Web Summit 2019 – MA Tech
Within the space of ten years, Web Summit has grown to become the largest tech event in the world. Playfully nicknamed “Geek Glastonbury”, Web Summit includes exhibitions, demonstrations and insights from industry experts around the world. Originated in 2019 by Paddy Cosgrave, David Kelly and Daire Hickey, this annual conference has grown out of its original hotel on the outskirts of Dublin to taking over a large part of the city of Lisbon.
MA Tech team members Mark Kelly (Growth + Strategy) and Ivana Leto (Software Engineering) spent a day and a half experiencing the best that Web Summit 2019 had to offer. From mechanic unicorns to flying cars, here are some of the top takeaways that Ivana and Mark took away from Web Summit 2019:
“The first thing that hits you when you enter the Web Summit is the sheer size of the conference. With over 70,000 from 170 countries in attendance, the atmosphere is electric. Over 1,200 speakers take to the stages to discuss the latest trends and developments in the tech world. You can really see the effect that the conference has on Lisbon, and also on the outskirts, it spreads so far that whole streets are closed off for Web Summit attendees only.”
“The Web Summit App is crucial for any attendee. Through the app, you can check the schedule, connect with people, chat, view a map of the conference and you can receive alerts for different activities. Every attendee receives a name tag that is a lot more than it seems. The card is your entrance to the events but is also a virtual business card which people can scan and collect data from. I didn’t see one business card!”
“After a few hours exploring and networking we made our way to the Central Stage where we heard from a host of industry experts. First, the Chief Product Officer in Uber – Manik Gupta, shared his vision for Uber, including flying cars by 2023!
“The rest of the day included highlights from influencers, entrepreneurs, founders and tech experts. Highlights for me included Katherine Maher, CEO of Wikipedia, discussing how tech platforms can be more open and accessible for all, and a demonstration from Ronaldinho!”.
“There was a running theme throughout the day about passion, values and vision. Passion and authenticity are seen as a key driving force for success. From the panellists to the startups who were working on their stands, living true to your values was a common thread connecting them all. AI and machine learning are really hot topics, a lot of new startups on display at the summit were based around AI”
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