Welcome to Fabulous Web Summit!
Last week, tech crowd from all over the world gathered for the most important event of the year in Europe – Web Summit. Everybody who cares about disruptive technologies, startups and web-shaped society came these days to Lisbon. Politicians, entrepreneurs, fashion influencers and even Hollywood stars, virtually everyone showed up.
Let’s stick to numbers: over 53 000 IT people flooded the streets of the Portuguese capital. In any museum, cafe and just on the street we’ve seen people with branded headbands. Just imagine what it meant in terms of logistics, scheduling, and housing.
And Web Summit team did a really great job. Yes, there were lines, WiFi troubles and overcrowded streets, but warm and welcoming Lisbon washed away all those little problems that appeared during the summit.
The fancy opening night in MEO Arena gathered more than 15 000 under one roof, and the magic started. The inspiring speeches from the Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, the former EU president José Manuel Barroso, and an interview with actor Joseph-Gordon Levitt were crowned with the closing words from Paddy Cosgrave receiving a key from Lisbon and the rain of lights and glitters.
The rest of the summit was packed with talks, pitches and discovering startups at the enormous exhibition halls & 21 conferences here and there. Here’s where you can actually see how big the event is.
- Quiqup – on-demand logistics services
- Emitter – open source real time messaging platform
- Yclient – marketing and loyalty automation tool
- Attendify – easy-to-use event app constructor
- Correlate – ultimate productivity tool
- Handy Audit – crowdsource audit platform
- Guideloom – interactive guide services
- Unbotify – advanced bot detecting system
- The Book of Everyone – personalized presents services
- Farfetch – world’s largest luxury online store
- Wehandshake – help app for households
- BuyMe4You – marketplace for handmade
- Yroo – smart shopping engine
- P55 – second-hand luxury items store
- Cart Defender – customer engagement bot
- MySize – smart measure tape app
- Mode Nova – fashion advice services
- Qbriq – customer loyalty solution
- Twizoo — social media content generator
- Influencer.DB — in-depth Instagram analytics tool
- GigPic — social platform for concert goers
- Lemur — dating app for pets
- Twinkl — social communication platform
- Get Social — in-app social marketing platform
- Insydo — extended city guide services
- Glarify — platform for artists and art-lovers
- GlobeChat — instant messenger with multilingual translator
- Sevn — all-in-one event management platform
- Visiblee — lead catching and scoring services
- We Grab IT — old stuff exchange platform
- Team Up — collaboration and e-learning tool
- Hunchd — smart modular management services
- Aptoide — custom Android app store
- King Of App — advanced mobile app constructor
- Clearis — audit and quality management solutions
- Future Instruments — natural interface development
Big data, BI, Data Science
- Social Karma — social media analytics and audience insights tool
- Sky Lab & Cooper Copter — forest health monitoring system
- BRIN — pocket business advisor
- Ansnei — on-demand bodyguard services
- SafeCloud — solution that provides data privacy in the cloud
- Honula — surfing experience platform
- Madoc Worldcare — innovative healthcare service providers
- Tic-Tag — connectivity technology based on stamps with a hidden multitouch fingerprint
- Ennea Play — gamification consulting agency
- Ludium — gamification consulting and game development
- Fractal Mind — workflow productivity and optimization studies
- Digital Flow — innovation and gamification agency
- HRB solutions — human resources and recruitment services
Well, Web Summit’16 in Lisbon was enormous. It seems that even if we had more than 24h hours in a day, there wasn’t any chance our team could see everything interesting that happened at the summit.
What also impressed us was a speaker and attendees mix. Big names from the Valley along with investors, media, startups and established companies. One could find literally everything just circling around the exhibition.
And that’s exactly how our CEO Konstantin met the Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa:
Another cool thing about Web Summit is the Night Summit. Since the first one in Dublin, the Pub Crawls became an essential part of the event. And Lisbon showed up to be a great place for the night out. The endless networking and meetups were spread between two main locations: the Pink Street (it’s actually pink!) and Bairro Alto. And again the mix of attendees and speakers flourished here. We even managed to catch Robert Scoble in between bars during the Night Summit:
Overall, Redwerk team has met many cool people creating groundbreaking products and services. Web Summit is definitely a place to come back!