The Chapter of Stats and Trends
This year, Redwerk team has returned to Web Summit with the seasoned has-seen-it-all-before feeling. With such a massive venue and some experience with it, you’d think it would be difficult to find value, and it’s true, you could easily get swept away in the talks, stands and freebies, but if you’re savvy, there’s a lot to benefit from this enormous geek fest.
First of all, it became bigger, for another 7000 people comparing to the last year. So, there was no chance to avoid 60 000 crowd of web-summiters wherever you go.
This year really is the year of AI. The opening ceremony saw Brian Johnson, creator of Braintree (acquired by Paypal), talking about his new venture Kernel, and the aims to push the limits of human ability. The secret speaker, prof. Stephen Hawking, shared his concerns about the potential dangers of AI, but also acknowledged the benefits we could gain. And of course, Sofia the humanoid, proved how far robotics and AI had gone already. Regarding consumer trends, almost everyone is talking about the power of AI from a customer chatbot perspective.
Besides artificial intelligence Web Summit attracts all kinds of video bloggers and weirdos. The number of peeps streaming speeches, pitches and interviews from all around the venue was just enormous. It seems like every attendee got on at least one camera.
All in all, Web Summit has its exclusive charm that gathers the most prominent minds to this wild paced ride where knowledge, technology, and fun mix up together.
The Chapter Where Everyone Works
All three days after the Grand Opening was dedicated to numerous meetings and exploring the exhibition halls, where booths surprisingly switched from last year’s VR madness to coffee shops with charging points. Thousands of startups from various industries, on different stages from idea to plug-and-play rotated every day, giving no chance to slow down if you were aiming to catch them all.
Here’s what we managed to catch:
- Brandyfloss.com – a web-based software for marketing professionals in retail companies.
- Lastminutesottocasa.it – no-food-waste startup
- Buzzdetector.com – digital intelligence platform
- Qreuz – Q&A platform for freelancers
- SMARTWUW – advanced smart-TV app
- Aigent.co – AI customer success platform
- Momenture.biz – consultancy solution
- Inscale.net – fellow offshore devs
- Planthive.com – smart garden hardware
- Dealmatrix.com – solution for innovation scouting
- Makerist.de – handmade marketplace
- Blnqr.com – a social platform
- Pixdor.com – content monetization tools
- Investinazores.com – the government initiative to bring IT to the Azores
- Smartassistant.com – smart digital advice
- ContentKingapp.com – real-time SEO audit
- Aiconix.ai – video optimization via AI and machine learning
- Consultnsee.com – a solution that simplifies running a consultancy business
- Uno.pt – construction company
- Easywavesolutions.com – cashless payments service
- congrid.com – management solution for construction
- Ireachm.com – personal assistant app
- Swiss Startup Factory AG – a startup hub
At an IT #conference like #WebSummit it’s nice to bump into something not entirely IT-related, like @VisitAzores, a #government agency of the autonomous region of #Portugal whose goal is to attract more tourism and more business. If you want to move your tech company to the archipelago, they’d give you free housing for the senior management, free office space and special tax conditions. I was there this year and it was beautiful though a bit far away from everything, especially when the airline is on strike. Maybe @redwerkit does need an office in the #Azores.
At #WebSummit, when I asked Valentijn of #Consultnsee the consultancy automation #SaaS, what he would do if asked to onboard a really large enterprise such as @Accenture or #Tieto, he said he’d do it himself and spend all night entering data of every single consultant to have it in the system. That’s exactly the extra mile we always go for our customers, including #Olisipo right here in #Portugal, whose #IT consulting operations we have once automated with a custom built solution. There is a case study in our portfolio on that too.
#ArtificialIntelligence and #MachineLearning make everything smarter, and so does Sebastian of #Aigent from #Amsterdam. Analyzing the conversation audio stream between the customer and support line putting it through an #NLP engine, providing hints on what to say and mention, they increase customer satisfaction and decrease servicing costs. Good example of how #AI is being applied more and more in enterprise applications making it a must-have skill for everyone in the industry including software development service providers like us at @redwerkit.
