People say that this year was the most exciting and impassioned Web Summit yet. World-class speakers spoke on climate change, flying cars, AI and political applications (not to mention, implications) of technology, and much more.
This year, 1,200 speakers joined us, including António Guterres, Margrethe Vestager, Caitlyn Jenner, Ben Goertzel, Al Gore and many, many more. Miss a talk? Don’t worry – you can catch up on all the action here.
Changing the ratio
Of the 59,115 people from 170 countries who joined, 42% of our attendees (and 35.4% of our speakers) were female
2,600 of the worlds media joined the event
As Venture Beat reported, “there’s nothing quite like Web Summit. It’s always on, and something is always happening.” One of the top stories was Uber announcing its partnership with NASA to develop flying cars, as reported here.
I wrote my impressions about the event at Rhein-Main-Startups.com – https://rhein-main-startups.com/2017/11/18/websummit-pov/ but depending on your goals and stages, you can´t skip this event.
If you are an investor, you will find plenty of projects to boost. If you are an early stage, this is the perfect pitch deck.
I hope that for 2018 the organization keeps the good work, but don’t lower the quality of the projects that are showcased. Better focusing on quality rather than quantity.
Numbers are impressive, but open doors to everyone can make the event lose its own identity and final goal/results. But that´s only my perspective.
See you next year eventually!