The Web Summit, Europe’s biggest tech conference, will be back in November of this year as an in-person event, having taken place online last year due to the pandemic.
The annual technology conference has taken place in Lisbon, Portugal, since 2016 after moving from Dublin, Ireland. Every year it counts with the participation of major players of the tech industry including CEOs, experts, celebrities, and politicians.
Paddy Cosgrave, CEO & Founder of Web Summit, has said back in November the Lisbon’s Altice Arena had already been booked for 2021’s conference but no confirmation had been issued until August 11th when organizers confirmed to Reuters.
According to the reports, Web Summit’s organizers have made sure to stay in contact with local health authorities to make sure all precautions are taken amid the ongoing Covid19 Pandemic, ensuring that social distancing is possible and with the matter of masks/testing requirements still being under consideration.
Cosgrave referred to the announcement by stating:
“We couldn’t be more excited to return in person. Seeing people safely connecting in person again, and re-experiencing the magic of face-to-face interactions, will be incredible. Live events are bouncing back across the world. We’re seeing thousands of speakers, startups, investors, and world-class media eager as ever to meet people in person again,”
The conference counts with the support of tech giants like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Slack, Siemens, Google, Cisco, and more, as well as over 1,000 speakers and 1,250 startups already being lined up to attend this year’s event. Grit Daily News’ Jordan French and Stewart Rogers are expected to participate again in this summit and take the role of moderators.
This year’s event will count on the participation of Comedian Amy Poehler, Microsoft president Brad Smith, European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, footballer Gerard Pique, and other 150 speakers that have been selected so far.
While the online version of Europe’s biggest tech conference back in 2020 was a success and counted with the participation of over 104,00 attendees, being back to an in-person summit will provide entrepreneurs, startups, and investors with a unique opportunity for market research, networking, and professional development.