The Web Summit is the largest technology marketplace in Europe and the second biggest in the world, and this year brought together more than 45,000 attendees and 2,000 volunteers from more than 165 countries including 1490 international tech start-ups.
How to best describe the experience? It was a buzzing atmosphere including a mix of start-ups, investors and professionals, a variety of content from tech to music and sport, renowned speakers and a family of volunteers that gave their best to make this a successful event. We’ve seen expert talks from global leaders, including the CTO of Facebook – Mike Schroepfer, the Co-Founder of Tinder – Sean Rad and CEO of VaynerMedia – Gary Vaynerchuk to name just a few. The conference attracted people with the biggest ideas in tech to connect and collaborate across four full-on days and nights.
While Web Summit gathered the techpreneurs community from around the world, it also had an huge impact on the host city – Lisbon. There’s a growing awareness in the MICE industry that the legacy business outcomes of meetings have an equally valuable impact on local communities in host destinations, in terms of knowledge sharing, city branding, outside investment, talent relocation, academic research and new business relationships.
Lisbon has now been established as a start-up city, with young and vibrant entrepreneurs ready to explore new ideas. Web Summit will now be hosted in Lisbon for the next three years so will be great to see the legacy this will bring to the city over the next few years.