • Gillian Tans, Chairwoman at Booking.com;
  • Guo Ping, Rotating Chairman at Huawei;
  • Werner Vogels, Chief Technology Officer at Amazon;
  • Katherine Maher, CEO at Wikipedia Foundation;
  • Melanie Perkins, Co-founder & CEO at Canva;
  • Manik Gupta, Chief Product Officer at Uber;
  • Barbara Martin Coppola, Chief Digital Officer at IKEA;
  • Hans Vestberg, Chairman & CEO at Verizon.

As in the previous year, several Portuguese and foreign start-ups will take part in the Pitch competition, which will choose the best Web Summit 2019 startup.

Note: Due to possible future changes in the program, consider the official website below.

Date: 4-7 November 2019

Location: Altice Arena and FIL – Parque das Nações – Lisbon

More information: www.websummit.com

What happened in 2018 at the Web Summit?

The Web Summit’s 2018 edition had about 70,000 visitors from 170 countries, as well as about 20,000 companies, 1,800 start-ups, 1,200 speakers and 2,600 journalists / bloggers. The fact that the event content is streamed (and available) on the internet allows the Web Summit to have a major impact worldwide.

Among the 2018 speakers, we highlight the technology and internet participations of: Sir Tim Berners-Lee (best known as the inventor of the internet), Matt Brittin (president at Google Europe), Ev Williams (founder of Twitter and Blogger), Peter Smith (co-founder and CEO at Blockchain), Gillian Tons (CEO at Booking.com), Brad Smith (President at Microsoft), Young Sohn (President and CSO at Samsung Electronics), Michelle Peluso (CMO at IBM), David Wenig (CEO at eBay).

The following public figures were present: António Guterres (UN Secretary-General), Tony Blair (former UK Prime Minister), Margrethe Vestager (European Commissioner of Competition), Werner Hoyer (President at EIB) and André Villas -Good (football coach).

What to do near the event in Lisbon?

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Belem Tower and 25 de Abril Bridge, Lisbon

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Pena Palace and Serra de Sintra

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