Automated #fakenews detection is way more complicated than some presidents may think. You need to take everything into account: wording, frequency, hosting server IPs, cross-links between source sites and social accounts, and much more. Learned that at #WebSummit from Gianandrea of @buzzdetector, a digital intelligence agency from #Italy.
Since #BigData stepped into business, #digitalmarketing is no more a pit of doom, where you have zero information about your client. There are thousands of factors collected with modern #analytics systems that influence a purchase. #Brandyfloss from #Ireland who we met at #WebSummit built an advanced tool for customer segmentation. The solution processes millions of lines of data in seconds and provides you with target groups to promote your goodies efficiently. If you are in #retail business, check it out.
Can a quiet and stable country like #Switzerland be a hub for rapid innovation and competitive #startup ecosystem? Yes it can, according to Oliver we met at #WebSummit, who co-founded the #Swiss Startup Factory. PS: the background in the picture kinda suggests we’re both hipster #organic spiritual gluten lactose free no GMO.
According to the six degrees of separation concept, everyone on the planet is connected to each other in just six steps. By meeting Brad Parscale in Park skybar in #Lisbon after #WebSummit we reduced the amount of steps we’re connected to the #USPresident #Trump to just one. Word of mouth has been the biggest sales driver in #Redwerk’s business for over 12…
The best way to start a visit to a fair is to drop by a booth of an old friend who’s exhibiting. The first on the list today was my fellow Berliner Matthias with qreuz.com, a stackoverflow.com kind of Q&A platform for all that concerns #freelance work, be it time management, legal or finance, with, despite of Stephen Hawking’s yesterday’s warnings, AI as a special sauce. The name Qreuz is very #Berlin too — it comes from the name of the iconic party district of the #German capital, #Kreuzberg.
The (fun) Chapter about Sunset and Night Summit
If you ever heard of Web Summit, you know that things get even more exciting when the sun goes down. The nightlife culture of Lisbon itself and Web Summit, in addition, is something to check out. Since it was our second time in Lisbon, it was way easier to locate the parties.
As the attendance has grown since the last one on a good ten thousand people, Pink Street and Bairro Alto were not enough. So, Web Summit team added another spot to the list of official night events – LX Factory, a great industrial set of establishments under one roof. In its turn, Pink Street was so overcrowded on the first two days, that you could easily take part in a human traffic jam, like those you see during Black Friday market.
Everywhere you went, you met people from Web Summit. Startupers, investors, and speakers flooded bars, restaurants and clubs. The best spots in Lisbon were packed with the IT crowd from around the world. That’s how we caught up with Brad Parscale, the founder of the marketing agency that did the online presence of Trump’s presidential campaign.
Left to right: Alina and Konst from Redwerk, Andreas from Beetroot, Brad from Giles-Parscale, Diana from Anadea
The Ever After Chapter
Was it worth it? – Yes!
Do we plan to come back? – Double yes!
With a hundred of talks and side events we checked in, our heads are bursting with the new ideas. The unique atmosphere created by Paddy Cosgrave’s team attracts creativity and innovation of all sorts. They managed to combine the rapidly changing technology trends with the chill atmosphere of the beautiful Lisbon which makes Web Summit a great place to come back.
Web Summit'17 in #Lisbon is officially over, and this year it feels even more like a music festival, with numerous stages, street food, and crowds. The last day was so loaded with meetings and speeches that we barely had time to stop. Among the projects, we got acquainted with was an exciting #Belgian startup @Consultnsee – a solution that simplifies running a consultancy business, that provides tools to support sales, delivery, and operations in a single environment. And of course, it wouldn't be @WebSummit if there wasn't a dozen of afterparties all around the city where attendees keep on networking and even though the event was already shut down. Hopefully, #Redwerkteam survived another Web Summit and we are getting back to work with lots of new materials, ideas, and inspiration from this massive gathering!
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