Web Summit 2019: Innovation and technology break into Lisbon

06 Nov 2019 10:32 PM627

In its eleventh edition, WebSummit takes place in full swing at Altice Arena, a space for public attractions and festivals located in Parque das Nações, in Lisbon. The event is the largest technology summit in the world and brings conferences, networking and the ongoing discussion on preponderant themes inserted in the context of innovations in the society.


The event's co-founder, Paddy Cosgrave, said he expected about 70,000 participants, including 1,800 startups. For startups this is the right time to find the investor to measure, as entrepreneurs and investors look for business and opportunities related to innovation and technology.


With more than 20 stages, the event attracts experts from various industries to talk to our audience about topics as different as the future of artificial intelligence, the challenges surrounding data protection, or the urgency of adopting behaviors to protect our planet from the threat of climate change. Some of the speakers invited to this edition are Edward Snowden, Margrethe Vestager and also names linked to sport, such as Eric Cantona, Ronaldinho, among the more than 1,500 invited speakers.


Last Tuesday, November 5, WeVoov’s interns attended the event to check out what happened there. According to Ricardo Filho, a communication science student and journalism intern at Wevoov, "Websummit was an event from another world. We can already start talking about the hyperproduction and organization of the event, which managed to accommodate 70,000 people safely and comfortably. Regarding the lectures, I acquired a lot of knowledge, because all the topics discussed were major problems of the current world, which involve all of us daily. In addition, the networking and discussion space that the event promotes is unique."


The event has gained increasing importance in Portugal with the Executive to create a working group dedicated to the Web Summit. It is recalled that following the agreement signed in 2018 between the Government, the Lisbon City Council and Paddy Cosgrave, WebSummit will remain in the Portuguese capital for the next ten years.


By Ricardo Cunha Filho