“We already have the most incredible speakers, such as Tinder’s CEO, Huawei’s chairperson, Wikimedia’s CEO, two European commissioners and many others. We expect 70,000 participants, including 1,800 start-ups, 1,500 investors and 2,000 members of the media,” Paddy Cosgrave, executive president of the Web Summit, told Lusa.
In addition to assuming that the organisation is very excited to see some of the initiatives, such as women in technology and planet:tech, Paddy Cosgrave said that the 2019 edition is also focused on climate change.
“We are moving towards an event free of the use of plastics and much of the content that we will have on planet:tech is based on the role that technology can play in combating climate change. And this ends up highlighting the work that the Web Summit can do by creating a network of environmental connections that can be translated into post-event projects,” he said.
Given the expectation of 70,000 participants in the technology conference, there are still many preparations and work in progress, developed by a very talented team that has continuously made high-quality events, he said.
“We expect to sell-out the event sooner than ever. With more than 20 stages, we are able to attract experts from a wide range of sectors to talk to our audience about topics as different as the future of artificial intelligence, the challenges around data protection or the urgency of adopting sustainable behaviours to protect our planet from the threat of climate change,” he said.
Due to the agreement signed in 2018 between the government, Lisbon City Council and Paddy Cosgrave, the Web Summit will remain in the Portuguese capital for 10 years.
“We have an office in Lisbon, where 12 people work, and we are planning to expand our presence in Portugal. We are currently hiring for various areas, from software development to event organisation,” the co-founder of the Web Summit added.