Lisbon is preparing to host another edition of the Web Summit. The event kicks off on November 4th and, once again, expectations are at their peak.
Web Summit 2019 will be the fourth edition taking place in Lisbon. The Portuguese capital is thus preparing to host this mega-event whose mission is to identify disruptions and point the way forward.
When Paddy Cosgrave agreed with the Portuguese Government that the Conference would remain in Portugal until 2028, the confirmation was given: Portugal is one of the leading countries in the technological “revolution”. And the Web Summit is one of the most evident expressions of this fact.
In the last edition, in 2018, it is estimated that the return to the country amounted to 300 million euros. According to the organization, the Conference brought together more than 1,800 startups, 1,500 investors, 1,200 speakers and 2,600 journalists. 159 countries were represented and visits to the venue reached 70,000 people.
Web Summit 2019
This year’s edition will take place between 4 and 7 November at Altice Arena. As always, it is expected that the most innovative startups, brilliant ideas, investors, angels and accelerators can be brought together in the same space. Basically, the technological universe at its best.
At the same time, there are several specific conferences, separated by thematic areas and which will bring together a total of 1200 specialists. There will be a total of 23 tracks.
For more detailed information on each of these thematic areas, you can visit the website of the Web Summit:
Web Summit – useful information
Access to the Web Summit 2019 is simple, since the event takes place in the Altice Arena, a concert hall that benefits from the proximity of the Oriente Station, where various transports meet. That’s exactly the purpose of your trip: to get to Oriente Station.
You can get there through the modern metro network that serves the city of Lisbon, by train or taking the buses numbered 728, 744, 782. Of course, you can also choose to go by taxi or via a transport platform, as the subject is technology.
Web Summit 2019 is just a few minutes away from Oriente Station. And you can enjoy the beautiful area of Parque das Nações, built on the occasion of the 1998 Universal Exhibition, which is currently one of the noblest and modern areas of Lisbon.
It is also very important to download the Web Summit app, which is available for both IOS and Android. The app will serve to enter the enclosure but also to get oriented regarding the different lectures and tracks (thematic areas). These will not be limited to a single stage: they will navigate between the Altice Arena and the four FIL (Feira Internacional de Lisboa) pavilions. The app can be extremely useful to consult all the schedules of the event and build the itinerary of your interest.
High Tech Portugal
The choice of Portugal, and specifically of Lisbon, is not innocent. The country has been rising consistently in the rankings of technological countries, as it has unique conditions for the development of business activities, especially in the field of technology.
Among 140 countries, Portugal is ranked 19th in terms of infrastructure quality, according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2018 of the World Economic Forum.
It also benefits from excellent internet speeds – the fourth-best in the world and second in Europe, says the OECD, and from a labour market favourable to “experimentation”, i.e. moderate salaries that can be decisive for companies that are in the start-up phase.
In addition, there is a positive technological environment in the country, as a result of the political will to promote entrepreneurship, particularly in terms of technology, the economic recovery of recent years and the work developed at university level: Portugal is the fifth country with the highest number of science and technology graduates per thousand inhabitants, considering the age group between 20 and 29 years old.
Finally, a note to the fact that Portugal has been considered one of the safest countries in the world, according to the World Peace Index, and the country with the best quality of life in the world – Expat Index 2019. In addition to these distinctions, the country has been ranked as the Best European Destination by the World Travel Awards over the last three years.
Lisbon nice to visit great to live
The quality of life is, in fact, one of Lisbon’s main attributes. Increasingly sought after in terms of tourism, the capital of Portugal is also a fantastic place to live. By hosting the Web Summit, Lisbon is also becoming one of the cities of reference in terms of congresses and conferences, highlighting its avant-garde and technological profile.
In 2018, for example, Lisbon was classified as the 6th best city in the world for this type of events by ICCA (International Congress & Convention Association), after having received 152 International Congresses that met the Association’s criteria.
Interest in the city has been growing, as shown in the Google Trends table below:
Visiting Lisbon and going to the Web Summit 2019 is undoubtedly a fantastic experience. But considering the dynamics in the country and the quality of life we find in Lisbon, you may be tempted to find a way to stay some time longer.
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What to expect?
In addition to the quantity and quality of speakers at the 2019 Web Summit, something that allows Forbes to consider this event “the best technology conference on the planet,” we can expect some themes to assume particular relevance.
Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, voice systems, Robotics, Security and Sustainability, as it happened in 2018, will certainly be recurring topics. It remains to be seen what is reserved for us by startups and technological companies, which are certainly interested in surprising the attendants.
Nothing like buying your ticket now, because in 15 days they will increase 200 euros. The Web Summit 2019 is the ideal stage for startups and technology companies and a unique opportunity for networking and to eventually find niches and technologies to work in.
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