Web Summit sold out
The organisers of the world’s largest technology and startups fair, Web Summit, has announced that the event is a sellout with over 70,469 participants.
Paddy Cosgrove, co-founder of the Web Summit global tech event which opens in Lisbon on 4 November and runs until 7 November says that this year’s event will welcome 70,469 people and 2,150 startups and 239 partners.
According to the Portuguese Lusa agency, he revealed that the event will feature “incredible speakers” such as the CEO of online dating app Tinder, the chairman of Huawei, Wikimedia’s CEO, two European Commissioners and many others. “We expect 70,000 participants, including 1,800 startups, 1,500 investors and 2,000 members of the media” said Paddy Cosgrave, executive president of Web Summit last week until all the expectations had been beaten.
“These numbers have exceeded our forecasts for Web Summit which is a sell out since Altice Arena venue at FIL has reached its maximum capacity” he said.
In relation to startups, Web Summit has 20% more than last year and well above the 1,800 expected.
Last week, the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa welcomed the representatives of Portuguese startups that will take part in the Web Summit and which included the co-founder of the four-day event.
The President thanked Paddy Cosgrave saying he was “especially grateful” and added that the event is a “revolution that is changing the world, Europe and Portugal”.
Furthermore, this year’s Web Summit features events such as Women in Technology’ and Planet:tech since this year’s edition is focused on climate change.
“We are moving towards an event free of plastics and much of the content that we will have on planet:tech is based on the role that technology can play in fighting climate change and this highlights 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.