Originated in Dublin, the Web Summit is the biggest tech event in the world. The annual event changed its location in 2016 and moved to Lisbon, Portugal. According to the founder of the Web Summit, Paddy Cosgrave, Portugal is a startup nation. The entrepreneurial atmosphere of the country fits well with the Web Summit’s nature.
The conference is regarded as “the best technology conference on the planet” by Forbes. The Web Summit in Lisbon hosts tech giants like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and more. Minor start-up owners and web developers meet and listen to their idols throughout the seminars.
Covid-19 Pushed the Date of the Web Summit
The Web Summit of 2020 was planned to take place in early November. However, Paddy Cosgrave recently announced the postponement. The event will take place in December. This is, of course, if Covid-19 allows. Cosgrave spoke on the issue and said, “Every government anywhere in the world would hope the situation improves and normality might be able to return to their city and country.” The official dates of the summit are 2-4 December.
The Format of the Web Summit to be Decided in October
The conference will ideally take place in-person, as it always does. But, the pandemic hindered every public gathering since the start of 2020. If things go well and the Web Summit takes place, it might be the first public event since the pandemic came to place.
Until December 2020, the government and the organizing team will check the status of the pandemic. Either way, there will be an online platform where interested individuals may attend the conference. The conference is expected to host around 100,000 participants. The tickets are on sale.
The Web Summit will be Broadcasted
The conference aims to reach as many people as possible. On the issue, Paddy Cosgrave commented, “Whatever the limitations are I want to ensure we do something spread all over Portugal and share a little more with the world than just Lisbon. There is a lot more to discover and there are great things happening all over Portugal.”
The organization also announced that this year’s summit will mainly revolve around Portugal’s economic success. A communicator of the organization says, “The online Web Summit will be significantly focused on the Portuguese economic recovery, working together with local authorities to promote the goals and key messages to the right attendees.”
Web Summit 2020 Star Speakers
The conference will host 400 speakers. Some of the sought after speakers include:
- Eric Yuan, the Founder of Zoom
- Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
- Chris Evans a.k.a. Captain America, Co-Founder of A Starting Point
- Aileen Lee, Founder & Partner of Cowboy Ventures
- Mark Schroepfer, CTO of Facebook
- Gwyneth Paltrow, Founder & CEO of goop
- Anne Wojcicki, Co-Founder & CEO of 23andMe
- Mark Cuban, Owner of Dallas Mavericks