November is coming to its end, and we cannot but recall key highlights of the Web Summit 2019, the major tech event in Lisbon held at the beginning of this month. Zero to One Search team could not miss this landmark conference – our CEO Marat Yakupov and Team Lead Pedro Perez attended the utmost of the activities of the four-day international tech gathering.
Below we are sharing the most interesting facts about the event and feedback from our teammates!
What is Web Summit?
This annual conference, deemed by Forbes “the best technology conference on the planet,” is a project of the same name company based in Ireland and launched for the first time in 2009. The company also organizes the Collision summit in Toronto and RISE in Hong Kong.
Initially held in Dublin, the event moved to another permanent venue in Lisbon in 2016. That was quite beneficial for the city’s tech infrastructure: several tech startup incubators have been established in Lisbon since then, while investments in digital-related projects almost plummeted.
The conference traditionally focuses on internet technology, emerging technologies, and venture capitalism and gathers the most prominent speakers from the industry, including world-famous celebrities. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Al Gore, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the summit at different times. Notably, this year it opened with a speech by whistleblower Edward Snowden broadcast live from Russia.
The mission of the conference lies in providing the possibility for both the biggest tech players and promising startups worldwide to compare notes and discuss what is happening within the industry and where the future is heading.
Why Web Summit is considered Europe’s best tech spectacle?
1. The scale of the event. Just look at the figures for 2019:
- 70,000 attendees from over 160 countries;
- More than 1,200 global investors and the same number of speakers from the top companies;
- A total of 11,000 CEOs of big companies and startups;
- 2,500 journalists from media including Bloomberg, Financial Times, Forbes, CNN, CNBC, and The Wall Street Journal;
- 43.6% of female attendees in 2019, which is an excellent figure in terms of increased global concerns on gender equality.
2. The seniority of speakers. President of Microsoft, Rotating Chairman of Huawei, CEO of Wikipedia, European Commission Chief Brexit Negotiator, ex-UK Prime Minister, and Samsung Chief Innovation Officer are just a tiny proportion of experts who have addressed Web Summit on November 4-7.
3. Great opportunity to network and find investors for your business. Chances to attract solid investments and persuade the tech community of the promise of your business are much higher when you are surrounded by the best tech experts and investors in the world.
4. A wide range of industries. This surely makes the conference not only the largest and the most prestigious, but the most comprehensive and universal. Below are the top five industries at this year’s Web Summit:
- Advertising, content & marketing
- AI & machine learning
- Ecommerce & retail
- Enterprise software solutions
Comment by our CEO Marat Yakupov:
“This was a fantastic event with an impressive level of organization. For us, as the fast-growing startup, to get as many as possible contacts from the industry and use every networking opportunity was a focus. We spoke to numerous founders and managers of both small companies and large players in the sphere, shared views on the situation on the tech market in Europe and key trends in tech recruitment. That was a great process of active learning and simultaneously sharing own experience and knowledge.”
Have any questions or comments about Web Summit? We will be happy to discuss in comments 🙂