For the fourth consecutive year, the city of Lisbon is gearing up to receive the Web Summit, the “best technology conference on the planet”, this autumn. The world’s largest tech fair will return to the Portuguese capital from the 4th to the 7th of November.
More than 70,000 people are expected to attend the 2019 Web Summit, including over 1,200 speakers and 2,000 journalists. As has become the norm, this year’s conference presents an exciting programme with world-class innovators, scientists, thinkers, industry tycoons and tech giants.
The 2019 programme
From global decision-makers and CEOs of industry leaders such as Amazon, Microsoft, Huawei, Tommy Hilfiger and Burger King, through to actors, athletes and the press, this year’s speakers once again represent the world’s most notable change makers.
Former intelligence officer and whistleblower Edward Snowden will speak live from Moscow at the opening session of the summit.
The schedule, released earlier this month, has something for everyone. There are 23 tracks featuring sessions focused on tech innovation and AI, big data, international development, sustainability and current social issues, among many other topics.
It also offers enviable opportunities for networking with some of the most brilliant minds of our time while discovering the city of Lisbon. The Night Summit events across various venues ensure attendees work hard and play hard.
Startups and women in tech
One of the most anticipated events is the Startup Showcase, which offers an unparalleled platform for hopeful innovators to present their ideas in front of high-level investors from across the world.
Previous Web Summit startups have managed to reach up to $1 billion in investments, so this event can be a decisive moment.
Another highlight of the 2019 edition is the focus on gender equality and, specifically, women in tech. The Web Summit continues to encourage women to take part and, this year, 20,000 tickets were offered to women working in the field across the world. There is also a Women in Tech Mentor Program to overcome the lack of networking and mentoring opportunities for women in this sector.
For anyone working with innovation, technology, finance or media, the Web Summit is the place to be in November 2019. With attendees from over 160 countries and more than 11,000 CEOs, it is a truly global event where the changemakers of today gather to build the future. See the trailer here.