[Lisbon, Portugal] Web Summit basics. Tips & tricks on a tech-filled experience

[Lisbon, Portugal] Web Summit basics. Tips & tricks on a tech-filled experience

The best technological conference on the planet


A grand conclave of tech industry’s highest priests

The New York Times

These are just 2 of the hundreds of thousands of opinions that make Web Summit great. But let’s take a step back and answer a few basic questions first. What, where, when is this Web Summit everyone is talking about? Why should you go there? More importantly, what should you do once you’re there, in order to enjoy the conference to the fullest.

9 November 2017; Attendees at Centre Stage during day three of Web Summit 2017 at Altice Arena in Lisbon. Photo by Sam Barnes/Web Summit via Sportsfile

Five Ws

Some simple, but factual, answers to these 5W questions will definitely shed some light on this coveted event happening at the beginning of November, in Lisbon, Portugal.

  • What is this conference about?

Having read the quotes, in the beginning, I’m guessing you have a wild idea of what is happening at the Web Summit. Nowadays it is considered the world’s largest and most influential technological conference. Split into 23 different tracks, across 9 stages, the conference covers a wide range of topics, from marketing, environment, finance or education, all in connection to the technological advancement of today’s world.

  • Who can attend?

2018 marks the 9th edition of the conference. Having started with 400 attendees, it has now reached over 70,000 people attending the event. Can I attend, you’ll wonder? The answer is YES. The gigantic marketplace gathers business people, influencers, startups, CEOs, media moguls, world leaders and average participants, all passionate about one thing: making a difference in the world.

  • Where does it take place?

The Altice Arena & Fil in warm and sunny Lisbon, Portuguese capital, has been the conference’s go-to venue, for the past 3 years. For what is more, we have even more amazing news. Web Summit’s CEO, Paddy Cosgrave, announced in a press release at the beginning of October, that Lisbon will be home for the conference for the next 10 years.

  • When is it taking place?

4 days full of talks, workshops, discussion panels, presentations, and many others, from November 5th to November 8th, 2018. You heard it right, it’s one week away. The excitement and anticipation are rising!

  • Why is it happening?

This is a conclave of brilliant minds from 170 different countries. Everybody who has an idea, either implemented and successful already, or in its infancy, gathers in Lisbon for 3 days to discuss, analyze, feedback and help each other with one purpose: find out what’s next for the world!

Web Summit App

Like any respectable event held in the digital age, of course, it has an app. The download is one click away, from your App Store or Google Play Store. What benefits do you get out of this app? Easy peasy: you will be able to shape your whole Web Summit with merely a few taps. What does this app allow you to do?

  • Create and personalize your profile
  • Let other participants and speakers who you are and what interests you
  • Interact with everyone
  • Add and remove talks from your schedule as you please, so that you can get the best out of the experience
  • Message everyone from CEOs to world leaders or startup founders

Keynote speakers of 2018

As you’re already so curious about who’s coming to speak at the event? You will be happy to find out they have over one thousand speakers. 1,200 to be more precise. The president of Microsoft, the Executive Board member of Swarovski, CEO and co-founder of Pinterest, the Secretary-General of the UN and a variety of other inspiring individuals, just like them. Nevertheless, since they are so many and so good, we randomly chose these 4 individuals to focus on:

  • Maisie Williams – Actress, Game of Thrones

You might know her best for her role as Aria Stark, in TV series hit ‘Game of Thrones’. However, and this might not be as popular, she is also the co-founder of Daisie – a social network designed to make creatives’ lives easier, help them share ideas and facilitate the collaboration on different projects.

  • Evan Williams – co-founder at Twitter, founder at Medium

He already has 2 startups turned into profitable businesses and popular social and blogging and publishing networks. After leaving Twitter in 2010, he focused all his energy into founding Medium, an online publishing platform which allows both professional and amateurs to share their content with over 60 million interested readers monthly.

  • Margrethe Vestager – European Commissioner for Competition

She is most probably known as the world’s most famous regulator, being an EU Commissioner for Competition. She’s attending the Web Summit for the second year in a row. Margrethe Vestager is widely known for her long-time investigations on tech companies in the US, breaking competition laws, having ended in fines of over €8.4 billion.

  • Ben Silbermann – CEO & co-founder at Pinterest

If you want to plan anything important, Pinterest is the place to go: weddings, travels, birthday parties, your new home, you name it. Ben Silbermann, an American Interner entrepreneur founded Pinterest, but not before working for Google and graduating from Yale.

Are you already even more anxious for it to start, than you were before? Good! That means you are thirsty for knowledge, networking and inspiration; that is the right mindset for the biggest tech-conference on the planet. Go, join workshops, read the survival guide and enjoy the experience to the fullest, the same way we’re planning to.

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